Worship for July 5, 2020

Prelude

America the Beautiful

Hillsdale College’s choir sings “America the Beautiful” on their YouTube site.
Words: Katherine Lee Bates, 1904;  Music: Samuel A. Ward, 1888
arr. By Frank La Rocca – (c) Santa Barbara Music Publ. Inc.,
used by permission by Hillsdale College.
James A. Holleman, Music Director;
Debra Wyse, Accompanist/Assistant Conductor

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 (scroll down – the words to Call and Prayer are just below the video – the words in bold are for ALL).

Call to Worship

The love of God is more splendid than purple mountain majesties.
God’s word of grace fills the spacious skies.
The amber waves of grain remind us of God’s abundant care.
Above the fruited plain is God’s eternal joy in anyone
who turns from sin and follows the path of truth.

In every nation, in every heart, God is working for good.
Let our songs rise, and let God’s praise be heard from sea to shining sea.

Opening Prayer

Creator and Ruler of humankind: 
             While songs of our nation’s birth ring in our hearts,
       remind us to celebrate above all the oneness of the race you have created
       and the openness of the church you have loved. 
And help us, who are your church in this place,
             to be truly open to all your children and to pray
   for the coming of the day when all shall be one
       in him who has broken down all the walls that now divide us,
       even Jesus Christ, the Lord of both church and world.  Amen.

Opening Hymn

“A Tribute to All Nations”  with
This is My Song      UM Hymnal #437
(3rd verse differs on video)

Words: Lloyd Stone,1934 , © 1934, 1962 Lorenz Publishing Co,   CCLI@1397620
Tune: FINLANDIA, composed by Jean Sibelius, 1899
YouTube video:  prepared by Gary Feldhege; photo acknowledgments at end of video.
Music sung by the Viking Chorus of St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN;
Christopher Aspaas, conductor

A Storytime for ALL ages

Michael Rosen’s SAD BOOK

Written by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Quentin Blake
(c)s 2004 by Rosen and Blake, respectively

Scripture  

Read from your own Bible and/or follow as the SCRIPTURE is read by Mark Fredericksen on the next video. Also on the video is the SERMON, and the PRAYER OF CONFESSION, and the words for the prayer are below the video.

     Matthew 11:25-30

Sermon

   “That’s no yoke!”   Rev. Karla Fredericksen
   (with Romans 7:14-25)

Prayer of Confession and Pardon:

         Leader 1:  Sometimes, our lives seem out of control.
Leader 2:  We know what to do…
                ALL:  but we just don’t do it.

          Leader 1:  Sometimes, we are torn between doing what’s right,
        and doing what’s popular.
          Leader 2:  We know what to do…
                 ALL:   but we just don’t do it.

          Leader 1:  Other times we hide from doing what is right,
hoping that God won’t notice.
Leader 2:  We know what to do…
       ALL:  but we just don’t do it.

          Leader 1:  Fortunately, God knows us, understands us,
                           and loves us just the same. 
                          His yoke is easy, and his burden is light.
          Leader 2:  So we can rejoice, knowing that God also forgives us,
                           takes our burdens, and sets us free.
                ALL:   Thanks be to God.  Amen.

Hymn

Cares Chorus The Faith We Sing #2215

Words and Music:  Kelly Willard, © 1978 Maranatha Praise, Inc.,
Admin by the Copyright Co. CCLI #1397620
YouTube Video by: Mich Elle, music from Maranatha! Praise Band
Licensed to YouTube by: UMG (on behalf of Maranatha (MRA)); Capitol CMG Publishing, LatinAutor, ASCAP, LatinAutor – UMPG, Adorando Brazil, and 4 Music Rights Societies

Prayers of the People

    Leader:  Bend your ear to us, O God.
    People:   And hear our prayer.

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:

Seek Ye First   UM Hymnal #405
   Sing along if you like!

