Prelude "Prelude on Slane" G. Winston-Cassler
Signs of the Gathered Love in the Community of FaithM/b>
Welcome & Announcements
Nancy: Welcome to our first recorded worship service. Please be patient with us as we try to navigate social distancing while trying to stay in touch with each other. If you know someone who is having difficulty watching worship on Facebook or You Tube, offer to help them. Let's all be aware of our friends and neighbors who may need help and reach out to them. Do not hesitate to call or send cards. Please let the church office know of anyone who has needs during this pandemic.
For now, the church office is open Monday though Friday as we have less than ten people in the office. Please stay home if you are older and have chronic health conditions. Groups within the church who have less than ten members can decide whether to meet or not. The outside groups using our building are determining if they will meet.
Mary: The district Conference will still happen on Saturday March 28th via Zoom. Please watch your email for directions on logging on to the meeting from home.
Nancy: the church is communicating to all of you by email and our website. If the church does not have your email on our "one call" system, please let Linda Geheres know. Again, be aware of your friends and neighbors who don't have email and offer to call them with updates.
*Greeting Music FWS #2025 "As The Deer"
*Call to Worship
L: God calls us to live as the children of Christ's light.
P: Give glory to God. The light of the world shines on us.
L: The fruit of the light is found in doing what is good, right and true.
P: Because our eyes are opened, we believe in God's promises.
L: Trust in these promises, for God light shines on us as we in worship.
P: Let us together worship God though Jesus Christ. Amen.
*Hymn of Praise UMH #206 "I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
Sharing with the Children
FWS #2249 "God Claims You" (v. 1)
Scripture to be Read before the children's message: Eph.5:8-10 (Passion Bible)
"Once your life was full of sin's darkness, but now you have the very light of our Lord shining through you because of your union with Him. Your mission is to live as children flooded with his revelation-light! And the supernatural fruits of his light will be seen in you-goodness, righteousness, and truth. Then you will learn to choose what is beautiful to our Lord.
Props: Flight Lights and IPHONE with light.
What do we use a flash light or our cell phone for? If we go camping? Go to the bathroom at night? Do You ever remember having the electricity go off in your house at night? The lights go off, the TV goes off, and it's completely dark? It's a little scary at first, isn't it?
When that happens in our house, we pull out our phone or go to the kitchen drawer and put out a flashlight like one of these. Do your families even keep a flashlight anymore or just depend on their phone?
The problem with both our phones and our flashlights is that they have to remain charged, with batteries or from the wall. And if they are charged, no problem we have the light we need.
Over 2,000 years ago, God looked down on our world and saw that we were living in darkness. So he sent us Jesus to be a Light in this world. That is why we celebrate Easter-and his death and resurrection.
While Jesus is no longer here with us physically, He sent us His Holy Spirit to live in us. And his love can shine through us to others.
Do you know what that makes us? His Flashlights! God gives each of us the power to share God's love to others and to Shine His light in our world. As we live for Jesus, others can see Jesus in us.
Prayer: Dear Jesus thank you for our children and all of our families today. Encourage others and help us to shine your Light and Love to others today. Amen
Gracious God, thank you for the beauty of your creation, for the promise of the approaching spring season and the bounty of all your good gifts.
Thank you for the gift of relationships-for our families and friendships that encourage and support us, nurture and uphold us, challenge and encourage us in both the good times and bad.
Thank you God for the gift of your son Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. The one who sets us free from self-centeredness and fear, the One who fills our lives with meaning and wholeness. He is the One who enables us to see with eyes of compassion, grace and mercy and self-giving love.
Lord, forgive us for those times when we fail to embrace your good gifts, when we choose to go our own way rather than trusting in your goodness and seeking your vision for our lives. Forgive us when we trust in our own strength rather than turn to You for Help and guidance.
God of healing and wholeness, hear us now as we hold before you those in special need of your healing presence. We pray especially for those who have been affected by the Cornea Virus, here in Wyoming, in the United States and across the world. Please be with our leaders and all medical personal who are working tireless to find a lasting solution. We pray for those who are struggling with fear, worry and depression, for those who are experiencing brokenness in their family and other significant relationships, and for those who feel alone at this time.
We hold before you these requests and also lift up our names from our Prayer List: Bobbie Larsen's mother and Paul's dad, all our shut-ins and those who are in assisted living facilities. We also pray for our clergy, staff and Bishop Karen and Jeff Rainwater, our DSD.
Lord, we ask all these things in your Holy Name. Now let us remember the prayer your taught us to pray:
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, and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.
Ministry of Music "Blest Are They" David Haas
Scripture Ephesians 5:8-14 Rev. Nancy
8For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light, Live as children of light-9for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. 10Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. 11Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; 13but everything exposed by the light become visible, 14for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, "Sleeper, awake!
Message "Being The Light" Rev. Nancy
*Hymn of Response UMH#451 "Be Thou My Vision"
Sharing and Dedicating Our Gifts
All that we have and all that we are is a gift from God the Father. Please send you offering to the
church office or go to our website to give securely online. Let us pray.
Prayer for Offering
God of light and love, we praise you for guiding in times of darkness. Although we are worshipping
in a different way this day, you are present to us always and everywhere. We are filled with your
gifts of goodness and mercy. We offer you these gifts, that you might bless them and send them
out into all the places in need of your light. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Offertory Selected Piece
*Doxology UMH # 95 "Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow"
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
*Hymn of Sending Forth FWS #2172 "We Are Called"
Live as children of the light and Christ will shine on you. Amen.
*Congregational Benediction Response FWS #2253 "Water, River, Spirit, Grace"
Postlude "Meditation on Amazing Grace" Robert W. Jone