February 23rd Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
February 23, 2020 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Transfiguration Sunday

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “I Love to Tell the Story” v. 1,5 UMH#156

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: ​Come, praise the Lord our God, and worship at God’s mountain.
All: ​For the Lord our God is holy, full of compassion and grace.
Leader: ​When God’s prophets cried out, God answered them, speaking in a pillar of cloud.
All: ​Let all God’s people sing praises to God’s great and awesome name.
Leader: ​Mighty God lover of justice, you establish equity throughout the earth.
All:​Let us worship God from the mountaintops. Let us praise God’s holy name.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “O Worship the King” UMH #73

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 “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise” UMH#103

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament Reading: ​​Exodus 24:12-18​ page 62
*Gospel Reading: ​​​Matthew 17:1-9 ​page 798
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Message: What Moses, Elijah, and Jesus Have in Common
Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “Christ Whose Glory Fills the Sky” UMH#173

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday, February 23, 2020
Sunday School 9:30 Youth 9:45
10:30 a.m. – Worship Shalom Sunday

Sunday, March 1, 2020
Sunday School 9:30 Youth 9:45
10:30 a.m. – Worship Communion

Sunday, March 8 Sunday, February 23, 2020
Sunday School 9:30 Youth 9:45
10:30 a.m. – Worship

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

Pianist​​​​: ​ Suzanne Bellrichard
Liturgist: Konnie Grant
Nursery: Liz Grossman
Ministers:​ All People As We Live the Good News

February 16th Sevice

Claybanks United Methodist Church
February 16, 2020 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Sixth Sunday After Epiphany

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

Leader:​This is the day the Lord has made!
All: ​​We come rejoicing and giving thanks.
Leader: ​This is the day God invites us to love and to live.
All: ​We seek to dwell in God’s love as we turn our hearts toward God.
Leader: ​This is the day to worship our creator and redeemer.
All: ​​We worship the God of life.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “The Gift of Love” UMH #408

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 “Happy the Home When God Is There” UMH#445

Sharing of the Word TBD

Message: St. Valentine’s Edith Bogart

Prayer

*Hymn “Make Me a Channel of Thy Peace” TFWS#2171

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Sunday School 9:30 Youth 9:45
10:30 a.m. – Worship led by Edith Bogart

Sunday, February 23, 2020
Sunday School 9:30 Youth 9:45
10:30 a.m. – Worship Shalom Sunday

Sunday, March 1, 2020
Sunday School 9:30 Youth 9:45
10:30 a.m. – Worship Communion

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

Pianist​​​​:​ Suzanne Bellrichard
Liturgist: Mechelle Schneider
Nursery: Carol Adams
Ministers​: All People As We Live the Good News

February 9th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
February 9, 2020 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Fifth Sunday After Epiphany

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “Bind Us Together” TFWS#2226

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:​Come and see! God’s light is shining brightly.
All: ​​God’s light shines in us.
Leader: ​When we honor God’s commandments,
All: ​​God’s light shines in us.
Leader: ​When we feed the hungry and give to those in need,
All: ​​God’s light shines in us.
Leader: ​When we show mercy and compassion,
All:​​ God’s light shines in us.
Leader: ​We are the light of the world!
All: ​​God’s light shines in us. AMEN.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Lord, Speak to Me” UMH #463

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 “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee” UMH#175

Sharing of the Word

First Reading: ​​​1 Corinthians 2:1-16 page 927
*Gospel Reading: ​​​Matthew 5:13-20 page 786

Message: You Are The Salt Of The Earth Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “Ask Me What Great Thing I Know” UMH#163

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday, February 9, 2020
Sunday School 9:30 Youth 9:45
10:30 a.m. – Worship

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Sunday School 9:30 Youth 9:45
10:30 a.m. – Worship led by Edith Bogart

Sunday, February 23, 2020
Sunday School 9:30 Youth 9:45
10:30 a.m. – Worship Shalom Sunday

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

Pianist​​​​: Suzanne Bellrichard
Liturgist: Beverly Grumm
Nursery: Doris Graham
Ministers​: All People As We Live the Good News

February 2nd Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
February 2, 2020 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “He Has Made Me Glad” TFWS#2270

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: ​People of God, whom do you come to worship?
All: ​​We come to worship the one true God.
Leader: ​How will you worship?
All: ​Not with words alone, but by living lives of justice and love.
Leader: ​Come, you belong to God. Come, you who show love for God to the world.
All: ​Come and abide in God’s tent and in God’s heart, now and forever.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “I Sing a Song of the Saints” UMH #712

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 “Be Thou My Vision” UMH#451

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament: ​Psalm 15 responsive reading UMH# 747
*Gospel Reading: ​Matthew 5:1-12 page 785

Message: ​​Blessed Are…….​​ Pastor Gary

Words of Assurance

The Great Thanksgiving​​​​​ UMH#13

Prayer

*Hymn “Lord, I Want to be a Christian” UMH#402

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday, February 2, 2020
Sunday School 9:30 Youth 9:45
10:30 a.m. – Worship Communion Sunday

Sunday, February 9, 2020
Sunday School 9:30 Youth 9:45
10:30 a.m. – Worship

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Sunday School 9:30 Youth 9:45
10:30 a.m. – Worship led by Edith Bogart

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

Pianist​​​:​ ​ Suzanne Bellrichard
Liturgist: Edith Bogart
Nursery: Joyce Twiss
Ministers​: All People As We Live the Good News

Good News Letter

Church Is Hard!

