3-27-16 Stones Cry Out: EASTER 11 am … Stones Move

HAPPY EASTER!

 

SONGS:

302 Christ the Lord is Risen Today   1-2-3-4

303 The Day of Resurrection    1 and 3

327 Crown Him with Many Crowns 1-2-4

 

Welcome

 

Announcements

-If you haven’t downloaded our app you can get it at your APP store … you’ll receive the weekly updates, Sunday bulletins and audio sermons directly to your phone.

 

-We want to thank EVERYONE who brought Easter eggs and worked hard to make the Community Easter Egg Hunt so much fun yesterday!!  Many, many people were part of making this a fun event for our neighbors and friends and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

 

-We also want to thank everyone who donated, sacrificially, to HEIFER INTERNATIONAL during our Wednesday Night Bread and Broth Bible studies or with individual donations. We are VERY excited to report that you have generously given $1,015.46 to this amazing organization!!!

 

-Sooo … how would you like to see how your money is spent? The MISSION TEAM is planning a 2 day trip to the HEIFER RANCH in Arkansas in August for all adults, 6

th

grade and older and Pastor Debbie is committed to attend and she wants to invite YOU to join her!  In this experience, we’ll be part of an existence in which nothing – shelter, food, water or cooking fuel – can be taken for granted so watch for details in your weekly emails (be sure we have your address … you can use the white cards in the pews) or on the website.

 

-We are sending an information sheet around to gage interest in the trip … we need to send our deposit in with 30 days so again, please watch for details in your email or talk to SHARA THOMASON ((903) 450-5056) who will be coordinating this trip with the MISSION TEAM.

 

-We’re also planning an ALL CHURCH Rummage Sale the weekend of May 20-21 so start cleaning out your closets and your garage now!!  All money will go toward the COST of church mission trips and again … more information will be coming.

 

-Just a reminder that MISS CHELSEA is in green room for kids in Kindergarten and younger every Sunday during church so please know your children will be well cared for!

 

-We’ll have more to talk about next week but please be sure you come for POT LUCK next week!  This is a great chance to get to know people and the food is always fabulous so please bring a dish and come!

 

KIDS MESSAGE

 

SONGS:

304  Easter People Raise Your Voices   1-2-3

310  He Lives   1 and 3

 

PRAYERS

 

OFFERING

DOXOLOGY

 

SONG: WAS IT A MORNING LIFE THIS? Jackie Payne, solo

 

Sermon … Stones Move!  Rev. Debbie Lyons

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been moved from the entrance . John 20:1

 

SONG: BECAUSE HE LIVES


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3-27-16 Stones Cry Out: EASTER 7 am … Stones Move!

HAPPY EASTER!

 

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been moved from the entrance . John 20:1

 

SONGS: Morning Has Broken 

How Great is Our God 

How Great Thou Art

 

Welcome and Opening Prayer

 

Encountering the Risen Christ

On the first Easter, the angel told the women that Jesus would go ahead of them to Galilee. They were to go tell the disciples that they would see Jesus there. MK 16:7

 

Yes, but what about us? Where do we see Jesus?

Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe. Jn 20:29

 

24 Thomas, one of the Twelve, wasn’t with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples told him, “We’ve seen the Lord!”

 

But he replied, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands, put my finger in the wounds left by the nails, and put my hand into his side, I won’t believe.”

 

26 After eight days his disciples were again in a house and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus entered and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here. Look at my hands. Put your hand into my side. No more disbelief. Believe!”

 

28 Thomas responded to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!”

 

29 Jesus replied, “Do you believe because you see me? Happy are those who don’t see and yet believe.”

 

But Lord, sometimes we need to see to believe. Where can we see you?

You will see me in the least of these.    Matthew 25:35-40.

35 I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. 36 I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.’

 

37 “Then those who are righteous will reply to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? 38 When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or naked and give you clothes to wear? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

 

40 “Then the king will reply to them, ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’

 

Sometimes Lord, we need guidance. We need your wisdom and advice. How will we know your leading then?  

I will not leave you orphaned.   John 14:16-18,26-27

16 I will ask the Father, and he will send another Companion, who will be with you forever. 17 This Companion is the Spirit of Truth, whom the world can’t receive because it neither sees him nor recognizes him. You know him, because he lives with you and will be with you. 18 “I won’t leave you as orphans. I will come to you.

