March 17th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
March 17, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Second Sunday in Lent

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “My Life is in You, Lord” TFWS#2032

Prelude

*Processional
In this place, among these people,
God is worshipped, God is praised.
We have seen the signs and wonders;
the lost are found here, the dead are raised.
We are living the Gospel story;
lives are changed, and mountains moved.
Won’t you come and work among us?
You are welcomed, you are loved.

*Call to Worship
Leader: Wait for the Lord. Be strong and take heart.
All: we will see the goodness of God in the land of the living.
Leader: The Lord is our light and our salvation.
All: Whom shall we fear?
Leader: Though adversaries plot against us.
All: God protects us from harm.
Leader: Sing to the Lord with songs of joy.
All: Make melody to the Lord, our God.
Leader: Come, let us worship.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Be Thou My Vision” UMH#451

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time–
After prayers, sing the Children out – “Jesus Loves Me.” Children 5 and under are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery at this time

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” UMH#277

SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament Psalm 118 p. 492
*Gospel Reading Luke 4:1-14 p. 835

Message “Influences of Jesus’s Early Life ” Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “On Eagles Wings” UMH#143

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday, March 17, 2019
9:30 am – Adult Sunday 9:45 a.m.Youth Sunday School
10:30 am –Worship
Pancake breakfast served after service to benefit Youth Camp

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Trustees: 6:00 p.m.
Ad Council 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 24, 2019
9:30 a.m. – Adult Sunday 9:45 a.m.Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship

Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com
Office Telephone 231-923-0573
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist Alissa Ross
Liturgist Charles Pease
Nursery Liz Grossman
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

March 10th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
March 10, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

First Sunday in Lent

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “Sanctuary” 2X TFWS#2164

Prelude

*Processional
In this place, among these people,
God is worshipped, God is praised.
We have seen the signs and wonders;
the lost are found here, the dead are raised.
We are living the Gospel story;
lives are changed, and mountains moved.
Won’t you come and work among us?
You are welcomed, you are loved.

*Call to Worship

Leader: In the days of Noah, God placed a rainbow in the sky as a sign of the covenant of God’s love for all the earth.
All: In the colors of the rainbow, we see the sign of God’s grace for all creation.
Leader: In the days of Moses, the words of God were written on tablets of stone, as a sign of a covenant between God and all of God’s people.
All: In the tablets of stone we see the sign of God’s hope for each to live in peace with God and neighbor.
Leader: In the days of the prophet, God promised a new covenant in our hearts.
All: As members of the living Body of Christ, we see the sign of God’s promise among us.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Because He Lives” UMH#364

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time–
After prayers, sing the Children out – “Jesus Loves Me.” Children 5 and under are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery at this time

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “Shall We Gather at the River” UMH#723

SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament Exodus 12:1-13 p. 51
*Gospel Reading John 8:36 p. 871

Message “Jesus’s Story Began Long Before His Birth”

Words of Assurance

The Great Thanksgiving

Imposition of Ashes

Prayer

*Hymn “Let the Lower Lights Be Burning” insert

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday, March 10, 2019
9:30 am – Adult Sunday 9:45 a.m.Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship Communion

Sunday, March 17, 2019
9:30 a.m. – Adult Sunday 9:45 a.m.Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship
Pancake breakfast served after to lunch to benefit Youth Camp

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
6:30 p.m.Trustee’s Meeting
7:00 p.m. Ad Council Meeting

Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com
Office Telephone 231-923-057
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist Alissa Ross
Liturgist Art Grumm
Nursery Carol Adams
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

March 3rd Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
March 3, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Eighth Sunday after the Epiphany

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “Sweet, Sweet Spirit” UMH#334

Prelude

*Processional
In this place, among these people,
God is worshipped, God is praised.
We have seen the signs and wonders;
the lost are found here, the dead are raised.
We are living the Gospel story;
lives are changed, and mountains moved.
Won’t you come and work among us?
You are welcomed, you are loved.

