“Help in the Desert!” – February 4, 2018

Thought Provoker

Prayer for Epiphany

“Dear Lord, We thank You for bringing baby Jesus for both rich and poor. Today as we learn about Epiphany, we see that everyone is important to you. Everyone has gifts that are special and wonderful. We promise together, that we will try to use all the gifts You have given to us in school, at home, and at play. Thank You, Lord. Amen”

The Written Word

Isaiah 40:21-31

21 Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
    Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
    and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
    and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
23 He brings princes to naught
    and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
24 No sooner are they planted,
    no sooner are they sown,
    no sooner do they take root in the ground,
than he blows on them and they wither,
    and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.

25 “To whom will you compare me?
    Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
    Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
    and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
    not one of them is missing.

27 Why do you complain, Jacob?
    Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
    my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

Scripture Reading

1 Corinthians 9:16-23

16 For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach.Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17 If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me. 18 What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make full use of my rights as a preacher of the gospel.

19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone,to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews.To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

Announcements – February 4, 2018

Worship Helpers February– Thank you!

  • Greeters: Judy R & Angela Z
  • Head Usher: Alex H
  • Lay Reader: Fred S
  • Acolyte:  Danny O
  • Organist:  Jeannine B

Fellowship Meal

The next Fellowship Meal will be on 2/18/2018. Plan on attending to see who will be visiting us this day! Bring a friend and a covered dish!


Birthdays

  • 2/9 Peg L
  • 2/10 Sharon T

Anniversaries

2/8 Alex & Joyce H


2018 Men’s Prayer Breakfast Schedule

All men are welcome to attend these weekly breakfast prayer meetings, so invite your male friends, family, etc and join us for a great breakfast.

  • 2/10/18- Freedom Ave UMC
  • 2/17/18- First UMC
  • 3/3/18- Grace UMC
  • 3/10/18- Grace UMC
  • 3/17/18- Lake Park UMC
  • 3/24/18- Granville UMC
  • 4/14/18- Women’s Appreciation Breakfast at Trinity UMC

All Breakfast begins at 7:30am. Any questions, call Pastor Randy at 717-348-5642.


Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard 

Accepting non-perishables. This includes paper products. Donations may be placed on the landing of the steps inside the church entrance. February donation requests are for Peanut Butter and Jelly.


Time to sign up for Worship Helpers for 2018

Please see the bulletin board out in the lobby to sign up. 


Call to Worship/Prayer of Confession – January 28, 2018

Call to Worship:

Leader: Come to worship this day. Bring with you all your joys and sorrows.

People: Jesus will offer hope.

Leader: Come to worship this day believing in the power of God through Jesus Christ.

People: Jesus will bring us healing.

Leader: Come to worship this day feeling the presence of God.

People: Jesus will teach us new ways to live. AMEN.


Congregational Prayer of Confession: (in Unison)


Merciful God, help us examine our hearts so that we may be convicted of our sins and shortcomings through the ministry of your Holy Spirit within us.


We come to you in the name of Jesus, your Son and our High Priest. We confess that there are times when we go against your hopes for us as your people.

We confess that there are times when we go against your Word for us.  In silence, O LORD, hear us as we confess those things we have done, and those things we have neglected to do; times when we have failed you and each other. . .

(Time of silence)

Loving God, we ask you once again to receive us into your compassionate, forgiving arms that we might find favor with you for all the days of our lives. Empower us to serve you fully, to share the Good News with others around us, to share resources we have with those who have less, to weep with those who weep, and to laugh with those who laugh.  Amen.


Assurance of Pardon:


Leader: God loves us and forgives us.  God gives us the chance to begin again.
All: Thanks be to God.  Amen!

“What’s Spiritual Growth?” – January 28, 2018

Thought Provoker

My Wishes for You:


Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.’ John 14:6″

 

The Written Word

1Co 13

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poorand give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

 

Scripture Reading

1Co 8:1-13

Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that “We all possess knowledge.”But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. But whoever loves God is known by God.[a]

So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that “An idol is nothing at all in the world” and that “There is no God but one.” For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.

