Dancing with the Apostle Philip (Message by David Dudgeon)

HFUMC/MUMC
May 2, 2021
Psalm 22:25-31
Acts 8:26-39

We are a resurrection people! Those who seek new life – new beginnings. And we, the church, must be a place of knowing and growing and accepting love.  We hear today the question asked by the Ethiopian eunuch: “Here is water. What is to keep me from being baptized?” As we dance into diversity and acceptance, may the Spirit guide our steps for nothing is keeping us from it!

Dare to dance with dreamers, sing their song,
Dare to dance their stories, sing out strong.
Dare to dance with freedom your whole life long,
Dare to dance again!

Dancing requires that we pay attention to the steps, that we watch for the steps of those who have danced this dance of life before – those whose seeking and questioning and dreaming can lead us to seek and hope and dream. Imagine now a dreamer in whose steps you would like to follow. How did they choreograph their dance of life? Now, imagine yourself following their steps with courage and joy!

Dare to dance with dreamers, sing their song,
Dare to dance their stories, sing out strong.
Dare to dance with freedom your whole life long,
Dare to dance again!

This is the call!
Look to the skies be it rain or shine.
We lift up our heads to meet the day.
Look around and see that you do not dance alone.
We fortify our hearts with compassion and action.
If rain still lingers, open the umbrellas of praise and set out anyway.
For we are called to dance again!

Praise Guide Me, O My Great Redeemer

Prayer/Scripture/Children’s Message/Message https://youtu.be/q29RVPifnCY

Dancing For All Were Worth

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127 N. Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350.   

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36 Second Avenue
Ilion, NY  13357

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Prayer of Dedication:

God of the far-flung universe and God who is closer than our own heartbeat: we long to dwell in your closeness, abiding in you and you abiding in us. However, the call to abide in other places is strong: to abide in the world of popularity and acceptance or in the world of increasing wealth and power centered around our own wants and desires. As we offer our gifts and ourselves to you, help us turn away from other calls and abide in that place of heart’s deepest desire: in your Son, Jesus, and he in us. In Christ, we pray. Amen.

HymnGod of Love and God of Power

Benediction
Poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen
penned these words that we can surely lift to God:

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic till I’m gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love

Oh, let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone
Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon
Show me slowly what I only know the limits of
Dance me to the end of love.”

May we follow the lead of the Spirit
as we find expansive ways to dance the dance of love.
And may the Loving God,
Risen Christ,
and Dancing Spirit
fill you with all you need
for the days ahead.
And all God’s people said,
“Amen!

Service adapted from Worship Design Studio Dare to Dance Series – http://www.worshipdesignstudio.com

Trust your Dance Partner

FUMC/MUMC
April 25, 2021
John 10:11-17
1 John 3:16-18, 23-24

Easter is the unstoppable, unpredictable expression of God’s love for humankind! The call of Jesus is to live fully in the power of that love – alive in each of us.  We learn about that divine love as it is embodied in the person and ministry of Jesus, the one who is compared to a good shepherd. As we look to him to learn how to love, may our hearts praise the One who raised Jesus and raises us to abundant life and love!

Dare to dance with dreamers, sing their song,
Dare to dance their stories, sing out strong.
Dare to dance with freedom your whole life long,
Dare to dance again!

If we are to dance with abandon, we learn and follow – then we can begin to lead. We can learn the steps to the dance of love through the lead of Jesus and those who have gone before us. May we dare to dance even as we continue to learn the way of love.

Dare to dance with dreamers, sing their song,
Dare to dance their stories, sing out strong.
Dare to dance with freedom your whole life long,
Dare to dance again!

This is the call!
We lean into this day with the strength we have.

We lift up our heads to meet the day.

God sends out a call that will not let us go.

We fortify our hearts with compassion and action.

If rain still lingers, open the umbrellas of love and set out anyway.
For we are called to dance again

Praise: Reckless Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc6SSHuZvQE

Prayer/Scripture/Children’s Message/Message — John 10:11-17
1 John 3:16-18, 23-24 Trust Your Dance Partner — https://youtu.be/C8rBNOY_sew

Children’s Message: https://www.umcherkimer.com/post/04-04-2021-dare-to-dance-again

Dancing For All We are Worth — Speaking of Disney — clip taken from Sound of Music and Julie Andrews —

Offering:

How do we know the rhythm and dance of our lives is faithful? Drummer of the Grateful Dead, Mickey Hart wrote “To fall in love is to fall in rhythm.” It is love for each other by which we know we are followers of Jesus, the ever-attentive shepherd. In the face of societal rules and attitudes that strive to foster “everyone for themselves,” our hope is that others will know we are Christians by our love. Let us “fall in rhythm” with our neighbors and our planet in order to build up the whole through our offerings this day.

