Category Archives: Pastor’s Ponderings

June 26th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday, June 26, 2022
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Third Sunday After Pentecost
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song
O Jesus, I Have Promised”…………UMH  396

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: The Spirit is here,
All: Inviting us to worship.
Leader: The Spirit is here,
All: In each of our lives.
Leader: The Spirit is here,
All: In our gathering community.
Leader: The Spirit is here,
All: Guiding us together in love, peace, and patience.

*Gloria Patri……………………….……….UMH   70

*Opening Prayer

*Hymn
Here I Am, Lord”……………………..….UMH 593

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

*Hymn
”Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore”……UMH 344

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament Reading
2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14……….Page 290
*Gospel Reading

Luke 9:51-62………………..Page 843

Message by Pastor Gary Peterson
”Follow Me!”

Prayer

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

Benediction

Postlude – Please be seated

Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard

Liturgist  – David Grossman

Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News

June 19th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday, June 19, 2022
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Second Sunday After Pentecost
*Indicates to stand as you are able
Father’s Day

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song
Rise Up, O Men of God”…………UMH  576

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: We are called to this place to celebrate God’s wonderous love.
All: We are called to honor those who have taught and guided us.
Leader: God’s Spirit has drawn us together. Let us listen to God’s word.
All: Loving Spirt, you have chosen us to be, you have drawn us to your wonder, you have set your sign on us.
Leader: For all those who have gone and are before us who have been our guides, we offer thanks and praise.
All: For our fathers and parents, we thank you, O Lord.
Leader: Lord, open our hearts to hear your words of hope and peace.
All: Prepare us for service to all in need in your world. AMEN.

*Gloria Patri…………………………..……….UMH   70

*Affirmation Prayer

*Hymn
Children of the Heavenly Father”…………..UMH  141

  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 worship or go to the nursery.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology……………………………………….…………UMH 95

*Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn
”There Is a Balm in Gilead”……………..UMH 375

Sharing of the Word

 Old Testament Reading
Psalm 1:1-6…..…………………..Page 424
Epistle Reading

Ephesians 6:1-4……………………..Page 952

Message by Pastor Gary Peterson & Edith Bogart
”Significant Men from Scripture and The Church”

Prayer

*Hymn
”We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder”………UMH  418

Benediction

Postlude – Please be seated

Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard

Liturgist  – Edith Bogart

Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News

June 12th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday, June 12, 2022
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Trinity Sunday

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song
Holy, Holy Holy! Lord God Almighty”…...UMH   64

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, 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: The name of the Lord is majestic!
All: The mountains tower and the seas roar in praise of God!
Leader: When we look at the heavens, we rejoice in God!
All: The moons, stars, planets, solar systems are a delight to us!
Leader: Comer, let us shout our praise to God!
All: Lord, thank you for this awesome creation! AMEN.

*Gloria Patri…………………………………………..……….UMH   70

*Opening Prayer

*Hymn
We Believe in One True God”…………….….UMH  85

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 worship or go to the nursery.

Special Music – Janice Anderson and Richard Lindell

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology……………………………………….…………UMH 95

*Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn
”Morning Has Broken”…………………UMH 145

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament Reading
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31……….Page 515
Epistle Reading

Romans 5:1-5…………………Page 917

Message by Pastor Gary Peterson
”Salvation By Faith Alone”

Prayer

*Hymn
”Amazing Grace”.…………………UMH  378

Benediction

Postlude – Please be seated

Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard

Liturgist  – Kelly White

Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News

June 5th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday, June 5, 2022
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Pentecost Sunday 

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”…..UMH  103

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: Come, Holy Spirit ignite our hearts with joy and confidence!
All: For God has done wondrous things for us.
Leader: Come, Holy Spirit! Fill us with the power of the rushing wind that we may faithfully serve you in all that we do.
All: For Christ has called each of us and blessed us!
Leader: Come, Holy Spirit! Be with us today.All: Help is to boldly proclaim Christ Risen. AMEN.

*Gloria Patri……………………..……….UMH   70

*Opening Prayer

*Hymn
Sweet, Sweet Spirit”………………….….UMH 334

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

*Doxology………………………….…………UMH 95

*Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn
Lord of the Dance”……………………UMH 261

Sharing of the Word

Epistle Reading
Acts 2:1-21…………….…….Page 885

*Gospel Reading
John 14:8-17, 25-27…………….Page 877

Message by Pastor Gary Peterson
”On Fire for The Lord”

Words of Assurance

The Great Thanksgiving

Prayer

*Hymn
In the Midst of New Dimensions……….TTWS 2238   

Benediction

Postlude – Please be seated

Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard

Liturgist  –

Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

“You shall not murder” Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 5:17 (NRSV)

Repeatedly, I go to sleep at night after the nightly news and wake up in the morning to have the media report to us that a mass shooting has taken place. Be in a supermarket, a place of worship, an entertainment gathering, on the street, and repeatedly in our schools. With most of these horrifying actions taking place using weapons designed for assault purposes whether it be selecting targets or random assaults by individuals who give little or no value to human life and in the end little or no value to their own lives.

We, as followers of Jesus Christ and as United Methodists, must do more now and not later to move towards perfection in eliminating acts of violence and murder. To remain silent, or take no action is saying that it is OK to take someone’s life and we sin by violating the sixth commandment when we allow murder to take place and continually take no responsibility to prevent violence and the loss of life.

