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Worship – March 29, 2020

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Gathering Music:

Opening Prayer

We gather this day, O Lord, as people who seek your guiding love. Open our hearts and make us ready to stand firm in the faith that leads to loving service. Create a new people in this place so that your love may surround all who enter here. For we ask these things in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

Greeting one Another and Singing Alleluia To Come Back Together

Opening Hymn: Be Still My Soul

Sharing of Joys and Concerns

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Happy Birthday to those Who Have Birthdays this Week!

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory forever.
Amen

Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1-14

Sermon: Dry Bones

  1. Think about a time when someone didn’t heed warnings (or when you didn’t). What was the situation? How would things have been different if they/you would have listened? What’s one thing you can do to be more attentive to following God’s way and heeding God’s warnings that are meant to protect you?
  2. What things are feeling overwhelming to you right now? Ezekiel prophesied to a valley of dry bones…the epitome of hopelessness. Yet, God breathed life into those dry bones. What are some things about your life or the world do you feel need some intervention from God in order to restore life and hope?
  3. One of the ways we can “prophesy to these bones” is by finding ways to help and care for others. What’s one thing you can do this week to be one of God’s helpers?

Hymn of Response: Dry Bones

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Closing Hymn: How Firm a Foundation

Sung Benediction: Seek Ye First

Postlude

Worship – March 22, 2020

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Gathering Music:

Opening Prayer:

God of the living,
through baptism, we pass from the shadow of death
to the light of the resurrection.
Remain with us and give us hope
that, rejoicing in the gift of the Spirit
who gives life to our mortal flesh,
we may be clothed with the garment of immortality,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Opening Hymn: Blessed Assurance

The Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father, who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory forever.
Amen

Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Special Music: Danny Boy played by Carol Pharo, violin

Sermon: Called to Lead and Serve

Questions for Reflection

  1. Think about a time when someone let you down. What was the situation? How did you respond? How did it impact your relationship with God, if at all? Were you able to sense God’s love in spite of human failures?
  2. What things are making you anxious right now? Samuel and the people of Bethlehem were afraid of what might happen and worried that things would go wrong. God reassured them it would be ok. What anxieties do you need to hand over to God so that you can have peace right now?
  3. What is God calling you to do with your time, talents, gifts, and service to make an impact and serve God during this time? What is one thing you will commit to doing this week to serve God?

Sermon correction: The BBC video of Professor Robert Kelly was not recorded recently, but was recorded in 2017.

Hymn of Response: It Is Well With My Soul

UMCOR Offering: give online at http://www.umcgiving.org/ministry-articles/one-great-hour-of-sharing
Your Tithes and Offerings may be mailed to:
Woodycrest UMC, 219 W. Clearview Ave., State College, PA 16803

Doxology

Prayer of Thanks

God of the wilderness,
We give these offerings in gratitude,
rejoicing in the abundance of your gifts to us.
We give these offerings in faith,
trusting that you will provide for our needs.
We give these offerings in hope,
knowing you can use them to spread your love in this world.
And with these offerings, we give ourselves;
May we live with generous hearts, with open hands. Amen
~ written by Joanna Harader, and posted on her Spacious Faith blog. http://spaciousfaith.com/

Closing Hymn: Trust and Obey

Sung Benediction: Seek Ye First

Postlude: Swallow-Tailed Jig