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127 N. Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350.   

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Morning Star United Methodist Church
36 Second Avenue
Ilion, NY  13357

        or

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Prayer of Dedication:

Ever-present God who speaks in thunder and earthquakes and in the softest whisper: we long to hear your voice over all the noise of the world this day. In a world so divided and polarized, we need to hear not only the voice of the Shepherd but the cries of other sheep who are being marginalized, forgotten, and abandoned. May the gifts we offer today be our response to hearing the one who speaks in the language of love and compassion. In his holy name, Amen. 

Hymn: They’ll Know we Are Christians By our Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEwb51LawAI

Benediction:
What would your life look like
if you sought each day to dance the dance of love?
To dance to the rhythm of the love of God moving in our lives?
May we hear the music of the Spirit
and follow in the steps of Jesus
whose love sets us free to dance with abandon.
And may the Loving God,
Risen Christ,
and Dancing Spirit
fill you with all you need
for the days ahead.
And all God’s people said,
“Amen!”

Service adapted from Worship Design Studio Dare to Dance Series – http://www.worshipdesignstudio.com

Clearly See

HFUMC/MUMC
April 18, 2021
Luke 24:36b-48
1 John 3:1-3

Leader: This is the Easter Season! The season of new life – and a breath of the Spirit. As we enter this time of worship together, may we open our hearts to the renewal of our minds and our spirits. May we dare to let go and dance with renewed vigor as we allow resurrection hope to fill our bodies and souls!

Dare to dance with dreamers, sing their song,
Dare to dance their stories, sing out strong.
Dare to dance with freedom your whole life long,
Dare to dance again!

Leader: This Sunday acknowledges that sometimes we are unsure about our steps in this world. For the disciples, even “while in their joy” at seeing Jesus after the resurrection, they were still “disbelieving and wondering.” We are reminded that even though we may not know our next steps, we can be sure they will come because we are God’s beloved children, and so we have steps to follow – those of the resurrected Jesus.

Dare to dance with dreamers, sing their song,
Dare to dance their stories, sing out strong.
Dare to dance with freedom your whole life long,
Dare to dance again!

Leader: This is the call!
Face this new day, even when you aren’t sure..
People: We lift up our heads to meet the day.
Get ready for life, for life is all around.
We fortify our hearts with compassion and action.
If rain still lingers, open the umbrellas of hope and set out anyway.
For we are called to dance again!

Praise: Lord of the Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDdQhsjNHcw

Prayer – Scripture – Message — Clearly Seehttps://youtu.be/TWY3nl9L_Pg

Dancing for All We’re Worth — Jerusalema Dance —

Introduction to Jerusalema Dance

Offering

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First United Methodist Church of Herkimer
127 N. Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350.   

         or

Morning Star United Methodist Church
36 Second Avenue
Ilion, NY  13357

        or

Online Giving for HFUMC (safe and secure)

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During this time the church is especially challenged to meet payroll and pay bills.   We are unable to hold our fundraisers -rummage sales, etc. We still count on you to help us meet our commitments. We have folks among us who have reduced income as a result of the COVID-19 guidelines who may not be able to give as they have in the past.

Use this time to brainstorm ideas in how you can reach out tangibly to others to show God’s love to the people around you this week even while living in a self-quarantine state.

Prayer of Dedication:
Mighty God who brings life and hope out of death and despair, help us hear the invitation Christ offered to the disciples, “Touch me and see!” Make us bold to grab hold of the risen Christ – not for this day but for all our days. May we offer our gifts this morning not to the church historical—the church that was—but to a church that is becoming, that is still being born, that Christ will bring into the future. May our eyes and ears and hearts continue to hold on to him as we help Christ lead his church forward! In his name, we pray. Amen.

Hymn: Come the Fount of Every Celebration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g10AJN3KHns
Come the Fount of Every Blessing tune with the following Lyrics by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

Come and join the celebration!
Praise the Lord and gladly sing.
Hear the gospel proclamation:
God in Christ changed everything!
Tell again the wondrous story;
let your praises rise above.
God, we sing and give you glory
for your everlasting love.

