Worship Preparation

.You can prepare for Sunday morning worship in October by reading these lectionary texts:

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(Click on reference to see the verse)

October 6nd 

Twelfth Sunday of Pentecost

October 13th 

Thirteenth Sunday of Pentecost

Jeremiah 2:4-13 Jeremiah 18:1-11
   Psalm 81:1, 10-16 (UMH 803)    Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 (UMH 854)
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16   Philemon 1:1-21
   Luke 14:1, 7-14   Luke 14:25-33
   
October 20st 

Fourteenth Sunday of  

October 27nd

Fifteenth Sunday of Pentecost

 Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28  Jeremiah 8:18-9:1
 Psalm 14 (UMH 746)  Psalm 79:1-9, or Psalm 4 (UMH 741))
 1 Timothy 1:12-17  1 Timothy 2:1-7
Luke 15:1-10  Luke 16:1-13

 

On Sunday, June 4, 2017, Christian churches celebrate Pentecost. For Christians, Pentecost occurs fifty days after Easter. On that day, the church celebrates the happenings recorded in the New Testament Book of Acts, chapter 2. Notice when you go into church on Pentecost Sunday, the changes in colors in the sanctuary. Red is the color of Pentecost, and it signifies the tongues of flames seen over the heads of those praying together.

The scripture also tells us that the sound of the blowing of a violent wind filled the house where Jesus’ followers were praying. In addition to the color red, churches often display tongues of flame and symbols of wind on banners and posters. In Scripture, we read that the believers were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to go into the streets telling of Jesus to all those they met. Following Peter’s sermon, many were baptized, and the church began to grow. Because of this, we call Pentecost “the birthday of the church.” While having home observances for Christmas and Easter is common, Pentecost often goes unobserved in our homes. However, without Pentecost, we wouldn’t have the church. It is worthwhile to spend time in family devotions and celebrations for this church holy day that helps us remember how the church began.

Gracious God. We are reminded again when the first believers in Jesus were given the courage to tell others about Jesus. We believe you give us that same courage to tell others about Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. You know, O God, that sometimes we are fearful and we feel alone. But just like that Pentecost long ago, we, too, are surrounded by your love and presence. Help us live in such a way that others see in us a reflection of your love. Help us have the courage to tell others about the difference it makes in our lives to trust in your love and care. Help us see those around who want to be in the fellowship of Christians. Help us to witness to one another so that we grow in faith. Through the power of your Holy Spirit and the witness of your son, Jesus the Christ, we pray today. Amen.

Acts of worship are chosen more because they relate to the scripture readings or theme of the particular day than because they fit the season as a whole.

Click below to hear some of Pastor Mack’s previous message

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From 09/18/2016, Eighteenth Sunday of Advent

From 09/11/2016, Seventeenth Sunday of Advent

From 09/04/2016, Sixteenth Sunday of Advent

From 08/27/2016, Fifteenth Sunday of Advent

From 08/21/2016, Fourteenth Sunday of Advent

From 08/14/2016, Thirteenth Sunday of Advent

From 08/07/2016, Twelfth Sunday of Advent

From 05/22/2016, Trinity Sunday

By Pastor Mack Strange

From 05/15/2016, Pentecost Sunday

By Pastor Mack Strange

From 05/08/2016, Ascension Sunday

By Pastor Mack Strange

From 04/24/2016, The Fifth Sunday of Easter 

By Pastor Mack Strange

From 04/17/2016, The Fourth Sunday of Easter 

By Pastor Mack Strange

From 04/10/2016, The Third Sunday of Easter 

By Pastor Mack Strange

From 04/03/2016, The Second Sunday of Easter

By Pastor Robert Febo

From 03/27/2016, Easter Sunday 

By Pastor Mack Strange

From 03/20/2016, Palm Sunday 

By Pastor Mack Strange

From 03/13/2016, The Fifth Sunday of Lent 

By Pastor Mack Strange

From 03/062016, The Fourth Sunday of Lent 

By Pastor Mack Strange

From 02/21/2016, The Second Sunday of Lent 

By Pastor Mack Strange

From 02/14/2016, The First Sunday of Lent 

By Pastor Mack Strange

From 02/07/2016, The Transfiguration Sunday 

By Pastor Mack Strange

From 01/31/2016, The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany 

By Pastor Mack Strange

From 01/24/2016, The Third Sunday after Epiphany 

By Pastor Mack Strange

From 01/17/2016, The Second Sunday after Epiphany 

By Pastor Mack Strange

From 01/10/2016, The First Sunday After Epiphany

By Pastor Mack Strange

From 01/03/2016, Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

By Pastor Mack Strange