The United Methodist Church of Enfield
Monday, October 26, 2020
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

The United Methodist Church of Enfield

17th Sunday After Pentecost  September 27, 2020

Guide for In-Person and Online Worship




                                          Wisdom for All Ages – Children’s Books & The Bible
Being a child is hard.  Becoming a grownup doesn’t make things all that much easier.  The wonderful world of picture books helps children began to learn to navigate the world, in all its complexity and beauty.  The wonderful words in the Bible help adults learn how to face the world with all of its mountain top and valley moments, filled with God’s grace.  In the third of a 4-part worship series, we’ll use children’s picture books as a window into scripture.

We Gather in God’s Name



Welcome Back to the Sanctuary (orientation video)                        




*Joyful Noise in Praise of God – Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

(We’ll be making a joyful noise through congregational percussion instead of

congregational singing.)

What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms; 
what a blessedness, what a peace is mine, leaning on the everlasting arms.


Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms; 
leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.


O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way, leaning on the everlasting arms; 
O how bright the path grows from day to day, leaning on the everlasting arms.


What have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the everlasting arms?  
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the everlasting arms.



Opening Prayer

Caretaker God,

     as we wander in the wilderness of our lives,

     lead us with your cloud by day

     and with your pillar of fire by night,

     that we may never lose our way.

Bless us with your presence, Holy One,

     that we may know the strength of your hand

     and the tender mercy of your love.

Feed us with your bread from heaven,

     that we may taste your Spirit

     and shout your praises. Amen.



Children’s Book – Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day



We Proclaim and Respond to God’s Word


Musical Reflection – God Will Take Care of You  (solo)

Be not dismayed whate'er betide, God will take care of you; 
beneath his wings of love abide, God will take care of you.

God will take care of you, through every day, o'er all the way; 

he will take care of you, God will take care of you.

No matter what may be the test, God will take care of you;
lean, weary one, upon his breast, God will take care of you.



*Gospel Reading – Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15

2The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” 4Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. 

9Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’“ 10And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. 11The Lord spoke to Moses and said, 12“I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’“

13In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. 15When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.


Sermon – “Let’s Move to Australia”


Silent Reflection


Concerns and Celebrations from the Online Community


Intercessory Prayer


Lord’s Prayer 


We Give Thanks for God’s Gifts


Giving Our Tithes, Offerings and Other Gifts


Offertory Prayer

Gracious God,

     you provide bread in the wilderness and life-giving waters in the desert;

you offer work in the vineyard and community in the sanctuary.

In gratitude and thanks for your abundant gifts,

     accept our offering for the building of your realm –

     where all are fed, where all are clothed,

     and where all find purpose and passion,

through Christ our Lord. Amen.



We Go Forth In God’s Name


*Joyful Noise in Praise of God – All Who Hunger             

(We’ll be making a joyful noise through congregational percussion instead of
congregational singing.)

All who hunger, gather gladly; holy manna is our bread.
Come from wilderness and wandering.  Here, in truth, we will be fed.
You that yearn for days of fullness, all around us is our food.
Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.


All who hunger, never strangers; seeker, be a welcome guest.
Come from restlessness and roaming. Here, in joy, we keep the feast.

We that once were lost and scattered in communion’s love have stood.

Taste and see the grace eternal.  Taste and see that God is good.



May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,

the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit

be with all of you – wherever you travel this week. 


Sending Ritual – Sharing Christ’s Peace with Each Other & the World


*Please feel free to stand – wherever you are!


 Click HERE for the Worship Guide in PDF form.


Credits: Prayers & litanies adapted from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2014 Edition. (© 2013 by Abingdon Press), used by permission. ““God Will Take Care of You”” #130; “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” #133; from The United Methodist Hymnal (© The United Methodist Publishing House, 1989) used with permission.  “All Who Hunger” #2126, The Faith We Sing (©Abingdon Press, 2000), used with permission.