When we think of the church, it is not just the building that is the church. The Church is the people of God as individuals who come together as a community of believers, who come to together to worship God and live a Christ-like life through the power of the Holy Spirit. Whether gathered together or in the community, we must remember that we are all in different places in our life’s journey, and we are called by God to be sisters and brothers to each other.

Church is hard for the person walking through the doors, afraid of judgment.
Church is hard for the prodigal son returning home, broken and battered by the world.
Church is hard for the girl who looks like she has it all together but does not.
Church is hard for a couple who fought the entire way to the worship.
Church is hard for the single mom, surrounded by couples holding hands and having seemingly perfect families and lives.
Church is hard for the widow or widower with no invitation to lunch after worship.
Church is hard for the church leader with an estranged child.
Church is hard for the person singing worship songs, overwhelmed by the weights of the lyrics.
Church is hard for the person insecure in their role as a leader.
Church is hard for the person who longs to be led by a righteous person.
Church is hard for a nursery volunteer who desperately longs for a baby to love.
Church is hard for the single woman and a single man, praying God brings them a mate.
Church is hard for the teenager who is ashamed of the mistakes they have made.
Church is hard for the sinners.
Church can be hard for any of us.

It is hard because on the outside it all looks shiny and perfect, Sunday best in behavior and dress.
However, underneath these layers, you find a body of imperfect people and hurt souls.

But, here is the beauty to the church.
Church is not a building.
Church is a body.
Church is a group of sinners, saved by grace, living in fellowship as saints.
Church is a body of believers bound as brothers in sisters by an eternal love.
Church is a holy ground where sinners stand as equals before the throne of God.
Church is a refuge for broken hearts and training ground for mighty warriors.
Church is a conversing of confirmation and invitation. Where sin is confronted and hearts and souls are invited to seek restoration.
Church is a lesson in faith and trust.
Church is a bearer of burdens and a giver of hope.
Church is a family, a family coming together, setting aside differences, forgetting past mistakes, rejoicing in the smallest of victories.
Church, the body, and the circle of sinners turned saints, is where God resides and if we seek and ask, He is faithful to all.
So even on the hard days at church, the days when I am at odds with a friend, when I have fought with my spouse because we are late once again, when I walk in bearing burdens heavier than my heart can handle, yet masking the pain with a smile on my face, when I wear the scarlet letter and am under the microscope, when I long for a baby to hold or fought tears in the lyrics we have sung, when I walked back in, afraid and broken after walking away, I will remember God has never failed to meet me there.

​​​​​​​​​​​Pastor Gary

*Portions reprinted with permission from the Waypoint publication of the Wesleyan Church.

Announcements and Stuff

Thank You!

Thank you for your support thus far. We have collected approximately $65 in donations for animal crackers. Presently that would be enough for a flock of chicks or ducks or rabbits through Heifer International. We will continue to collect donations through May 2020. Who knows maybe we can support a heifer or a llama or even a water buffalo! Animal crackers would make a great treat for your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or even yourself.

Nursery Schedule
2/2 – Joyce Twiss
2/09 – Doris Graham
2/16 – Carol Adams
2/23 – Liz Grossman

What is Lent?

Lent is a 40-day period of spiritual preparation leading up to Easter in which many Christians reflect on Christ’s death and resurrection.

While many people use Lent as a way to better themselves (through giving something up), the Lent season isn’t really supposed to be about us at all. Rather, it’s a time to reflect on what Jesus did. And it’s meant to be a time of self-sacrifice, denial and repentance.

It’s not about deciding what to give up for Lent. It’s about deciding to turn our focus back to Christ, and finding ways to grow in relationship with him, be more like him, and follow him better.

This doesn’t mean we should skip giving up something for Lent, of course. Giving up something for Lent is still a great practice!

We just need to be careful to avoid making giving up something for Lent all about us and what we can do, rather than about what Jesus did for us when he died on the cross.

It’s a small distinction, but it makes such a difference as you’re choosing what to give up for Lent this year.

• From Equipping Godly Women

Upcoming Worship Schedule

February 2nd
1 Corinthians 2:1-16 / Matthew 5:13-20
Blessed Are……

February 9th
1 Corinthians 2:1-16 / Matthew 5:13-20
You Are the Salt of the Earth

February 16th
Guest Speaker – Pastor Gary at Carson City Keryx

February 23rd (Transfiguration Sunday)
Exodus 24:12-18 / Matthew 17:1-9
What Moses, Elijah and Jesus Have in Common

February 26th
Ash Wednesday
Ezekiel 37:11-14 / Romans 6:3-8 / John 11:20-27, 38-44
To Seek and to Save: Unbind Him