Worship for July 12, 2020

Prelude

Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross                          

Words:  Fanny J. Crosby, 1869
Music:  William H. Doane, 1869
Singer: Simon Khorolskiy (link to his YouTube Video)
Violin: Katie Gayduchik

In English:
Jesus, keep me near the cross, There a precious fountain,
Free to all—a healing stream, Flows from Calvary’s mountain.
In the cross, in the cross, Be my glory ever;
Till my raptured soul shall find rest beyond the river.

Welcome

     Welcome to worship!  If you start the video just below, you’ll be welcomed by Pastor Karla, and Mark will lead you through the Call to worship and prayer (the words are just below the video).

Call to Worship

Read the Call to Worship and Opening Prayer on your own,
or follow as you listen as Mark Fredericksen reads these on the video.

Psalm 119:105-112

Opening Prayer

God who is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in the time of trouble,
   May we see your presence in our lives day to day,

hour to hour, making us receptive to your spirit,
guiding us with opportunities to serve you in doing good.
  In this time of worship, prepare our hearts for the days to come.
 In your holy name we pray.  Amen.

Opening Hymn

I Need Thee Every Hour UM Hymnal #397

Words: Annie S. Hawks, 1872
Music: Robert Lowry, 1873
Linked to the YouTube video of Caleb Brasee

Children’s Story

If I Were a Mouse… by Karma Wilson

By Karma Wilson, illustrated by Marsela Hajdinjak-Krec
text and illustrations ©2010 by each respectively.  Zondervan Books.
The Song “If I were a Butterfly” is by Brian M. Howard © Mission Hills Music.
It has lots more verses! Look them up at www.ButterflySong.com

Scripture:  

     Romans 8:1-2
     Matthew 13:1-9, 8-23

Read from your own Bible and/or follow as the
scripture is read by Mark Fredericksen

Sermon

   “A Generous Harvest”   Rev. Karla Fredericksen

Hymn

Lord, let my heart be good soil

(Words are in video, so sing along, as you can!)

Handt Hanson, 1950 
by permission CCLI #1397620
© 1985 Prince of Peace Publishing, Changing Church, Inc.
YouTube video: Tom Ekstrand

Prayers of the People

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power and glory forever.  Amen.

Offering:

Take note of the ways to give:  Our time, our gifts and talents, our worship, our service in church and community, and our monetary gifts.  During this pandemic moment in time, please remember the church in your giving.  Take note of several venues to contribute without an offering plate being passed:

We accept:

  • checks sent to CUMC, P.O. Box 417, Chehalis, WA  98532. 
  • Cash, of course, would have to be brought to the church office during office hours (T-W-Th, 10-1:00)
  • On the DONATE page find a link to our giving site, using a debit or credit card, or your own PayPal account. 
  • Bill-payer:  Some prefer to use their own bank’s bill-payerand set an automatic monthly amount. (We like this one!)

 HERE’S Some Offertory Music:

Down to the River to Pray

Virtual choir organized and recorded by Tiffany Goodrick.
While it is hard to pinpoint the exact origins of the song, “Down to the River to Pray” has been referred to as a -hymn, a spiritual and an Appalachian song. Some believe it was a Native American Tribal song that was adapted to include Christian lyrics. The written form is sometimes attributed to George H. Allan.  It was popularized again in 2020 by the film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

 Dedicating your Offering:

Announcements

Here are some highlights – A more full description of these items and more     follow after the Closing Response/“Postlude.”

  • Tuesday – 1:00 “Coffee Hour” 1:00 PM – See notice below for links
  • Wednesday – 6:30 PM – “Unraveled” Bible Study – this week: “Encouraging Israel to Plant Gardens & Build Houses in Exile: When Dreams unravel”
  • Next Sunday – 10:00 AM – Worship is available by this time each week, on this website. Surprise!  You’ll see some new faces in worship!

Hymn

  You are the Seed UM Hymnal #583
(words differ slightly on video)

Text and Tune Copyright 1979 Ediciones Paulinas, Admin. OCP Publications
YouTube video and performance:  Matthew Bruneoehler
CCLI#1397620

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.
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.

