Worship for May 17, 2020

Here is an order of worship for today! If you scroll through it, stopping and listening to (or singing to) the videos along the way, you will have the full worship experience! Hope you enjoy, and are blessed, in the experience!


      Down in the River to Pray

Please enjoy this music as a way of preparing your spirits for worshipping!

Virtual choir organized and recorded by Tiffany Goodrick


The video that follows includes the Welcome as well as Call to Worship, & Opening Prayer by Pastor Karla, so scroll down below the video if you’d like to follow the words, or just listen.

Call  to Worship      

Opening Prayer

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Opening Hymn

Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above    UM Hymnal #126

Virtual Choir Anthem

“You’ll Never Walk Alone” Virtual Choir/Orchestra 15 Countries: 300 People

Children’s Storytime

“Where Does God Live?” by Holly Bea, illustrated by Kim Howard. Read by Pastor Karla.

If there are children among the worshippers today, here is a “storytime” prepared especially for them. Parents and other relatives are invited to share the link to the stories with children they care about.


The video that follows (under “Sermon”) has these scriptures, Pastor Karla’s sermon, and the Prayers that follow on it. You are invited to follow along with the scriptures in your own Bible. These are read in the New Revised Standard Version.

Romans 8:26-28, 31, 35-39; John 14:1, 15-21


 “Where is God in all of this? – II”  Rev. Karla Fredericksen

Prayers of the People

The Lord’s Prayer


During the music you are invited to consider how you give back to God. Take note of the ways you give:  Your time, your gifts and talents, your worship, your service in church and community, and your monetary gifts.  During this pandemic moment in time, please remember the church in your giving.  We are the church, and we are still serving. 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)
  • Or you can go to the DONATE page and find a link to our giving site, using a debit or credit card, or your own PayPal account. 
  • Some prefer to use their own bank’s bill-payer and set an automatic monthly amount. (We like this one!)

Here’s some offertory music:   

Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) /arr. Fabrizio Vestri – CORO VIRTUALE – VIRTUAL CHOIR

Prayer of Dedication:


   You Are Mine by David Haas     The Faith We Sing #2218


  • Tuesday – “Coffee Hour” 1:00 PM – See notice below for links to ZOOM (formerly called Pastor Chat)
  • Wednesday – The Bishop’s Webinar on “Ministry in the New Normal: Our church life beyond the COVID-19 crisis, Part III” 9:00 AM
  • Please send changes and additions for the church directory.
  • Remember that a worship service (including a children’s story) is up by Sunday Morning by 10AM (usually by the wee hours of the morning, actually) for you to use at the usual time, or when it best suits your needs.
  • Deadline for a Friendly Caller is WEDNESDAY!!
  • “Unraveled” Bible Study to begin soon!
  • First Sunday Communion Service, live with each other on zoom, coming June 7PM.

A more full description of these items follow after the Closing Response and “Postlude.” Please remember to read the rest of the announcements before leaving this webpage.

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.


Every Morning is Easter Morning

   Sung by The Augustana Chorister & Cherub Choirs

Words & Music:  Avery & Marsh  
(3rd vs. alt words: unknown) 
© 1972 Hope Publishing Co.  CCLI #1397620

GO IN PEACE TO SERVE GOD and LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­


Announcements / “Soundbites



Yes, we have an FC on the way!  It’s almost ready, so if you have something you want printed, submit to chehalisumc@rainierconnect.com OR you may bring into the office during office hours (10-1:00) or call Valerie at 360-748-7334.   Just be sure your submission is in by Wednesday at NOON, this week!


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 for a LIVE communion service on zoom.  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!!)

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, beginning on May 27.  A study guide will be emailed to participants (or 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”/ Pastor Chat – 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

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 PayPal or a credit card using the Link to our donation page: DONATIONS. The site gives an opportunity to designate a portion of your check to a specific fund, by making a notation, if you like.

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


Wednesday Webinars: Ministry in the New Normal: Our church life beyond the COVID-19 crisis

There are a lot of decisions laity and pastoral leaders must consider before opening their church doors once more for ministry and worship.

Join us next Wednesday for what will be the third in a new series of webinars, each providing discussion and information to support church leaders (clergy and laity) in making healthy, responsible pastoral decisions.  This one is “Ministry in the New Normal: Our church life beyond the COVID-19 crisis, Part 3”  This will move us to some of the more practical aspects of re-opening our buildings.

The webinar begins at 9 AM Pacific and is expected to last around 90 minutes

 REGISTER NOW for next week’s webinar!  (May 20) https://greaternw.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dutZ_uvNR1G3sFTtNMW6tA   All these webinars are free, but you must register in advance, even if on the same morning, and a unique link is sent to you via email.

This Week:

  • Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm, Pastor Karla will be “attending” the National Festival of Homiletics – online Webinar.  She’ll still be available to you from 1pm on, for phone calls, texts, zoom if you like, etc.
  • Tuesday – “COFFEE HOUR” 1:00 PM – See notice above for links to ZOOM
  • Wednesday – The Bishop’s Webinar on “Ministry in the New Normal: Our church life beyond the COVID-19 crisis, Part III,” 9:00 AM
  • NEXT SUNDAYby 10 AM – Worship online, and “storytime” for kids.