“Genuine Keepsakes” – March 4, 2018

1Co 1:18-25

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
    the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[a]

20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

 

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Call to Worship and Prayer of Confession – March 4, 2018

Call to Worship

Leader: Father, teach us your laws.
People: And help us to obey them. 
Leader: Lord Jesus, teach us of your love.
People: And help us to share it.
ALL: Holy Spirit, guide and direct us as we seek to live within Gods covenant. Amen.

A Jewish Prayer of Confession (use with Exodus 20)

Holy and awesome God, we stand in your presence filled with regret for our many sins and failings.

Though there is greatness in us, and a deep longing for goodness, we have often denied our better selves and refused to hear your voice calling us to rise to the full height of our humanity.

For there is weakness in us, as well as strength. At times we choose to walk in darkness, our vision obscured.  We do not care to look within, and we are unwilling to look beyond at those who need our help.

O God, we are too weak to walk unaided.
Be with us as a strong and wise friend,
and teach us to walk by the light of your truth.  Amen

Announcements – March 4, 2018

Easter Sunrise Service: Will be held at the pavilion behind the Freedom Ave. Church at 6:30am.  Immediately following the service the church will serve breakfast.  All are welcome.

SIGHT & SOUND TRIP – Planned for Tuesday, June 26.  Estimated cost is $100/adult which includes travel, ticket and a meal.  Sign-ups are open to members, family & friends.  Sign up in the foyer if you’re interested.

Thank you to our March, helpers: Greeters: Brenda & Jayne, Head Usher: Kim, Lay Reader: Fred, Acolyte: Danny, Organist: Jeannine

Men’s Prayer Breakfast: The next breakfast will be held on March 10th at Grace United Methodist Church at 7:30am.

TODAY is the third Sunday in Lent

Thank you! To Sherri for filling in on piano for the last couple weeks.

Sunday School: Meets every Sunday morning at 11am in the church basement.

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard: March donations are paper towels and toilet paper.

Donations for HUB: See Nancy B.  Your monetary donations will help us buy toothbrushes to donate to families in crisis.

Choir Practice: Every Wednesday at 5:30pm

Bible Study: Every Wednesday at 6:30pm.  Dust off the book of Ephesians and join us in Chapter 3.

Worship Helpers are NEEDED: We need a lay reader for April … why not you?

JJ Powell Program: When you buy fuel oil, let them know you’re with us. They’ll donate to the church!

Contact Gene D. with any announcements

“Rewarding Heavenly Habits” – February 25, 2018

Mark 8:31-38:

He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”


Words of Assurance

The journey of discipleship is never easy; but you can be assured that you will not be on this journey alone. Place your trust in Jesus. AMEN.

Call to Worship and Congregational Prayer – February 25, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP

Today we step up a little higher on our Lenten Journey

We are moving from contemplation to action.

Are you ready to take the next step?

Yes, we are ready. The cross is before us.

Come, walk together on this journey to the Cross.

Lord, prepare our hearts and our spirits for this next step.

AMEN


CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER

Guiding Lord, even though we hesitated on our Lenten journey; we vowed to come with you through all the trials and fears toward the Cross.

Today we face the challenge which true commitment brings. Are we willing to offer our whole selves to you in service? We would like to think that we can do that, but we are aware of how many times we have turned away from service and instead focused on our own desires.

Remind us again of the commitment you would have us give if we are to become disciples. Forgive our stubbornness and fears. Lead us forward, gracious Lord, up these steps toward the Cross.

AMEN.

Announcements – February 25, 2018

Easter Sunrise Service: Will be held at the pavilion behind the Freedom Ave. Church at 6:30am.  Immediately following the service the church will serve breakfast.  All are welcome.

Thank you to our February, helpers: Greeters: Judy R. & Angela Z.; Head Usher: Alex H.; Lay Reader: Fred S.; Acolyte: Danny O.; Organist: Jeannine B.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast: The next breakfast will be held on March 3rd at Grace United Methodist Church at 7:30am.

