The United Methodist Church of Enfield
Monday, September 28, 2020
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

 

The United Methodist Church of Enfield

15th Sunday After Pentecost  September 13, 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 a 4-part worship series, we’ll use children’s picture books as a window into scripture.

We Gather in God’s Name

Gathering

 

 

Welcome to Connected Worship (video)                  

 

Announcements

 

 

*Joyful Noise in Praise of God – Many Gifts, One Spirit

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

congregational singing.)

 

God of change and glory, God of time and space,
when we fear the future, give to us your grace.
In the midst of changing ways give us still the grace to praise.

[Refrain]
Many gifts, one Spirit, one love known in many ways.
In our difference is blessing, from diversity we praise –
One Giver, one Lord, one Spirit, one Word
known in many ways, hallowing our days.
For the Giver, for the gifts, praise, praise, praise!

God of many colors, God of many signs,
you have made us different, blessing many kinds.
As the old ways disappear, let your love cast out our fear.
           
[Refrain]

 

 

Freshness of the morning, newness of each night,
you are still creating endless love and light.
This we see, as shadows part, many gifts from one great heart.

            [Refrain]

 

 

 

 

Opening Prayer

Ever-present God,

who is at the side of every creature in creation,

renew our lives so that we may discern and

do your will,

what is good and acceptable and perfect.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

 

 

Children’s Book – Horton Hears a Who!

 

 

We Proclaim and Respond to God’s Word

 

Musical Reflection – Take My Life and Let it Be (solo)

Take my life, and let it be 
consecrated, Lord, to thee. 
Take my moments and my days; 
let them flow in ceaseless praise. 
Take my hands, and let them move 
at the impulse of thy love. 
Take my feet, and let them be 
swift and beautiful for thee. 

Take my voice, and let me sing 
always, only, for my King. 
Take my lips, and let them be 
filled with messages from thee. 
Take my silver and my gold; 
not a mite would I withhold. 
Take my intellect, and use 
every power as thou shalt choose. 

 

New Testament Reading – Romans 12:1-8

1I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. 3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, 5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. 6We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; 7ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; 8the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

 

 

 

Sermon

 

 

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

Loving God,

we thank you for every gift, large and small,

that has been offered to you today,

and ask for your blessing upon us.

Receive these gifts, O God.

Receive also the gifts of our time and our service,

as we pursue your great work. Amen.

 

We Go Forth In God’s Name

 

 

*Joyful Noise in Praise of God – I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me               

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

I'm gonna live so God can use me – anywhere, Lord, anytime!
I'm gonna live so God can use me – anywhere, Lord, anytime!

I'm gonna work so God can use me – anywhere, Lord, anytime!
I'm gonna work so God can use me – anywhere, Lord, anytime!

I'm gonna pray so God can use me – anywhere, Lord, anytime!
I'm gonna pray so God can use me – anywhere, Lord, anytime!

I'm gonna sing so God can use me – anywhere, Lord, anytime!
I'm gonna sing so God can use me – anywhere, Lord, anytime!
 

Benediction

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!

 

 

 

Credits:  Prayers & litanies adapted from Prayers & litanies adapted from Feasting on the Word Worship Companion. – Year C, Volume 2 (© 2012, Reprinted by permission of Westminster John Knox Press); Abingdon Worship Annual 2014 (© Abingdon Press, 2013), used with permission. “Many Gifts, One Spirit” #114 and “Take My Life and Let It Be” #399, The United Methodist Hymnal (© The United Methodist Publishing House, 1989) used with permission.  “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me” #2153, The Faith We Sing (©Abingdon Press, 2000), used with permission.