November 4th Service

November 4, 2018 10:30 am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

All Saints Sunday
Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “Sing with all the Saints in Glory” UMH #702

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
One: With our whole being-heart, mind, soul and strength let us love and praise God!
All: With all our being, we will love and praise God! For God is faithful forever, helping, freeing, loving and protecting!
One: Let us sing praises to our God as long as we live!
All: Praise the maker of heaven and earth! Praise God who is faithful forever!

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “For All the Saints” UMH # 712
Recognizing the Saints – Revelations 7:9-17
Naming

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 “I Sing a Song of the Saints of God” UMH # 713

SHARING THE WORD
Old Testament Reading Psalm 14 6:1-10 Page #507
*Gospel Reading Mark 12:28-34 Page #825

Message Pastor Gary
“Are You Asking or Are You Listening?”

Words of Assurance

The Great Thanksgiving

Prayer

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

Benediction

Calendar and Stuff
Sunday, November 4, 2018 – Communion
9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship
11:30 – Liturgist Class
Collecting food for Food Pantry

Sunday, November 11, 2018
9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship (Edie Bogart Leading Worship)
Food Drive Ending

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

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

Pastor’s Ponderings

By Pastor Gary Peterson
In just a few days we, as a country, will have the opportunity to voice our intentions for our community, state and country through the midterm elections. The polls taken recently have shown that more and more people believe our country is becoming more divided and coming together less and less. Unless we take up the mantle of leadership by our casting of votes where every person’s voice can be heard and can reach their full potential we cannot change our community, our state, our country and the world.

In our divided country in which we currently live, what role can and must the church play? We are not without hope. These words from Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 sermon “Strength to Love” gives us a place to put our attention. “The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture his prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority. If the church does not participate actively in the struggles for peace, for economic and racial justice, it will forfeit the loyalty of millions and cause people everywhere to say that it has atrophied its will.” Remember WE are the church.

We as United Methodist have a conscience and we are obligated to express our conscience as we look forward to casting our votes this November. Our conscience comes from our doctrinal heritage where we believe Scriptures holiness always entails more than just personal piety; love of God is always linked with love of neighbor, a passion for justice and a renewal in the life of the world. From our social principles we know that “Every person has a right to a job at a living wage.” And in spite of general affluence and the industrialized nations the majority of persons in the world live in poverty. In order to provide basic needs, such as food, clothing, shelter, education, healthcare and other vital necessities of life; we must find ways to share more accurately the resources of the world. As a church, as the United Methodist Church we are called to support the work needed so that all the world can live above the, “Basic needs of life.”

What can people of faith do to be the conscience of the state? We must encourage our government and those that we elect to provide ways for those who live at the poverty levels to be able to rise above and also we must provide social safety nets so that the people living next door, on the next street, in the next community, in our country and around the world can have healthcare, food, clothing, shelter and education. Our social principles of the United Methodist Church require us as United Methodist to do all that we can to help provide more than just the minimum requirements for all people.

We can advocate through letters, phone calls, our presence and our vote. We must recognize that our government and our nation exist to serve its citizens and we as a church are called to be a conscience, guide or critic of the state. Whenever we turn in on ourselves or failed to serve the very least in our midst we are violating our principles as United Methodist and as Christians. Our country was founded on ideals that include welcoming all to our shores, moving beyond our borders, to seek justice around the world and ensuring fullness of life for each person on God’s earth.

We in the United States, I believe, were never destined to be self-serving and isolationist. Our founder John Wesley proclaimed that the whole world is our parish, so the entire world is our concern as well. I ask you as a people of a faith covenant to support those we elect by our vote not just in a few days but as we are asked again and again to voice our support through voting, by our prayers, our encouragement and by serving to be a conscience to those around us and those we elect who would determine the future of our community, our state, our country and the world. Dare we work for the day when our nation and the world would look like God’s reign, where the poor will go first, those earning minimum wage will sit at the places of honor and those who are rejected because of their skin color, immigration status or sexual orientation/gender identity are welcome with open arms? Dare we move from praying, “God, make our country great; America first!” To “God, use us as your servants to make every corner of our world safe and whole again?”

My prayer for us as we go forward in our midterm election, and in our church conference that comes at the end of November, when those we elect in leadership positions and those we trust who will have influences upon us will be led by God into the future with humility, grace and hope and may we too be filled with humility, grace and hope as we serve our Lord Jesus The Christ. Amen.

Announcements and Stuff

All Saints Day
Next Sunday, November 4th we will be honoring All Saints Day. If you have someone you would like recognized by naming and the lighting of a candle, please give their name to Konnie or Pastor Gary by November 1st.

Thinking about helping out as Liturgist?
Edie Bogart and Mechelle Schneider are going to hold a brief class after worship on November 4th in the sanctuary on how to be a liturgist. They will explain the nuances, have a hand out, and answer questions. Anyone interested in signing up as liturgist is welcome. Thanks!

Charge Conference
The Charge Conference for Claybanks UMC will be at CUMC on Wednesday, November 28th at 7:00 pm. (SPRC will be meeting at 6:15) The meeting will be held with the new District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Margie Crawford to discuss the business of our church. There is much work to do and we need input on decisions that will be made during this important meeting. The more voices we can have in attendance the better the church will be represented as a whole. Please try to do everything possible to attend and be a part of the business aspect of our church and to welcome our new D.S.

