A Note From Pastor Robyne
There are new activities to add to your calendar.
April 6 - Holy Thursday Worship 7:00pm. The entire service will take place in the Fellowship Hall. We will begin with cake, coffee, and tea.
April 7 Good Friday Worship (Stones and Shadows) 7:00pm in the Sanctuary
April 9 - Easter Services - Outside Service 6:15am followed by Free Pancake Breakfast
April 9 - Easter Morning Worship 10:00am in the Sanctuary.
April 23 - 4:00pm Dramatic Presentation. Trish Cambers of Trish Chambers Productions will be presenting Ladies of the Supreme Court. A love offering will be taken to support new carpeting for the sanctuary.
May 13- 7am- 12pm Yard and Craft Sale. Rent a space for $10.00 and sell your worldly treasures or your handmade crafts. Nothing to sell? Then come shop. Must bring your own table. If you have any questions, please call Tammy at 302-331-8992. Want to reserve a spot? See the registration link on our Facebook page or website or go here: https://form.jotform.com/230785561027053
July 17 Vacation Bible School. Open to children 5-12. Come meet new friends, learn new things, and have fun. Our theme this year is “Stellar” Dinner will be served nightly. Look for upcoming registration on our Facebook page. It’s going to be an Out-of-this-World Event!
This Sunday I will be preaching on John 11:1-45 and Psalm 130.
The message is, “Look for the Liberator.”
See you Sunday at 10:00am.
Peace, Blessings, and Joy.
Order of Worship
Congregational Songs: UMH #57 "O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing"
"Chain Breaker" -
Call To Worship
Leader: Our lives feel all disjointed as though they were
a valley of dry bones.
People: But the Spirit of God will bring connection and continuity to our lives.
Leader: The Spirit of God breathes hope into each one of us.
People: The Spirit of God challenges us to be people of faith.
Leader: Open our hearts, Lord, and bring us to your light.
People: Open our lives, Lord, and break us free from doubt and fear. AMEN.
Confession and Assurance
Leader: Sometimes the things we think offer love actually seek to bind us, preventing us from being full and whole and offering our best love to the world. This season of Lent,we continue our look at our faith narratives that show us about true love. The story of Lazarus, whose funeral shrouds trail him out of the tomb, offers us a metaphor of new life as we recognize that true love is that which unbinds us, that wants for us more, not less, freedom and life. Jesus says to us, “Come out!” Walk! Live! Love! Shed your funeral clothes and offer your deepest self, your deepest love, for the world.” Of course this kind of love can be dangerous, as we will see as the events of Holy Week loom
closer. But the price of continuing to look for love in the wrong places in higher than the blessing of life lived boldly. Let us join together in opening our hearts to the love of God. Before we even utter a word,we can be assured God will offer us grace and a way forward. For this reason, we can be honest with what pains us most about our own thoughts and actions.
People: Holy and Merciful One, in this season of discernment we come bringing our deepest longings, and our failed attempts at satisfying them.We have often looked for love, for acceptance and security,in the mirage of certainty,believing that if we just hold things very tightly, we will survive.We yearn for lives that matter, we desire relationships that thrive, we want less regret.
Leader: At times we fail to see that you have already given us what really matters:your love and acceptance. You provide opportunities all around us to make a difference in the lives of others.You give us a fresh start each day, inviting us to do better. In this silence, we bring to you our pleas for openness to a different way of living.
Leader: My friends, be assured by the Psalmist who says,“In God, there is steadfast love, and the great power to redeem.”
All: We open our hearts, our minds, our souls, our vision to the ways of love created by God,embodied in Jesus, and already moving in us by the Spirit. We are forgiven, loved, and freed! Amen!
Congregational Song: UMH #367 "He Touched Me"
Prayer for Illumination:
Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit,
that as the Scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed,
we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.
Psalm 130 & John 11:1-45
"Look for the Liberator” Pastor Robyne Mayer
Hymn:"God is in This Story"
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Prayer:From your hands, O God,
come the blessings that make life possible,
even the very gift of life itself.
In gratitude and thanks,
receive from our hands this portion of our labors.
By your Spirit’s leading,
may we use these gifts to bless the life of others
with the assurance of love,
the promise of hope,
and the course of justice.
This we do to your glory. Amen.
Closing Song:You Never Let Go
To kickstart the new year, we are thrilled to announce that we will be partnering with our friends at Soles4Souls from January - March 2023. Every check-in or review will provide a new pair of shoes to children in need! #GiveShoesGiveLove
May 13 Yard and Craft Sale.
May 13 Yard and Craft Sale.7am-12pm. Rent a space for $10.00 and sell your treasures or your handmade crafts. Must bring your own table. If you have any questions, please call Tammy at 302-331-8992.https://form.jotform.com/230785561027053 to reserve a spot
Send Us Your Prayers
Prayers of joy or prayers of lament, please let us know how we can pray for you! Send your prayers to [email protected] with the subject line "Prayer Request".
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Holy Week Services
4/6 Holy Thursday: Worship 7:00pm4/7/Good Friday: Worship 7:00pm4/9 Outside Sunrise Easter Service 6:15am followed by Pancake Breakfast4/9 Easter Morning Worship 10:00am in the Sanctuary.
April 1 Food Truck 11-1 Our next food distributions are:April 15We will begin at 9:30 am until supplies run out.