Worship for July 26, 2020


Welcome to worship with the Chehalis United Methodist Church!  During the pandemic we can meet each other in more novel ways, such as this worship page.  As you follow this order of worship there are many videos along the way for your use, pause and click the arrow to start them.  Often you will find words for you to follow underneath the video on your page – the part in bold is for you, the congregation. Most Hymns have the words on the video. May God bless you today and every day, and give you the stamina to be the people of God during this time.


Nocturne, Op. 9 No. 2  – Chopin

Vincent van Gogh painted “The Starry Night, the year before he died.
Chopin composed this popular Nocturne what he was about 20 years old.
Nocturne in E-Flat major, Op. 9, No 2:  played by Vadim Chaimovich
On youtube by Andrea Romano

Call to Worship

Based on Romans 8:31-38

 Read the Call to Worship and Opening Prayer on your own, or follow as Dave and Debbie Campbell lead you this video. (Words to the Call and the Opening Prayer are below the video on this post. Follow Debbie for the part in bold that you, the people, say.)

If God is for us, who can be against us?
Can anyone?
Who can bring a charge against us?
It is God who justifies!
Who can condemn?
It is Christ who gave himself for us!
Who will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
No!  In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.   It’s time to worship our ever-loving God!   

Opening Prayer

God, we are warmed by your sun, encircled by your love,
    blessed by your presence, sustained by your Spirit. 
You gather us into a sacred circle of life
            and give us a song in our hearts,
laughter on our lips and kindness in our touch. 
With praise and thanksgiving,
we offer you our dreams and our deeds
and this sacred time of worship. 
In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Opening Hymn

O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go  – United Methodist Hymnal #480

Words:  George Matheson, 1882;  Music: Albert L. Peace, 1884
Video Link to the YouTube Channel:  20schemes Music
no licenses required (in public domain)

Children’s Time

     “The Little Seed That Grew” – by Ray Buckley

This is one of three stories found in the book God’s Love Is Like,
Written and illustrated by Ray Buckley, © 1998 by Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN


Read from your own Bible and/or follow as the scripture is read by
Dave and Debbie Campbell.

Psalm 128
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-46


   “The Dream of God is no small thing”  Rev. Karla Fredericksen

Prayers of the People

The Lord’s Prayer  (a new version)

        Creator of us all, Our Mother and Father in heaven,
        May your name be praised
        May your reign come in all its fullness,
        And may your will be done on earth, as in all realms beyond.
        Give us today all that we need,
        And forgive our sins, as we forgive all who sin against us.
        May we feel your presence in time of temptation,
leading us in the right way, and away from evil.
        For all things are from you and belong to you,
        and yours is the power and honor and glory forever.  Amen.           


Seek Ye First   UM Hymnal #405                    

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


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 link. Coffee hour will change back to the 10:00 AM time beginning the first Tues in August
  • “Unraveled” Bible Study is postponed for the rest of the summer.  (back in Sept/Oct)
  • Next Sunday – 10:00 AM – Worship is available by this time each week, on this website. (Call Karla 206-226-4694, and volunteer to videotape the readings – you can use a cellphone)
  • Next Sunday – 7:00 PM – Brief Evening Vespers with Communion.


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!)

A Prayer for the Offering – Pastor Karla

HERE’S Some Offertory Music:

We Will Meet  –  Moerk and Bell

A new song with text by Hans-Olav Moerk and John L.Bell, and music by John L. Bell.
Used by permission.  CCLI #1397620
Words copyright © 2020 Hans-Olav Moerk and WGRG, c/o Iona Community, Glasgow, Scotland
Music copyright © 2020 WGRG, c/o Iona Community, Glasgow, Scotland www.wildgoose.scot
Vocals: Alison Adam; Piano: Iain McLarty; 
Photos: Jo Love, Alison Adam;  Video:  Pat Bennet.
Youtube:  Iona Comm

Jean Fairgrieve will be singing this piece with a virtual choir! 
You’ll hear it again, then, as soon as their video is available!

Closing Prayer

You who represents all that is sacred to us:
We thank you for refreshing our spirits,
      for warming our hearts,
      for bringing us close that we may learn your ways.
Now as we prepare to go our way,
may we remember your holy thoughts and ways,
your daily presence, and learn from you.  Amen.


The UK Blessing

65 churches in the United Kingdom came together to produce this music video.
Original Song “The Blessing” by Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe and Elevation Worship.
Written by Chris Brown, Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe and Steven Furtick,
Audio produced by Trevor Michael, Video edited by Level Creative

If you want something different, here’s an extra song for today by Shane and Shane: Click to go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmsgYY-INf8

God bless you and keep you.
May God’s face shine upon you.
God be gracious unto you.
The Lord turn his face toward you,
and give you peace. Amen.


Announcements / “Soundbites”


  • Tuesday – 1:00 “Coffee Hour” 1:00 PM – See notice below for link. Coffee hour will change back to the 10:00 AM time beginning the first Tues in August
  • “Unraveled” Bible Study is postponed for the rest of the summer.  (back in Sept/Oct)
  • Next Sunday – 10:00 AM – Worship is available by this time each week, on this website. (Call Karla 206-226-4694, and volunteer to videotape the readings – you can use a cellphone, you know.)
  • Next Sunday – 7:00 PM – Brief Evening Vespers with Communion.

chosen by the Church Council

Our first meeting was Saturday, July 11. We’ve 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.

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” – Tuesday 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 Tuesday THIS WEEK. Next week it will be at 10AM.

(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!

Friendly Caller

Your Friendly Caller newsletter should be arriving late in the week. If you haven’t been getting one, you need to contact Valerie at the church email. Hurry! It goes to print early in the week!

Wednesdays – Stretch Group

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

Bible Study: UNRAVELED is postponed

From “A Sanctified Art”

   NOTE: The remaining lessons in the Unraveled Bible Study (4) are POSTPONED until Fall. As we come back together at that time we’ll finish up the last few lessons, and choose another study with the participants who are there.