Monthly Archives: January 2018

February 4th Service

Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “Come Away with Me” SUMH #2202

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: Praise the Lord! How good it is for us to gather and sing​praises to our God.
All: ​Great is our Lord, who understands us, lifts us up and strengthens us.
One: Sing with joy and thanksgiving to the Lord, who fills our​lives with steadfast love.
All: ​Praise the Lord!

Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “We Gather Together” UMH #131

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 “On Eagles Wings” UMH #143

SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament ​Isaiah 40:21-31 ​Page 582
*Gospel Reading ​Mark 1:29-39​Page 813

Message “Make Time for Prayer” Pastor Gary

Words of Assurance

The Great Thanksgiving

Prayer

*Hymn “Nothing But the Blood” Overhead

Benediction

Reminder: Please bring in your old palms from Palm Sunday last year so they can be burned to make ashes for Ash Wednesday. We will be having a burning ceremony on February 11th. Thank You!

Church Life
Sunday, February 4, 2018 – Communion Sunday
​​ 9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
​​ 10:30 am – Worship

Sunday, February 11, 2018​
​​9:45 am – Sunday School
​​10:30 am – Worship

Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist​​​​ Megan Schihl
Liturgist ​​ Konnie Grant
Nursery Edith Bogart
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

Pastor’s Ponderings
By Pastor Gary Peterson

On Sunday, January 28th, I preached a message on “Authority Versus Law” which was based on Mark 1:21-28. I have just a little different take on that message when it concerns rules which we live by. John Wesley, our founder, preached a number of sermons on how we are to live our life and how we determine what is right and what is wrong.

There is a very simple book written by Bishop Reuben Job called “Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living.” Let me list the three rules and then talk about how they should affect you and me as we live out our life in Jesus Christ our Redeemer.

Rule number one: do no harm. Rule number two: do good. And rule number three: stay in love with God. Some of us may know rule number three as John Wesley would have said it in the language of his time, “Attend to all the ordinances of God”. Three very simple rules or ideas that, when we look at them, each can help define how we are to live our lives as followers of Jesus Christ.

Rule number one, do no harm. In doing no harm we show others the evidence that we desire an eternal life through salvation given to us by Jesus Christ. By doing no harm, by avoiding evil of every kind, especially that which is most generally practiced as John Wesley would preach, means don’t take God’s name in vain, or the Lord’s day by using spiritualist liquors in excess, by fighting, quarreling, bragging, returning evil for evil or buying and selling where we take advantage of someone else. These examples fall into three categories: first, do no harm to yourself. Secondly do no harm to others which would also include God’s creation and participating in activities or organizations that can cause harm to others. The third category of John Wesley’s examples is this: I will do no harm to God. John Wesley believed that we can do things that harm God. His examples included taking God’s name in vain and not honoring God with the day of Sabbath, our Sunday.

Rule number two, do good. Doing good shows we want to do things that help lift up others and ourselves. By feeding ourselves, clothing ourselves and our sisters and brothers we do good. We also do good when we participate in not only church activities but other community activities where we extend love to those around us. We do good when we are a productive person in our society and in our community, which means when we go to work or volunteer at an agency we give of ourselves so that others may benefit.

Rule number three, stay in love with God means we attend public worship at our churches and other times when we come together to lift up God’s name. When we read Scripture and share the Word with others, we share God. When we take communion, when we pray and when we discipline ourselves such as fasting or abstinence we recognize that the Holy Spirit is watching over our souls and we have a friendship with God.

These general rules that we accept as Wesleyans, make our lives better as Christians. They help us as we make decisions for our lives. It keeps us close to God when we base our decisions on what God wants and expects from us as we work to stay close to Him and involve Him in all aspects of our lives.

“Do all the good you can
By all the means you can
In all the ways you can
In all the places you can
At all the times you can
To all the people you can
As long as ever you can”
John Wesley

Announcements and Stuff

Lenten Schedule
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday February 14th. Claybanks United Methodist will observe the beginning of Lent with an Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00 pm. The service will include the imposition of Ashes.

During the Lenten Season pastor Gary will lead two special Lenten programs on Sunday during Sunday School hour. These classes, “Disciplines of Lent” will be starting at 9:30 am and ending at 10:15 am. These classes will be held on Sunday March 4th and Sunday March 18th.

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on March 25th as our young people begin our worship with the traditional procession of Palms.

Holy Thursday, March 29th, we will be joining Montague United Methodist at their church in the evening for Holy Thursday Service as we remember that Jesus instituted the first Lord’s Supper with His disciples.

On Good Friday, March 30th, we will gather at Claybanks United Methodist at 2:00 pm to remember Jesus‘ Passion.

Easter Sunday, April 1st, will begin for us at 9:30 am as we gather at the empty tomb. Following our joyous celebration with, “Christ is risen! Alleluia!” we will move into the Fellowship Hall for a light breakfast. At 10:30 am we will process together into the sanctuary for our Easter Celebration Service.

Thank You!!
Thank you, Claybanks United Methodist Church for allowing Reba and me to take an extended time away to visit our children and grandchildren in Colorado during this recent holiday season. You blessed us with time there and the financial gift we received from the congregation, which made our trip so joyous.
Bless you!
Reba and Pastor Gary

Thank you to Luanne Nienhouse for all the hard work she puts in on the Claybanks UMC website. She updates it weekly with the newest bulletin, monthly with the newest newsletter, and keeps it running smoothly and ad-free, which in turn, makes our church “look good” to the public eye. Those of you with a computer should check it out – http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com.
Thanks, Luanne, you make us proud!

