April 11th Service

Sunday, April 11, 2021
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Second Sunday of Easter
Holy Humor Sunday
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song…..”Just a Closer Walk with Thee”………TFWS #2158

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, 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: Joy is loose,
All: In the wiggles of the children.
Leader: The whispers of the young at heart,
All: The smiles of adults.
Leader: We praise God for this glorious day.
All: Let the praise break forth in silly ways.
Leader: Joy and praise fills our hearts and in our songs.
All: Let the laughter be deep, for we are God’s people.

*Gloria Patri…………………………………………………UMH 70

Opening Prayer
Humor Time

*Hymn…………….”This Is The Day” (2 Times)……………UMH 657

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

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

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology…………………………………………………….UMH 95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn….………………..”Christ Is Risen”…………………UMH 307

Sharing of the Word
Old Testament Reading:…..Psalm 133….Page 501
*Gospel Reading: ….…John 20:19-31…..Page 883

Message by Pastor Gary Peterson
Peace Be With You!

Prayer

*Hymn…………..…..…”I Come with Joy”………..……….UMH 617

More Humor

Benediction

Postlude – Please be seated

Calendar and Announcements

Thursday, April 15
1:00 p.m. – UMW Meeting
Sunday, April 18
9:15 a.m.  Adult Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship
Jim Tanis Leading the service
Tuesday, April 20
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Church Clean-up
Newsletter deadline
Sunday, April 25 – Shalom Sunday
9:15 a.m.  Adult Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship
Denise Schuitema Leading the service
Tuesday, April 27
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Alternate Church Clean-up

Claybanks United Methodist Church is located at 9197 56th Ave., Montague, MI 49437.
Our mailing address is P.O Box 104, Montague, MI 49437.

Pastor Gary Peterson can be reached at either 231-869-3373 (Home) or 616-644-5520 (cell). His email address is glpeterson@frontier.com 

Our office telephone is 231-923-0573 and our Office email is
ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com 

Look us up on the web at Claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard
Liturgist,  – Konnie Grant
Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News

April 4, 2021 EASTER Service

Sunday April 4, 2021

*Indicates to stand as you are able

Visit To Empty Grave (Outside weather permitting)
Leader: Come Easter people, gather ‘round.
All: The first light of Easter has broken through.
Leader: This fire tells us that Easter has come.
All: Jesus Christ has risen, just as He said.
Leader: See the empty tomb, Christ has risen!
All: Christ has risen indeed!
Leader: Now all the prayers that we have prayed during Lent, we send to our risen Christ, in the first fire of Easter morning. Hear our prayers O light of God.

Hymn  …..….”Christ The Lord Is Risen Today”………..UMH #302
Gospel Reading  ……….….….John 20:1-8…….…………Page 882

Lighting The Easter Candle
Leader: We light the Christ CandleAll: With this candle, we carry the first light of Easter into our beautiful church building.
Leader: Easter people, gather ‘round, your Light has come.
All: Jesus Christ has risen, just as He said.
Leader: Christ has risen!
All: Christ has risen indeed!

Special Music (Short duration)

Easter Morning Prayer


All Process Into Sanctuary Together

Gospel Reading
 ……………..John 20:9-10………..……..Page 882

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song
 ……..”Up From The Grave He Arose”..……UMH #322
Prelude

Call To Worship 
Leader: This is the day that the Lord has made.
All: Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Leader: The crucified one is risen in glory.
All: The stone the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
Leader: This is the Lord’s doing.
All: It is marvelous in our eyes.
Leader: Let us rejoice and be glad in it. 

Gloria Patri
Opening Prayer
Hymn
…..……..”Crown Him With Many Crowns”…………UMH #327

Prayers Of The People – Joys and Concerns 

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

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves 
Doxology
Prayer of Dedication
Hymn
.……………”The Day Of Resurrection”……..…….UMH #303

Sharing The Word 
Epistle Reading: Acts 10:34-43  – Page 895
Gospel Reading: John 20: 11-18 – Page 882
Message by Pastor Gary
– I Have Seen The Risen Lord!

