Daily Archives: February 26, 2022

February 27 Service

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Transfiguration Sunday
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song
Shine, Jesus, Shine”………………..TFWS  2173



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: It is easy to stand here in the valley of our comfort.
All: We know what to expect and what is expected of us.
Leader: But Christ calls us to the mountain top to receive a new vision.
All: We are not sure we are ready for that.
Leader: Place your hope and trust in Christ, for He is your guide.
All: Let us open our hearts to Christ, ready for the vision he places before us. AMEN.

*Gloria Patri…………………..……….UMH   70

*Opening Prayer

Fairest Lord Jesus”………………………UMH 189

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

*Doxology…………………….….….UMH 95

*Prayer of Dedication

”Be Thou My Vision”…………………..UMH 451

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament Reading
Exodus 34:29-35…………Page 71
*Gospel Reading

Luke 9:28-36…………….…Page 843

Message by Pastor Gary Peterson
”Going Up the Mountain”


”This Is My Father’s World”.…..……UMH  144


Postlude – Please be seated

Nursery – Doris Graham

Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard

Liturgist  – David Grossmam

Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

Recently, I have felt the Lord working in my life. He keeps bringing me back to a passage from 1 Corinthians, chapter 13 in a number of diverse ways. On Sunday, February 27th, I used 1 Corinthians 13 for our New Testament scripture which I brought into a message to you during our Sunday worship. I could not include all that I wanted to say in that message time. I am taking the opportunity I get to elaborate on that message here in our March Good News Letter.

So, if you would please take out your Bible, turn to 1 Corinthians 13: 1 – 13 and read the entire passage. Now, go to verses 4 through 8a and read it and every time you see the word “love” and “it” substitute the name Jesus in your reading.

It would read like this (From The Common English Bible): Jesus is patient, Jesus is kind, Jesus is not jealous, Jesus does not brag, Jesus is not arrogant, Jesus is not rude, Jesus does not seek his own advantage, Jesus is not irritable, Jesus does not keep a record of complaints, Jesus is not happy with injustice, but Jesus is happy with truth. Jesus puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things. Jesus never fails.

When we read scripture this way, which is one of the ways that Disciple Bible Study uses in a few of its lesson’s exercises, we begin to see what Scripture is asking of us differently and it is my deeply felt prayer. When we substitute Jesus’ name in the scripture, we see how Jesus wants us to live our lives. When we look at scripture this way, we see that is how Jesus really lived His life. When we do this, each of us can be reminded of the type of love that God shows to the world. It is agape love that God wants for you and for me to share with those that we meet, whether it be family, friends, acquaintances we have in our community or even extending way beyond in the world around us.

Now let us take this exercise one step further and substitute our name for “love” and “it.” It would read like this (The Living Bible) _____ is very patient and kind, _____ is never jealous or envious, _____ is never boastful or proud, ____ is never haughty or selfish or rude. ____ does not demand their own way. _____ Is not irritable or touchy. ______ does not hold grudges and will hardly ever notice when others do _____ wrong. _____ is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever truth wins out. When _____ cares for someone _____ will be loyal to them no matter what the cost. _____ will always believe in them, always expect the best for them and always stand ground in defense of them.

We are human and God know our heart and that we are on a journey toward a better perfection in our lives. So, we cannot always substitute our name for Jesus and for love. In verse 8a “Love (Jesus) never fails”. But we are still a work in progress and when the day comes and we are sitting at the feet of Jesus, He will see us in perfection and bring us into His glory!

Live In Peace,

Pastor Gary

Announcements and Stuff

UMW Meets Again in March

Our UMW will soon be together again! On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day at 1:00 p.m., we will once more gather at the church for a devotional, fellowship, planning and scheming. Since we once more gather, can Spring be far behind? Remember, all are welcome to our gathering. Let’s meet with joy and wear green! You might expect a green treat!

Mission Project For March

The Claybanks Mission Committee has selected a new participation project for the Claybanks United Methodist Church. Our support is a first for us and a little unusual but truly needed.

During the month of March, we are going to support the Humane Society and Animal Rescue of Muskegon County. They need a number of different items as they continue to care for God’s creatures. During the month of March, we will have a table set up in the Fellowship Hall where you can place your donations. Following our collection in March we will take the items donated to Humane Society and Animal Rescue of Muskegon County for their use. All the animals and staff will greatly appreciate your donations.

Items need for the animals:

Non-clumping cat litter
Dry and canned kitten food
Dry and canned cat food
Canned dog food
Small cat beds

Items needed for the care of the animals:

Text Box: Good friends are like……..You do not always see them, but you know they are always there.Paper towels
Liquid laundry detergent
Liquid hand soap
Hand sanitizer
All-purpose cleaner

Heads Up!

Easter flowers will again be available to order this year. The cost of flowers has increased to $15.00 each. You may order your choice of:

Easter Lilies

Order forms will be available sometime during the month of March and will be announced and included in the bulletins.

Adult Sunday School For Lent

Beginning on Sunday March 6th and continuing through Palm Sunday the Adult Sunday School will gather to really learn how to pray, “The Lord’s Prayer” We will be using a series developed by Adam Hamilton where Adam explores each of the rich lines in the prayer and their meaning in the Bible, illuminating what we ask of God and what we ask of ourselves. Adam will teach us how to use The Lord’s Prayer as a pattern for our own pray life. All are invited and encourage to join our Lenten Study for a single class or the whole series. Please contact Pastor Gary so that materials for the class can be reserved for you.

Devotionals for Lent

Special Lenten devotionals will be available on the resource table in the Fellowship Hall for you or someone you can bless with a devotional to enrich their Lenten study. Please bless others and yourself during the Lent by spending more time with God!

Upcoming Worship Schedule

March 2
Ash Wednesday Service – 7:00 pm

March 6
Psalm 91:1-2. 9-16
1 Corinthians 10:13
Lenten Series – God’s Mercy In Temptation

March 13
Psalm 27
1 Peter 2:23
Lenten Series – God’s Mercy In Suffering

March 20
Affirmation From Corinthians and Colossians #888
Isaiah 55:1-9
1 Peter 3:11
Lenten Series – God’s Mercy In Relationships

March 27
Psalm 32
Hebrews 6:10 and John 13:1-20
Lenten Series – God’s Mercy In Service