“Virtual Worship” for 3/22/2020

Welcome

   Welcome to the virtual worship of Chehalis United Methodist for March 22, 2020 – I pray that each of you is here to connect to God’s spirit and to a church community, despite social distancing during this pandemic. Further down there is a sermon and prayers. Please follow the whole worship experience by using the suggested parts on the way.

May God bless our time of worship.

Call to Worship/ Opening Prayer

   I invite you to begin worship with this call and prayer – starting with your hands over your eyes, listening for God’s voice. Then when you remove your hands… Read the following:

 God invites us to see the world through new eyes.

   Holy One, open our eyes, and help us to see in new ways..

   God invites us to take away the things that keep us from seeing the beauty of God’s world. 

I invite you now, to look all around you… If you are near a window, look outside, too…

   Holy One, open our eyes, and help us to see in new ways..

Now, if you are with someone else right now, look at them;  If you are alone, close your eyes for a moment, and imagine those you love with you and holding your hand.

With new eyes of your heart, “see” the love and warmth that these persons share…

   Holy One, open our eyes, and help us to see in new ways…

And now, let us worship the Holy One who calls us to see in new ways!

Hymn         

Be Thou My Vision     UM Hymnal #451 – verse 1

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,

naught be all else to me, save that thou art.

Thou my best thought, by day or by night,

waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Scripture:       John 9:1-41 

Please read the scripture before continuing on to the sermon on the video.

Sermon & Prayers of the People

     “I once was blind”      Rev. Karla Fredericksen

Offering

`Suggested Offering Response

 Holy, Holy, Holy     The Faith We Sing #2007 Argentine Folk

            Holy, Holy, Holy.  My heart, my heart adores you.

            My heart knows how to say to you, “You are Holy, Lord.”

Prayer of Dedication for the offering

Amazing God, your great love for us was expressed in the gift of Jesus the Christ.   Our love for You and for each other is expressed in these tangible gifts we give in response to Your love for us. Please accept

  • these gifts and our lives,
  • the work of care that they represent
  • and our hope for a fuller life for others that all may know the reality of your great love for us.  Amen.

Suggested Hymn(s)    

I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light – #206

                                       Amazing Grace  – Hymnal #378

       OR    (video below) Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

   Announcements

         A NOTE FROM THE BUSCHLEN EXTENDED FAMILY:

We wish to thank the Chehalis United Methodist Church family for your incredible support during this last difficult year.
Your ongoing messages of prayer, caring, and concern lifted us up and gave us hope. The cards, calls, texts, gifts, and personal visits have been a continuous evidence of God’s grace manifest through His people in the midst of sickness and sorrow.
Please accept our appreciation for the gracious things you have done.
             – Busch, Jan, Julie, Craig, Joel, Myra

VIRTUAL WORSHIP WILL CONTINUE:

Thank you for your patience during this trying and fearsome time. Our virtual worship will have to continue to replace our in-person worship for the near future – until further notice!  We will activate the prayer chain to let you know when there is a change.  If you are not on the prayer chain, please send your preferred email address to sandycowart77@gmail.com and ask her to add you to the list.

    The prayer chain, this website, and Facebook, are venues we are using to get the word out!  There is also word of mouth – please, let your friends know in case they miss the email, are not on the list or have no email. 

UM GENERAL CONFERENCE IS POSTPONED:

The international meeting of the church which happens every 4 years, is postponed due to the pandemic COVID-19 virus which is sweeping the globe! The venue where the 1000+ person conference was to be held cancelled all events! When there is news of a new date, we will publish it.

Closing Prayer:

Loving God, we thank you for hearing our prayers,
for feeding us with your word and spirit,
and encouraging us in our worship, even when we must be apart.

We ask for safety for ourselves and our loved ones, and that you
take us and use us to love and serve you, and all people,
in the power of your Spirit, and in the name of Christ. Amen.

Closing Response                   

  May You Run and Not Be Weary        Faith We Sing #2281

                 Words & Music:  Paul Murakami and Handt Hanson; 
                 ©1991 Changing Church Forum;  CLLI #1397620               

May you run and not be weary.

May your heart be filled with song.

And may the love of God continue

  to give you hope and keep you strong.

And may run and not be weary.

May your life be filled with joy!

And may the road you travel always lead you home.