Monthly Archives: April 2019

Easter

April 21, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Easter Sunday
Visit to an Empty Grave

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: Christ is risen!
All: Christ is 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.

Gospel Reading: John 20:10-18 p. 882

Lighting The Easter Candle

Leader: We light the Christ candle.
All: With this candle, we carry the first light of Easter into our church.
Leader: Easter people, gather ‘round, your Light has come.
All: Jesus Christ has risen, just as he said.
Leader: Christ is risen!
All: Christ is risen indeed!

Easter Morning Prayer

Easter Breakfast 9:45 a.m.

Process into Sanctuary all together at 10:30 a.m.

*Gospel Reading: John 20:9-10 p. 882

Praise Song “He Lives” first verse only UMH #302

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude

Special Music

*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 that 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 UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Morning Has Broken” UMH #145

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 “Up from the Grave He Arose” UMH #322
SHARING THE WORD
First Reading Acts 10:34-43 Page 895
*Gospel Reading John 20:11-18 Page 882

Message “I Have Seen The Lord!” Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” verses 1-4 UMH #302

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday, April 21, 2019 – Easter Sunday
9:30 a.m. – Sunrise Worship
9:45 a.m. – Breakfast
10:30 a.m. – Worship

Sunday, April 28, 2019 – Humorous Sunday
9:45 a.m. – Sunday School
10:30 a.m. – Worship

Sunday, May 5, 2019
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
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
Liturgist Edith Bogart
Nursery Carol Adams
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Good Friday Service

April 19, 2019 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

Centering Words

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 Hymn “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord” UMH #288 (vv 1-3)

Opening Prayer

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

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

Hymn “Go To Dark Gethsemane” (vv 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)

Hymn “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)

Hymn “O Sacred Head Now Wounded” UMH#286

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

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, then the fourteenth candle is extinguished)

Draping of the Cross (The Christ candle is extinguished)

*Please depart the Sanctuary in silence until reaching Fellowship Hall*

April 14th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
April 14, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Palm Sunday

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “King of Kings” 2X TFWS #2075

Accompanied by Children’s Processional with palms and church bells

Prelude

*Call to Worship

Leader: Hosanna! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!
All: Hosanna! Rejoice for the Lord is in our midst.
Leader: He comes with joy and hope.
All: He comes to set us free from fear.
Leader: Hosanna!
All: Hosanna! Glory in the Highest Heaven. Amen.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

Pastor: Save us Lord!
All: Hosanna!
Pastor: Praise the Lord!
All: Alleluia!
Pastor: To you who triumphed overdeath…….in both life and death.
All: Amen.

*Hymn “All Hail the Power of Jesus’s Name” UMH #154

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 “Wonderful Words of Life” UMH #600

SHARING THE WORD
Dramatic Reading: Luke 19:29-38 p. 854
*Gospel Reading: Luke 19:39-44 p. 854
Old Testament: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 p. 492

Message Pastor Gary
“The Scripture Continues To Be Fulfilled”

Prayer

*Hymn “My Hope is Built” UMH #368

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday, April 14
9:30 am – Adult Sunday 9:45 a.m.Youth Sunday School
10:30 am –Worship: Palm Sunday

Tuesday, April 16
4:00 Church Clean Up & Hot Dog Roast

Sunday, April 21, 2019
9:30 a.m. – Sunrise Easter Service, Brunch follows
10:30 am – Worship Easter Sunday

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

Pianist AlissaRoss
Liturgist Art Grumm
Nursery Edith Bogart
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

 

April 7th Service

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “Spirit Song” UMH# 347

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: Break open hearts this morning to hear your word, O God.
All: Let our fears be vanquished, our spirits restored!
Leader: Come and let us worship with great joy!
All: Let us drop the things of the past which weighed us down!
Leader: God is about to do something new in our lives!
All: Let God’s will become strong in our lives.
Amen.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “This Is the Day of New Beginnings” UMH#383

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 “Shall We Gather at the River” UMH#723

SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament Readings:
Leviticus 15:13-15 page 90
Numbers 15:37-41 page 118
*Gospel Reading John 21:1-19 page 883

Message Pastor Gary
“It Takes More Than Water To Be Washed Clean”

Words of Assurance
The Great Thanksgiving

Prayer

*Hymn “When We All Get to Heaven” UMH#701

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements
Sunday, April 7, 2019
9:30 am – Adult Sunday 9:45 a.m.Youth Sunday School
10:30 am –Worship: Communion Sunday

Sunday, April 14
9:30 am – Adult Sunday 9:45 a.m.Youth Sunday School
10:30 am –Worship: Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 21, 2019
9:30 a.m. – Sunrise Easter Service, Brunch follows
10:30 am – Worship Easter Sunday

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

Pianist
Liturgist Mark Gauntley
Nursery Doris Graham
How Great Thou Art
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

Because of recent happenings in the United Methodist Church, I would like to bring you up-to-date concerning the Traditionalist Plan passed by the Special General Conference held in St. Louis at the end of February just a few short weeks ago. I had planned to bring you the third pondering on our Holy Bible this month yet feel it necessary to postpone it until possibly our next newsletter.