Sing with joy, for on a Sunday friends
of Jesus went to grieve.
Soon they found his tomb was empty;
telling others, they believed.
God of miracle and wonder,
Jesus died and lives again.
Death has lost, for you are stronger;
all creation sings, “Amen!”

God, we sing, for there is nothing that
can keep your love away —
Not oppression, hardship, famine, things
to come or things today.
Heights and depths cannot defeat us; death
will never be the same.
Christ is risen! So you promise: we have
life in Jesus’ name.

Sing with joy, each generation!
Sing with those who’ve gone before.
Join the kingdom celebration,
old and young, both rich and poor.
We have life, for we’re forgiven;
where, O death, is now your sting?
Born of dust, we’re claimed for heaven,
so let all God’s people sing.

Benediction:
We have heard the risen Jesus speak peace
and offer us hope through his very body.
We have danced with dreamers past and present.
Send us forth now, O God,
to live in the freedom of the peace that you still speak to us,
making our steps more sure each and every day.
And may the Loving God,
Risen Christ,
and Dancing Spirit
fill you with all you need
for the days ahead.
And all God’s people said,
“Amen!”

Service adapted from Worship Design Studio Dare to Dance Series – http://www.worshipdesignstudio.com

Koinonia

HFUMC/MUMC
April 11, 2021
John 20:19-22
1 John 1:1-4

Leader: This is the Easter Season! Easter is not just one day of proclaiming that life and love are more powerful than death and hatred, but a whole “week of weeks,” as we call it–seven more weeks of daring to dance our dances with hope and passion. So let us continue our praise!

Dare to dance with dreamers, sing their song,
Dare to dance their stories, sing out strong.
Dare to dance with freedom your whole life long,
Dare to dance again!

Leader: Dancing requires that we pay attention to our dance partners. It requires finding a rhythm together. The Sunday after Easter brings the story of Jesus appearing to the disciples and breathing the Holy Spirit on them. Other scriptures this week point to the power of being together, of finding fellowship in the presence of Jesus and the presence of the community. What does it take to dance together?

Dare to dance with dreamers, sing their song,
Dare to dance their stories, sing out strong.
Dare to dance with freedom your whole life long,
Dare to dance again!

Leader: This is the call!
Shake off the dust that has been gathering underfoot.

People: We lift up our heads to meet the day.
Raise your hands in grateful praise.
We fortify our hearts with compassion and action.
If rain still lingers, open the umbrellas of determination and set out anyway.
For we are called to dance again!

Praise: Hear our Praisehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X4sf6HxYLU

Prayer:
Teach me to dance to the beat of your heart,
teach me to move in the power of your Spirit,
teach me to [move] in the light of your presence,
teach me to dance to the beat of your heart.

Leader:  For the beauty of the world in all its diversity, we give you thanks, O God. (Lift up your joys)

Leader: Let us pray together…

People:  May our gratitude to you fill our days.

Leader: We need your healing, O Holy One, for our troubled planet, for our nation, for all who are struggling in body, mind, relationships, and spirit.

We remember those who are suffering…(Lift up your concerns)

Leader: Let us pray together…
People:  Come, O God, and restore our lives.
Teach me to pray in the power of Easter,
following Christ in a life resurrected,
teach me to act with compassion and justice,
teach me to dance with the beat of your heart.

Leader:  Be with each of us now.
May the dance of your Spirit ever call us
to engage with you and with the needs around us.
Lead us; guide us; surround and fill us.

People: Come, Holy Spirit, come.

Teach me to love with your heart of compassion,
teach me to trust in the word of your promise,
teach me to hope in the day of your coming,
teach me to dance to the beat of your heart.

Holy One, Justice-Seeker, Lover of Creation –
You are the restorer of life,
he conqueror of all that is death-dealing
in our hearts and in this world.
Tune us to each other.
Come and dance with us,
engage with us, as we seek you –
so that we can be risen with Christ and in Christ.
Be with us now, we pray.  Amen.

Dare to dance with dreamers, sing their song,
Dare to dance their stories, sing out strong.
Dare to dance with freedom your whole life long,
Dare to dance again!

