October 21st Service

October 21, 2018 10:30 am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
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
One: When God laid the foundations of the earth, the morning stars and heavenly host sang songs of joy.
All: Let us bless God with hearts full of song, for our God has done amazing things.
One: The winds whisper messages of God’s goodness. Fire and flame proclaim God’s presence.
All: Let us bless God with our spirits set ablaze, for our God has done amazing things!
One: With wisdom, God brought the world into being. The earth is full of God’s magnificent creations.
All: Let us bless God with our minds illumined, for our God has done amazing things!

*Gloria Patri UMH #70
Opening Prayer

*Hymn “How Great is Our God” Overhead

UMCOR Hurricane Michael Relief

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 “10,000 Reasons” Overhead

SHARING THE WORD
Old Testament Reading Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c Page 483
*Gospel Reading Mark 10:35-45 Page 823

Message Pastor Gary
“Jesus Came Not to Be Served but to Serve”

Prayer

*Hymn “Here I Am, Lord” UMH #593

Benediction

Church Calendar
Sunday, October 21, 2018
9:30 am – Adult Sunday School
9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship
11:30 pm – Spaghetti Luncheon

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 – Newsletter Deadline

Sunday, October 28, 2018 – Shalom
9:30 am – Adult Sunday School
9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship
Begin collecting food for Food Pantry

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

Pianist Megan Schihl
Liturgist Doris Graham
Nursery
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

October 14 Service

October 14, 2018 10:30 am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “Shine Jesus Shine” TFWS #2173

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
One: The kingdom of God is at hand.
All: We want to enter this Kingdom.
One: The mercy of God is made known.
All: We want to receive this mercy.
One: The grace of God is abundant for all.
All: We praise you, O God, for your compassion and your love. Accept our grateful praise as we come to worship you today.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “He Leadeth Me” UMH #128

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 “The Summons” TFWS #2130

SHARING THE WORD
First Reading Hebrews 4:12-16 Page 972
*Gospel Reading Mark 10:17-31 Page 822

Message Pastor Gary
“We Are Again Asked by Jesus to Follow Him”

Prayer

*Hymn “Majesty, Worship His Majesty” UMH #176

Benediction

Church Calendar
Sunday, October 14, 2018
9:30 am – Adult Sunday School
9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship
6:00 pm – Serve at Family Promise

Thursday, October 18, 2018
1:30 pm – UMW Meeting

Sunday, October 21, 2018
9:30 am – Adult Sunday School
9:45 am – 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 Megan Schihl
Liturgist Bev Grumm
Nursery Joyce Twiss
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Special Announcement

Mark Your Calendars!

The New Era Christian School Fundraising Auction will be
Saturday, October 20!

Get ready to bid on great items and services donated by area business and supporters as you enjoy an evening of fellowship, food and fun! As part of this year’s auction theme, NECS Art Prize, art work done by students will be on display and up for bid! The silent auction is from 5:00-6:15 p.m. with the live auction starting at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be available from 5:00-7:00 p.m. All proceeds directly benefit New Era Christian School. If you have questions or would like to make a donation, please contact event chairs Val Vincent  (vincentdvj@gmail.com or 231-329-2292) or Katie Bultema (231-206-0018). You can also obtain information through the school office at 861-5450.

September 30th Service

September 30, 2018 10:30 am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “This is the Day” UMH #657

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
One: It’s a great day to be here.
All: There are so many things we can do to serve the Lord.
One: Just listen for God’s call to you. Let God guide your life.
All: We are willing to open our lives to God’s service.
One: Come, let’s worship and celebrate God’s good news for us.
All: Let us bring our hopes and prayers to God in joy. AMEN

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Scripture and Reflective Prayer – Responsive Reading from Luke 10:25-37 (See bulletin insert BELOW)

*Hymn “We Need a Faith” SUMH #2181

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time & Shalom Giving
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 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” UMH #384

SHARING THE WORD
Old Testament Reading – 1 John 4:7-21 Page 991

Message “Christians Are to Love” Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” SUMH #557

Benediction

Church Calendar
Sunday, September 30, 2018 – Shalom
9:30 am – Adult Sunday School
9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship

Sunday, October 7, 2018 – Communion
9:30 am – Adult Sunday School
9:45 am – 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 Megan Schihl
Liturgist Mechelle Schneider
Nursery Carol Adams
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Scripture and Reflective Prayer Luke 10:25-37

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus . “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your god with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”

Holy God – I strive to follow you in all I do and say. But I know I often come up short. Each day I set out to love my neighbor. But I’m often too busy, or too distracted or too worn out with my own problems to really reach out. Each day, O God, I try to do what is required of me…to love you and love your people. Continue to guide me as I fumble, continue to lead me as I fear, and continue to forgive me as I fall short.

