Monthly Archives: March 2018

April 1st Easter Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
April 1,2018
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Easter Sunday

Gospel Reading John 20:9-10

Praise Song “Christ the Lord has Risen Today” UMH #302

Announcements

Prelude

Special Music

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

Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Up From the Grave” UMH #322

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.

Baptism of Mark and Cheryl Gaultney

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “Because He Lives” UMH #364

SHARING THE WORD

First Reading ​Acts 10:34-43 ​Page 895
*Gospel Reading ​John 20:11-18​ Page 882

Message “He Chose to Give Us Victory” Pastor Gary

Words of Assurance

The Great Thanksgiving

Prayer

*Hymn “Victory in Jesus” UMH #370

Benediction

Please Note: Monday night movie/potluck will begin on April 9th. At 5:30 pm. Bring a dish to pass and enjoy the fellowship. All are welcome.

Church Life
Sunday, April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunday
​9:30 am – Early Morning Gathering at the Tomb
​9:45 am – Breakfast
​10:30 am – Worship​

Sunday, April 8, 2018 – Humorous 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 ​​ Art Grumm
Nursery Kathy Ohman
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Good Friday Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
March 30, 2018 2:00 pm
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Good Friday
As you enter the sanctuary please be respectful of the quietness of this time.

Prelude

Jesus And His Drowsy Disciples Gather In Gethsemane
Matthew 26:36 – 46

Prayer

Jesus, Betrayed by Judas And Is Arrested
Mark 14:43 – 50

Reflection
Response: Jesus, help us to know the beauty and truth of our​ relationships with neighbors, with creation and​​ ultimately with you.

Jesus Is Condemned by The Sanhedrin
Luke 22:66 – 71

*Hymn “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross” UMH #298

Jesus Is Denied by Peter
Matthew 26:69 – 75

Reflection
Response: Jesus, with your love in our hearts, we will be able
to stand by those in our lives who suffer, and we​will not abandon them.

Jesus Is Judged by Pilate Who Appeals to The Crowd
Mark 15:1-15
Reflection
Response: Lord Jesus, crucified and risen, have mercy on us.​Help us walk in your steps.

Jesus Is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns
John 19:1 – 7

Response: Jesus, when we encounter situations of people’s dignity​being violated by violence, by bullying or​​​discrimination, we will always think of you. Help us to​do what we can to stand up for our brothers and sisters​as we would for you.

Jesus Bears the Cross
John 19:6, 15 – 17

Prayer

Jesus Is Helped by Simon the Cyrene To Carry the Cross
Mark 15:21

Reflection
Response: Jesus, on your lacerated shoulders lies the weight of​the shamefulness of our sin and pain, help us​​remember that, with your help, we do have what it​takes to soothe our neighbor’s pain and to help​​shoulder the burden they bear.

Jesus Is Crucified
Luke 23:33 – 38

Special Music

Jesus Promises His Kingdom to The Good Thief
Luke 23:39-43

Reflection
Response: ​Jesus, we are not sure that we can forgive the way​that you do. But we know we must. Save us from​our fear of letting go. Heal our hearts so that we​can forgive those who have hurt each other.

Prayer

Jesus Speaks to His Mother and The Disciple
John 19:25 – 27

Reflection

Prayer

Jesus Dies on The Cross
Luke 23:44 – 49

Reflection

Silent Time

*Hymn “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” UMH #286

Jesus Is Placed in The Tomb
Matthew 27:57 – 60

Reflection

*Hymn “Were You There?” UMH #288

Prayer

Stripping of the Altar

Special Music

Following our Good Friday Service please exit the sanctuary in silence until you are in the Fellowship Hall.

Claybanks United Methodist Church
March 25, 2018 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Palm Sunday

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song UMH #166
“All Praise to Thee, for Thou, O King Divine”

Prelude

*Processional “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” UMH #278

*Call to Worship
One: This is the day that the Lord has made!
All: ​Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
One: Open wide the gates of your hearts.
All: ​Let the Savior enter!
One: Wave your palm branches and shout with joy all you​people.
All: ​Hosanna to the blessed Son of God!

Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Mantos y Palmas” UMH # 279

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – “What Do We Do to Honor Kings?”
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 “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” UMH #277

SHARING THE WORD
Old Testament Reading ​Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29​ Page 492
*Gospel Reading ​Mark 11:1-11​ Page 823

Reading

Message “Let’s Crown Him King!” Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “Crown Him with Many Crowns” UMH #327

Benediction

Church Life
Sunday, March 25, 2018 – Palm Sunday, Shalom Sunday
​​9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
​10:30 am – Worship

Thursday, March 29, 2018
​ 6:30 pm – Holy Thursday Service at Whitehall Campus of​​​​ Montague UMC

Friday, March 30, 2018
​ 2:00 pm – Good Friday Service at CUMC​

Sunday, April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunday, Communion
​ 9:30 am – Early Gathering
​ 9:45 am – Breakfast Served
​10:30 am – Easter Celebration

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

March 18th Service

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “They’ll Know We Are Christians” SUMH #2223

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: God’s mercy floods over us.
All: ​Lord, wash me clean of the pain in my life.
One: God’s love pours into us.
All: ​Lord, pour your love into every pore of my being.
One: Let the love and mercy of God reign in your heart today.
All: ​Be with me, Lord, and guide my life. AMEN.

Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “There’s Something About That Name” UMH #171

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 “All Who Love and Serve Your City” UMH #433

SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament Reading ​Jeremiah 31:31-34 ​Page 642
*Gospel Reading ​John 12:20-33​Page 875

Message “Do You Serve The Lord?” Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “Here I Am, Lord” UMH #593

Benediction

Church Life
Sunday, March 18, 2018
​9:30 am – Adult Sunday School Lenten Study
​9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
​10:30 am – Worship
​11:30 am – Soup Luncheon to benefit Nigerian Well Project

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
​ 6:30 pm – Trustees’ Meeting
​ 7:00 pm – Ad Council Meeting

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
​ 2:00 pm – Card Making Party

Sunday, March 25, 2018 – Palm Sunday
​9:30 am – Adult Sunday School Lenten Study
​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 ​​ Bev Grumm
Nursery Edith Bogart

March 11th Service

Fourth Sunday in Lent
UMCOR Sunday

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “Give Thanks” SUMH #2036

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: We give praise to our God who knew us before we had​breath.
All: ​We delight in the Lord who guides us still.
One: ​God, help us to live as you would have us live.
All: ​Give us obedient hearts.
One: ​As we gather today for worship, we know injustice rains down on your people.
All: ​Disturb us, God, so that we may act justly
One: As we celebrate this day, we know so many who suffer​​needlessly.
All: ​Use us, God, as your hands of mercy
One: As we move through our day, following our own agendas
All: Remind us, God, to walk humbly with you.
Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Thy Word” UMH #601

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – “We Can Do Little Things to Change the World.” 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 “Let There Be Light” UMH #440

SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament Reading ​Joel 2:12-16 ​Page 741
*Gospel Reading ​Ephesians 2:1-8​Page 949

Message “He Chose To Be One Of Us” Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “I Saw The Light” Overhead

Benediction

Church Life
Sunday, March 11, 2018
​9:30 am – Adult Sunday School Lenten Study
​9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
​10:30 am – Worship

Thursday, March 15, 2018
​ 1:00 pm – UMW Meeting​

Sunday, March 18, 2018
​9:30 am – Adult Sunday School Lenten Study
​9:45 am – Sunday School
​10:30 am – Worship
​11:30 am – Soup Luncheon to benefit the Nigerian Well Project

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

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

March 4th Service

Third Sunday in Lent

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “My Life is in You, Lord” SUMH #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: We stand in the need of the presence of God.
All: ​Our lives can so easily become corrupted by our own greed.
One: But the Lord has heard our cries and calls us forward on​​this journey.
All: ​Lord guide our steps.
One: Come, let us worship God who is always with us.
All: ​Let us open our hearts to the healing, restoring love of God. Amen.

Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

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

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 “Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation” UMH #559

SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament Reading ​Exodus 20:1-17 ​Page 58
*Gospel Reading ​John 2:13-22​ Page 863

Message Pastor Gary
“Why Did Jesus Not Control His Anger?”

Words of Assurance

The Great Thanksgiving

Prayer

*Hymn “Days of Elijah” Overhead

Benediction

Church Life
Sunday, March 4, 2018 – Communion
​9:30 am – Adult Sunday School
​9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
​10:30 am – Worship
​5:30 pm – Serve at Family Promise

Sunday, March 11, 2018
​9:30 am – Adult Sunday School
​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 ​​ Diana Hicks
Nursery Doris Graham
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

Pastor Ponderings
By Pastor Gary Peterson

It has not been my practice to talk about giving at Claybanks United Methodist Church, because as a church, you have supported and blessed the church so that we have been able to support Claybanks United Methodist Church with all the resources it has needed. The Claybanks United Methodist Church has also supported special needs giving in many different ways such as providing food for our local food pantry, supporting those who have gone on missionary trips, sending children to camp and currently supporting the efforts of the Nigerian Well Project.

UMCOR Sunday for many years was known as “One Great Hour of Sharing”. In 2016 our General Conference of the United Methodist Church approved a name change from One Great Hour of Sharing to UMCOR Sunday. UMCOR Sunday is one of six church wide special Sunday offerings of the United Methodist Church. UMCOR Sunday calls United Methodists to share the goodness of life with those who are hurting.

UMCOR is the humanitarian arm of the United Methodist Church. The work of UMCOR reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. THE work of UMCOR provides humanitarian relief when war, conflict or natural disaster disrupts life to such an extent that the communities have difficulty recovering on their own. Traditionally UMCOR Sunday is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. One of the four disciplines of Lent is that of assisting others showing God’s love and grace to a world in need.

Let me answer a question that I get asked many times over. With so many types of solicitations that are requested of us, will what I give get to the people when disasters happen or life is interrupted? When asked to give to assist in humanitarian efforts, many people want to know “how much of what I give is received directly by those in need,”. When there are disasters that affect lives, such as the hurricanes we had last fall that hit a number of islands and the United States, we took up special offerings. One hundred percent of our offerings went directly to assist those in need. This happens because once a year on UMCOR Sunday we asked for special gifts to underwrite the administrative costs of UMCOR so that when disasters strike all that we give is used to assist those in need.

Your gifts to UMCOR Sunday lays the foundation for the United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) to share God’s love with communities everywhere. These special offerings underwrite UMCOR’s “cost of doing business.” This helps UMCOR to keep the promise that 100% of any gift given to a special project request will go toward that project and not administrative cost.

Looking back just a few years ago, when Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern coast of the United States, with the resources that we have and shared as United Methodists, UMCOR was there to help not only in cleanup but assist in the rebuilding of churches and community centers in the areas affected by the hurricane. Hurricane Sandy also hit Cuba and 100% of the donations given to relief for Hurricane Sandy also assisted in rebuilding of homes and 21 United Methodist Churches in Cuba.

Our contributions collected on UMCOR Sunday ensures that we as the United Methodist Church can respond in times of crisis. UMCOR is the extension of the hands and feet of the United Methodist Church that helps restore and rebuild lives here and abroad. It is my prayer, my heart and my duty as your pastor to ask you to support UMCOR Sunday on March 11th. On Sunday March 4th and on Sunday March 11th there will be envelopes in the pews to designate your offering to UMCOR.

Because of your generosity, we, as the United Methodist Church, are able to offer aid in Jesus’ name to those who suffer. “I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked, and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me (Matthew 25:35-36).