Update on Deb
The last update on Deb was a positive one. Things are going well with her bone marrow transplant and she has been able keep her sense of humor. If you’d like to send her a card, she’s booked at the following address until November 3rd:
Deb Aebig’s address:
Residence Inn by Marriott
Debbie Aebig Room 303
201 E Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611

Nursery Schedule
11/4 – Carol Adams
11/11 – Liz Grossman
11/18 – Kathy Ohman
11/25 – Joyce Twiss

Canvas and Giggles
The first Canvas and Giggles had a good turnout and the girls had a blast showing off their artistic talents (or the lack thereof.) Thank you to Diana Hicks, Edythe Bogart, and Reba Peterson for hosting the event.

Upcoming Mission Projects
Thanksgiving canned and boxed goods for the food pantry at Lebanon Lutheran Church now through Nov. 11th.Calendar for Worship and Adult Study
Fall 2018-Spring 2019
November 18 – December 9 Advent Study “Faithful-Christmas Through the Eyes Of Joseph”
Blue Christmas Thursday, December 20th at 7:00 pm
Christmas Eve Service Monday December 24 at 6:00 pm
Adult Bible Study January 13 – February 17 or 24 (Scripture yet to be determined)
Ash Wednesday Service March 6
Lenten Study March 3 (four to five sessions) ending on April 14 (Series possibilities: Living as United Methodist Christians, The Way, or Our Faith Promise)
Palm Sunday April 14 – “The Cultural World of The Prophets”
Holy Thursday April 18 – Combined service with Montague UMC
Good Friday April 19 – Service Remembrance, “At Noon on Friday”
Easter Sunday April 21
May 5 – June 2 or 9 Spring Bible Study (Scripture yet to be determined)
December 9th – Caroling and cookies at the nursing home in Whitehall (More info to come)

 

 

 

Upcoming Worship Schedule

11/4 – Psalm 146:1-10 / Mark 12:28-34
“Are You Asking Or Are You Listening?”

11/11 – Veterans’’ Day
Edie Boggart Leading Worship

11/18 – 1 Samuel 2:1-10 / Mark 13:1-8
“The Power Of God”

11/25 – 2 Samuel 23:1-7 / John 18:33-37
“King Of Kings”
Christ The King Sunday

October 28th Service

October 28, 2018 10:30 am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Reformation Sunday
Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “As the Deer” TFWS #2025

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
One: Bless the Lord at all times.
All: Let everyone bless God.
One: Praise the Lord continually.
All: Let everyone praise Christ.
One: Our souls boast in the Lord.
All: We boast in the Spirit’s greatness.
One: With one voice, we magnify and exalt the Lord, for God has delivered us and made us whole.
All: Exalt our God, the Lord of life.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Grace Greater Than Our Sin” UMH #365

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time/Shalom Collection
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 “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” UMH #557

SHARING THE WORD
Old Testament Reading Jeremiah 31:31-34 Page 642
Epistle Reading Ephesians 2:4-10 Page 950
*Gospel Reading Mark 10:46-52 Page 823

Message “Reformation Sunday” Pastor Gary

Prayer

*Hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” UMH #110

Benediction

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

Pianist Alisa Ross
Liturgist Mechelle Schneider
Nursery Edith Bogart
Ministers All People as We Live the Good News

October 21st Service

October 21, 2018 10:30 am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
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
One: When God laid the foundations of the earth, the morning stars and heavenly host sang songs of joy.
All: Let us bless God with hearts full of song, for our God has done amazing things.
One: The winds whisper messages of God’s goodness. Fire and flame proclaim God’s presence.
All: Let us bless God with our spirits set ablaze, for our God has done amazing things!
One: With wisdom, God brought the world into being. The earth is full of God’s magnificent creations.
All: Let us bless God with our minds illumined, for our God has done amazing things!

*Gloria Patri UMH #70
Opening Prayer

*Hymn “How Great is Our God” Overhead

UMCOR Hurricane Michael Relief

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 “10,000 Reasons” Overhead

SHARING THE WORD
Old Testament Reading Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c Page 483
*Gospel Reading Mark 10:35-45 Page 823

Message Pastor Gary
“Jesus Came Not to Be Served but to Serve”

Prayer

*Hymn “Here I Am, Lord” UMH #593

Benediction

Church Calendar
Sunday, October 21, 2018
9:30 am – Adult Sunday School
9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship
11:30 pm – Spaghetti Luncheon

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 – Newsletter Deadline

Sunday, October 28, 2018 – Shalom
9:30 am – Adult Sunday School
9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship
Begin collecting food for Food Pantry

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

Pianist Megan Schihl
Liturgist Doris Graham
Nursery
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

October 14 Service

October 14, 2018 10:30 am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “Shine Jesus Shine” TFWS #2173

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
One: The kingdom of God is at hand.
All: We want to enter this Kingdom.
One: The mercy of God is made known.
All: We want to receive this mercy.
One: The grace of God is abundant for all.
All: We praise you, O God, for your compassion and your love. Accept our grateful praise as we come to worship you today.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “He Leadeth Me” UMH #128

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 “The Summons” TFWS #2130

SHARING THE WORD
First Reading Hebrews 4:12-16 Page 972
*Gospel Reading Mark 10:17-31 Page 822

Message Pastor Gary
“We Are Again Asked by Jesus to Follow Him”

Prayer

*Hymn “Majesty, Worship His Majesty” UMH #176

Benediction

Church Calendar
Sunday, October 14, 2018
9:30 am – Adult Sunday School
9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship
6:00 pm – Serve at Family Promise

Thursday, October 18, 2018
1:30 pm – UMW Meeting

Sunday, October 21, 2018
9:30 am – Adult Sunday School
9:45 am – 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 Megan Schihl
Liturgist Bev Grumm
Nursery Joyce Twiss
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News