Nursery Schedule
2/4 – Edith Bogart
2/11 – Carol Adams
2/18 – Kathy Ohman
2/25 – Joyce Twiss

Conference Offices have moved
The Grand Rapids District and WMC Offices have moved. Please note the new address below. Phone numbers and email addresses remain unchanged.
Grand Rapids District Office
207 Fulton St. E, Suite 6
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Email: grdistrict@wmcumc.org
Voicemail: 616-459-4503 Ext. 1211

Reminder: Please bring in your old palms from Palm Sunday last year so they can be burned to make ashes for Ash Wednesday. We will be having a burning ceremony on February 11th. Thank You!

An Invitation for all: Based on an inspiring true story, the movie, ALL SAINTS, follows a small-town Tennessee preacher who attempts to save his struggling church. God directs this man of God to risk, trust, and step out of the church’s four walls to bring healing and salvation. Join us at West Golden Wesleyan Church on Friday, February 9 from 6:30-8:30 for the movie followed by a time of prayer asking the Lord to stretch His Church to heed his call and grow His Kingdom. Questions? Contact Sue Beckman at 259-0004 or westgoldenwesleyan@gmail.com.

 

 

Upcoming Worship Schedule

Upcoming Worship Schedule

February 4th – Isaiah 49:21-31/Mark 1:29-39
“Healing the Sick”

February 11th – Psalm 50:1-6/Mark 9:2-9
“Mountaintop Experiences”
Transfiguration Sunday
Music #454/#260/#371

February 14th – Worship at 7:00 pm at Claybanks UMC
Ash Wednesday
Implementation of Ashes

February 18th
Guest Speaker

February 25th – Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16/Mark 8:31-38
“Jesus Speaks of Fulfilling the Scriptures”

January 28th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
January 28, 2018 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “I Sing Praises to Your Name” SUMH #2037

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: Praise the Lord!
All: ​Praise God with hearts full of song.
One: Delight in the Lord!
All: ​Celebrate the majestic work of God’s hands.
One: Trust in the Lord!
All: ​Rejoice that God’s precepts lead to life.
One: Come into God’s presence with joy and thanksgiving.
All: ​Come and worship the Lord!

Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Trust and Obey” UMH #467

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – Shalom Offering
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 “There is Power in the Name of Jesus” Overhead

SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament ​Psalm 111 ​Page 490
*Gospel Reading ​Mark 1:21-28 ​Page 812

Message “Authority Verses Law” Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “Silence, Frenzied, Unclean Spirit” UMH #264

Benediction

Reminder: Please bring in your old palms from Palm Sunday last year so they can be burned to make ashes for Ash Wednesday. We will be having a burning ceremony on February 11th. Thank You!

Church Life
Sunday, January 28, 2018 – Shalom Sunday
​​ 9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
​​ 10:30 am – Worship

Sunday, February 4, 2018 – Communion Sunday ​
​​9:45 am – 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 Karen Anderson
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

January 21st Service

Third Sunday After the Epiphany

Welcome and Announcements

Special Presentation: Nigeria Well Mission Project

Praise Song “Come, Now is the Time to Worship” Overhead

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: Jesus says, “Now is the time!”
All: ​Startle us, God, from our busyness and routines. Show us how very close your Kingdom is.
One: Jesus says, “God’s Kingdom is at hand!”
All: ​Deliver us, God, from faith in our own strength. Free us from the traps of violence, dishonesty, and greed.
One: Jesus says, “Receive the good news from God!”
All: ​Embolden us, God, to trust you anew. For we are as fragile as breath, and draw our strength from your mercy and compassion.

Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Change My Heart, O God” Overhead

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – “The Story of Jonah”
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 “Grace Greater than Our Sin” UMH #365

SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament ​Psalm 62:5-12 Page 458
Second Reading ​Jonah 1:1-17, 2:10-3:3a Page 752

Message “SECOND CHANCES” Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “In Christ Alone” Overhead

Benediction

Church Life
Sunday, January 21, 2018
​​ 9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
​​ 10:30 am – Worship

Monday, January 22, 2018 – Newsletter Deadline

Sunday, January 28, 2018 ​
​​9:45 am – Sunday School
​​10:30 am – Worship
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Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com
Office Telephone 231-923-0573
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist​​​​ Megan Schihl
Liturgist ​​ Charlie Pease
Nursery Liz Grossman
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

January 14th Service

Third Sunday After Christmas

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “Awesome God” SUMH #2040

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: Trust in the Lord with all your heart
All: And lean not on your own understanding.
One: In all ways acknowledge him
All: And He will make your paths straight.

Gloria Patri UMH #70

Prayer of Confession:
Lord, we have come to church today seeking a word from you.
We do not care very much how you speak it, whether through the songs or the prayers or the Scriptures: we only know that we must hear your voice today. Help us to hear what you would say to our hearts. Amen

Words of Assurance:
O Generous God, open our hearts to receive all of your gifts. In the name of Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

*Hymn “Learning How to Lean” Overhead

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – “Joseph: A Lesson on Forgiveness”
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 “Victory in Jesus” UMH #370

SHARING THE WORD
First Reading ​Galatians 6:7-9 ​Page 948
​1 Thessalonians 5:11​ Page 961
​Hebrews 3:13 ​Page 972
*Gospel Reading ​Matthew 6:19-21​ Page 787

Message “Be a Giver…Not a Taker” Jim Tanis

Prayer

*Hymn “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” Overhead

Benediction

Church Life
Sunday, January 14, 2018 – Jim Tanis Guest Speaker
​​ 9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
​​ 10:30 am – Worship

Sunday, January 21, 2018 ​
​​9:45 am – 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 ​​ Art Grumm
Leader Edie Bogart
Nursery Doris Graham
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News
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