Words of Assurance 
The Great Thanksgiving
 
Prayer 

Hymn
………………………”He Lives”…………………UMH #310
Benediction 
Postlude
Please Be Seated

Those who purchased Easter flowers can take them after worship

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday, April 11, 2021
Holy Humor Sunday
9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
6:00 p.m. Trustee’s Meeting
7:00 p.m. Ad Council Meeting

Claybanks UMC located at 9197 56th Ave. Montague, MI 49437
Mailing address: P.O. Box 104, Montague, MI 49437
Pastor Gary Peterson   Home: 231-869-3373
Cell: 616-644-5520 ​​ Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com                                                                                             
Office Telephone: 231-923-0573
Office email: ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website: http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist​​​​:  Suzanne Bellrichard
Liturgist:  Edie Bogart
Ministers:  All People As We Live The Good News

Good Friday Service

Friday April 2, 2021 – 2:00 p.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Good Friday

Quiet music playing as everyone enters

Call to Worship

Leader: Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
All: We were the hollow echo of hosannas once spoken in love.
Leader: Were you in the garden when the disciples fell asleep?
All: We were the betrayal in Judas’s kiss.
Leader: Were you in the courtyard when the cock crowed?
All: We were the denial on Peter’s lips.
Leader: Were you among the scoffers when Jesus was flogged?
All: We were the whip in the soldier’s hand.
Leader: Were you in Pilate’s chamber when he washed his hands of Jesus’ fate?
All: We were the hated of the crowd, and the indifference in Pilate’s heart.
Leader: Were you with the powers of this world when the soldiers dressed Jesus as king?
All: We were the mockery in the crown of thorns.
Leader: Were you among the spectators at Golgotha?
All: We were the nails that pierced Jesus’ hands and feet.
Leader: Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
All: Were the silence when no bird sang.

Opening Song    “Were You There” (vs 1-3)  UMH #288

First Reading  – Luke 22:39-53 (The first candle is extinguished)

Second Reading  – John 18:12-14 (The second candle is extinguished)

Song  “Go To Dark Gethsemane” (vs 1-2)   UMH #290

Third Reading – Luke 22:54b-62 (The third candle is extinguished)

Litany
Leader: There is no warmth in the fire.
All: Our blood runs as cold as the night.
Leader: The one we love is in peril.
All: Our courage blows away like the wind.
Leader: Strangers recognize our fellowship in Jesus.
All: Our denial pierces the soul like the cock’s crow pierces the dawn.
Leader: There is no warmth in the fire.
All: Our tears flow as cold as the night.

Fourth Reading – John 18:19-23 (The fourth candle is extinguished)

Fifth Reading – Matthew 27:1-2 (The fifth candle is extinguished)

Prayer

Sixth Reading – Matthew 27:3-10 (The sixth candle is extinguished)

Litany

Leader: Jesus stands condemned.
All: Wait! Stop the madness.
Leader: It is too late.
All: We will repent of our sin.
Leader: You have been well paid.
All: We don’t want blood money.
Leader: It is yours all the same.
All: Please, stop this madness.
Leader: It is too late.

Seventh Reading – John 18:33-38 (The seventh candle is extinguished)

Song  “What Wondrous Love Is This” UMH #292

Eighth Reading – Matthew 27:15-24 (The eighth candle is extinguished)

Prayer

Ninth Reading – Matthew 27:26-31 (The ninth candle is extinguished)

Song  “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” UMH #286

Tenth Reading – Matthew 27:32-37; John 19:20b-21 (The tenth candle is extinguished)

Reading  – The Three Trees

Eleventh Reading – Luke 23:35, 39-43 (The eleventh candle is extinguished)

Music

Litany
Leader: Come to the cross and feel the weight of the world.
All: We bring the weight of our sins.
Leader: Come to the cross and feel the weight of the world.
All: We bring the weight of our desertions and our betrayals.
Leader: Come to the cross and feel the weight of the world.
All: We bring the weight of our accusations and our scorn.
Leader: Come to the cross and feel the weight of the world.
All: We bring the weight of our lives.

