Today, let us continue to explore the Path of Jesus for the 21st Century in our lives and in our families, as we come to God in worship.
Opening Song “Hope”
Opening to the Spirit’s Instruction
First Reading (Romans 12:1-8) Arnie and Elaine Anderson
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. 6 We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; 7 ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; 8 the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.
Song “A Song of Hope”
Second Scripture Reading Romans 12:9-21
9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
May God’s Spirit speak to us today through these words of Scripture, the music we sing and hear, and the message shared this day.
Song “You Raise Me Up” (Luiza Spiridon)
Sermon “Overcome Evil with Good” by Pastor Craig
Song “You’ll Never Walk Alone”
Prayers for Our World and One Another
Let us enter now into a time of prayer for one another and for our world. We will do what is called a Bidding Prayer. I will open, and then I will bid your prayers based around various categories. During the silence after each category is bid, I invite you to add your own prayers, either aloud or in silence. I will then close with a prayer, then the Lord’s Prayer. Let us be in prayer.
Let us pray now for all who are ill, in hospital or at home, especially those affected by cancer or COVID-19.
Let us pray now for all medical and emergency services personnel who are responding to the best of their abilities with the resources that they have at hand.
Let us pray now for all those who are hungry or food insecure, and for all community and religious efforts to provide food and shelter.
Let us pray for the leaders of nations around the world, not only regarding their response to this pandemic, but also that they may do everything possible to assure the health and welfare of their citizens.
Let us pray for our friends, family, and neighbors for their health and well-being.
Let us also express our thanks to God for the expressions of love and caring that we have witnessed in our families, communities, and world.
Let us express our gratitude for life and the myriad things that gladden our hearts.
These prayers, spoken aloud or in silence, we lift into the universal embrace of the One who is Love, and we make them in the name of the One who showed us what Love looks like in the flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord, and we now join our voices in the prayer he taught us, saying:
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen
Prayer Response “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”
Benediction “The Blessing” lyrics, adapted
The Lord blessyou And keep you May God’s face shine upon you And be gracious to you The Lord’s Face be turned toward you And give you peace.
May God’s favor be upon you And a thousand generations And your family and your children And their children, and their children.
May God’s presence go before you And behind you, and beside you All around you, and within you God is with you, God is with you. In the morning, in the evening In your coming, and your going In your weeping, and rejoicing God is for you, God is for you.
That is right……We are having a Charge Conference in June. This will not replace the Charge Conference that will take place in the fall. District Superintendent Reverend John Tucker has been working with your Staff, Parish Relationship Committee (SPRC) to come up with a plan for the next year that is best for all concerned. All of us have reviewed, asked questions, prayed (a lot) and consulted with Arnie our treasurer and DS John several times over the last month. The plan that we would like to put forth to you is that for the next year Pastor Craig be 3/4 time at our church. Arnie has crunched the numbers many times for us and we can make this work. Finances are looking good at this time. This charge conference will just be the Pastor’s Pay Package. Increasing from 1/2 time to 3/4 time will be an increase of $1,038.00 a month. This will start July 1st. District Superintendent John Tucker will oversee this Charge Conference. It will be a Zoom meeting. For those of you who do not do Zoom we will ﬁnd a way to include you. It may be one of us will call you and keep the phone on. We will do what we can in these difﬁcult times. The pay package page will be presented and explained at this meeting. A link to the Zoom meeting has been included in the Church Update emailed to you. If you need a link and password to the meeting, please contact Susan Inman or Sue Huntley. The difference between a Charge Conference and a Church Conference is this: According to the Book of Discipline (in simple language): Church Conference is an ALL church meeting where all are welcome and all members can vote on a decision. Like the selling of the property or building plans for the remodel. Charge Conference is where all are welcome to attend. Only elected members will vote. I am giving you a bit today to mull over and pray about for a week. Next week we will do another update with more details as they are clearer for us. If you have questions that can not wait OR you need a Zoom meeting link and password, please contact: Susan Inman, Leadership Team Leader: 541-890-2009 email@example.com or Sue Huntley, SPRC Chairperson: 541-998-2480...
3/29/2020A Service of Our Longing for Healing and Togetherness Words of Welcome Opening Song “Come, Now Is the Time to Worship Call to Worship (from Psalm 42, adapted) As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of the God of Life? My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me continually, “Where is your God?” These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I went with the throng, and led them in procession to the house of God, with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival. Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God. My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you. Deep calls to deep at the thunder of your cataracts; all your waves and your billows have gone over me. By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. I say to God, my rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I walk about mournfully because the enemy oppresses me?” As with a deadly wound in my body, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me continually, “Where is your God?” Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God. Silence and Centering Prayer Liturgist: Let us pause for a moment of centering in silence, allowing these words sink deeply into the depths of our being. Silence Reflection 1 “For What Do We Long?” Pastor Craig Song “As the Deer” Psalm Reading Psalm 41 Blessed are those who consider the poor and the weak; the Lord delivers them in the day of trouble. The Lord protects them and keeps them alive; they are called blessed in the land. You do not give them up to the will of their enemies. The Lord sustains them on their sickbed; in their illness you heal all their infirmities. As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you.” My enemies wonder in malice when I will die, and my name perish. And when they come to see me, they utter empty words, while their hearts gather mischief; when they go out, they tell it abroad. All who hate me whisper together about me; they imagine the worst for me. They think that a deadly thing has fastened on me, that I will not rise again from where I lie. Even my bosom friend in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has lifted the heel against me. But you, O Lord, be gracious to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them. By this I know that you are pleased with me; because my enemy has not triumphed over me. But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting....
Words of Welcome Call to Worship (from Psalm 24:1-6, adapted) The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and all creatures who live in it; for God has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers. Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their souls to what is false, and do not live deceitfully. They will receive blessing from the Lord, and vindication from the God of their salvation.Such is the company of those who seek him, who seek the face of God. Opening Song “Joyful Joyful, We Adore Thee” UMH # 89 Silence and Centering Prayer Liturgist: Let us pause for a moment of centering in silence, preparing ourselves to receive the scripture lesson for today. Silence Now, let us open our hearts and minds to receive these words from the Holy Scriptures. Scripture Reading Psalm 148 Anthem “The Blue Green Hills of Earth” Wakefield Choral Society Sermon “The Earth is the Lord’s!” Pastor Craig “The Dance of Plants” Congregational Confession Liturgist: Let us open our hearts and speak these truths to the One in whom we live, move, and have our being: Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We confess our fascination with our own technological cleverness, but our failure to truly appreciate the complexity, diversity, and amazing wonder of your Creation. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have been wasteful of the earth’s riches, disrespectful of other species, and prone to view ourselves as the pinnacle of creation. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent, for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Moment of Reflection Pardon and Freeing from Bondage (from Psalm 103:8,10-12) Liturgist: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. All: Free us, O Lord, from the ways of tyranny, power over others, and the use of others for our own personal ends. Speak to our hearts each day, that we may adopt the Ways of Jesus. Amen. Song “Have thine Own Way” Prayers for Our World and One Another Let us enter now into a time of prayer for one another and for our world. We will do what is called a Bidding Prayer. I will open, and then I will bid your prayers based around various categories. During the silence after each category is bid, I invite you to add your own prayers, either aloud or in silence. I will then close with a prayer, then the Lord’s Prayer. Let us be in prayer. Gracious and...