Children’s Message: Dare to Dance — Week 2 https://www.umcherkimer.com/post/04-04-2021-dare-to-dance-again

Anthem: United Methodist Virtual Choir – For Thine Be the Glory!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9KnAzKLOgo

Scripture John 20:19-22 & 1 John 1:1-4 /MessageKoininia — (Children’s message included) — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3mvx2WEK2M

Dance for All Your WorthThe Umbrella Project

Offering:

Take this time to exercise the privilege of sharing in the work of God by giving your tithe to the church.  You have options:


US Mail:
First United Methodist Church of Herkimer
127 N. Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350.   

         or

Morning Star United Methodist Church
36 Second Avenue
Ilion, NY  13357

        or

Online Giving for HFUMC (safe and secure)

You can use this link or download the Tithe.ly app from the app store https://tithe.ly/give?c=1695306

During this time the church is especially challenged to meet payroll and pay bills.   We are unable to hold our fundraisers -rummage sales, etc. We still count on you to help us meet our commitments. We have folks among us who have reduced income as a result of the COVID-19 guidelines who may not be able to give as they have in the past.

Use this time to brainstorm ideas in how you can reach out tangibly to others to show God’s love to the people around you this week even while living in a self-quarantine state.

Prayer of Dedication:
Holy God, we continue to hold on to the celebration and triumph of Easter. As we look back over the past year, we realize that many of us can identify with Thomas’s doubt. “Can we be the church, the body of Christ, when we can’t see the body gathered in our sanctuary?” Yet Christ has opened our eyes to his risen body that can’t be confined by walls and is not diminished by precautions and social distance. As we make our gifts to you, we affirm the Resurrection power that we have seen, and so we say again, “Alleluia!” In the powerful name of Jesus, we pray. Amen!

Hymn: The Summons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiXnbOORTAU

Benediction:
As the song recorded by Lee Ann Womack goes:
“I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed.
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance…
I hope you dance!”
And may the Loving God,
Risen Christ,
and Dancing Spirit
fill you with all you need
for the days ahead.
And all God’s people said,
“Amen!”

Resurrection Sunday Services 2021 (Energizer Bunny!)

HAPPY RESURRECTION SUNDAY!

Ecumenical Sunrise Service at Russell Park in Ilion — Pastor John Partise and Pastor Joelle Faulks — live streamed — https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistilionny/videos/755313105170867

Regular Easter ServiceJohn 20:1-18 — Energizer Bunny! https://youtu.be/_gjq_Ov0-Kg

Children’s Message — A Story for All Ages — https://www.umcherkimer.com/post/04-04-2021-dare-to-dance-again

Offering:

Take this time to exercise the privilege of sharing in the work of God by giving your tithe to the church.  You have options:


US Mail:
First United Methodist Church of Herkimer
127 N. Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350.   

         or

Morning Star United Methodist Church
36 Second Avenue
Ilion, NY  13357

        or

Online Giving for HFUMC (safe and secure)

You can use this link or download the Tithe.ly app from the app store https://tithe.ly/give?c=1695306

During this time the church is especially challenged to meet payroll and pay bills.   We are unable to hold our fundraisers -rummage sales, etc. We still count on you to help us meet our commitments. We have folks among us who have reduced income as a result of the COVID-19 guidelines who may not be able to give as they have in the past.

Use this time to brainstorm ideas in how you can reach out tangibly to others to show God’s love to the people around you this week even while living in a self-quarantine state.

Holy Week Services 2021

HFUMC/MUMC
April 2021

Ecumenical – Maundy Thursday Service live streamed from the Ilion Baptist Church with Pastor Joelle Faulks and Pastor John Partise — link here — https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistilionny/videos/1446374339028358/

Good Friday Service at Herkimer First UMC (funeral for Jesus with tributes from Peter/David Dudgeon and Mary Magdalene/Lisa Bobak) — https://youtu.be/a3P0CkkEJlc

Carpe Diem

HFUMC/MUMC
March 28, 2021
Mark 11:1-11

Follow along in this service by clicking
on the links for music, message, etc.,
coming back to the service
after each.

Call to Worship:

Leader: Open the gates and let him in!
People: As we love to give thanks to our Lord.

Leader: Clear a path and call on his name.
People: As we shout our praises to our Lord!

Leader: Wave your palms and welcome him.
People: As our home is forever your home, our Lord.

Leader: Lay you palms at his feet for each step he takes.
People: As we bless the holy land you walk on, our Lord.