TODAY is the second Sunday in Lent


Sunday School: Meets every Sunday morning at 11am in the church basement.

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard: February donations are Peanut Butter and Jelly

Donations for HUB: See Nancy B.  Your monetary donations will help us buy toothbrushes to donate to families in crisis.

Choir Practice: Every Wednesday at 5:30pm

Bible Study: Every Wednesday at 6:30pm.  Dust off the book of Ephesians and join us in Chapter 2.

Worship Helpers are NEEDED: That means YOU.  Sign up in any vacant slot on the sheet in the church lobby.

JJ Powell Program: When you buy fuel oil, let them know you’re with us. They’ll donate to the church!

The Card Station: Sign cards in the hospitality room to take part in this ministry.

 

Contact Gene D. with any announcements

“40 Days of Temptation” – February 18, 2018

Mark 9:9-15

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Call to Worship & Prayer of Confession – February 18, 2018

Call to Worship

Leader: We trust in you, O God, for you are faithful.

People: Show us your ways and teach us your paths.

Leader: We wait for you.

People: Lead us in your paths of truth.

Leader: Do not remember our failures.

People: Out of your merciful grace, forgive us.

Leader: You are faithful, O God. Your love is steadfast.

People: We lift up our souls to you, and praise you always.


Prayer of Confession

God of the rainbow, you made a covenant with all creatures, promising life and hope.

God of pathways, you show us how we should walk.

Yet we forget our connection with one another and think that we are the center of the universe.

We wander from your paths of truth into paths of deceit and pride.

Forgive us and lead us back
into the arms of your love.

Amen.

Announcements – February 18, 2018

Easter Sunrise Service

Will be held at the pavilion behind the Freedom Ave. Church at 6:30am.  Immediately following the service the church will serve breakfast.  All are welcome.


Thank you to our February, helpers!

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


Men’s Prayer Breakfast

The next breakfast will be held on March 3rd at Grace United Methodist Church at 7:30am.


TODAY is the first Sunday in Lent


Thank you for the flowers!

Last week our IHS Sunday School Class visited shut-ins and took the opportunity to bring them a flower.


Sunday School

Meets every Sunday morning at 11am in the church basement.


Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard

February donations are Peanut Butter and Jelly


Donations for HUB

See Nancy B.  Your monetary donations will help us buy toothbrushes to donate to families in crisis.


Choir Practice

Every Wednesday at 5:30pm


Bible Study

Every Wednesday at 6:30pm.  Dust off the book of Ephesians and join us in Chapter 2.


Worship Helpers are NEEDED

That means YOU.  Sign up in any vacant slot on the sheet in the church lobby.


JJ Powell Program

When you buy fuel oil, let them know you’re with us. They’ll donate to the church!


The Card Station

Sign cards in the hospitality room to take part in this ministry.


 

Call to Worship/Congregational Prayer – February 11, 2018

Call to Worship

Leader: The mighty one, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.

People: Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.

Leader: Our God comes and does not keep silence, before him is a devouring fire, and a mighty tempest all around him.

People: He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people:

Leader:”Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”

All: The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge


Congregational Prayer of Confession

Mighty one of yesterday, today, and tomorrow,
do not be silent, but speak, that we may hear.
Speak justice, that we may correct our lawlessness.
Speak righteousness, that we may know your ways.
Speak compassion, that we may know your mercy.
Speak abundance, that we may serve others.
Speak understanding, that we may be peacemakers.
Speak glory, that we may know your Son.
Speak, and we will listen to you.
You promise forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace
when we speak our shortcomings.
We speak of mistakes we have made.
We speak of abandoning your ways.
We speak of failures to show compassion and mercy.
We speak of our need for forgiveness.
Mighty one of yesterday, today, and tomorrow,
hear our prayer and lead us into fullness of life. Amen.