My heart aches as I pray for those whose lives have been affected by the violence. We, as a nation, have allowed and are experiencing horrific acts of violence against others now. Jesus over and over tells us to pray unceasingly, and he gives us examples where he went away to pray in private. After praying, Jesus took action in many ways to heal those individuals and situations that were broken and of which He prayed for. We must continue to pray, reach out and work for change and reform to reduce and eliminate violence in our society today and into the future.

“As United Methodists, we have taken a number of different stances and actions against injustices, and we have developed Social Principles that we are committed to. We, as United Methodists, affirm our faith in God our Creator and Father, in Jesus Christ our Savior, and the Holy Spirit. We, as United Methodists, affirm the goodness of life and confess our many sins against God’s will for us as we find it in Jesus Christ. We have not always been faithful stewards of all that has been committed to us by God the Creator. We have been reluctant followers of Jesus Christ in the mission to bring all persons into a community of love. We have resisted the further call to become the people of God in our dealing with each other and the earth on which we live. We are grateful for God’s forgiving love, in which we live and by which we are judged, and affirm our belief in the worth of individuals, we renew our commitment to become faithful witnesses to the gospel, and to the depths of our common life and work together. The rights and privileges we have as a society bestowed upon us or withhold from us those who would compromise the rights and privileges of others. As a society, however, particular persons and groups have no more rights than others. Society must recognize the equality of value that each one of us has in the sight of God. We, therefore, must work towards recognizing each person’s value, maintaining that value, and strengthening our world. We, as United Methodists, support the basic rights of all persons to equal access to housing, education, communication, employment, medical care, legal redress for grievances and physical protection. We deploy acts of hate or violence against groups or individuals based on race, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, status, economic condition, or religious affiliation. Our respect for the human dignity of all persons leads us to protect the principals of human rights for not only the individual but our community that we may all enjoy God’s creation. We are to recognize the rights of individuals and groups, but they may not be asserted or over the fundamental rights of other individuals or groups.” (Paraphrased from the 2016 Book of Discipline and Social Principles United Methodist Church).

The United Methodist 2016 Book of Resolutions number 3428 states that Jesus is calling to his followers to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9). This calling is tied to an intimate relationship with God and echoes God’s dream for peace for all of creation as expressed in Micah 4:1-4. In the United States, more than any other country, gun violence has far exceeded that of other nations. The use of assault rifles and other military armament as weapons of violence can no longer be allowed to exist as individual rights. Such armament was not designed for protection as our constitution gives us but for aggressive violence against others. There is far too much more that needs to be addressed about the violence in our world that has allowed us to become immune to what is happening that I can cover here in just our June Newsletter. In the next few weeks, I will be preparing a message to be delivered to you on a Sunday when I want to continue to address our position as United Methodists against the violence we have tolerated in our country and the world. I will discuss with you how we can affect a change and who we are as God’s children as we live into the reality of God’s desire of Shalom for us which is described in the Book of Micah. We will do that as we address the epidemic of violence and specifically gun violence so, “That Jesus may teach us his ways and that we may walk in God’s path.” We, as United Methodists, are called upon to prayerfully address violence in our local communities and our nation. We must also look at what we can do as individuals, a church, a community, and a nation to act in preventing violence in the future.

Jesus said, “Go and sin no more.” God commanded us as his children, “You shall not murder.”

Live In Peace,

Pastor Gary

May 22nd Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday, May 22, 2022
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Sixth Sunday of Easter
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song
We, Thy People, Praise Thee”……...UMH   67

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, 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: Jesus dwells among us, teaching us to believe in his name.
All: Let us offer God our thanks.
Leader: The Holy Spirit dwells among us, guiding us down the paths of life.
All: Let us offer God our praise.
Leader: God dwells among us, beckoning us to worship.
All: Let us offer God our worship.

*Gloria Patri……………………..……….UMH   70

*Opening Prayer

*Hymn
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”………….….UMH 127

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 worship or go to the nursery.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology……………………………………….…………UMH 95

*Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn
”Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart”……..UMH 500

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament Reading
Psalm 67.……………….Page 460
*Gospel Reading

John 14:23-29…………………Page 877

Message by Pastor Gary Peterson
”Preparing for the Holy Spirit”

Prayer

*Hymn
”Dear Lord and Father of Mankind”.……..UMH  358

Benediction

Postlude – Please be seated

Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard

Liturgist  – Ellen Zimmerman

Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News

May 15th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday, May 15, 2022
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Fifth Sunday of Easter
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song
God the Spirit, Guide and Guardian”...UMH  648

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, 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: Let praise to God resound in the heavens!
All: Let praise to God fill the earth!
Leader: Let all God’s angels offer praise and rejoicing!
All: Let all God’s creatures sing praise and joy.
Leader: Open your hearts and spirits today.
All: Let us praise the Lord today and always! AMEN.

*Gloria Patri…………………………………………..……….UMH   70

*Affirmation of Faith

– The Apostles’ Creed Ecumenical Version…………….. UMH 882

*Hymn
Jesu, Jesu”………………………..….UMH 432

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 worship or go to the nursery.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology……………………………………UMH 95

*Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn
”The Gift of Love”……………………UMH 408

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament Reading……………Jeremiah 29:11.………..Page 639
Epistle Reading
………………Romans 12:1-2………………..Page 922

Message by Dennis Foley, Love, INC.
”Five Supernatural Thoughts”

Prayer

*Hymn
”Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”.………UMH  384

Benediction

Postlude – Please be seated

Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard

Liturgist  – Art Grumm

Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News