HENDERSON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

WEEKLY BULLETIN

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM

HELPERS:  Announcer Wanda Scripture Mary Greeter  Michelle Ushers Walter/Harry Counters Wanda / Ruby
Sept 20, 2015

9:30 a.m.                        

Pastor Mary Stewart  Home# 814-897-0991   - cell# 814-881-9141 email - mcstewart@roadrunner.com
http://www.hendersonunitedmethodistchurch.com   prayerrequest@hendersonunitedmethodistchurch.com

Lectionary Readings for today: 
Proverbs 31:10-31; Psalm 1;  James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37

GATHERING SONG   "Shout to the Lord"   # TFWS # 2074

*CALL TO WORSHIP .
Leader: Like gentle rain falling down, so the waters of baptism flow over us…
People: Water mingling with our tears of joy,
Leader: Soothing our worries and cares,
People: Touching an inner pool of peace,
Leader: Bringing refreshment to our whole being.
People: Water of life, water of joy,
Leader: Calling us, cleansing us, healing us, freeing us.
People: Come, touch the renewing stream and let your joy be sung.

*Hymn of Praise     “Jesu, Jesu”          #432     
                                
 

*INVOCATION (Unison)
O God, whose Spirit moved upon the waters of the deep at Creation and whose power parted the waters of the Red Sea, we have come here for cleansing and renewal. Like the psalmist, we ask you to purge us and wash us so we are clean as snow. Even as the waters of baptism touch these lives today, may your words purify us and keep us in paths everlasting. Amen
 

WE TALK TO GOD THROUGH PRAYER

Praises, Joys and Concerns

 

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 us 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,
the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS


offering of tithes and gifts to the lord

 

Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving

 

CELEBRATING THE WORD

 

CHILDREN'S  TIME             "Sunday School"

Prayer for Illumination

 

 

* GOSPEL LESSON               Mark 9: 30 - 37

Leader:  The word of God for the people of God.

People:  Thanks be to God.

 

 

SERMON              "Exceptional Children of God"     Pastor Mary

 

sacrament of holy baptism

 

  Introduction

Pastor:      My Friends, baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is through this grace that we become participants of his righteousness and heirs of life eternal.  Those receiving the Sacrament of Baptism through it come into the fellowship of Christ's holy Church.  Our Lord has expressly given to little children a place among the people of God, a holy privilege that must not be denied them.  Remember the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, how he said, "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.”

(Invite Parents and children to come forward)

Pastor:      We are gathered here before God to celebrate life and the act of God in providing a new family for these girls. This act creates new bonds that God designs to use for God’s work and purposes. We gather to affirm the commitments of new parents, the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of these girls.

It pleased our loving God to answer the earnest prayers of Jeffery and Melissa for the gift of children. Today we join them in offering our thanks to God for the gift of these girls to their family.

People:    Thanks be to God.

  Affirmation

Pastor:      Jeff and Melissa, you have received these girls into your family. Will you love and care for them as your calling before God?

Parents:   We will.

  Presentation of Children

Pastor:      What are the names of your children?

Parents:   Mikayla Lei Washe and Teegan Cheyanne Washe

Pastor:      Mikayla and Teegan, your parents, all of your family that is here and even those who are not here, and all the people of the church love you.  They are so glad that you have joined our family.  But even greater is that God loves you and wants you to be happy.

                 Today you are going to be baptized.  Baptism is one way that God shows you that you are loved.  Do you want to be loved by God and all these people?

Girls:       We do.

Pastor:      (addressing Melissa and Jeff):  Putting your whole trust in the grace and love of Jesus Christ, do you desire to have Mikayla and Teegan baptized?

Parents:  We do.

Pastor:      (addressing all the people, and especially parents) And so I ask you, will you turn away from the powers of sin and death, renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of your sin?

People:    We will.

Pastor:      Will you let the Spirit use you to accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?

People:    We will.

Pastor:      Will you proclaim the good news of God’s unconditional love and live as disciples of Jesus Christ, his body on earth?

People:    We will.

Pastor:      Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as Lord, in union with the church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races?

People:    We do.

Pastor:      Will you nurture God’s beloved children in Christ's holy church?   Will you guide them by your teaching and example to accept God's grace for themselves, to profess their faith openly, and to lead a Christian life?

Parents:  We will, with God’s help.

Pastor:      (addressing congregation) Nurturing children is not only the duty of the parents, but is also the responsibility of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and the larger extended family.
Do all of you as members of these children’s family and friends agree to offer Melissa and Jeff and these precious children your unqualified love and care, and to share responsibility for the physical and spiritual nurture of these children?  

Family and Friends:  We will.

     Lighting of the Baptismal Candle

  Pastor:      May the light of God’s love shine forever in the hearts of Mikayla and Teegan.

    Thanksgiving over the Water

Pastor:      The Lord be with you.

People:    And also with you.

Pastor:      Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:    It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Pastor:      We thank you, almighty God, for the gifts of water.  Over water the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation.  Through water you lead the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise.  In water your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Christ, that he might lead us through his death and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.  We thank you, loving God, for the water of baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death.  By it we share in the resurrection.  Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit. Therefore in joyful obedience to your Son, we receive into the community of faith those whom you have called and justified.

                 Pour out your Holy Spirit, that as Mikayla and Teegan are made new creations through these baptismal waters, we may preach good news to the poor, proclaim release to the captives and set at liberty those who are oppressed. 

                 To Christ, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and forever.     

        The Baptism 

Pastor:      Teegan Cheyanne, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

                 Mikayla Lei, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

L     Laying on of Hands and Anointing

Pastor:      The Holy Spirit work with you, that being born through water and the Spirit, you may be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. Amen.

People:    Amen.

Pastor:      Scripture calls us to anoint in the name of the Lord.

                 Therefore, Mikayla Lei, I anoint in the name of Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

                 Teegan Cheyanne, I anoint in the name of Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

People:    Amen.

     Blessing of the Parents

Pastor:      It is no accident that God has brought you together, for together you can accomplish what you could not do apart. Together you give these children the great necessities of life: the roots of security and the wings of opportunity. With love in your hearts, you collectively offer Mikayla and Teegan a blend of security and nurture. It was love for children in general which put you on converging paths, and now it is your love for these unique children which unites you on the shared journey ahead. We ask God's blessing on your covenant.

  Welcome

Welcome to Mikayla and Teegan Washe as they are welcomed to our church family through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.  They are the daughters of Jeffery and Melissa Washe.

*CLOSING HYMN     "Lord, I want to be a Christian"      # 402

*BENEDICTION
 

Announcements

 

Pizza Sale

Benefitting women’s Olmsted Retreat Order pizzas now

Make pizzas October 1st

Pick up and pay October 2nd

 

Tuesday, September 22

12:00 noon                  Food Pantry Meeting Noon

1:00 and 7:00 p.m.      “Revival” Bible Study

Wednesday, September 23

9:00 a.m.                     Pick up Perishables at 9

12-2:00 p.m.                            Food Distribution at noon

Friday, September 25

9:00 a.m.                     Pick up food at Second harvest

5- 7  p.m.                     Girl Scouts—Brownies and Daisies

Saturday, September 26           Pizza Orders Due

 

 
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