Words and Music: Karen Lafferty, 1972
CCLI #1397620
YouTube presentation:  Diocese of St Benedict
Licensed to YouTube by SME (on behalf of Brentwood Music); Capitol CMG Publishing, UMPI, LatinAutor – UMPG, LatinAutor, UNIAO BRASILEIRA DE EDITORAS DE MUSICA – UBEM, and 11 Music Rights Societies

 Dedicating your Offering:

God who is in the spirit of creation,
you have given us so much:
   Christ to inspire us,
         your Spirit to enable us,
                  your love to support us;
and so we bring these offerings
 that we and others may be inspired,  enabled, and supported.  
Bless and multiply our gifts, we pray.  Amen.

Announcements

Here are some highlights – A more full description of these items and more follow after the Closing Response/“Postlude.” The articles have the links to each of the online services and activities.

  • TONIGHT! (July 5) – 7:00 PM – Vespers Service with Holy Communion
  • 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: “The Conversion of Saul to Paul” (leftover from last week)
  • Next Sunday – 10:00 AM – Worship is available by this time each week, on this website.

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. administered 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:

  • TONIGHT! (July 5) – 7:00 PM – Vespers Service with Communion
  • 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: “The Conversion of Saul to Paul” (a carryover from last week)
  • Saturday – 10:00 AM – REIMAGINING/REOPENING Group
  • Next Sunday – 10:00 AM – Worship is available by this time each week, on this website.

New! REIMAGINING GROUP
Chosen by the Church Council

Meeting Saturday, July 11, at 10:00 AM for the first time, this group was chosen by the Church Council. They will be meeting via zoom technology (a few from Boadway Hall via zoom). The group will begin working on a plan for reopening when the opportunity arrives. (That is, when the new cases of COVID-19 have subsided enough to be safe.) 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 be 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. Just be aware that this will be a “new normal,” not the gatherings that we have come to love as they were. 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 THIS GROUP, and Link to the ZOOM, AT THIS PAGE – Click on it: CURRENT EVENTS!

NEW!  First Sunday – EVENING VESPERS
with a short communion service

One thing that we miss when our worship is not live is communion.  Join Pastor Karla on the first Sunday of each month, JULY 5, at 7:00 PM for a LIVE communion service on zoom.  We will have a short Vespers Service with meditation and the Lord’s Supper.   One thing you need to note!  You’ll need to plan ahead enough to bring your own bread and beverage to your own table!   

Zoom links:  for computers and internet capable phones: https://greaternw.zoom.us/j/92992582756   
One tap mobile:  +12532158782,,92992582756# 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: 929 9258 2756 when prompted.  (I hope you’ll all join me for this!!)

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: “The Conversion of Saul to Paul” (Acts 9:1-20). This is a “carry-over” from last week’s lesson – unanswered questions! 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 be received separately, without loss of continuity – So join as you can!  Printed copies of the study guide are available in church office.  The links to the ZOOM study for Wednesday at 6:30:

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!!)

GLOBAL NEWS: ‘Service of Lament’
challenges church on racism

An unflinching, hour-long “Service of Lament, Repentance, Communion and Commitment” went online June 24, putting The United Methodist Church on record as committed to a renewed push against racism.“ The Council of Bishops and every church agency within our denomination are working together as never before because this call from God and outcry from our troubled world are so urgent,” says East Ohio Conference Bishop Tracy Malone during the video service. “We are acting and moving.” Pulled together in under two weeks despite the COVID-19 pandemic — with footage contributed from 25 different locations — the video features prayer, Scripture and anguished testimony from United Methodists of color. Read more of this story and watch the service on the UM News site.

“Coffee Hour” (Tuesday, 1 PM)

DURING THIS PANDEMIC and our SHELTERING AT HOME!!

Come join Pastor Karla in a Zoom “gathering” for chatting from our homes, sharing what’s happening in our lives, our concerns and joys, and praying together for about an hour give-or-take, or as long as it takes.  This is face-to-face without being physically close. If you’ve missed the sharing on Sundays, especially the “coffee hour” and maybe prayers of the people – this can replace them!

Be sure to dress from the waist up, because you CAN see each other! (unless you call in on a landline) Wear PJ pants if you want, and miss-matched socks. (Pastor Karla does!)

Be sure that your microphone and computer/phone camera settings are ON.