Twelfth Reading – Mark 15:33-34 (The twelfth candle is extinguished)

Thirteenth Reading – Mark 15:35-36 (The thirteenth candle is extinguished)

Fourteenth Reading –  Matthew 27:50-51

Our Funeral Church Bell is rung once (The fourteenth candle is extinguished)

Draping of the Cross (The Christ candle is extinguished)

*Please depart the Sanctuary in silence until reaching Fellowship Hall

March 28, 2021 Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday March 28, 2021
Palm Sunday
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song  Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” ver. 1-3        UMH #278    

Prelude

*Processional – Waiving our palms

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: Let all creation shout!

All: Let us wave the palm branches high. Jesus is coming!
Leader: He comes in humility to claim God’s own.
All: May he claim us this day and heal our hearts!
Leader: Hosanna to the Son of David.
All: Hosanna to the blessed Son of God. AMEN.

*Gloria Patri                                                                      UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn              “Tell Me The Stories Of Jesus”              UMH #277       

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.

Shalom Sunday Offering

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology                                                                           UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn            In the Cross Of Christ I Glory”               UMH #295

Sharing of the Word

*Gospel Readings:  Mark 11:1-11, Mark 15:1-39               Page 823                        

  (We will stand for just the first reading of Mark)

Message    “Cleaning House”                                        Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn             Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross”            UMH #301

Benediction

Postlude – Please be seated

Calendar and Announcements.

Sunday, March 28, 2021
9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship 
Palm Sunday
Shalom Sunday

Thursday, April 1, 2021
Maundy Thursday

Friday, April 2, 2021
2:00 p.m. Good Friday Service

Sunday, April 4, 2021
Easter Sunday

Claybanks UMC located at 9197 56th Ave. Montague, MI 49437
Mailing address: P.O. Box 104, Montague, MI 49437
Pastor Gary Peterson   Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com                                                                                             
Office Telephone: 231-923-0573
Office email: ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website: http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist​​​​:  Suzanne Bellrichard
Liturgist:   Art Grumm
Ministers​:  All People As We Live the Good New

Pastor’s Ponderings

During this past year with Covid – 19 the most difficult part of my work as a pastor has been being a part of a funeral or memorial service. Claybanks United Methodist Church has lost two dear members of our congregation and a son of one of our congregation’s family. I have been asked by some of our members how and when are we to grieve? My love for all as your pastor is to be a supporting person in the grieving process for family, friends or anyone who grieves with the loss of someone. The restrictions that Covid-19 has placed on pastors and churches have created what I would describe as the most difficult situation in church life and my role as a pastor.

Grief is a healthy emotion, designed to help us deal with loss. One’s level of faith affects the outcome of the grieving process but neither the need to grieve nor the time required to do it can be measured. Spiritual leaders of the church, like everyone else, encounter their share of grief and loss. Friends are lost. Important people in their lives and in the life of the church can never be measured or replaced. Covid-19 has created a separation from family and friends and as pastors our world has changed significantly in how we are able to come beside those who grieve. We as pastors so much want to be with those who grieve in a significant way.

We all need to express our pain and grief in a loss of a family member, a loved one or a friend. We as humans are not meant to suffer in silence, without emotion, but we must grieve in a very meaningful way. In John 11:35 Jesus has come to Lazarus’s grave and it says Jesus began to weep. So, they said, “See how he loved him!” Jesus in his human nature wept at the loss of his friend Lazarus. The son of God knew that sorrow is passing, and that joy is forever, yet it did not prevent him from standing in his grief when that was the emotion that arose in him.

Appropriate grieving involves expressing the pain of loss, not burying it. We are not able, without expressing our loss, to move on or replace the lost with something new. When we grieve together it takes place in community, not just in the solitude of a few. Grief helps the healing and time alone does not heal. God heals.

As your pastor and a member of the Claybanks United Methodist Church Family I know that we have not grieved the way we should have been able to during this past year. It is my promise to you, and to the families that have experienced loss, that we will have, when the time is right and Covid-19 no longer can hold the grip on us, a Memorial Service where we the community of faith can grieve and express our love as we gather round those who have lost loved ones during this past year. When we can gather cannot yet be determined so let us promise each other that in God’s time, we as the community of faith, will gather to celebrate the lives of God’s Saints in a special time and loving way together. 