Leader: Shout your wishes and pray for relief!
People: As we know you will gift our faith, our Lord.

Leader: Stand tall, with your heads held high.
People: As we breathe in the presence of grace, our Lord.

Leader: Raise your voices and sound your horns!
People: As we live to play, in your name, our Lord.

Leader: Bow your heads and clasp your hands.
People: As we will always exalt you, our Lord.

Leader: Give thanks to him.
People: For you are good, our Lord.

Leader: Love him.
People: You are the only one, our Lord!

Praise: Hosanna, Laud Hosanna   — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8VgZTC0FSo

If you have children please share this – if you do not, navigate to the prayer section below. Please register on the Sunday School website by clicking on “log in” in the top right and sign up.

Children’s Church:  Jesus Arrives in Jerusalem: The Story of Holy Weekhttps://www.umcherkimer.com/post/03-28-2021-jesus-arrives-in-jerusalem-the-story-of-holy-week

Prayer:

Please take this time to speak out loud the things that have brought you joy and blessing this week.   I am sure you have them, but sometimes we have to be reminded to look for them.   Thank you Jesus for these things.  Then after you have have shared those joys, list your concerns as you would if we were together.  Now, let us join together in prayer:

Prayer/Scripture/Message: Mark 11:1-11 – Carpe Diem https://youtu.be/tqSOZyu7xOA

Hymn:  All Glory Laud and Honor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3a8fTTrAdE

Offering:

Take this time to exercise the privilege of sharing in the work of God by giving your tithe to the church.  You have options:


US Mail:
First United Methodist Church of Herkimer
127 N. Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350.   

         or

Morning Star United Methodist Church
36 Second Avenue
Ilion, NY  13357

        or

Online Giving for HFUMC (safe and secure)

You can use this link or download the Tithe.ly app from the app store https://tithe.ly/give?c=1695306

During this time the church is especially challenged to meet payroll and pay bills.   We are unable to hold our fundraisers -rummage sales, etc. We still count on you to help us meet our commitments. We have folks among us who have reduced income as a result of the COVID-19 guidelines who may not be able to give as they have in the past.

Use this time to brainstorm ideas in how you can reach out tangibly to others to show God’s love to the people around you this week even while living in a self-quarantine state.

Prayer of Dedication:

Almighty and everlasting God, as we bring our gifts and lay them at your altar, we remember the crowds in Jerusalem who laid their cloaks on the road, shouting “Hosanna” as Jesus passed. We know they were looking for a Messiah who was different from who you sent Jesus to be – not one of political power and military might, but one who came in compassion and mercy to heal, love, and save. Search our hearts that we might be confident that the Messiah for whom we long is the one you know we need – Jesus Christ, your anointed one, in whose name we pray. Amen.

Hymn:  Rejoice, Ye Poor in Heart — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzuIi4fqjAQ

Benediction:

The road has been long. You have seen much on this journey, but it is not time to quit. There is much to be done. Go in peace, dear people of God. Go ready to proclaim with your lives that Jesus is Lord and Savior. Go to offer God’s love and peace to all. AMEN.

Passing of the Peace of God

Let your hearts sing a new song in place of your benediction song. Reach out to someone in our congregation and place a song in their heart by your contact.

Something Old, Something New

HFUMC/MUMC
March 21, 2021
Jeremiah 31:31-34

Follow along in this service by clicking
on the links for music, message, etc.,
coming back to the service
after each.

Call to Worship:

Holy One, dwell within us.
Whisper in our ears;
Glimmer in our vision;
Write upon our hearts.
We wait
with open ears, open eyes, open hearts.
Amen

                                                               ~ Joanna Harader

Praise:

Here I am Lord — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zr9SMm1glI
Create in Me a New Heart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fVliokreqE

If you have children please share this – if you do not, navigate to the prayer section below. Please register on the Sunday School website by clicking on “log in” in the top right and sign up.