You can join in this time together by smartphone or computer by clicking on the following link just before the time of the meeting – TUESDAYS, 1:00 PM – follow the link at https://greaternw.zoom.us/j/864450315 – and join the meeting. 
OR join by phone: One tap mobile +12532158782,,864450315# US
OR  land line (for audio only) 1-(253) 215-8782 (Tacoma); Meeting ID: 864 450 315

Save these links, as they are the same each week.

Worship for 5-31-2020 – Worship Together w/ Crest to Coast

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR PASTOR BEFORE WORSHIP

WELCOME TO PENTECOST SUNDAY!

Today is a special Sunday, Pentecost! Because Pentecost is the day when there were many, many people in Jerusalem from all over the known world of the time… We are worshipping together with many churches around our district, too! You’ll get a sense of some of the multiculturalism of our time.

This worship video is brought to us through the

South Sound Cooperative

About: Made up of seven vital and unique congregations (First Olympia, Tumwater, St.Andrew’s Lacey, Oakville, Rochester, Shelton, and Steam Boat Island), the appointed clergy staff and lay leadership have been working together for the past three years to create shared ministry opportunities in all areas of church life: worship, discipleship, fellowship, and missions. With help from musicians from all the churches, we offer a hybrid worship experience using Zoom and locally produced music.
Worship Instructions: We are happy to share the good news and celebrate the Spirit at work in us all as one of the worship hubs this Pentecost Sunday. You can join on Facebook, (https://www.facebook.com/FUMCOLY – scroll down until you see the post) or if you prefer, visit the First Olympia YouTube site at 10:00 AM, May 31.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAWlw6qN_o-zTvto0wkonQw

If you have come in at a different time, the video will be posted and remain there for you to use at anytime that fits your schedule.

During the worship the cooperative churches include a children’s sermon, and at the “offering” time they leave a moment with music for you to make decisions about how to give to your own church. For Chehalis UMC, this information is below in the “Announcements/Soundbites” section that follows on this page.

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CHEHALIS UMC Announcements / “Soundbites”

  • Tuesday – 1:00 PM –  “COFFEE HOUR”  – See notice above for links to ZOOM
  • Tuesday – 6:30 PM – PERSONNEL COMMITTEE (SPR/Nominations) = Links below
  • Wednesday –  9:00 AM – The Bishop’s Webinar
  • NEW! Wednesday – 6:30 PM – “UNRAVELED” Bible Study
  • NEXT SUNDAY – by 10 AM – Morning Worship is online
  • NEXT SUNDAY – 7:00 PM (LIVE!) COMMUNION SERVICE via zoom!

NEW!  First Sunday – COMMUNION SERVICE

One thing that we miss when our worship is not live is communion.  Join Pastor Karla on the first Sunday of each month, beginning June 7, at 7:00 PM.  We will have a short Communion Service with meditation and the Lord’s Supper.   One thing you need to note!  You’ll need to plan ahead enough to bring your own bread and beverage! 

Zoom links:
for computers and internet capable phones: https://greaternw.zoom.us/j/92992582756 
One tap mobile:  +12532158782,,92992582756# 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: 929 9258 2756 when prompted.  (I hope you’ll all join me for this!!)

Personnel Committee

The committee hasn’t met for a few months and this is our regular time! Here is how to connect to the zoom meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 PM:

use this link or put in your browser:   https://greaternw.zoom.us/j/5509088690 
One tap mobile: +12532158782,,5509088690# (Tacoma)
Dial on any phone (join by audio only) +1 253 215 8782 (Tacoma)
Meeting ID: 550 908 8690

NEW!  Wednesdays – Bible Study: UNRAVELED

   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.  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, began last week, but all lessons can be received separately, without loss of continuity.  A study guide was emailed to all potential participants (can be printed for pick up for those who don’t have the capability of printing at home).  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!!)

Church Directory Updates

We are working on an updated church directory.  Please let us know if you have a  new address, a mobile number to add, a landline that you have discontinued,  an email address, etc., or a different way you would like to be contacted.