Pastor Gary

Announcements and Stuff

Church Annual Clean-up
Tuesday April 20th from 4:00-7:00 pm (alternate date because of poor weather April 27th)

Adult Sunday School
Following a short break the Adult Sunday School will resume for one Sunday in April, the five Sundays in May and concluding for the summer on June 6th

Schedule: 9:30 – 10:15 in Fellowship Hall

April 11th – Exploring how to better use our Bibles

May 2nd – June 6th Short Books of the New Testament to include Titus, Philemon, Books of John and possibly Jude.

Church Support
Claybanks UMC overall financial condition has improved now that we have returned to in-person worship. Through March we still lag slightly behind in year to date giving. Please review you monthly 2021 giving plan for support of Claybanks UMC operations and mission funding.

Pastor Gary and Reba will be in Colorado (Playing with grandchildren during their Spring Break) from April 15th – 30th. Should you need Pastoral care Pastor Anne Riegler (Pastor for Mears and Shelby UMC) will be available. Her cell number is 231-631-0573. Please coordinate through Edie Bogart when possible.

Thank You

Our family would like to thank everyone for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  We are comforted knowing that Richard is in Heaven with his Lord and Savior

Lucille Nienhouse and family

Holy Week Worship Opportunities

Palm Sunday 
Claybanks UMC 10:30 am In-person
White Lake UMC 9:00am (Montague) in-person and online

The Praise Center (Whitehall) 11:00 am in-person and online
Mears UMC 9:15 am in-person and online
Shelby UMC 11:00 am in-person
Centenary UMC (Pentwater) 10:30 am limited in-person and online

Holy (Maundy) Thursday
Claybanks UMC – No Service
White Lake UMC – The Praise Center 7:00 pm
Mears and Shelby Combined Service at Shelby UMC 7:00 pm in-person
Centenary UMC (Pentwater) 6:00 pm limited in-person and on-line

Good Friday
Claybanks UMC 2:00 pm – in-person
White Lake UMC (Montague) 1:00 pm in-person
Mears UMC 1:00 pm in-person and online
Shelby UMC – 7:00 pm in-person
Centenary UMC (Pentwater) 7:00 pm limited in-person and online

Easter Sunday
Claybanks UMC 10:30 am in-person
White lake UMC 9:00 am (Montague) – in-person and online
The Praise Center (Whitehall) 11:00 am in-person and online
Mears UMC 9:15 am in-person and online
Shelby UMC – 11:00 am in-person
Centenary UMC (Pentwater) 10:30 am limited in-person and online

UMW meeting

Hello to all the women who are ready to fellowship after the difficult year we have had because of the pandemic. This third Thursday in March brought the UMW back together and what a large gathering! It was obvious we missed being together to conduct business but especially to fellowship in person even though our smiles were behind masks!

We established the officers for the new year, received the report on Easter flowers from Patsy, and talked about having the Strawberry Social return this year.

The Easter plants will be $12.50 this year and must be ordered really soon.

God is ever present with us, individually or collectively. All women are welcome to join us on the third Thursday of each month. Although we meet at one o’clock, any day working women that want to be part of UMW, please contact Edie Bogart to see if we can establish an additional way to include everyone.

Thank You
Our family would like to thank everyone for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  We are comforted knowing that Richard is in Heaven with his Lord and Savior

Lucille Nienhouse and family

Upcoming Worship Schedule

Friday, April 2, 2021
Good Friday Service 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 4, 2021
Easter Service
1 Corinthians 15: 1-11
Linen Wrappings

Sunday, April 11, 2021
Holy Humor Sunday
Psalm 133 / John 20: 19-31
Peace Be With You!

Sunday, April 18, 2021
Jim Tanis Leading Worship

Sunday, April 25, 2021
Denise Schuitema Leading Worship
Medical Mission to Peru