*Call to Worship

Leader: We are brought here today to glimpse the hope that Christ has for us.
All: Open our hearts to receive that hope.
Leader: We are brought here today to be healed of our fears.
All: Heal us Lord Jesus with your love and power.
Leader: We are brought here today to feel your loving protection.
All: Praise be to God who continues to bless us, restore us, protect us.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “This is My Father’s World” UMH#144

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time–
After prayers, sing the Children out – “Jesus Loves Me.” Children 5 and under are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery at this time

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “Blessed Assurance” UMH#369

SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament Micah 6: 6-8 p. 757
Isaiah 58:6-9 p. 601
New Testament Philippians 4: 4-9 p. 955

Message “A Cloak of Protection” Edith Bogart

Prayer

*Hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” UMH#133

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday, March 3, 2019
9:30 am – Adult Sunday 9:45 a.m.Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship Edith Bogart no communion

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Ash Wednesday: 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 10, 2019
9:30 a.m. – Adult Sunday 9:45 a.m.Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship

Sunday, March 17, 2019
Pancake breakfast served after to lunch to benefit Youth Camp

Office Telephone 231-923-0573
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist Julie Howell
Liturgist Mechelle Schneider
Nursery Edith Bogart
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

Part Two: A Brief Bible History

Please recognize that in the short space of our newsletter we cannot do an extensive history of the Bible. In my course of study to become a United Methodist pastor, one of the classes that I took dealt with our Christian Bible. The Bible is reported to be the biggest best-seller of all time, and its history is fascinating to study. As God’s Spirit breathed on the authors of the Bible, they recorded the messages with whatever resources were available at the time. Oral history, engravings in clay, inscriptions on tablets of stone, ink and papyrus, parchment, leather and metals.

From creation to B.C. 2000 the earliest Scriptures were handed down from generation to generation orally. From B.C. 2000 to 1500 the oldest Books of the Bible were starting to be written. The earliest manuscripts comprising the original Hebrew Bible were completed in about B.C. 400. From about A.D. 45 to A.D. 100 the original 27 books of the New Testament were written and assembly started. From that time the Bible continued to evolve and in A.D. 397 the Third Synod of Carthage approved both the Old and New Testament in an accepted form breathed by the Holy Spirit.

The Old Testament was written primarily in Hebrew, with some of the books written in Aramaic. In A.D. 400 the original languages of the Old Testament and New Testament were translated into Latin. While Latin remain the traditional translation of Scripture in about A.D. 500 other language translations were starting to appear while the (universal) Catholic Church still declares Latin as the only language for Scripture. In A.D. 1382 the first English Bible was written in defiance of the organized church. Those who did the translation believed that people should be able to read the Bible in their own language. Up until this time all the reproductions of the Bible were done by scribes in Latin and in hand written form.

In A.D. 1455 after the invention of the printing press in Germany more and more translations became available. It was in A.D. 1536 that Martin Luther completed his work by translation the Bible into German. This translation is known as the Protestant Bible today. From that time on a number of different Bibles translation had been written working from the original text of Aramaic and Greek to what we know commonly today as the King James Version which was completed in A.D. 1611. This translation was called the, “Authorized Version”. And since that time a number of other translations have become available for our reading and understanding. Until the Gutenberg press first printed the Latin Bible in A.D. 1456, all Bibles were hand copied onto papyrus, parchment and paper.

When the Bible is translated into different languages it is usually translated from the original Hebrew and Greek writings. Over time, the accuracy of many of the manuscripts from our Old Testament and New Testament have been substantiated by archeological findings and recent findings such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, Geniza Fragments and the Ben Asher Manuscripts have continued to help us authenticate Scripture text. We as Christians believe God chose certain individuals to author sacred Scripture. Because God has chosen these individuals and they were affirmed by the Holy Spirit; we are to acknowledge that the books of Scripture firmly, faithfully, and without error teach the truth which God, for the sake of our salvation, does inspire us.

Announcements and Stuff

Lenten Sunday School Program

Our Lenten Sunday School Study will begin on Sunday, March 10th and run through Sunday, April 14th (Palm Sunday). The study we will use, “The Rock, The Road, And The Rabbi” has been developed by Kathy Lee Gifford and Rabbi Jason Sobel. This study will help us deepen our faith as we journey through Lent. We are invited to join Kathy and Rabbi Sobel as they visit sites in Israel that have a profound impact on our Christian faith. Kathy will share her faith story and Rabbi Sobel (a Messianic Jewish Rabbi) will provide fascinating background details that make the stories of the New Testament come alive. Our study will consist of a short video presentation followed by a class discussion led by Pastor Gary and Reba. Pastor Gary will then follow each Sunday’s study by presenting a message during our worship time from our study so our entire Claybanks United Methodist Church Congregation can share with the Sunday School new depths as we reconnect the ancient Jewish wisdom with the teachings of the New Testament. Please plan to join together as we walked the roads, visit sites and embrace the transformation of our faith from where it all began over two thousand years ago Israel.