 

26 The Companion,[a] the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I told you.

 

27 “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don’t be troubled or afraid.

 

Thank you, Lord, for sending us your Holy Spirit. But how will the world know? How will they see Christ?

You are the body of Christ, and individually members of it. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13]

 

… you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. [John 14:12]

 

Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. [Acts 1:8]

 

SONG: Christ is Risen, Norman Carson, soloist

 

OFFERING

God of all Ages, you have emptied the tomb and set us free from our burdens.  Hope has overshadowed fear.  Comfort has replaced neglect.  Faith has gained victory over doubt.  The bounds of everyday living, often overwhelming our souls and weakening our spirits, are liberated by Jesus Christ.  Today, we recommit to offering comfort, hope, and faith as your generous disciples to others who are driven by fear, neglect, and doubt.  We offer these gifts in honor of your Easter promise.  Alleluia and Amen.

 

SONG: BECAUSE HE LIVES 

 

SONG … Stones Move!

 

SONG  Amazing Grace/Chains Gone

 

PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO GET YOUR STONE

at the front door as you leave

 

HAPPY EASTER!!


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3-20-16 THE STONES CRY OUT: Palm Sunday

KIDS PARTICIPATING IN THE PALM PROCESSIONAL SHOULD GATHER AT 10:50 in the BLUE ROOM … Kids Connection will focus on Palm Sunday from 10-10:45.

PROCESSIONAL SONG: Mantos Y Palmos – FILLED WITH EXCITEMENT!

(Kids will begin walking up the center aisle and wave their branches through the church, ending by laying their branches down the center aisle and standing  across the front of the church until the song ends.)

 

Children of God, Rejoice!

Sing out in celebration, God’s people!

Your King is coming to you,

humble, riding on a donkey!

 

ALL: Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is the one who comes

in the Lord’s name. Glory to God! Hosanna!

 

Lord God, You deserve our worship,

our love and our devotion;

because You have entered our broken world,

You have joined us on our journey of pain and pleasure,

of sorrow and joy, and have given us access

to life eternal and abundant.

 

ALL: We lift our voices to praise You, O God!

We celebrate Your coming to us,

Not with political power or military might,

Not with glamour or fame or wealth,

But in humility and love, gently and with great compassion.

We lift our voices to praise You, O God!

 

KIDS MESSAGE

 

KIDS SONG – Here Comes Jesus

  (to the tune of Three Blind Mice)

Here Comes Jesus, Here comes Jesus

Let’s praise Him…. Let’s Praise Him

Wave our branches up high and sing

Sing Hosanna to the King

Raise our branches and shout and sing

Praise to Jesus….Praise to Jesus!!!!!

 

SONG:  #278  Hosanna Laud Hosanna

 

WELCOME

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

If you are using the APP then you can find the bulletin every Sunday morning with all the songs, announcements and scriptures available to you … the APP is free and you can download it from your Android or Apple store.

 

BREAD, BROTH AND BIBLE STUDY

ends this week with a DEEP look at the resurrection … read John Chapters 20-21 this week and as always, EVERYONE IS WELCOME! A new Sunday morning

Bible study will be starting after Easter and more information will be coming!

 

Those of you attending Bread and Broth have been making weekly sacrificial donations to Heifer International but if have

not

yet made a donation and you want to, you can make your offering today or go online, or send a text on your phone … be sure to mark your donations EASTER.  TEXT to 903-500-2218

 

This Thursday night you will experience worship in a whole new way – join us as we remember Jesus’ LAST SUPPER together … Chelsea will be here to watch the kids and you will truly appreciate this time to reflect on the sacrifice Christ made for you!

 

PLEASE BRING AN EASTER LILY this week!  Leave it in Fellowship Hall Wednesday or Thursday night so we can ADORN the sanctuary for our TWO Easter services this year …

SUNRISE SERVICE … 7 am … wear your jeans and sweatshirts and bring a blanket and chair for a                                    beautiful outdoor worship, Norman will be playing our music … and

TRADITIONAL SERVICE … 11 am, and Jackie will be here

 

Invitations are at the front and back of the church and it’s not too late to send or hand deliver an invitation to someone YOU know who may not have a church home

 

THERE ARE NO BIRTHDAYS UNTIL AFTER EASTER THAT WE KNOW OF???

