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.

“As Our Journey Continues” – February 11, 2018

Thought Provoker

God will not keep silent, but will gather us in with the tender words: “You are forgiven.”

Glory to God!

The Written Word

Mark 9:1-9

And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud:“This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

 

Scripture Reading

2 Kings 2:1-12

When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; the Lordhas sent me to Bethel.”

But Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.”So they went down to Bethel.

The company of the prophets at Bethel came out to Elisha and asked, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master from you today?”

“Yes, I know,” Elisha replied, “so be quiet.”

Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, Elisha; the Lord has sent me to Jericho.”

And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went to Jericho.

The company of the prophets at Jericho went up to Elisha and asked him, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master from you today?”

“Yes, I know,” he replied, “so be quiet.”

Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.”

And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.”So the two of them walked on.

Fifty men from the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground.

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?”

“Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.

10 “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not.”

11 As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 12 Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two.

 

 

Call to Worship/Congregational Prayer – February 4, 2018

Call to Worship (Psalm 147)

Leader: Praise the LORD! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.

People: The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Leader: He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.

People: Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.

ALL: The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.  Praise the LORD!


Congregational Prayer for a Heart of Outreach

The time that you give to each one of us is precious time O God. In it we find a foretaste of the eternal. Thank you, Lord, for giving the human person an opportunity to find you and to be reconciled to you. Empower us by your Spirit so that we might be people who have a heart for the world.  Grace our hands with kindness, our hearts with compassion, our minds with goodness, and our wills with a holy resolve. Hear our prayer O Lord and help us be mindful of the shortness of the time we have upon this earth and so to live in your presence that we might be found righteous before you.  Make us instruments of your salvation and channels of your peace. We pray, O God, for others around us – that your love and wisdom may touch them – and that they too may come to know the living water of Christ which truly quenches all thirst. This we pray in the name of Jesus, the one who came to us and who even now walks with us on our journey. Amen

“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.