6-25-17 EXODUS: Deliverance (VBS Celebration)

WELCOME …welcome to CMUMC!!  It’s been a GREAT week as we served about 58 children who now KNOW what it feels like to catch the amazing wave of God’s love and we couldn’t do VBS without our incredible adult volunteers and our incredible adults! Now, the children will share what they learned …

The theme of the week is that GOD IS MAZING …

Remember that the Lord is great and awesome! Nehemiah 4:14b

In the creation story we learned GOD CREATES

In the Moses story, we learned GOD HELPS …Our MISSION last week was to collect CHANGE for the Methodist Children’s home and the kids were INCREDIBLE – many took money out of their OWN piggy banks! So far we’ve collected about $300 and it’s not too late to drop a check or cash in the sand pails today!!

On Wednesday we learned the story of Jesus’ baptism, we learned God LOVES

Then we learned that when Jesus calmed the storm, GOD CALMS

And finally, we saw that after Jesus died he was resurrected but before He went to heaven he told us WE were to do His work now – we learned that GOD SENDS

SONGS: SHINE BRIGHT

GREAT AND AWESOME GOD

 VIDEO VBS RECAP (available on YouTube)

VBS continues tonight with 5 SUNDAYS of fun, friends, food and WATER! Tonight we’ll start with a lite dinner at 5:30 Commandments 1 and 2 AND a water bash!  Please wear bathing suits under your clothes and bring a towel …pick-up time is promptly at 7:30.  

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS YOUTH:

 

The CREW worked so hard at VBS this week and we appreciate their THEIR help … their time will come on July 21st  when we have our summer lock-in … it will be an ALL NIGHT extravaganza of crazy fun and you’ll need to sign the parent permission slip for your kids to participate … they are in the KITCHEN so please bring it back!

Tonight THE CREW is back and we’ll be doing our OWN thing from 5:30-7:30 … and yes, plan to get wet!

BIRTHDAYS   Joan Bentley, Kole Lively, Nathan Blackwell & Debbie Lyons

SONGS: Moses Song (Come Thou Fount)

Go Down Moses

KIDS DISMISSED K – 5

COMMUNTIY PRAYERS

 OFFERING Loving God, we thank You. We thank You for your creation, the gift of Your son, and for Your presence in our lives. We recognize that You are greater than any of our attempts to describe You and we have come to a time in the service to say “thank you” with our economic resources — our money. May everything we do in this worship service express gratitude — the songs that we sing, the prayers that we offer, the words that we read, the conversations that we have, and even these gifts that we now make to spread the good news of Your son, Jesus Christ. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen. 

Video

Doxology

CONGREGATIONAL SONG: Morning Has Broken

SERMON: DELIVERANCE 

“On the way, [back to Egypt] at a place where they spent the night, the LORD met him and tried to kill him”. Ex. 4:24

God KNOWS it won’t be easy because he tells Moses what He will say to Pharoah …‘This is what the Lord says: Israel is my oldest son. I said to you, “Let my son go so he could worship me.” But you refused to let him go. As a result, now I’m going to kill your oldest son.’” Ex. 4:22-23

“This is what the LORD, Israel’s God, says: ‘Let my people go so that they can hold a festival for me in the desert.’” SLIDE But Pharaoh said, “Who is this LORD whom I’m supposed to obey by letting Israel go? I don’t know this LORD, and I certainly won’t let Israel go.” Ex. 5:1-2

Make the men’s work so hard that it’s all they can do, and they can’t focus on these empty lies. (Ex. 5:9)

“My Lord, why have you abused this people? Why did you send me for this? Ever since I first came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has abused this people. And you’ve done absolutely nothing to rescue your people.” The LORD replied to Moses, “Now you will see what I’ll do to Pharaoh. In fact, he’ll be so eager to let them go that he’ll drive them out of his land by force.” (Exodus 5:22-23; 6:1)

Pharaoh “hardened his heart” (Ex. 8:15) and would not let the people go; but when we come to the second five plagues, we read that “the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh” (Ex. 9:12)
which kept him from relenting.

At midnight the LORD struck down all the first offspring in the land of Egypt. . . . A terrible cry of agony rang out across Egypt because every house had someone in it who had died. SLIDE Then Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron that night and said, “Get up! Get away from my people, both you and the Israelites! Go!” (Ex. 12:29-31)

The early church saw the slaughter of the lambs used at Passover as heralding the death of Jesus, speaking of

“Christ our Passover lamb” (1 Cor. 5:7) “who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29)! 

This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me”; and taking the cup, he said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:19-20).

SONG: LIFT HIGH THE CROSS

Benediction

Like Moses,we too are called by God to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. To speak against injustice and inequality, to speak against the political and economic powers of this world which continue to enslave the poor and the powerless.

And, like Moses, we do not go alone, but in the strength of God who calls and sends us.So go from here in confidence and hope, knowing that the great I AM goes with you.