April 7th Service

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “Spirit Song” UMH# 347

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: Break open hearts this morning to hear your word, O God.
All: Let our fears be vanquished, our spirits restored!
Leader: Come and let us worship with great joy!
All: Let us drop the things of the past which weighed us down!
Leader: God is about to do something new in our lives!
All: Let God’s will become strong in our lives.
Amen.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “This Is the Day of New Beginnings” UMH#383

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time–
After prayers, sing the Children out – “Jesus Loves Me.”
Children 5 and under are welcome to remain in worship or go
to the nursery at this time.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “Shall We Gather at the River” UMH#723

SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament Readings:
Leviticus 15:13-15 page 90
Numbers 15:37-41 page 118
*Gospel Reading John 21:1-19 page 883

Message Pastor Gary
“It Takes More Than Water To Be Washed Clean”

Words of Assurance
The Great Thanksgiving

Prayer

*Hymn “When We All Get to Heaven” UMH#701

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements
Sunday, April 7, 2019
9:30 am – Adult Sunday 9:45 a.m.Youth Sunday School
10:30 am –Worship: Communion Sunday

Sunday, April 14
9:30 am – Adult Sunday 9:45 a.m.Youth Sunday School
10:30 am –Worship: Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 21, 2019
9:30 a.m. – Sunrise Easter Service, Brunch follows
10:30 am – Worship Easter Sunday

Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com
Office Telephone 231-923-0573
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist
Liturgist Mark Gauntley
Nursery Doris Graham
How Great Thou Art
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

Because of recent happenings in the United Methodist Church, I would like to bring you up-to-date concerning the Traditionalist Plan passed by the Special General Conference held in St. Louis at the end of February just a few short weeks ago. I had planned to bring you the third pondering on our Holy Bible this month yet feel it necessary to postpone it until possibly our next newsletter.

Following the merger of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the United Brethren Evangelical Church in 1968 at the General Conference in 1972, our Book of Discipline was changed with the addition of language that did not allow for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual persons to be placed in leadership roles of the church as pastors or bishops. The Book of Discipline also had a number of other additions to it including the affirmation that only heterosexual persons could be married in the church by clergy. Every four years since this language was included in the Book of Discipline legislation and efforts have been brought to the General Conferences to delete or modify this language to be more inclusive of the gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual community in acceptance and leadership within the United Methodist Church.

At the General Conference in 2016 the Council Bishops proposed and was accepted that a commission on a way forward would convene a special General Conference to be held in 2019, which would address the issue of inclusivity of gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual persons. It has always been the position within the United Methodist Church that all of God’s children are equally loved by God and we as followers of Jesus Christ are to reflect that same love to everyone.

At this special session four proposals were made. The simple Plan, The Connectional Conference Plan, The One Church Plan and The Traditionalist Plan or if no acceptance could be made we would continue as a denomination with no change to the Book of Worship. The first day of the special session was the day of prayer, worship, meditation and inviting the Holy Spirit to become evident as a plan would be chosen to go forward. This Special General Session along with all other previous General Sessions, include representatives from our world of United Methodist. This includes not only those from the United States but all parts of the world where United Methodist live and have established churches under the leadership of conferences and bishops.

After some proposed amendments to each one of the four proposals were accepted voting began. The Traditionalist Plan was the only plan that passed the Special Session with an approval of 56% of the voting delegates. These voting delegates were made up of 864 representatives from laity and clergy throughout the world where Methodist Churches have been established. The Traditionalist Plan affirms the Book of Discipline as it written and keeps the current language in regards to the acceptance of gay, lesbian, transgender and queer persons since 1972. It does amend the legal ramifications for churches and clergy who knowingly and willingly violate the Book of Worship. It also provides for the exit of churches that are unwilling to accept the Book of Worship as it is currently written.

Over the past few years it has been accepted that not all within the United Methodist Church and the outside world be completely accepting of any of the plans proposed. No matter which plan would have come forward we know that some of God’s children would be hurt. Although we prayed over this difficulty within our denomination not all prayers were answered because of the differences we had and the different prayers offered to God.

What will happen in the immediate or long term is yet to be completely decided. For like the government of the United States when changes occur to the operating documents, a legal challenge can and has been put forward through our legal entity of the United Methodist Church. Should the Traditionalist Planned be approved by the judicial system of the United Methodist Church the Traditionalist Plan would be put into effect as of January 1, 2020.

Recently I held an information session for the Claybanks United Methodist Church on the Way Forward at which many of our members did attend. It is my plan to keep you informed as to where we are in this process of implementation as we go forward in 2019. I see many possibilities and recognize at our Annual Conference in Traverse City during the first few days of June being a time of further discussion and clarification as being one of the steps to our way forward. Please continue to hold the United Methodist Church and our leadership in your prayers.

Pastor Gary

Announcements and Stuff

Dinner and A Movie

Dinner ( potluck) Claybanks UMC has some of the best cooks!) and a movie! Last Monday of each month. Come for the fellowship and fun. 5:30 p.m. Movie will start during the dinner.

