Daily Archives: January 28, 2022

January 30th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday, January 30, 2022
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Fourth Sunday After The Epiphany
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song
How Can We Name a Love”………….UMH  111



In this place, among these people
God is worshipped, God is praised
We have seen the signs and wonders;
The lost are found, 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: God has called each of us to serve, using the gifts we have been given.
All: I do not know where to start.
Leader: Place your trust in God’s guidance.
All: What if I fail?
Leader: God is with you, and you cannot fail. Place your trust in God’s presence.
All: Help me, O God, to trust in your gracious gifts given to me. Help me to serve others in your name. AMEN.

*Gloria Patri……………………..……….UMH   70
* Opening Prayer

Trust and Obey”…………………………UMH 467

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time –
After prayers, sing the children out to “Jesus Loves Me.”  Children under five are welcome to remain in worshipor go to the nursery.

Shalom Sunday Offering
The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves
……………………….….….UMH 95

*Prayer of Dedication

”The Gift of Love”…………………..UMH 408

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament Reading
Jeremiah 1:4-10……….Page 609
Epistle Reading

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 …………Page 934
*Gospel Reading
Luke 4:21-30…………….…Page 835

Message by Pastor Gary Peterson
“We Have Lost Much of the Love that Paul Believes In”


”Take My Life, and Let It Be”…………UMH  399


Postlude – Please be seated

Nursery – Cindy Butler
Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard
Liturgist  – Edie Bogart
Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

One of the things that attracted me and has continually kept me connected to The United Methodist church over these many years are the Social Principles stated in the United Methodist Social Creed. I believe that they have made a positive difference in our world and in our lives. The Methodist Episcopal Church was the first denomination to adopt a social creed in 1908. And it was in 1972, four years after the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church united, that The United Methodist Church adopted its first Social Principles. These principles have been revised and rewritten at many General Conferences over the years to better reflect the caring and needs of our world today and into the future.

When I have had the opportunity to spend time with those who are joining our church family, I take great pride in introducing them to just a few of our Social Principles and discussing how they affect us in the living of our lives as United Methodists. I find our conversations enlightening, stimulating and inspirational.

These principles are not binding laws of the church, instead the Social Principles represent the prayerful and earnest efforts of our church to speak to the issues in the current world in which we live. They have been created from a sound biblical and theological foundation that is in keeping with the best of our United Methodist traditions.

Community of All Creation

Emphasizing that God declares all creation to be good, we are always reminded as United Methodists that we are responsible to be good stewards to care for the earth and all that is in and upon it. At times, we must understand from where we speak and engage those around us. We live in a farming community which is tasked in providing those basic essentials to keep us nourished and alive. A few years ago, our church was placed in a difficult position. Our Social Principles express a concern

for the humane treatment of all creation, believing that animals raised for human consumption should be provided with healthy living conditions and sufficient food and water. With the building of a CAFO just over the hill from our church, we expressed concern for our environment, the animals raised there, the need for our neighbors to earn a modest living from their resources and to provide for the larger need to feed our world. While it is early in the life of the CAFO, we have reserved judgement on how it has affected us, and our neighbor’s lives.

Many years ago, our Conference had a huge debate about bottled water. A large packing facility with deep wells was developed and established in one of our Michigan communities. This business met the requirements of the state, employed many local citizens, and contributed positively to the economic needs of the community. Yet the possible depletion of the underground water supply, the increase of plastic use and the disposal of plastic containers was an environmental concern. In the years since that discussion, a real need for bottled water in the community of Flint, and now Benton Harbor, could not have been met so directly if it were not for the bottled water plant supplying clean water to those who live in the affected communities.

These examples guide us in protecting the world as God has instructed us to do. Not all things are as cut and dry as we would like them to be. I continue to see God’s hand in guiding us. In these examples, we continue to struggle as we work to protect the needs of our world. God has directed us to be responsible in our care of the world that He created, and He has given us the possibility to use the resources that He also gifted us, and God continues to hold us responsible as we provide for the needs of all His Children.

May we continue to care for his creation with love for and with Him. AMEN.

Pastor Gary

Announcements & Stuff

Thank you!
I missed getting this included in the January Newsletter. In December many of you brought Christmas cookies to church and we placed them in Holiday Tins to be taken by volunteers and myself to our church family that are unable to make it to worship and other activities of the church on a regular basis. I cannot tell you how much your gifts of love were appreciated by those we visited. By your simple gift of cookies, those we visited experienced your care and love in a beautiful way. On behalf of all that were visited, THANK YOU!

Pastor Gary.

Job Opening 
The Step Up Program (a mission we have supported over the years) is in need of a supervisor for their Young Men’s Home. It is a position that requires about twenty hours a week with housing and meals included. Should you know of someone that might be interested in such employment please have them contact Pastor Gary for more details and contact information.

Special Worship Music on Sunday, February 20th
Megan Schihl and her brother Luke will be bringing some special music to our worship service on Sunday, February 20th. Plan to be with us and experience the worship energy that Megan and Luke will bring to our worship time. They will be with us following worship during our coffee and snack time when we will have time to share together. It has been a while since Megan has been with us and she and Luke have been sharing their music all around Mid-Michigan for the past few years.

Upcoming Worship Schedule

February 6
Isaiah 6:1-13
Luke 5:1-11
Answering The Call Of God

February 13
Psalm 1
Luke 6:17-26
Blessed or Woes

February 20
Affirmation From Romans #887
Genesis 45:3-11, 15
Luke 6:27-38
Such Forgiveness and Love

February 27
Exodus 34:29-35
Luke 9:28-36
Going Up The Mountain

Wednesday March 2
7:00 p.m. – Ash Wednesday Service