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.

New “BURROWS KITCHEN” is finished!

                                                                   Sept 25, 2017

Now we are fellowshipping in a newly changed space.  A space which we hope and pray will make for better comradery around the preparation of food and beverages, the foods that then will be consumed during activities that are for gathering in community, fun, learning, fundraising, worship and fellowship.

We have made it easier to have large gatherings in Boadway Hall, with the new carpet that cuts down on reverberation in the room and helps us to hear one another.

The kitchen is, however, the space of our dreams!  And is basically ALL brand new, except for a few appliances which still have plenty of life left in them.  A new, easier to use commercial dishwasher, commercial ovens that actually work, and open spaces where many people can work simultaneously.  Since finishing the kitchen last Fall, the UMW has also replaced the freezer with a new one. 

We want to thank Stan Long and Jeff Sherman, who during the course of the construction were the on-site managers of the project.  We thank the United Methodist Women for refurnishing the “contents” of the kitchen – new dishes and coffee mugs, etc., so that we can now be much more eco-friendly in our gatherings by using that dishwasher much of the time.

The changes and remodeling are made possible because of many generous donations added all together.  We are grateful for every last fundraiser of the United Methodist Women, including the donation-based meals which were for new dishes and other items for this kitchen.  And we are grateful!

Our newly remodeled kitchen is called “Burrows Kitchen” because of the many years of service to this church that both Fremont and Anne Ev extended in so many ways.  They gave generously to see this project done, as well.  Fremont wanted so badly to see this project through, but his body just gave out before he saw it.  He was that way as a Trustee of the church and often said of different projects, “Let’s get her done!”  It seemed a very appropriate project to take on in Anne Ev’s name, especially, since for many years she was one who came in, quietly and without accolades, after Sunday’s celebrations were past, nearly every week, to clean up any leftover clutter or mess, put things away, wipe down the kitchen to keep it sparkling and ready to use again, and she laundered the towels and dishcloths.

This is a space today of which both of these persons would be proud.  Hospitality meant a lot to this family through the years of dinner parties and gatherings in their island house or here in Chehalis.  May the spirit of those festivities be the same kind of spirit that enters our space each time we use it.  We dedicated this space in memory of Anne Ev and Fremont Burrows, remembering their legacy of stewardship, service, hospitality and of love to their community

Every time that we pick up a mug of coffee, every time we eat a bowl of soup, or scarf down a brownie or cookie, every time that a pancake is served or a plate of spaghetti is eaten in this space, let us be grateful for God’s goodness and extend our welcome (God’s welcome) to every person whom God loves.