Children’s Church: 

God Gave Us One more Chance https://www.umcherkimer.com/post/03-21-2021-god-gave-us-one-more-chance

Prayer:

Please take this time to speak out loud the things that have brought you joy and blessing this week.   I am sure you have them, but sometimes we have to be reminded to look for them.   Thank you Jesus for these things.  Then after you have have shared those joys, list your concerns as you would if we were together.  Now, let us join together in prayer:

Prayer/Scripture/Message: Jeremiah 31:31-34 Something Old, Something New https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31YSwKR26Zg

Hymn:  O For a Heart to Praise My God https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FyAY9fzcnU

Offering:

Take this time to exercise the privilege of sharing in the work of God by giving your tithe to the church.  You have options:


US Mail:
First United Methodist Church of Herkimer
127 N. Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350.   

         or

Morning Star United Methodist Church
36 Second Avenue
Ilion, NY  13357

        or

Online Giving for HFUMC (safe and secure)

You can use this link or download the Tithe.ly app from the app store https://tithe.ly/give?c=1695306

During this time the church is especially challenged to meet payroll and pay bills.   We are unable to hold our fundraisers -rummage sales, etc. We still count on you to help us meet our commitments. We have folks among us who have reduced income as a result of the COVID-19 guidelines who may not be able to give as they have in the past.

Use this time to brainstorm ideas in how you can reach out tangibly to others to show God’s love to the people around you this week even while living in a self-quarantine state.

Prayer of Dedication:

God of compassion, when we failed to keep your commandments and rebelled against that which would bring peace and joy to our lives, your love was so great that you offered us a new covenant – not written on tablets, but on our hearts. In our giving, and in all our offerings, may it be our lives, our love and devotion that we bring to your altar. May we remember in our giving that you loved us so much that the sacrifice of your Son on the cross for us was not too great a cost. Our gifts are meager in comparison but let them remind us of what you gave first. In Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, we pray. Amen.

Hymn:  Dear Lord and Father of Mankindhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsCLNuU6Td0

Benediction:

Go now, to serve Christ and follow him.
Let your old life fall like a grain of wheat into the earth
so that you may bear much fruit
as you allow God to reshape your heart
and live in obedience to the law written within you.

And may God center you in truth and steady your spirit.
May Christ renew your joy and strengthen your will.
And may the Spirit teach you God’s hidden wisdom
and fill you with songs of rejoicing.

We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
In the name of Christ. Amen.

— © 2003 Nathan Nettleton

Passing of the Peace of God

Let your hearts sing a new song in place of your benediction song. Reach out to someone in our congregation and place a song in their heart by your contact.

Good as Dead!

HFUMC/MUMC
March 14, 2021
Ephesians 2:1-10

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after each.

Call to Worship:

One: Come from east and west, north and south!
All:   From everywhere God has placed us, with everything God has given
           us, as the people God made us—we come.

One:  Come, receive again the gift of grace!
All:    Not for owning, not for boasting, but for celebrating—we come.
One:   Come, discover again the way that leads to life!
All:     Remembering who we are, seeking who we are yet to be—we come.

Praise:

Who Am I?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciLSve8EhXw
Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YFGzY_8li8

If you have children please share this – if you do not, navigate to the prayer section below. Please register on the Sunday School website by clicking on “log in” in the top right and sign up.

Children’s Church:  God’s Gift of Amazing Grace — https://www.umcherkimer.com/post/03-14-2021-god-s-amazing-gift-of-grace

Prayer:

Please take this time to speak out loud the things that have brought you joy and blessing this week.   I am sure you have them, but sometimes we have to be reminded to look for them.   Thank you Jesus for these things.  Then after you have have shared those joys, list your concerns as you would if we were together.  Now, let us join together in prayer:

Prayer/Scripture/Message: Ephesians 2:1-10 — Good as Dead — https://youtu.be/y640n3dWqO4

Hymn:  Just As I Am  — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0XjqRZ9W_8

Offering:

Take this time to exercise the privilege of sharing in the work of God by giving your tithe to the church.  You have options:


US Mail:
First United Methodist Church of Herkimer
127 N. Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350.   

         or

Morning Star United Methodist Church
36 Second Avenue
Ilion, NY  13357

        or

Online Giving for HFUMC (safe and secure)

You can use this link or download the Tithe.ly app from the app store https://tithe.ly/give?c=1695306

During this time the church is especially challenged to meet payroll and pay bills.   We are unable to hold our fundraisers -rummage sales, etc. We still count on you to help us meet our commitments. We have folks among us who have reduced income as a result of the COVID-19 guidelines who may not be able to give as they have in the past.

Use this time to brainstorm ideas in how you can reach out tangibly to others to show God’s love to the people around you this week even while living in a self-quarantine state.