But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity.

Creator God – we see ourselves in this gospel message. We have neighbors in our community that we would rather simply pass by. We have been the priest crossing the street to avoid a fearful situation. We have been the Levite avoiding confrontation and conflict in order to maintain our comfort or ignorant bliss. Help us, O God, to be the Samaritan you teach about. Help us to create places of community where no one turns their face away or avoids the path of another. Make for us places of peace and sanctuaries in the streets.

He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, “Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.” Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”

In our world, O God, which of these three are we? In our Global church, O God, which of these three are we? When we hear of people without access to clean water, or little girls without access to education, or global diseases with cures but no access to healing, we feel stuck. You call us to radical hospitality, yet we continually wonder what the minimum is that we can get away with. You call us to care for the whole person, yet we pick and choose which causes to champion or vote for. You call us to love, yet we try to make that love about us. Forgive us when our global reach is only far enough to pat ourselves on the back.

He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”


 

Pastor’s Ponderings

As I write this, “Pastor’s Ponderings” to you I am in the midst of preparing to attend an educational growth experience for pastors as we lead congregations of the United Methodist Church. This growth experience is called, “Healthy Congregations” and as I prepare for this experience and learning during the first week of October, we, as participants, have been asked to pray and prepare ourselves to explore a number of statements to move us along in this learning journey. I would like to share just a few of the statements with you:

– When we speak, discern and lead within our churches we are standing on Holy Ground because we are rooted and grounded in love. We are called to take off our shoes in humility.

– The love of Christ is far greater than the knowledge that each one of us has.

– We can only grasp the breadth and length and height and depth of God’s love when we love one another.

– Every single child and family in heaven and on earth takes their name from God.

– Who is God calling us to be at this moment? Who are we? Whose are we?

During these past couple weeks, as I have prayed and attempted to discern not only my answers but my feelings on these statements, I have recognized that the Holy Spirit has come into my life from different angles and movements and this coming into my soul has caused me to reflect back on a number of encounters with others that I have had. I have become open to seeing possibilities on who we are as the Claybanks United Methodist Church within our community, our United Methodist denomination and as Christians.

For the past two years one of my functions as your pastor has been to assess how healthy is the Claybanks United Methodist Church. My response to those who asked the question, is that Claybanks United Methodist Church is one of the healthiest congregations within the Michigan Area Conference of the United Methodist Church. That being said, there is one area that has come to my attention because of some recent encounters – we and most churches withdraw and do not assert ourselves and share God’s grace with others. We wait for, “opportunities” rather than opening the doors wide.

Many churches, the United Methodist denomination and other denominations, are on a slow decline. While there are many reasons for this, I do believe that one reason is we are not blessing others because we do not share the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ openly. Within our congregation we love each other and receive many blessings when we come together to worship and fellowship within the Claybanks United Methodist Church congregation. But we and so many other Christians, churches, and denominations miss the opportunities to share God’s love, grace and mercy with those around us. Why do we do this? Primarily because we don’t want to be offensive by being, “too churchy”. Too often when we are with others and the subject of, “Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior and are you attending worship” comes up, we are proud and excited to share that we attend Claybanks United Methodist Church and what a blessing it is for us. To the point that this is such a personal blessing, we hold it for ourselves and miss a chance to share the blessing with all of God’s people. So, we fall short by not saying, “Come join us”! I, as a pastor, also fall short by not always extending an invitation to attend “my church”. I try to use the excuse that I and many of those who I come in contact with live quite a distance from Claybanks. But I should be encouraging those I meet to attend one of the many churches close to where they live and work. To do this is to use the power of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ has commanded us to share our faith with those around us. When we share the love, grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we are truly opening our hearts, our minds and our spirits to the greatest gift we have ever received and that is Jesus Christ as our Savior. We as Christians must get excited and share the Word of God, the peace of Jesus Christ and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit with all of those who God has sent into our lives. The openings are there, and we have the words, for the Holy Spirit empowers us to share our faith with all of God’s children.

