Daily Archives: July 1, 2022

July 3rd Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday, July 3, 2022
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
*Indicates to stand as you are able
Welcome and Announcements

*Pledge of Allegiance

*Praise Song
God of the Ages”………….…UMH 698

Prelude – Betsy Komray and Suzanne Bellrichard


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: We are called together this day to praise God.
All: We ask that God will put us in pathways to service to others.
Leader: The Lord will walk with us as we faithfully witness to Christ’s love.
All: Open our hearts, Lord, to receive your words and will.
Leader: Come, let us worship God!
All: Let us sing our praises to God our Redeemer and Healer. Amen.

*Gloria Patri………………………..……….UMH   70

*Opening Prayer

Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross”……………..UMH 301

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.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves – Music by Betsy Komray and Suzanne Bellrichard

*Doxology………………….…………UMH 95

*Prayer of Dedication

”This Is My Song”…………………….UMH 437

Sharing of the Word

 Old Testament Reading
Psalm 30…..….……..Page 439
Epistle Reading

Galatians 5:1, 13-25……………Page 948

Message by Pastor Gary Peterson
”What A Great Nation We Live In”

Words of Assurance        

The Great Thanksgiving


”Let There Be Peace on Earth”…………..UMH 431


Postlude – Please be seated

Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard

Liturgist  – Konnie Grant

Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

For the first four days of June, Edie Bogart, Konnie Grant, Reba Peterson, and I attended the Michigan Area 2022 Annual Conference in Traverse City. This was the first time in three years that we could gather in person. For the past two years we have participated in our Annual Conference by Zoom. This year approximately 1800 delegates gathered for worship, preaching, training, education, encouragement, and taking care of the administrative business needed to keep our conference moving ahead.

On the first day, eight hundred pastors gathered as our Bishop Bard fixed pastor assignments, recognized pastors that were retiring and we celebrated seventeen new pastors joining our vocation in serving The United Methodist Church as clergy.

During our Trustees Administrative Session, we recognized the closure of ten United Methodist Churches in Michigan and took action to allow four churches to leave the United Methodist Michigan Conference under the guidelines of “A Way Forward Through Reconciliation.” While it is difficult to close churches and see churches leave our denomination, it is our prayer that new and exciting ministries will happen through these actions.

In our plenary sessions, we voted to support legislation that would encourage us as a denomination, a conference, churches, and individuals to take a stance against gun violence in our country which includes enhanced background checks and reinstatement of the ban on assault weapons. We also affirmed a resolution that encourages debt relief in diverse ways in which we can, as individuals and a nation, reduce the burden of federal student loan debt. In our discussion we learned that not only is this debt draining on those who incurred such overwhelming debt, but it also effects our country, our economy and discourages many to seek higher education to improve not only themselves but also education is away to increase our country’s standard of living.

We passed a resolution to encourage writing and giving support to our legislators that would allow immigrants to have state ID’s and possibly drivers’ licenses where possible.

We also adopted a statewide campaign that will bless children in Michigan and Liberia through the “Readers To Leaders Scholarship Program.” This program is asking each of the Michigan local congregations to assist in raising funds through the Children United Methodist Defense Fund.

We also affirmed actions for the future of the United Methodist Church that included the Covenant To Build Beloved Communities, a Call To Grace, and a narrative for the continuation of the United Methodist Church which had been presented to us from the Council of United Methodist Bishops.

The last pieces of legislation that were considered and approved were the annual fixing of appointments for pastors, establishing the guidelines for clergy compensation and benefits, and approval of the 2023 conference budget of $11,608,106.00 which is a 4.1% reduction from 2022. This reduction is because of reduced revenues that many churches have experienced and as we move out of COVID-19 with the dramatic effects that COVID has had on our United Methodist Churches.

Late Saturday afternoon following our closing worship we said our goodbyes to friends who we may only have seen in Zoom gatherings but now have been able to be together and to work shoulder to shoulder as delegates representing our local churches striving to make Disciples for Jesus Christ and the Transformation of the World.

It was a blessing to gather once again as United Methodists in the Michigan Area Conference under the leadership of Bishop Bard, our district superintendents, and the many conference committees of laity and conference staff.