But not everyone possesses this knowledge. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial food they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.

Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? 11 So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. 12 When you sin against themin this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.

Announcements – January 28, 2018

 

Worship Helpers January– Thank you!

Greeters: Sue D & Brenda C

Head Usher: Bill B              

Lay Reader: Fred S

Acolyte:  Danny O

Organist:  Jeannine B


Fellowship Meal

The next Fellowship Meal will be on 2/18/2018. Plan on attending to see who will be visiting us this day! Bring a friend and a covered dish!


Birthdays:

1/21 Alex H

1/25 Samantha W

1/26 Brenda C

1/26 Matt P

1/27 Cole S

1/31 Jim K


2018 Men’s Prayer Breakfast Schedule-

All men are welcome to attend these weekly breakfast prayer meetings, so invite your male friends, family, etc and join us for a great breakfast.

2/10/18- Freedom Ave UMC
2/17/18- First UMC
3/3/18- Grace UMC
3/10/18- Grace UMC
3/17/18- Lake Park UMC
3/24/18- Granville UMC
4/14/18- Women’s Appreciation Breakfast at Trinity UMC

All Breakfast begins at 7:30am. Any questions, call Pastor Randy at 717-348-5642.



Time to sign up for Worship Helpers for 2018

Please see the bulletin board out in the lobby to sign up. We need January Helpers filled first and then Feb and on. Thank you!

Congregational Prayer of Confession – January 14, 2018

Lord, somewhere long ago, someone convinced us that we would not be good material for God to use in healing and helping ministries for this world. We don’t really believe that we have anything worthwhile to offer. It is relatively easy for us to donate funds for missions and the good works of the church, but we do not see ourselves worthy of further involvement. Remind us of your forgiving love, when we stubbornly refuse to believe your claim on our lives. Open our eyes and spirits to see the gifts with which you have blessed us, and to commit those gifts to serving you by serving others. There are so many things that we can do. And everything starts with prayer. So, patient God, bear with us as we settle down to pray, asking for your wisdom in our lives. Give us courage and strength to accomplish any task that you set before us. And give us hearts of grateful love to acknowledge your presence in our lives, and live that presence with great joy. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. AMEN.

“Follow Me” – January 14, 2018

Thought Provoker

“Lord today I want to turn my worries over to you. I need your strength to face life with optimism and faith with passion and joy. I need you to be my guide all the way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

The Written Word

John 1:43-51

43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”

44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

“Come and see,” said Philip.

47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”

48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”

50 Jesus said, “You believe[a] because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you,[b] you[c] will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’[d] the Son of Man.”

Scripture Reading

The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.

One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel.

Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.

Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

“My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”

Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

Announcements – January 14, 2018

Sunday School Classes

11 a.m. – Every Sunday, the following classes meet to study God’s Word and you are invited to attend the class most appropriate for you.  IHS (In His Service) Adult Class & Children’s Class – Meets in the church basement.


Worship Helpers January– Thank you!

Greeters: Sue D & Brenda C

Head Usher: Bill D              

Lay Reader:

Acolyte:  Danny O

Organist:  Jeannine B


Fellowship Meal

The next Fellowship Meal will be on 1/21/2018. Plan on attending to see who will be visiting us this day! Bring a friend and a covered dish!


Special Mention

Altar Flowers: Silk Flowers put in honor of loved ones.

Birthdays: 1/14 Jordan K 1/18 Landon I-M 1/20 Lundyn H

Anniversaries:  1/17 Matt & Connie P


The Card Station

is in the Hospitality Room.  Stop by each week to sign cards that will be going out that week.  If you would like someone to receive a card, follow the instructions posted. You may contribute cards for this ministry as well.


Have an Announcement?

