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.

Wednesday Bible Study **CORRECTION**

Class starts at 6:30pm.  Join us for Bible study.

Last week we posted that we are studying Acts when in fact we are still studying the book of Philippians.  We left off at the end of Chapter 3 – spoiler alert, those in Christ win in the end!

This week we should be picking up at the beginning of Chapter 4 as Paul closes his epistle to the Philippian church.

If you show up early, the choir starts practicing at 5:30pm.  Feel free to sit in – Jan D. is always looking for those wanting to make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

Announcements – December 31, 2017

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 Bell 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 Powell Fuel

Anyone who receives their heating fuel from JJ Powell 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 Powell’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!


Help Wanted

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!


I.H.S. Christmas Party

The I.H.S. Christmas Party will be on Saturday Jan 6th, 2018 at 6 pm. Bring a gag gift for our annual gift exchange. Anyone who needs to pay the $14 per person, can see Joyce H. Merry Christmas!

“Seeing Jesus in Each Other” – December 31, 2017

Thought Provoker

Prayer for the Pastor
Dear God, I lift my pastor to You in prayer, that You may bless him with wisdom, direction, & humility. I pray for my pastor’s physical & spiritual health- for proper sleep, diet, & rest, as well as time to pray & study Your Word. And finally, let my pastor remain faithful to You in ministry and to family, that Your name can be proclaimed with honor.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

The Written Word

Luke 2:22-40

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses,Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”[a]), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”[b]

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
    you may now dismiss[c] your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and the glory of your people Israel.”

33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four.[d] She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.

 

Scripture Reading

Isaiah 61:10-62:3

10 I delight greatly in the Lord;
    my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
    and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
    and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up
    and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness
    and praise spring up before all nations.

62 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
    for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet,
till her vindication shines out like the dawn,
    her salvation like a blazing torch.
The nations will see your vindication,
    and all kings your glory;
you will be called by a new name
    that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.
You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand,
    a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

Make a Joyful Noise!

How do you serve the Lord?  How do you continue your spiritual growth?  Can you make a joyful noise? How about serving in the choir?

They meet once a week for practice and get the best seats in the house on Sunday.  Kidding aside, this is a wonderful ministry and fellowship opportunity.  You don’t have to sound like one of the gospel singers on the radio – you just need to have a desire to serve God and sing his praises.

Want to give it a shot?  Join us Wednesday evening for practice in the main sanctuary beginning at 5:30pm or contact Pastor Randy or Janice D.

Acts – Bible Study

What happened after Christ rose to Heaven?  How did the Christian Church begin?  What was the purpose of the new church, anyway?

Join us to find out!  This Wednesday at 6:30pm as we start an adult Bible study on the book of Acts, led by Pastor Randy.  Meet us at the rear of the sanctuary – our study is open to everyone!

 

Christmas Eve Service – 2017

Thank to everyone who came out to celebrate the birth of Christ.  We greatly enjoyed the participation of all of our friends in the community that came out to worship with us and we welcome you to visit again.


Announcements – Dec 24, 2017

Christmas Eve Service

We will have our Christmas Eve Service TONIGHT from 6:00 to 7:00 pm here at Grove. Come celebrate the birth of Jesus with a special service. Bring family and friends and spread the word! We hope to see you there!

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!

Anyone that is interested in taking turns with Nancy Bell teaching the Children’s Sunday School class, see Nancy Bell. 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 Bell for more info!

I.H.S. Christmas Party

The I.H.S. Christmas Party will be on Saturday Jan 6th, 2018 at 6 pm. Bring a gag gift for our annual gift exchange. Anyone who needs to pay the $14 per person, can see Joyce Haywood. Merry Christmas!

Announcements – December 17, 2017

Worship Helpers December– Thank you!

  • Greeters: Sue N & Angela Z
  • Head Usher:  Kim F
  • Lay Reader: Fred S
  • Acolyte:  Danny O
  • Organist:  Jeannine B

Fellowship Meal

The next Fellowship Meal will be on TODAY. There will be a Special Guest! Plan on attending to see who will be visiting us this day! Bring a friend and a covered dish!

Mystery Guest Clue #3-This week’s clue is: You may find this person on a yellow brick road!

Advent Reading and Candle Lighting

We would like to have 3 people to sign up for the Advent Reading & Candle Lighting. Please let Mary S know if you would like to do this for one of the following dates:

  • Sunday Dec 24th (pm)

Christmas Eve Service

We will be having our Christmas Eve Service on Sunday Dec 24th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm here at Grove. Come celebrate the birth of Jesus with a special service. Bring family and friends and spread the word! We hope to see you there!

Worship Helpers Needed 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!

Birthdays

  • 12/22 – Isabel D
  • 12/23 – Jack M