Important Dates and Times Upcoming

April 16th 4:00 p.m.
Church Spring Clean
Hotdog Roast to follow

April 19th 2:00 p.m.
Good Friday

April 21st 9:30 a.m.
Easter Sunrise Service
Brunch Following

Upcoming Worship Schedule

April 7th – Leviticus 15:13-15 / Numbers 15:37-41 / John 21:1-19
It Takes More Than Water To Be Clean

April 14th
Palm Sunday
Luke 19:28-40 / Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 / Dramatic Reading (Luke 19:41-44)
The Scripture Continues To Be Fulfilled

April 18th
Holy Thursday
“Whispers Of The Passion” Trinity Lutheran Church

April 19th Good Friday

April 21st Easter Sunday
(Sunrise Welcome, Breakfast and Worship)
Acts 10:34-43 / John 20:1-18
I Have Seen The Lord!

April 28th Holy
Humor Sunday
Psalm 150 / John 20:19-31
What Other Signs Did Jesus Do?

March 24th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
March 24, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Third Sunday in Lent

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “Glorify Thy Name” TFWS#2016

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: Lord, you are our God.
All: We will praise you with joyful lips.
Leader: Lord, you are our God.
All: Our souls thirst for you.
Leader: Lord, you are our God.
All: We behold your power and majesty.
Leader: Lord, you are our God.
All: We will bless you all of the days of our lives.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer The Apostles Creed UMH# 881

*Hymn “Just Closer Walk with Thee” TFWS#2158

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time–
After prayers, sing the Children out – “Jesus Loves Me.” Children 5 and under are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery at this time

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “His Eye is on the Sparrow” TFWS#2146

SHARING THE WORD

New Testament Colossians 3:12-14 p. 958
*Gospel Reading Matthew 6:5-15 p. 787

Message “On The Road To Forgiveness” Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “The Summons” TFWS#2130

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday, March 24, 2019
9:30 am – Adult Sunday 9:45 a.m.Youth Sunday School
10:30 am –Worship

Sunday, March 31, 2019
9:30 a.m. – Adult Sunday 9:45 a.m.Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship Shalom Sunday

Sunday, April 7, 2019
9:30 am – Adult Sunday 9:45 a.m.Youth Sunday School
10:30 am –Worship Communion Sunday

Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com
Office Telephone 231-923-0573
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist Shar Boerema
Liturgist Konnie Grant
Nursery Kathy Ohman

March 17th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
March 17, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Second Sunday in Lent

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “My Life is in You, Lord” TFWS#2032

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: Wait for the Lord. Be strong and take heart.
All: we will see the goodness of God in the land of the living.
Leader: The Lord is our light and our salvation.
All: Whom shall we fear?
Leader: Though adversaries plot against us.
All: God protects us from harm.
Leader: Sing to the Lord with songs of joy.
All: Make melody to the Lord, our God.
Leader: Come, let us worship.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Be Thou My Vision” UMH#451

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time–
After prayers, sing the Children out – “Jesus Loves Me.” Children 5 and under are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery at this time

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” UMH#277

SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament Psalm 118 p. 492
*Gospel Reading Luke 4:1-14 p. 835

Message “Influences of Jesus’s Early Life ” Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “On Eagles Wings” UMH#143

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday, March 17, 2019
9:30 am – Adult Sunday 9:45 a.m.Youth Sunday School
10:30 am –Worship
Pancake breakfast served after service to benefit Youth Camp

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Trustees: 6:00 p.m.
Ad Council 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 24, 2019
9:30 a.m. – Adult Sunday 9:45 a.m.Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship

Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com
Office Telephone 231-923-0573
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist Alissa Ross
Liturgist Charles Pease
Nursery Liz Grossman
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

March 10th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
March 10, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

First Sunday in Lent

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “Sanctuary” 2X TFWS#2164

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: In the days of Noah, God placed a rainbow in the sky as a sign of the covenant of God’s love for all the earth.
All: In the colors of the rainbow, we see the sign of God’s grace for all creation.
Leader: In the days of Moses, the words of God were written on tablets of stone, as a sign of a covenant between God and all of God’s people.
All: In the tablets of stone we see the sign of God’s hope for each to live in peace with God and neighbor.
Leader: In the days of the prophet, God promised a new covenant in our hearts.
All: As members of the living Body of Christ, we see the sign of God’s promise among us.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Because He Lives” UMH#364

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time–
After prayers, sing the Children out – “Jesus Loves Me.” Children 5 and under are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery at this time

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “Shall We Gather at the River” UMH#723

SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament Exodus 12:1-13 p. 51
*Gospel Reading John 8:36 p. 871

Message “Jesus’s Story Began Long Before His Birth”

Words of Assurance

The Great Thanksgiving

Imposition of Ashes

Prayer

*Hymn “Let the Lower Lights Be Burning” insert

Benediction

Calendar and Announcements

Sunday, March 10, 2019
9:30 am – Adult Sunday 9:45 a.m.Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship Communion

Sunday, March 17, 2019
9:30 a.m. – Adult Sunday 9:45 a.m.Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship
Pancake breakfast served after to lunch to benefit Youth Camp

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
6:30 p.m.Trustee’s Meeting
7:00 p.m. Ad Council Meeting

Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com
Office Telephone 231-923-057
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist Alissa Ross
Liturgist Art Grumm
Nursery Carol Adams
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News