Worship for 8-23-2020



Indescribable (Amazing God)   arr. Sam Robson

Words and Music:  Laura Story and Jesse Reeves
Performed by Committed, arranged by Sam Robson
Posted on YouTube by One Sound Music

Call to Worship

             Led by Jean Long

        You can follow the words to this Call and the Opening Prayer,
below this video window.

Leader:  Come, you scattered and torn;
People:   In Christ find hope
Leader:  Come, you scared and lonely;
People:   In the one who generously creates, find love.
Leader:  Come, you tired and tense;
People:  In the Spirit find peace.
Leader:  Come, you confused and searching;
People:  In Christ’s church find guidance
Leader:  Come, happy or sad, excited or mad;
People:  Let us join in the song of our hearts. 
                            In this space and moment,
                            may our lives be embraced by God’s grace.

Opening Prayer

Holy One, mold our worship with your tender hands
   so that the words of our mouths and the whispers of our hearts
   find their way to you. 
So shape our celebration with your gracious touch
   that our prayers find a home with you, and our songs bring you joy. 
Form this service and our lives
    into an acceptable offering of thanksgiving and witness.
    In Jesus’ name.  Amen. 

Opening Hymn

A Mighty Fortress is our God

United Methodist Hymnal #110 (words on video window)

Words and Music:  Martin Luther ca. 1529, translated by Frederick H. Hedge, 1853
YouTube video:  Christian Sermons and Audiobooks


Matthew 16:13-20 – Read by Jean Long

      Response:  This is the word of God for the people of God.
                         THANKS BE TO GOD!


  “What is bound on earth…”   Dr. Mark Fredericksen

Response to the Sermon

The Mighty Mouse Theme Song – Just for the fun of it! 😊

The music is a snippet from Mighty Mouse (Original Theme Song):
 “I Owe Nothing” composed by Marshall Barer
From the Original Artists (1958):  The Terrytooners, Mitch Miller and Orchestra
Licensed to YouTube (on behalf of Old Style); Sony ATV Publishing, Warner Chappell


How Great Thou Art   (United Methodist Hymnal #77) –
words in video

Video:  Created and Played by Kaleb Brasee
Words and Music:  Stuart K. Hine,   © 1953, 1981
Manna Music Inc.   CCLI #1397620

 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.

Previewing Announcements

Here are some highlights – A more full description of these items and more look in the announcement section, which is after the Closing Music

  • Tuesday – 10:00AM (note time change) – Coffee hour – via zoom (links after the end of worship)
  • NO Restorative Stretch this week
  • 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 or laptop or video camera, or if unequipped or un-techy meet Karla or Dianne at the church to video.)


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 (in an envelope, please) 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 by Pastor Karla

HERE’S Some Offertory Music:

His Eye is on the Sparrow    (The Faith We Sing  #2146)

Words: Civilla Mrtin
Music: Charles H. Gabriel
Performed by Fountainview Academy students, southern British Columbia

Closing Prayer

May your loving spirit warm us,
breathe new life into us,
and free us for the work and the joys that are before us! 
May all we say, all that we do,
     all that compels us,
    be inspired by your passion, your love,
grace and goodness.  Amen.


I am a child of  God/No longer slaves

“I am a Child of God” written by Naomi W. Randall and Mildred T. Pettit
“No Longer Slaves” written by Jonathan Helser, Brian Johnson
Vocals by Elenyi Piano: JAROM HANSEN
Audio Recording: CLARKE JACKMAN

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 – “Coffee Hour” 10:00 AM – See notice below for link. – note time change!
  • No more STRETCH group until further notice.
  • 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.)

“Coffee Hour” – Tuesday 10:00 AM

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! To join the chatter follow this link at 10:00 AM Tuesday THIS WEEK.

(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!

Stretch Group is postponed
Coming back with new format!

Restorative Stretch is changing what we are doing and the way we are connecting.  We’re excited to be doing more floor/mat exercises plus there will be occasional special sessions such as meditation or tapping.
If you are interested in joining our new format please contact Dianne Stefanini at 360-669-9380 for more information.  (The Zoom link that we’ve been posting on this site is no longer valid.) 
Remember:  It’s always too soon to quit so keep finding ways to be active and to stay healthy!

Friendly Caller is Coming!

Be watching your mail for this month’s Friendly Caller (newsletter) – You may also view a copy during the month on the CURRENT EVENTS page of this website!

Do you hear what I hear?

Well, not yet, but the bells are warming up! Calling all bell players! Soon we’ll have bell solos, duets and trios recording especially for our worship services. If you fit that catagory, you should have gotten an email from Mary Dahlstrom inviting you to volunteer to help out. If you somehow missed it, contact her.

Listeners, get ready! Be watching our worship for some home-grown special music in the coming weeks.

Take the Census!

This is an important event and will make a difference in how federal dollars are used to support special services in our area for the next decade!   Take the census, if your haven’t already, and be sure to remind your neighbors to take it, too!  It’s not too late!

For more info go to:  https://2020census.gov/