Postlude/Response

The Trees of the Field   The Faith We Sing #2279 
(Words in Video)

Words:  Steffie Geiser Ruben; Music:  Stuart Dauermann
© 1975 Lillenas Publishing Co. adm by The Copyright Co.  CCLI: #1397620
Artist:  Jeff Hamlin, Integrity’s Hosanna! Music, in Hosanna Gold Album;
On YouTube channel: Michael Hemrich
Licensed to YouTube by  [Merlin] Absolute Label Services; Music Services, Inc. (Publishing),
LatinAutor, and 2 Music Rights Societies

Go in Peace to love God and Neighbor,
making the most of your time, as much as possible,
forgiving one another (and yourselves)
in the name of Jesus.

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Announcements / “Soundbites”

THIS WEEK:

  • Tuesday – 1:00 “Coffee Hour” 1:00 PM – See notice below for links
  • Wednesday – 10:00 AM – STRETCH GROUP IS BACK!
  • Wednesday – 6:30 PM – “Unraveled” Bible Study – this week: “By the Rivers of Babylon: unraveled dreams”
  • Next Sunday – 10:00 AM – Worship is available by this time each week, on this website.

New! REIMAGINING GROUP
chosen by the Church Council

Our first meeting was Saturday, July 11. They have begun plans for reopening in-person worship when the opportunity arrives. (That is, when the new cases of COVID-19 have subsided enough to be safe. So it is still months away.) Our conference has given guidelines and we need to fill in some of the details of when, where, how and by what safety and sanitation rules will we abide. And our plan must be approved by the District Superintendent.

I think everyone is looking forward to the day this can happen – but we are cautious to be sure that it can happen safely. It will be a few weeks before the next meeting, but the committee is working on the details in the meanwhile.

Just be aware that this will be a “new normal,” not the gatherings that we have come to love as they were. Most likely, we will begin worshipping in Boadway Hall, as sanitation is easier to accomplish on plastic than with the wood in the sanctuary. In addition to wearing masks and distancing, we will miss live singing, and put our hymnals and other items from the pews away for a long time. Our communion will have to continue to be “virtual” for some time, also, until an acceptable alternative is created or found, and approved.

We can look at this as our opportunity to be innovative and creative in our planning and implementing of a new kind of gathering! Prayers for God to guide us, are welcomed!

“Coffee Hour” – Tuesdays 1:00 PM

To join the ZOOM (live) chat follow this Link!

This is an opportunity to see and hear other church people, share your joys and concerns, and pray together! This is sort of our way of replacing the coffee hour on Sundays! (Thus the name change!) To join the chatter follow this link at 1 pm each Tuesday. (Don’t be afraid…) For alternative ways to join click the next link and read! Everyone can come, EVEN BY REGULAR LANDLINE PHONE!  More info: “COFFEE HOUR” POST OH! and Hint: Bring your own coffee and/or snack!

Wednesdays –
Stretch Group is Back!

SEE THE ARTICLE about the stretch group, and a link to the ZOOM gathering, AT THIS PAGE – Click on it: CURRENT EVENTS!

Wednesdays –
Bible Study: UNRAVELED

From “A Sanctified Art”

   Feeling a little “unraveled” by the happenings in the world?  Or unsettled and un-anchored without a spiritual support through Bible Study?  You are not alone!  “UNRAVELED” is a Bible Study that deals with these questions:  What happens when our world falls apart? How do we press onward when our tightly-knit plans unravel into loose threads? What do we become when our identity—or the path we’re on— comes undone? What if all of this is not the end we fear it will be? In our unraveling, sometimes life surprises us with unexpected joy, love, and hope—with a new beginning we couldn’t have imagined. Sometimes we need God to unravel us, for we long to be changed.

   This study explores 12 stories of unraveled shame, identity, fear, grief, dreams, and expectations.  THIS WEEK’S LESSON: “In Exile, Plant Gardens, Build Houses: When Dreams unravel” (Jeremiah 29:1-7)

Pastor Karla hopes that you will join her on ZOOM, Wednesday nights at 6:30 PM for about an hour of sharing in this study.  All lessons can are independent of the others, without loss of continuity if you join now – So join as you can!  Printed copies of the study guide are available outside the church office.  The links to the ZOOM study for Wednesday at 6:30 are below.

The links to the ZOOM study are: for computers and internet capable phones: https://greaternw.zoom.us/j/94897642352   
One tap mobile:  +12532158782,,94897642352# US (Tacoma) or for a regular landline phone, which is like joining a conference call (audio only) dial: 1-253-215-8782 (Tacoma), tap in the Meeting ID: 948 9764 2352 when prompted.  (I hope you’ll all join me for this!!)