I/we must share our faith and be invitational with all of God’s people as we journey hand-in-hand with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for eternality.

Share God’s Grace! It is a gift to be shared.

The Holy Spirit goes with you.

Pastor Gary

Announcements and Stuff

A Thank you from the Grumm/Aebig Family

We would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the benefit luncheon for Debbie. We thank those who planned it, made food, served, cleaned up afterwards and all the donations. Claybanks United Methodist Church family is amazing in all that you can do. We are happy to be a part of this church. We also are very thankful for all your prayers for Debbie. God Bless you all.

UMW September Meeting

The UMW is happily anticipating the Fall and the Advent season! Yes, that happy and sometimes stressful time of year is rapidly approaching! Our next meeting in October will be a time of reflection on our past year’s activities.

Our treasurer reported on our finances and she will send this year’s annual donations to the five organizations we support.

For our old business, we talked about the new pew coverings and that they will be tightened by Alan of R-Custom Fabric. We also shared the joy over the completed Nigerian well project and that the check was presented to Father Peter during the September Ad Council meeting.

For new business, we started planning for the decorating of the church for Christmas. Of course, that also means…A PIZZA PARTY!!!!!! Yes, once again UMW ladies will eat pizza and then decorate the church in late November, the Thursday after Thanksgiving.

Remember we always welcome new members to our women’s committee, even this late in the year. New members can help decorate and eat pizza!

Nursery Schedule

10/7 – Kathy Ohman
10/14 – Joyce Twiss
10/21 – Doris Graham
10/28 – Edith Bogart

“Canvas and Giggles”

Save the date of Saturday, Oct 13th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Diane Hicks and Edith Brown are hosting a “canvas and brown bag lunch” for all who are interested. This should be lots of fun and best of all, there’s no talent needed, anyone is welcome! Please bring a jar to rinse brushes, spray bottle, and your own brushes if you have them as well as your own brown bag lunch. Canvas, paints and brushes will be provided. Cost will be $10. RSVP to Reba at 321-869-3373 or 616-901-7002.

Calendar for Worship and Adult Study Fall 2018-Spring 2019

Adult Bible Study –  September 9 – October 21 or 28 – Hebrews continuation from spring study
November 18 – December 9  – Advent Study “Faithful-Christmas Through the Eyes Of Joseph”
Blue Christmas – Thursday, December 20th at 7:00 pm
Christmas Eve Service  – Monday December 24 at 6:00 pm
Adult Bible Study  – January 13 – February 17 or 24 (Scripture yet to be determined)
Lenten Study  – March 3 (four to five sessions) ending on April 14 (Series possibilities: Living as United Methodist Christians, The Way, or Our Faith Promise)
Ash Wednesday Service  – March 6
Palm Sunday  – April 14 – “The Cultural World of The Prophets”
Holy Thursday  – April 18 – Combined service with Montague UMC
Good Friday  – April 19 – Service Remembrance, “At Noon on Friday”
Easter Sunday  – April 21
May 5 – June 2 or 9  – Spring Bible Study (Scripture yet to be determined)

Pastor Gary and Art Grumm presented Father Peter with a check for the well in Nigeria

Thank you to all who participated in the fund drives to purchase a well for the Nigerian people. The Claybanks United Methodist Church family banded together to make a huge project a doable project. We are a small church, but a caring, loving and generous church who, when they see a need in the world, is willing to help all they can. Thank you CUMC!!!!! Job well done!!!!

Upcoming Mission Projects

October 14th – Serve this year’s last Family Promise Dinner
October 21st – Spaghetti Dinner fund raiser for Muskegon Rescue Mission
October 28th – Begin collecting Thanksgiving canned and boxed goods for the food pantry at Lebanon Lutheran Church – until Nov.12th.
December 9th – Caroling and cookies at the nursing home in Whitehall

 

 

Upcoming Worship Schedule

October 7th – Psalm 26 / Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
“We Are All God’s People”
World Communion Sunday

October 14th – Hebrews 4:12-16 / Mark 10:17-31
“We Are Again Asked by Jesus To Follow Him”

October 21st – Psalm 104:1-9 / Mark 10:35-45
“Jesus Came Not to Be Served But To Serve”

October 28th – Job 42:1-6, 10-17 / Mark 10:46-52
“My Humble Beginnings”
Shalom Giving