What Is a Disciple?Sermon - Oct 4, 2020
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October 4, 2020 Bulletin

World Communion Sunday

 

Important Note to the Congregation

Welcome back! It is good to be together again, isn’t it? While it feels good to worship alongside friends once again, it is important to remember that things will not be “normal” for quite some time. Until then, we appreciate your patience and willingness to “roll with the punches.” Because your well-being is our #1 commitment, the following COVID-19 safety protocols have been implemented for our Sunday worship.

  1. Attendance is limited to a maximum of 50 worshipers at any given service. If we find we need to add another service, we will do so.

  2. Worshipers are required to “Savior Seat” (save your seat) during the week leading up to the service. This can be done either online (www.phfumc.org) or by calling the church office.

  3. Every person attending the indoors in-person worship is required to wear a face covering/mask. The church will provide a disposable facemask for anyone who does not have one.

  4. Upon entering the building, everyone will be asked to sanitize their hands, after which they will be directed to one of the outside aisles for immediate seating.

  5. Seating is in every third pew (2 empty pews between). Ushers will direct worshipers to their pew, beginning at the front and working their way towards the rear of sanctuary. You may or may not end up in your ‘usual’ pew😊.

  6. Non-family members are asked to keep at least 6 feet of distance from others in the same pew.

  7. Until group singing is considered safe, worship will not include congregational singing.

  8. The narthex restrooms are open and may be utilized by one person at a time. The sign on the door will indicate if the restroom is available or in use.

  9. At the close of worship, worshipers will be guided out of the sanctuary beginning in the back and working forward.

  10. Upon dismissal, worshipers are asked to immediately exit the building. Socializing (wearing masks, of course!) is encouraged to take place in the parking lot!

 

 

Prelude           “How Firm a Foundation”            Arr. by Edward Broughton

 

Call to Worship               Ellen Hoover

L:  The invitation is given to every person by Jesus Christ: "Come to me! Follow me! Be my disciples!"

P:  We come to this place, to this time, at the invitation of Jesus Christ.

L:  In the name of Christ,

P:  we accept the invitation to discipleship.

L:  In the name of Christ,

P:  as his disciples, we worship and praise God.

L:  In the midst of a world where cruelty abounds,

P:  we proclaim the God of Compassion.

L:  In the midst of despair that threatens to swallow up whole lives, whole peoples,

P:  we proclaim the God of Hope.

L:  In the midst of indifference and apathy,

P:  we proclaim the God of Love.

L:  Come, let us worship together and share our witness of God's living presence in the world.

 

Hymn               “Faith of Our Fathers”      UMH #710

 

1. Faith of our fathers, living still, in spite of dungeon, fire, and sword;
    O how our hearts beat high with joy whene'er we hear that glorious word!

Refrain:
Faith of our fathers, holy faith! We will be true to thee till death.

2. Faith of our fathers, we will strive to win all nations unto thee;
    and through the truth that comes from God, we all shall then be truly free. [Refrain)]

3. Faith of our fathers, we will love both friend and foe in all our strife;
    and preach thee, too, as love knows how by kindly words and virtuous life. [Refrain]

 

Welcome and Announcements

 

Special Music                 “We are Called”               Dave Gladstone, Ann Jacobs,  Steve and Cathy Grattan

Arr. by Mark Hayes      

 

Scripture Readings

Matthew 4:18-22

 

18 As Jesus walked alongside the Galilee Sea, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, throwing fishing nets into the sea, because they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” 20 Right away, they left their nets and followed him. 21 Continuing on, he saw another set of brothers, James the son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with Zebedee their father repairing their nets. Jesus called them and 22 immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

 

Romans 2:1-12 (from The Message)

1-2 Those people are on a dark spiral downward. But if you think that leaves you on the high ground where you can point your finger at others, think again. Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself. It takes one to know one. Judgmental criticism of others is a well-known way of escaping detection in your own crimes and misdemeanors. But God isn’t so easily diverted. He sees right through all such smoke screens and holds you to what you’ve done.

3-4 You didn’t think, did you, that just by pointing your finger at others you would distract God from seeing all your misdoings and from coming down on you hard? Or did you think that because he’s such a nice God, he’d let you off the hook? Better think this one through from the beginning. God is kind, but he’s not soft. In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change.

5-8 You’re not getting by with anything. Every refusal and avoidance of God adds fuel to the fire. The day is coming when it’s going to blaze hot and high, God’s fiery and righteous judgment. Make no mistake: In the end you get what’s coming to you—Real Life for those who work on God’s side, but to those who insist on getting their own way and take the path of least resistance, Fire!

9-11 If you go against the grain, you get splinters, regardless of which neighborhood you’re from, what your parents taught you, what schools you attended. But if you embrace the way God does things, there are wonderful payoffs, again without regard to where you are from or how you were brought up. Being a Jew won’t give you an automatic stamp of approval. God pays no attention to what others say (or what you think) about you. He makes up his own mind.

12-13 If you sin without knowing what you’re doing, God takes that into account. But if you sin knowing full well what you’re doing, that’s a different story entirely. Merely hearing God’s law is a waste of your time if you don’t do what he commands. Doing, not hearing, is what makes the difference with God.

 

Message               “What Is a Disciple?”

 

Pastoral Prayer

 

Song                "To Know You More"       FWS #2161

 

1. To know you in all of your glory, to love you with all that I am.

     With all of my heart, Lord, this is my prayer: to know you more.

 

2.  To know you in all of your power, to trust you with all that I am.

     With all of my heart, Lord, this is my prayer: to know you more.

 

3.  To know you in all of your mercy, to serve you with all that I am.

      With all of my heart, Lord, this is my prayer:  to know you more.

 

4.  To know you in all of your power, to trust you with all that I am.

     With all of my heart, Lord, this is my prayer: to know you more, to know you more.

 

 

Invitation to Give & Offertory               “Bread of the World”              Dave Gladstone, Ann Jacobs, Steve and Cathy Grattan

Arr. by Mary McDonald  

 

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Prayer of Confession

L:    Saints, it's time to 'fess up. . . .Together let us confess our sins before our loving God.

P:    God, we confess that although we knew better, we have sinned. We have not loved you or our neighbors the way we should. We have not always honored you with our time. We’ve coveted other people’s stuff. And sometimes we have called you out of your name. Lord, forgive us. We apologize for the pain we’ve caused you. Forgive us of our sins and help us to live in ways that give you joy – in Jesus’ name, Amen.

L:    Brothers and sisters, there is good news today! . . . . In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. Thank you, God!

P:     In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven! Glory to God! Thank you, Jesus! Amen.

 

*Postlude                   “Communion Medley”

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United Methodist Church

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Port Huron, MI 48060

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