Contact the church office email address chehalisumc@rainierconnect.com (preferably) or phone 360-748-7334 between 10 AM – 1 PM, T-W-Th or at other times leave a message with the information.

“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

Offerings and Contributions
(when no plate is being passed)

Checks mailed to CUMC at P.O. Box 417, Chehalis, Wa, 98532 are, as always, welcome!

You may now, also, make a contribution by using the DONATE page on our website, by PayPal or a credit card.  The site gives an opportunity to designate a portion of your check to a specific fund, by making a notation, if you like. And yes, there is a 2.2% fee for each transaction, but this is the easiest way, or the only way some of us have to give remotely (some people don’t use checks!) Don’t let the fee stop you from giving, if this is the best for you.

If you use your bank’s bill-payer for other organizations, why not make a monthly contribution to the church that way !?

Thank you, for remembering the work of the church goes on even when we can’t be together in person!

BISHOP WEBINAR -COVID-19 UPDATES

Reminder: Register for Wednesday webinar, June 3

REMINDER: Register for Wednesday, June 3
Join us as we continue to explore “Ministry in the New Normal: Our church life beyond the COVID-19 Crisis, part V. For the fifth installment of this webinar series, we will continue conversations about the guidelines for reopening entitled, “Reimagining Life Together” and some of the questions around implementation. As per usual, Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky and Alaska Superintendent, Rev. Carlo Rapanut, will help to guide our time of prayer and discussion. The webinar is anticipated to last up to 90 minutes. It begins at 8 am AKDT, 9 am PST, 10 am MST.
LATE BREAKING NEWS: This week’s Webinar will focus instead on “Confronting the Sin of Racism” – due to the events this week in our nation!
CLICK HERE TO: REGISTER NOW  
If you missed the Wednesday Webinar on May 27 … Watch it now here.
See a statement that was published by Bishop Ough of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area.
gnw-email.brtapp.com/viewinsite/b954d561b790377ed608520b0f671429?email

Easter Together! Worship – 4/12/2020

WELCOME!

Today, we join with other United Methodist laity and clergy for a fun and creative worship, put together with people from all over the Northwest. Though you can decide which videos you want to watch, I hope that you will watch it all the way through, and join in as you can! See if you can find the contribution that our congregation had in this.

REMINDERS:
  • At offering time you may come back for our DONATE button on this website, if you like.
  • Our Local announcements are at the bottom of this page, too, so don’t forget to read them!

Most important: Remember it’s Easter! SO…

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! CHRIST IS RISEN, INDEED!

(CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO GO TO THE SERVICE)

Announcements (local)/ “Soundbites”

Pastor Chat – Tuesdays 10 AM

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

This is an opportunity to see and hear other church people, share you joys and concerns, and pray together! Everyone can come! More info: PASTOR CHAT POST

This is sort of our way of replacing the coffee hour on Sundays!

Offerings and Contributions

You may now make a contribution by using PayPal or a credit card using the Link to our donation page: DONATIONS. There is an opportunity to designate a portion of your check to a specific fund, by making a notation, if you like.

Checks mailed to CUMC at P.O. Box 417, Chehalis, Wa, 98532 are, as always, also welcome!

Thank you, for remembering the work of the church goes on even when we can’t be together in person!

This Week:

Today! – HAPPY EASTER!!

TuesdayPastor Chat, 10:00 AM – See notice above for links to ZOOM

ThursdayProperty and Finance Meeting, 5:30 PM on ZOOM LINK, for one tap mobile: +16699006833,,459598808#

STP – Seattle to Portland Bikers!

The church is excited about providing lodging for STP riders again in the summer of 2020.  They will be housed in the basement of the main church building and fed in Boadway Hall, with snacks near the sleeping area.

If you would like to be a volunteer for greeting, food preparation, overnight host/ess, etc., please contact Jean Long.

If you are an STP Rider looking for accommodations, we will welcome you, and BELOW are the links to information you may be looking to download.

QUESTIONS?  NEED MORE HELP?  If you are someone who has already signed up with us and need to change something on your registration, or for MORE INFORMATION, you may call Jean Long at 360-388-1851 or email her at stanjeanlong@msn.com.