Following the merger of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the United Brethren Evangelical Church in 1968 at the General Conference in 1972, our Book of Discipline was changed with the addition of language that did not allow for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual persons to be placed in leadership roles of the church as pastors or bishops. The Book of Discipline also had a number of other additions to it including the affirmation that only heterosexual persons could be married in the church by clergy. Every four years since this language was included in the Book of Discipline legislation and efforts have been brought to the General Conferences to delete or modify this language to be more inclusive of the gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual community in acceptance and leadership within the United Methodist Church.

At the General Conference in 2016 the Council Bishops proposed and was accepted that a commission on a way forward would convene a special General Conference to be held in 2019, which would address the issue of inclusivity of gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual persons. It has always been the position within the United Methodist Church that all of God’s children are equally loved by God and we as followers of Jesus Christ are to reflect that same love to everyone.

At this special session four proposals were made. The simple Plan, The Connectional Conference Plan, The One Church Plan and The Traditionalist Plan or if no acceptance could be made we would continue as a denomination with no change to the Book of Worship. The first day of the special session was the day of prayer, worship, meditation and inviting the Holy Spirit to become evident as a plan would be chosen to go forward. This Special General Session along with all other previous General Sessions, include representatives from our world of United Methodist. This includes not only those from the United States but all parts of the world where United Methodist live and have established churches under the leadership of conferences and bishops.

After some proposed amendments to each one of the four proposals were accepted voting began. The Traditionalist Plan was the only plan that passed the Special Session with an approval of 56% of the voting delegates. These voting delegates were made up of 864 representatives from laity and clergy throughout the world where Methodist Churches have been established. The Traditionalist Plan affirms the Book of Discipline as it written and keeps the current language in regards to the acceptance of gay, lesbian, transgender and queer persons since 1972. It does amend the legal ramifications for churches and clergy who knowingly and willingly violate the Book of Worship. It also provides for the exit of churches that are unwilling to accept the Book of Worship as it is currently written.

Over the past few years it has been accepted that not all within the United Methodist Church and the outside world be completely accepting of any of the plans proposed. No matter which plan would have come forward we know that some of God’s children would be hurt. Although we prayed over this difficulty within our denomination not all prayers were answered because of the differences we had and the different prayers offered to God.

What will happen in the immediate or long term is yet to be completely decided. For like the government of the United States when changes occur to the operating documents, a legal challenge can and has been put forward through our legal entity of the United Methodist Church. Should the Traditionalist Planned be approved by the judicial system of the United Methodist Church the Traditionalist Plan would be put into effect as of January 1, 2020.

Recently I held an information session for the Claybanks United Methodist Church on the Way Forward at which many of our members did attend. It is my plan to keep you informed as to where we are in this process of implementation as we go forward in 2019. I see many possibilities and recognize at our Annual Conference in Traverse City during the first few days of June being a time of further discussion and clarification as being one of the steps to our way forward. Please continue to hold the United Methodist Church and our leadership in your prayers.

Pastor Gary

Announcements and Stuff

Dinner and A Movie

Dinner ( potluck) Claybanks UMC has some of the best cooks!) and a movie! Last Monday of each month. Come for the fellowship and fun. 5:30 p.m. Movie will start during the dinner.

Important Dates and Times Upcoming

April 16th 4:00 p.m.
Church Spring Clean
Hotdog Roast to follow

April 19th 2:00 p.m.
Good Friday

April 21st 9:30 a.m.
Easter Sunrise Service
Brunch Following

Upcoming Worship Schedule

April 7th – Leviticus 15:13-15 / Numbers 15:37-41 / John 21:1-19
It Takes More Than Water To Be Clean

April 14th
Palm Sunday
Luke 19:28-40 / Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 / Dramatic Reading (Luke 19:41-44)
The Scripture Continues To Be Fulfilled

April 18th
Holy Thursday
“Whispers Of The Passion” Trinity Lutheran Church

April 19th Good Friday

April 21st Easter Sunday
(Sunrise Welcome, Breakfast and Worship)
Acts 10:34-43 / John 20:1-18
I Have Seen The Lord!

April 28th Holy
Humor Sunday
Psalm 150 / John 20:19-31
What Other Signs Did Jesus Do?