 

KIDS CONNECTION ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Our Egg Extravaganza is next Sunday and we DO need more filled eggs – we had a donor who brought 700 eggs last year and they are not

 

Just a reminder – so kids Sunday school on Easter

 

VBS SAVE THE DATE (G-FORCE) … June 12-15!

 

SONG: #61 Come Thou Almighty King 

 

SONG:  #707 Hymn of Promise

 

COMMUNITY PRAYERS (these are as of 3/19)

Comfort:

for Steve and Barbara Gavin’s friend whose 6 mo. old granddaughter died of unknown causes.

for Justin & Ashley James’ friend’s family, Chuck White, who passed away this this week.

for Tracy Simpson’s mom who is needing more and more care, things that Duke can’t help with.

for the family of Stacy Perry who passed away and especially her mother who has cared for her for 34 years.

Joy:

for Nichole Beard and Malachi who moved into a new apartment this week

Continued Healing

for Ben Bentley, Jeannie Montgomery

 

TITHES and OFFERINGS 

Doxology

 

SONG:  Sing Hallelujah to the Lord

 

SERMON: The Stones will Cry Out!

 

29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” Luke 19:29-40

 

  1. If Jesus rode into the parking lot of your work, school, or even this church, what kind of reception would he receive?
  2. Knowing what you do about Jesus, what differences are there between him and any earthly King? If you had been one of the Pharisees, do you think you would have recognized him as king?
  3. In our world today, who is telling the followers of Jesus to shut up? Why do they do this?

 

SONG: #213  Lift Up Your Heads Oh Mighty Gates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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3-13-16 Stones Cry Out: Memorial Stones

THE STONES CRY OUT: Memorial Stones

 

SONGS: All in All

I Will Call Upon the Lord

Tell Me the Stories

 

WELCOME

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

-If you haven’t worked on your ONE WORD yet, the 4 day devotional is on the website and we encourage you to see what One Word God might give YOU for the year!  Wendi Ortiz shared this devotional with all our churches in the EAST DISTRICT so many  churches have been working on their words and today, WENDI will share HER One Word.

 

-This Wednesday night, BREAD, BROTH AND BIBLE STUDY continues and it’s your last chance to sign up to bring soup! This week we’re discussing the ARREST AND TRIAL of Jesus, John chapters 18-19 this week and even if you haven’t yet been able to come, EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

 

-It’s hard to believe that the HOLIEST week of the year starts next Sunday with PALM SUNDAY but it’s true … March 20th  begins Holy Week, the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. The kids will have a palm processional so be sure they are here for KIDS CONNECTION to hear the story. (PALM SUNDAY is a great Sunday to bring friends too as all the kids will get Palm branches to march through the sanctuary and take home at the end of church.)

 

-On Thursday, March 24th we will have a very special, and sacred service to remember Jesus’ LAST SUPPER … we encourage everyone to attend as this is a memorable worship experience that will help you appreciate the sacrifice Christ made for you!

 

-We’re also VERY excited to tell you we will have 2 Easter services this year …

SUNRISE SERVICE … 7 am … wear your jeans and sweatshirts and bring a blanket and chair for a beautiful outdoor worship, Norman will be playing our music … and

TRADITIONAL SERVICE … 11 am, and Jackie will be here

 

-Easter Invitations are on your pews – please write a handwritten note to SOMEONE and invite someone to meet you … the #1 reason people come to church is because someone invited them!

 

-Also … PLEASE BRING AN EASTER LILY and leave it in Fellowship Hall so we can ADORN the sanctuary with new life!
Our Easter Egg Hunt has been moved to Saturday, March 26th  to get away from Spring Break and the kick-off baseball tournament … you have PLENTY of time to bring your filled eggs and we need lots of them! We need EGG HUNT VOLUNTEERS … it’s only 1 hour so please contact Brandy if you can help!  214-794-1253

 

-BIRTHDAYS: PATSY DOUTHIT

 

KIDS MESSAGE 

 

SONG: Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho

Give Thanks

 

COMMUNITY PRAYERS

COMFORT … Stacey Perry’s family, special needs woman

For those whose  homes have been ravished by floods in LA

 

HEALING … Nevaeh, a child in Kids Beach Club, whose cousin needs liver transplant

Ben Bentley, serious infection and ongoing back pain

 

TITHES and OFFERINGS 

 

SONG:  Sanctuary

 

SERMON: The Stones Cry Out

Twelve stones at Gilgal

4 When the entire nation had finished crossing over the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, 2 “Pick twelve men from the people, one man per tribe. 3 Command them, ‘Pick up twelve stones from right here in the middle of the Jordan, where the feet of the priests had been firmly planted. Bring them across with you and put them down in the camp where you are staying tonight.’”

