Here’s the livestream of the HUMC Worship service – Sunday, March 15, 2020. This service was held in the HUMC Sanctuary with Lay Speaker Lorraine Donahue, Lay Leader Rich Miller, Music Director Mary McIntyre and Accompanist Rich Grant participating.
Here is the HUMC-Bulletin-March-15-2020, you can follow the prayers and Scripture.
Order of Worship
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Wellspring of eternal life, we come to you this day having tasted deeply the waters of anxiety and despair. Bring us to your living water. Quench our thirsting souls, for we offer this prayer in Your Name. AMEN.
OPENING HYMN: UMH 432 Jesu, Jesu*
PRAYER OF CONFESSION:
God of living waters, we confess that we have often turned from you and wandered in our own wildernesses of fear and doubt. Our thirst mounts daily, seeking to be quenched by your redeeming love. Yet, when that love is offered to us, we again turn away, unable to truly believe that you would actually heal and love us. We have behaved in very unloving ways. We have chosen to ignore those in need or to deal only passively with them. Our hearts are not placed in service to others, but rather in self-serving motives. Heal us, merciful God. Wash us again in the living water. Help us be faithful servants.
(moment of silent reflection)
ASSURANCE OF PARDON:
The waters of mercy and healing are poured over you. God is loving and faithful to those who come to God. Come, seek the loving presence and be healed. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. AMEN.
JOYS & CONCERNS
We may not be together in person, but as we gather online for worship, we still have the opportunity to pray for one another. Please send your joys & concerns to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MESSAGE: ‘Giving It Up’ in the Time of Coronavirus
CLOSING HYMN: UMH 593 Here I Am, Lord*
A WORD ABOUT OUR VIRTUAL OFFERING
*Hymns played by music team
As we practice social distancing to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, Pastor Laura and the lay leadership have decided to cancel all gatherings and meetings for two weeks, including Sunday morning worship for March 15 and March 22, 2020.
Our Sunday morning Adult Study Time will resume next Sunday, March 22 using a phone conference. (details to come)
We may not be together in person, but as we gather online for worship, we still have the opportunity to pray for one another. Please send your joys & concerns to us by email at email@example.com
Your continued financial support for HUMC is important! You can give online by going to the church web site (https://www.hopewellmethodist.org) and clicking on the words “Donate Now” on the top right area of the page.
We appreciate your faithful support!
Reminder: The following events are canceled or postponed for the next two weeks:
• Hopewell Hayride
• UMW Women’s Weekend (originally March 20-22)
• Community Closet
• Praise Band rehearsal
• Choir Rehearsal
• Book Talk
• Creekside Learning
• Community Closet
At present, the Council of Churches plans to hold its Wednesday evening Lenten Service, but without the soup meal beforehand. The next service is scheduled for Wed., Mar 18 at Second Calvary Baptist at 7:30 p.m. Given recent events and their fast-moving nature, please check the HUMC web site for updates at https://www.hopewellmethodist.org/lenten-services-2020/
IMPORTANT: Email will be an important way to stay in touch. Please sign up for our weekly Hints of Hope email on our web site: https://www.hopewellmethodist.org/stay-updated-sign-up-for-our-news/
Also be sure to check our Facebook page and hopwellmethodist.org for regular updates on our ongoing ministry.
Above all, during this time we want to continue to be a voice of calm and a place of hope. We came to this decision as erring on the side of caution as we have so many vulnerable members of our congregation; the last thing we want is to put anyone in danger. Please pray for those persons in our community and around the world who are suffering and pray that by the grace of God, we can continue to stay safe and healthy.