If you have an announcement or event you would like to have advertised, please let Mary S know so she can have it in the bulletin. Thank You!


Time to sign up for Altar Flowers

If you wish to place flowers in honor or in memory of someone, the cost is $30. You can pick the Sunday you wish to sign up and the money will be due to


Hub Donations

We are in need of money to purchase toothbrushes for Hub. If you would like to donate money to help this wonderful outreach, please see Nancy B. She will need the money by January 28th.


Choir Practice

The Choir meets every Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm- 6:30 pm for practice. If you would like to join the choir they are always welcoming new voices! If you have any questions, please see Janice D.


Bible Study

Bible Study is on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm till 7:30 pm in the Hospitality Room, located in the rear of the church. Anyone is welcome to join in and learn more about our Heavenly Father and His Word. Bring your Bible and invite a friend! Hope to see you there!  This week, we start the book of Ephesians!


Hospitality Time

is 9:15 -9:40 a.m. in the Hospitality room located in the rear of the church.  Enjoy a time of church family fellowship along with some light refreshments before worship begins. Donations of small bottles of water and snacks are welcome for our Hospitality room.  Thank you to those who have donated!


Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard

Accepting non-perishables. This includes paper products. Donations may be placed on the landing of the steps inside the church entrance. January donation requests are for Pancake Syrup and Pancake Mix.


Children’s Sunday School

Anyone that is interested in taking turns with Nancy B teaching the Children’s Sunday School class, see Nancy B. We will have a calendar on the bulletin board in the church entrance to sign up. Even if it is one Sunday a month, or the whole month this would lessen the burden on everyone. You must be willing to get clearances in Child Abuse and Criminal Background (free). We can help you obtain these. Pray on this and if the Lord speaks to you to help with the Children’s Sunday School, then sign-up or see Nancy B for more info!


JJ Powel Fuel

Anyone who receives their heating fuel from JJ Powel can give them Grove Memorial UMC’s name and we get back 3 cents a gallon. This is a FREE program that benefits our church. All you have to do is call or stop in at JJ Powel’s and let them know you would like to add Grove Memorial UMC at 611 S. Main St Lewistown to your account and we can begin to get blessed by your donation! Thank you!


Worship Helpers Needed

Time to sign up for Worship Helpers for 2018 Please see the bulletin board out in the lobby to sign up. We need January Helpers filled first and then Feb and on. Thank you!


Ad Council Meeting

Now that the holidays are over, we will have our Ad Council Meeting this month Wednesday January 24th, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the basement. Those who should attend are: Pastor Randy, Jeannine B, Alex H, Fred S, Bill D, Brenda C, Judy R, Jayne P, Sue D, Pam F, Karen W, and Mary S.

Congregational Prayer of Confession

(Leader) Let us confess the harm we have done to God’s world, by failing to care for it, and by turning away from God’s ways:
(Leader) We confess that we have failed to give you glory for the wonder and beauty of creation


(People) Forgive us Lord, and heal our land.

(Leader) We confess that we have failed to care properly for animals and birds, and for the land

itself. We’re sorry, Lord.

(People) Forgive us Lord, and heal our land.

(Leader) We confess that our greed and comfort have led to pollution and waste, and have caused the poor to suffer.

(People) Forgive us Lord, and heal our land.

(Leader) We confess the lack of understanding between city and countryside, between farmers and consumers.

(People) Forgive us Lord, and heal our land.

(Leader) We confess that the land has suffered as we have failed to let you be God in every area of our national life.

(People) Forgive us Lord, and heal our land.

(All) Hear our prayers

Call To Worship

(Leader) From the waters of Creation, the earth sprang forth.


(People) From the waters of a womb, God’s blessed Son was given to us.


(Leader) From the waters of a river, people were baptized and marked as God’s Children


(People) Praise be to God, whose loving gifts and presence have called us together.


(Leader) Let us shout our love to God for God’s abundant love


(All) AMEN.