Daily Archives: February 24, 2023

February 26th Worship Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday, February 26, 2023
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
First Sunday in Lent
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song
How Great Thou Art”………………..UMH  77



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: Bless the God of Israel.
All: Who remembers the covenant with our ancestors and brings salvation from our enemies.
Leader: Because of our God’s deep compassion, the dawn from heaven will break upon us.
All: To give light to those who are sitting in darkness, to guide us on the path of peace.
Leader: Bless the Lord who lifts up the lowly and fills the hungry with good things.
All: Who calls all people and seeks the outsiders, outcasts, and outlaws. Bless the lord of Israel.

*Gloria Patri……………………….UMH   70

*Opening Prayer

”Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days”……..UMH 269

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Shalom Offering

The Offering of our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology…………………..……………UMH 95

*Prayer of Dedication

”He Touched Me”….….…………UMH 367

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament Reading
Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7………Page 2

*Gospel Reading
Matthew 4:1-11..….…….….Page 785

Message by Pastor Gary Peterson


”Standing on the Promises”……………..UMH 374

Imposition of Ashes


Postlude – Please be seated

Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard

Liturgist  – Edie Bogart

Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

On Wednesday, March 22nd, Reba, and I will be joining in what is anticipated to be over 800 United Methodists and others from other denominations along with advocacy groups in our First Annual Advocacy Day in Lansing Michigan. We will begin our day at the Central United Methodist Church of Lansing, meeting with groups and elected officials from throughout our state. This will be a day of prayer, public witness, and meeting with elected officials about gun safety. Prior to that day, we along with those who will be attending, will participate in three training events to learn more about violence and to prepare ourselves to meet with our elected officials.

Our Michigan Area Conference in 2022 passed legislation, brought to us by Church and Society, to bring justice through action against gun violence which is at the core values of our United Methodist Theology and biblical studies. To fulfill our obligation in meeting the legislation that we approved at conference, beginning last fall, plans were made and cooperation was sought, not just within the United Methodist Church but across denominational lines, inviting other advocacy groups to join us as we work to reduce gun violence in our state. We are advocating for reduced violence in our country and around the world. By meeting together, we are going to add energy to justice and put our words into action as we begin to fulfill our commitment to reduce gun violence.

The starting point for our advocacy day is to ask legislators to consider these points and bring legislation forward that would address these issues:

  1. Safe storage of guns that would require guns in homes with children to be locked away safely.
  2. Universal background checks for all firearms purchased not just handguns.
  3. Extreme Risk Protection Orders allowing judges to temporarily remove firearms from individuals that may be at risk for harming themselves or others.
  4. Restrictions on ability of domestic abusers to own firearms.

It has become all too often in our modern day lives to hear about mass shootings which average more than one per day in the USA. For a number of years, we have as a society struggled to come to a place where we no longer will accept the violence caused by individuals using firearms. Very recent surveys taken in our state of Michigan and across our country show overwhelming support for these four legislative needs.

We have committed to being in Lansing on March 22nd and invite anyone from our church or community to join in being a part of this Advocacy Day. I ask for your prayers in supporting this important day for us as a state and country.

I share this with you having been a former hunter and a person who has enjoyed many experiences with firearms yet recognizing the responsibility that I had, and others must have in owning and using firearms. I recognize and support our rights to own and bear arms yet hold individuals and society to a high standard in the protection of sacred life and the right to continue on living which should not be taken away from us by someone using a firearm. I believe these steps are essential and are needed steps to be taken as a society to protect all of God’s children.

I know that these steps are a beginning, a starting place, and that these steps will not completely eliminate gun violence, but for some who will be spared from the possibility of gun violence, these steps are to be praised in the saving of lives and injuries.

I invite you to come with us to Lansing. I also invite you to have dialogue with me on how we can make our homes, communities, and our country a safer place for everyone to live. Let’s not forget how strong prayer can be as we put action with our prayers.

Pastor Gary

Announcements and Stuff

Missions News
The Missions Committee will once again be serving a meal for the Love in The Name of Christ ReNew Program on Monday, March 28th at the New Era Reformed Church. We will be providing the main course, salad, vegetable, and dessert. We will be feeding around fifteen to twenty adults and children. If you would like to participate, please contact Reba Peterson for more details.


Day 1: Luke 1:1-38
Day 2: Luke 1:39-80
Day 3: Luke 2:1-40
Day 4: Luke 2:41-3:20
Day 5: Luke 3:21-4:13
Day 6: Luke 4:14-44
Day 7: Luke 5:1-26
Day 8: Luke 5:27-6:16
Day 9: Luke 6:17-49
Day 10: Luke 7:1-35
Day 11: Luke 7:36-8:3
Day 12: Luke 8:4-21
Day 13: Luke 8:22-56
Day 14: Luke 9:1-27
Day 15: Luke 9:28-62
Day 16: Luke 10:1-24
Day 17: Luke 10:25-11:13
Day 18: Luke 11:14-54
Day 19: Luke 12:1-34
Day 20: Luke 12:35-59
Day 21: Luke 13:1-35
Day 22: Luke 14:1-35
Day 23: Luke 15:1-32
Day 24: Luke 16:1-31
Day 25: Luke 17:1-37
Day 26: Luke 18:1-17
Day 27: Luke 18:18-43
Day 28: Luke 19:1-28
Day 29: Luke 19:29-48
Day 30: Luke 20:1-19
Day 31: Luke 20:20-44
Day 32: Luke 20:45-21:28
Day 33: Luke 21:29-22:23
Day 34: Luke 22:24-53
Day 35: Luke 22:54-71
Day 36: Luke 23:1-25
Day 37: Luke 23:26-56
Day 38: Luke 24:1-12
Day 39: Luke 24:13-35
Day 40: Luke 24:36-53

Upcoming Worship Schedule

March Worship

Sunday, March 5
Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121
John 3:1-17
We Hear And Feel Wind

Sunday, March 12
Exodus 17:1-7
John 4:5-42
Jesus Is The Sower

Sunday, March 19
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41
It Is Not Your Sin

Sunday, March 26
Ezekiel 37:1-14
John 11:1-45