Prayer of Dedication:

Great and generous God, our lives are surrounded by things that steal our lives, inflict and destroy us. The tithes and offering we share with you this day are a way of keeping us focused not on the things that would take life away but will renew our lives: hope, love, compassion, empathy. As the Israelites looked to a serpent on a pole for healing, we look to a Savior on a cross to be brought back to life. In that holy name, Jesus the Messiah, we pray. Amen.

Hymn:  Rock of Ages — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah6xIq4mL0I

Benediction:

God’s great love and rich mercy
Have made us alive in Christ
Let us depart to live lives of grace,
And to do good works!

Passing of the Peace of God

Let your hearts sing a new song in place of your benediction song. Reach out to someone in our congregation and place a song in their heart by your contact.

No Words

HFUMC/MUMC
March 7, 2021
Psalm 19

Follow along in this service by clicking
on the links for music, message, etc.,
coming back to the service
after each.

Call to Worship:

Leader: In the days of Noah, God placed a rainbow in the sky
as the sign of a covenant of God’s love for all the earth.
People: In the colors of the rainbow, we see the sign of God’s grace for all creation.
Leader: In the days of Moses, the words of God were written on tablets of stone,
as the sign of a covenant between God and all of God’s people.
People: In the tablets of stone, we see the sign of God’s hope for each to live in peace with God and neighbor.
Leader: In the days of the prophet, God promised to place a new covenant in our hearts.
All: As members of the living Body of Christ, we see the sign of God’s promise among us.

Praise:

Come We That Love the Lord — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmbqN0yiT4I


Every Time I Feel the Spirit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJxTxWlCv5k

If you have children please share this – if you do not, navigate to the prayer section below. Please register on the Sunday School website by clicking on “log in” in the top right and sign up.

Children’s Church:  Hearing God’s Word –https://www.umcherkimer.com/post/03-07-21-hearing-god-s-word-his-beautiful-creation-rules

Prayer:

Please take this time to speak out loud the things that have brought you joy and blessing this week.   I am sure you have them, but sometimes we have to be reminded to look for them.   Thank you Jesus for these things.  Then after you have have shared those joys, list your concerns as you would if we were together.  Now, let us join together in prayer:

Prayer/Scripture/Message: Psalm 19 — No Words — https://youtu.be/GwTi4PvFZDA

Hymn:  All Things Bright & Beautiful — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdxDFgnGz-Y

Offering:

Take this time to exercise the privilege of sharing in the work of God by giving your tithe to the church.  You have options:


US Mail:
First United Methodist Church of Herkimer
127 N. Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350.   

         or

Morning Star United Methodist Church
36 Second Avenue
Ilion, NY  13357

        or

Online Giving for HFUMC (safe and secure)

You can use this link or download the Tithe.ly app from the app store https://tithe.ly/give?c=1695306

During this time the church is especially challenged to meet payroll and pay bills.   We are unable to hold our fundraisers -rummage sales, etc. We still count on you to help us meet our commitments. We have folks among us who have reduced income as a result of the COVID-19 guidelines who may not be able to give as they have in the past.

Use this time to brainstorm ideas in how you can reach out tangibly to others to show God’s love to the people around you this week even while living in a self-quarantine state.

Prayer of Dedication:

God of holiness and grace, we know the words of your commandments. In our hearts, we know that following them makes life easier, not harder; fuller, not more restricted. We know there is no God greater than you, yet we have made the silliest things our gods and have thrown our money and resources after them. As we offer our gifts this day, we are reminded that only you have given the gift of a savior and the redemption of our rebellious lives. In Christ’s name, we trust and pray. Amen.

Hymn:  Jesus Calls Ushttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVJ3G7L_yjU

Benediction:

Creator God—
as we return now to our homes, workplaces, and communities,
may Your Spirit open our eyes anew
to the vastness and splendor of Your beauty all around us.
May we hear, and smell, and see, and touch
Your glory evident in all of Your creation.
Above all, let us see Your beauty
even in the brokenness of our brothers and sisters—
all of them, created in Your image,
and waiting to experience that redemption that comes
only through Christ Jesus our Lord.
We go now to love and serve our Lord—Amen.

~ written by Carlos Fernandez

Passing of the Peace of God

Let your hearts sing a new song in place of your benediction song. Reach out to someone in our congregation and place a song in their heart by your contact.