 

4 Joshua called for the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one man per tribe. 5 Joshua said to them, “Cross over into the middle of the Jordan, up to the Lord your God’s chest. Each of you, lift up a stone on his shoulder to match the number of the tribes of the Israelites. 6 This will be a symbol among you. In the future your children may ask, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ 7 Then you will tell them that the water of the Jordan was cut off before the Lord’s covenant chest. When it crossed over the Jordan, the water of the Jordan was cut off. These stones will be an enduring memorial for the Israelites.”

 

8 The Israelites did exactly what Joshua ordered. They lifted twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, matching the number of the tribes of the Israelites, exactly as the Lord had said to Joshua. They brought them over to the camp and put them down there. 9 Joshua also set up twelve stones in the middle of the Jordan where the feet of the priests had stood while carrying the covenant chest. They are still there today.

 

Crossing completed

10 Meanwhile, the priests carrying the chest were standing in the middle of the Jordan. They stood there until every command that the Lord had ordered Joshua to tell the people had been carried out. This was exactly what Moses had commanded Joshua. The people crossed over quickly. 11 As soon as all the people had finished crossing, the Lord’s chest crossed over. The priests then moved to the front of the people. 12 The people of Reuben, the people of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh crossed over, organized for war ahead of the Israelites, exactly as Moses had told them. 13 Approximately forty thousand armed for war crossed over in the Lord’s presence to the plains of Jericho, ready for battle. 14 The Lord made Joshua great in the opinion of all Israel on that day. So they revered him in the same way that they had revered Moses during all of his life.

 

15 The Lord said to Joshua, 16 “Command the priests carrying the chest containing the testimony to come up out of the Jordan.”

 

17 So Joshua commanded the priests, “Come up from the Jordan.” 18 The priests carrying the Lord’s covenant chest came up from the middle of the Jordan, and the soles of their feet touched dry ground. At that moment, the water of the Jordan started flowing again. It ran as before, completely over its banks. 19 The people came up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month.[a] They camped at Gilgal on the east border of Jericho.

 

Stones at Gilgal

20 Joshua set up at Gilgal those twelve stones they had taken from the Jordan. 21 He said to the Israelites, “In the future your children will ask their parents, ‘What about these stones?’ 22 Then you will let your children know: ‘Israel crossed over the Jordan here on dry ground.’ 23 This was because the Lord your God dried up the water of the Jordan before you until you crossed over. This was exactly what the Lord your God did to the Reed Sea.[b] He dried it up before us until we crossed over. 24 This happened so that all the earth’s peoples might know that the Lord’s power is great and that you may always revere the Lord your God.”

 

 

SONG:  I Love to Tell the Stories

 


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3-6-16 Stones Cry Out: Upon this Rock

WELCOME TO CMUMC!
 

Church WiFi code: CEJ23U48LWMAABIA

 

OPENING SONGS:

Oh Happy Day

10,000 Reasons

 

WELCOME

 

ONE WORD: Mark Patak, SHARE

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

-Our Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, March 19th  at 10 AM and it’s going to be so much fun for the kids with games and activities and, of course, a fabulous egg hunt! Please bring FILLED EGGS, LOTS of them, so we can have a great morning with the kids.

 

-This Wednesday night, BREAD, BROTH AND BIBLE STUDY continues but dinner will be from 5:30-6 and the study will be from 6-7:30 … if you’re coming from work and can’t get here until 6, PLEASE eat while we watch the video at the beginning of the discussion. This week, we’re discussing the FAREWELL DISCOURSE  in John’s Gospel – read chapters, 13-14-15  this week as Jesus begins to prepare the disciples for his death.

 

-Next Sunday is POT LUCK … bring something delicious to share!