United Methodist Women Resume

“At last —soon we will welcome the early signs of a much anticipated Spring! One of the first signs along with robins and perhaps a crocus or two, is the first UMW meeting of the new year. Oh, how I look forward to our new year and the monthly meetings. An invitation is extended to all women who wish to enjoy our fellowship and help plan for the new year. Come one, come all — Spring is about to explode!

What is Ash Wednesday & Lent?

In the Christian liturgical calendar, Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is named from the placing of repentance ashes on the foreheads of participants with either the words “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” Or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”. The ashes are made from burning the palms of the prior year’s Palm Sunday. How long do you leave the ashes on your forehead? That is up to the individual. For some it is a conscience mark of humility. Some will clean the ashes off immediately. Lent is a time for fasting, abstinence, and commemoration of Jesus’s forty days in the wilderness. Lent ends the Saturday before Easter Sunday. Sundays do not count in the forty days of Lent. The term lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten which means spring.We often think of giving something up for Lent, but we can also focus on a behavior change. We might give up chocolate or sweets, but we can also refrain from harsh words or criticism. We can read scripture; say an extra prayer, set aside a time for meditation. Most importantly we can reflect on the life and sacrifice of Jesus.

Nursery Schedule

March 3- Edith Bogart
March 10- Carol Adams
March 17-Liz Grossman
March 24- Kathy Ohman
March 31- Joyce Twiss

Upcoming Worship Schedule

March 3rd –  Transfiguration Sunday –  Exodus 34:29-35 / 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 /  Luke 9:28-36

March 6th – Ash Wednesday Lent Series – “The Rock, The Road and The Rabbi”

March 10th –  Lent  – Exodus 12:1-13 – Jesus’ Story Began Long Before His Birth – Deuteronomy 16:5-6 / John 8:36

March 17th –  What Influenced Jesus Early Life –  Psalm 118 / Luke 4:1-14

March 24th –  On The Road To Forgiveness Matthew 6:5-15 / Colossians 3:12-14

March 31st –  Where Jesus Did His Ministry –  Matthew 4:23-25

February 24th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
February 24, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “Sanctuary” 2 X TFWS#2164

Prelude

*Processional
In this place, among these people,
God is worshipped, God is praised.
We have seen the signs and wonders;
the lost are found here, the dead are raised.
We are living the Gospel story;
lives are changed, and mountains moved.
Won’t you come and work among us?
You are welcomed, you are loved.

*Call to Worship

Leader: Lift praises to the name of our God; bless God’s name forever!
All: How great is our God!
Leader: From generation to generation we will sing your praises and speak of your goodness!
All: Great is our God and worthy of praise!
Leader: God, you are just and kind in all your doings.
All: Great is our God and worthy of praise!
Leader: God, you watch over us in love and hear the desperate cries of those who call to you!
All: How great is our God! How great is our God! Bless God’s name forever!

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “To God Be the Glory” UMH#98

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time– “Give the Gift of Yourself” Psalm 139:14
After prayers, sing the Children out – “Jesus Loves Me.” Children 5 and under are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery at this time. Shalom Sunday

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “Freely, Freely” UMH #389

SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament Psalm 139:13-14 p. 503
*Gospel Reading Luke 14:12-14 p. 849
New Testament Colossians 3:23-25 p. 958

Message “Live a Life of Service” Jim Tanis

Prayer

*Hymn “We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations” UMH 569 (V. 1,2,4)”

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday, February 24, 2019
9:30 a.m. – Adult Sunday 9:45 a.m.Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship Jim Tanis Shalom Sunday

Sunday, March 3, 2019
9:30 am – Adult Sunday 9:45 a.m.Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship Edith Bogart no communion

Office Telephone 231-923-0573
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist Shar Boerema
Liturgist Mechelle Schneider
Nursery Doris Graham
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News