Announcements and Stuff

Konnie’s Report from the Annual Conference
When Pastor Gary asked me to submit a short article for the newsletter regarding the Annual Conference I attended – “just point out a couple things you enjoyed about the conference,” – I thought sure, no problem. However, I’m finding it difficult to narrow my thoughts down to just a couple.

First let me say thank you for allowing me to represent CUMC as an equalization member. I not only was able to see firsthand how things are handled at the conference level, but also was able to be part of a few awesome worship services. The speakers were phenomenal, and the praise music was very uplifting. There’s something special about being a part of 1500+ people all worshiping and singing praises to our Lord all together. I’d have to say that was my favorite part of the whole weekend.

On one evening there was a service to ordain seventeen new people. That also was an emotional service. There were young and old, women and men. Some were ordained as deacons, some as elders, and some as local pastors. There were many of us there, as well as their families, to watch these men and women give their lives to God.

I must also add that there was a lot of legislature topics to be covered. Some of them we did from home before the conference via Zoom. I know these kinds of things need to be dealt with, but I can’t say I’m a fan of that part.

There were a LOT of opinions given on many different subjects and then a vote was taken on each of them. The one positive thing I can say about the legislation is that barring one incident, everyone spoke to others with respect, whether agreeing or disagreeing with the motion.

Of course, I can’t end this without saying I had some very fun, helpful roommates that made me feel welcome and showed me around. Thank you, Pastor Gary, Reba, and Edie, for such a great few days and welcoming me to the United Methodist Annual Conference!

UMW News
Strawberries, strawberries, strawberries!   Yes we have lots and lots of strawberries now frozen and stored for the August Strawberry Social.

Do you remember the old adage “Many hands make light the work”?  Well, we really had a large group working on the washing, hulling, chopping, and freezing of the berries.  Even with all the workers, it took two hours to process two flats.   But the joy of working, talking, and laughing made the time go by fast!  Next month we will devote to the final organization of the social and bake sale.

Shalom, Edie 

Fresh Flowers
Keep bringing the fresh flowers from around your house. They have been looking so nice the past few Sundays in our Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall!

Thought and Humor
Having just celebrated a birthday and being just a few years from my 80th, I found this not only amusing but true and how I will attempt to live the last years of my life. So, I am sharing it with you. Pastor Gary.

Question: At your years what sort of changes are you feeling at 80?


After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children, and my friends, I have now started loving myself.

I have realized that I am not “Atlas.” The world does not rest on my shoulders.

I have stopped bargaining with vegetables and fruit vendors. A few pennies more is not going to break me. But it might help the poor fellow save for his daughter’s school needs.

I leave my server a big tip. The extra money might bring a smile to her face. She is toiling much harder for a living than I am.

I stopped telling the elderly that they have already told that story many times. The story makes them walk down memory lane and revives their past.

I have learned not to correct people even when I know they are wrong. The onus of making everyone perfect is not on me. Peace is more precious than perfection.

I give compliments freely and generously. Compliments are the mood enhancer not only for the recipient, but also for me. And a small tip for the recipient of a complaint, never, never turn it down, just say “thank you.”

I have learned not to bother about a crease or a spot on my shirt. Personality speaks louder than appearances.

I have learned to live each day as if it is the last. After all it may be the last.

I am doing what makes me happy. I am responsible for my happiness, and I owe it to myself. Happiness is a choice. You can be happy at any time, just choose to be!

I have decided to share this for all my friends. Why do we have to wait to be 60 or 70 or 80, why can’t we practice this at any age and stage of life.

Sometimes I laugh so hard tears run down my legs!

Upcoming Worship Schedule

Sunday July 3
Psalm 30
Galatians 5:1, 13-25
What A Great Nation We Live In

Sunday, July 10
Psalm 82
Luke 10:25-37
The Greatest Of All

Sunday July 17
1 Kings 19:1-15a
Galatians 3:23-29
The Lord Was In The Silence

Sunday July 24
Jim Tanis Worship Leader

Sunday July 31
Hosea 11:1-11
Luke 12:13-21
We Can Be Easily Divided