 

-Happy Birthday Cris Hamilton and Tiffany Skach

 

KIDS MESSAGE 

 

KIDS SONG: Jesus is the Rock

 

SONG: Jesus Paid it All

 

COMMUNITY PRAYERS: text, email or call your prayer requests as soon as you have them; join the prayer team by texting   @cmumcpray  …. to 81010

JOY: Tommy Turner home – continued healing

CLARITY: Justin and Ashley James over future job choices

HEALING: Sandy Lee awaiting breast cancer treatment plan; Sharlot Matthews (Wendi’s Mom), following carpel tunnel surgery; Justin James’ former co-worker, lung virus; Jeannie Montgomery’s stem cell transplant on Monday

COMFORT: Jackie’s husband Bob, recovering from back surgery; my friend’s daughter suicide attempt; Norman’s friend Ricky Cunningham passed away this week after battling leukemia (2 teenage daughters)

 

TITHES and OFFERINGS  … TEXT TO: 903-500-2218

Sometimes in our giving we must say NO to things we THINK we want …. to say yes to things GOD wants … Then Jesus said to his disciples, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross, and follow me.  All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me will find them. MA 16:24-25

 

SONG:  Jesus Messiah

 

SERMON: UPON THIS ROCK, Pastor Debbie Lyons

 

Peter’s declaration about Jesus: 13 Now when Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Human One is?”

 

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”

 

15 He said, “And what about you? Who do you say that I am?”

 

16 Simon Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

 

17 Then Jesus replied, “Happy are you, Simon son of Jonah, because no human has shown this to you. Rather my Father who is in heaven has shown you. 18  I tell you that you are Peter. And I’ll build my church on this rock. The gates of the underworld won’t be able to stand against it. 19  I’ll give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Anything you fasten on earth will be fastened in heaven. Anything you loosen on earth will be loosened in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered the disciples not to tell anybody that he was the Christ. MA 16:13-20

 

COMMUNION:

35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But I told you that you have seen me and still don’t believe. 37 Everyone whom the Father gives to me will come to me, and I won’t send away anyone who comes to me. 38 I have come down from heaven not to do my will, but the will of him who sent me. 39 This is the will of the one who sent me, that I won’t lose anything he has given me, but I will raise it up at the last day. 40 This is my Father’s will: that all who see the Son and believe in him will have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” John 6:35-40

 

SONG: MY HOPE IS BUILT ON NOTHING LESS   368, 1-2-4

 

Everyone is invited to stay for POT LUCK today …

there is always plenty of food!


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2-28-16 Stones Cry Out: Hearts of Stone

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SONGS: Come Now is the Time to Worship  

Just a Closer Walk with Thee

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

 

WELCOME Jason

Our Lenten sermon series, THE STONES CRY OUT, continues today as we take a closer look at things in our lives we’d like to leave at the foot of the cross … things we want Jesus to forgive us for or help us with.

LISTEN TO PAST SERMONS on your APP or on the website … past Easter sermons from 2014 and 2015 can also be searched by date … scroll to MARCH in the year you want to find those audio files.

Today, our rocks remind us that we must constantly be asking God to help us KEEP from getting “Hearts of Stone” as it’s easy to slip into judging others instead of loving others.

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

It’s time to bring EASTER EGGS!  Our Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, March 19th
so please bring FILLED EGGS, LOTS of them, so we can have a great morning with the kids.  The Children’s Ministry is working with the Mission team to make this a GREAT morning with games, bounces house, kids tattoos and more!

This Wednesday night, BREAD, BROTH AND BIBLE STUDY continues and even if you can’t come every week, come when you can!  All of our Lenten donations will be going to HEIFER INTERNATIONAL so even if you aren’t coming and you want to make a donation, just mark your TEXT or check EASTER.

During Lent we are called to action, and one of those actions is ALMSGIVING which is giving to the poor – even if you are not attending Wednesday night and you’d like to make a donation, just mark your donation EASTER.

Here’s a catalog

if you’d like to browse where they money might be used.

Our Bible study this Wednesday night will focus on the I AM SAYINGS in John’s Gospel – read chapters, 6, 8, 10, and 11 this week.

We know of NO BIRTHDAYS?  Does anyone have a birthday before next Sunday?

KIDS MESSAGE 

SONG: Oh How I Love Jesus 

SONG: JESUS PAID IT ALL

COMMUNITY PRAYERS: Debbie

TITHES and OFFERINGS: Debbie

SONG:  I Surrender All

SONG:  Word of God Speak

SERMON: Hearts of Stone

 While Jesus was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him, so he went in and reclined at table. The Pharisee was astonished to see that he did not first wash before dinner. And the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.  You fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside also? But give as alms those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you.

“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. 

Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seat in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.  Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without knowing it.”

One of the lawyers answered him, “Teacher, in saying these things you insult us also.” And he said,  “Woe to you lawyers also! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. 

Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed. So you are witnesses and you consent to the deeds of your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their tombs. Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’ so that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation. 

Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering.”

As he went away from there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to press him hard and to provoke him to speak about many things, lying in wait for him, to catch him in something he might say. Luke 11:37-52

 

SONG: I’LL FLY AWAY


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2-21-16 Stones Cry Out: Sticks and Stones (Boy Scout Sunday)

CMUMC Sunday, February 21st – BOY SCOUT SUNDAY

STICKS AND STONES   John 8:1-12

 

Lord I Lift Your Name on High       

All Creatures of Our God and King  #62 … 1-4-5

  (Words from hymnal BUT let’s sing O Praise HIM instead of YE in the chorus)

Morning Has Broken #145

 

WELCOME 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS  Boy Scouts
– A big thanks to the “Adult “kids” men who prepared our breakfast this morning … thanks for all your hard work!
-Another special thanks to EVERYONE who worked so hard to help us get a new playground this week.  We have been WANTING playground equipment but for the $12-15,000 costs we were finding out there for ANYTHING decent, it was a WISH not a reality.  HOWEVER,  because we have so many people willing to work so HARD, we bought the playground from Missionate Church for just $3000, dug it up out of the concrete and we will be putting it up in OUR front lawn soon!

-This Wednesday night, 2/24 at 5:30, BREAD, BROTH AND BIBLE STUDY continues as we gather for simple food and fellowship before we continue our study of the gospel of John … even if you can’t come every week, come when you can! Plan to donate what you WOULD have spent had you gone out to dinner to our Easter offering which will go to Heifer International … if you are giving those donations online or in a text mark your offering EASTER .  SEE VIDEO ON YOU TUBE.

– Our Bible study, this Wednesday night 2/24 at 6:30, will focus on the MIRACLES in John’s Gospel – read chapters, 2-5-9 as part of YOUR Lenten Discipline this week

-Adult “Kids” (some churches call them SENIORS!) are meeting for Pot Luck Dinner and dominoes this Friday night, 2/26/16, 5 PM …bring a friend and come!

– We know of 2 birthdays this week … BARBARA GAVIN and MARK WADE

 

KIDS MESSAGE  Boy Scouts

 

KIDS SONG:  Jesus Loves Me

 

SONG: BE GLORIFIED

 

COMMUNITY PRAYERS: Debbie

 

TITHES and OFFERINGS  Debbie                

 

BRANDY DAVIS: Presentation of Boy Scout Patches

“A Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion.”

 

SONG: Bridge Over Troubled Waters

 

SERMON: STICKS and STONES

1 And Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he returned to the temple. All the people gathered around him, and he sat down and taught them. 3 The legal experts and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery. Placing her in the center of the group, 4 they said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of committing adultery. 5 In the Law, Moses commanded us to stone women like this. What do you say?” 6 They said this to test him, because they wanted a reason to bring an accusation against him. Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground with his finger.

7 They continued to question him, so he stood up and replied, “Whoever hasn’t sinned should throw the first stone.” 8 Bending down again, he wrote on the ground. 9 Those who heard him went away, one by one, beginning with the elders. Finally, only Jesus and the woman were left in the middle of the crowd.

 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Is there no one to condemn you?”

 11 She said, “No one, sir.”

 Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on, don’t sin anymore.” John 8:1-12

 

12 Jesus spoke to the people again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me won’t walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

 

The stones we hold in our hands may RIGHT NOW be targeted for someone … you know who they are … someone you see as unworthy, or someone making terrible choices like the woman the gospel tells us about …we can drop those stones because let’s face it … NONE of us are pure and holy either!  NONE of us are worthy but God loves us anyway!

And those stones that have hurt us, that have made our hearts feel unbearable pain or indescribable anger, is it time to let them go too?  Jesus was the only sinless person in the temple that day, and, instead of condemning the sinner, He looked ahead to His work on the cross and offered her the LIGHT of true life. So let’s lay down our stones at the cross … let’s forgive and be forgiven, and reach out with the love of Christ, always remembering that we, too, are sinners in need of the Savior.

REFLECTIONS:

-The Pastor said, “There is more than one way to stone someone”. In the context of where you spend most of your time, school, work, family, circle of friends, how do people throw stones at one another?

-Who do you think was the most surprised at the words that Jesus spoke to the woman?  The woman, the Pharisees, or the disciples? Why?

-Do we need  people in the world like the Pharisees, who would make sure that the rest of us live and act properly? Who, do you think, functions in that capacity for you?

 

SONG: I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS


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2-14-16 THE STONES CRY OUT: Rejected Stones

 
 

OPENING SONGS:
Blessed Be Your Name
Praise to the Lord, The Almighty

Shout to the Lord

WELCOME: Happy Valentines Day

Thanks to Sammy Thomason for preparing our cross and getting our stones.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: You can always read the POSTS on the website or in your weekly emails, or Facebook.

-BREAD, BROTH and BIBLE STUDY starts this Wednesday Night … families, kids and adults can come for BREAD and BROTH, a simple Lenten meal, and we encourage you to make an offering of whatever you would spend if you went OUT for dinner. Your offerings will all be donated to HEIFER INTERNATIONAL.

You can also sign up to bring soup or bread for 10-12 people HERE.

-Following Bread and Broth, at 6:30 adults and kids will split up and adults will stay for a discussion on the Book of John … make this a “BIG ROCK”. (You don’t need to buy the book – just come!)

– BIRTHDAYS: Cheryl Ebinger and Jill Thomason

-KIDS LENT: the kids, 3-5th grade, will be joining their family for dinner on Wednesday nights and then go have their OWN time for some homework/reading, and then crafts, stories and FUN to learn about the Gospel of John.

KIDS MESSAGE

KIDS SONG: THIS IS THE DAY (Kids K and younger can go to GREEN ROOM with Miss Chelsea)

SONG: You are My All in ALL

COMMUNITY PRAYERS (Send your prayer requests to Pastor Debbie as soon as you have them so she can share with the prayer chain immediately. Join the prayer chain now: TEXT @cmumcpray to 81010

TITHES and OFFERINGS

SONG: Lord of the Dance

SERMON: The Stones Cry Out: Rejected Stones

Psalm 118

Give thanks to the LORD because he is good, because his faithful love lasts forever.(1) In tight circumstances, I cried out to the LORD. The LORD answered me with wide-open spaces. The LORD is for me—I won’t be afraid. What can anyone do to me? The LORD is for me—as my helper. I look in victory on those who hate me. It’s far better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust any human. It’s far better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust any human leader. (5-9)

The LORD was my strength and protection; he was my saving help! The sounds of joyful songs and deliverance are heard in the tents of the righteous: “The LORD’s strong hand is victorious! The LORD’s strong hand is ready to strike!” (15-16)

Open the gates of righteousness for me so I can come in and give thanks to the LORD! This is the LORD’s gate; those who are righteous enter through it. I thank you because you answered me, because you were my saving help. (19-21)

The stone rejected by the builders is now the main foundation stone! This has happened because of the LORD; it is astounding in our sight! This is the day the LORD acted; this is the day the LORD has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it! LORD, please save us! LORD, please let us succeed! The one who enters in the LORD’s name is blessed; we bless all of you from the LORD’s house. The LORD is God! He has shined a light on us! (22-27) Give thanks to the LORD because he is good, because his faithful love lasts forever.(29)

The Parable of the Wicked Tenants: Matthew 21:33-44

“Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.

“The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. 36 Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.

“But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ 39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

“Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”

“He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”

Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:

“‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;

the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

“Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”

Questions for reflection

1. Jesus implied that he was rejected. Rejected is a strong word. Think about a time you have been rejected, a job application, romance, athletic team or club, group of friends, etc. How did that make you feel?

2. In what ways do people reject God today?

3. Jesus asked this question at the end of the parable, what will the vineyard owner do when he comes back? Assuming that Jesus is the vineyard owner, how would you answer that question!

SONG: He Leadeth Me

SONG: Down to the River to Pray


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