West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Weekly Church Bulletin


242 Main Street, North Chelmsford, MA  01863

Telephone – (978) 251-4834  email: office@wcumc.us

Web Address: www.wcumc.us


6thSunday after Epiphany                                          February 17, 2019

                                                                                                   9:30 a.m.


  Prelude – “A Prayer of Faith”                                                       Smith

*Processional Hymn– “All Creatures of Our God and King (v.1-4)”

                                                                                                  UMH  62

*Call to Worship

Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name.

How awesome are your deeds, O God.

Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard.

He has brought us to life, and into liberty, to sing his praise.

  Choral Introit – “If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee”


  Prayer of Confession

Persistent and loving God, you are forever drawing near to us, always calling us to follow, faithfully beckoning us to trust you in the deeper waters. Yet how often we choose easier paths and turn away from your voice. We see our limitations but not your assurance of blessing. We wallow in guilt and refuse to believe the Good News of forgiveness. We move so quickly we miss your summons in the beauty of the day, or in the words of a friend. Calling God, speak to our hearts, lift us from despair, and place us on the path of discipleship. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

  Words of Assurance

  Sharing of Joys and Concerns

  Silent Prayer

  Call to Prayer

      The Lord be with you.

      And also with you.

      Let us continue to pray.

  Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer


  Anthem – “Blest Are They”                                                          Haas

                        Guitar – Jim Stratton

  Children’s Time

  Offertory – “Song of Dedication”                                     Mendelssohn

*Presentation of Gifts and Doxology                                   UMH 94

*Hymn – “Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life”           UMH 427

(Sunday School Teachers and Students leave)

  Old Testament Reading – Jeremiah 17: 5-10  ** (page 676)

  Gospel Reading – Luke 6: 17-26  **  (page 60)

  Sermon – “Blessed Are the Poor”

*Closing Hymn– “Dear Jesus, in Whose Life I See”           UMH 468



  Benediction Response – “First Song of Isaiah”                            White

  Postlude – “Laudation”                                                               Martin


            *Those who are able please stand.


**After each scripture reading please respond, “Thanks be to God”


We extend a warm greeting to all who worship here today.  We especially greet those persons who are visitors.  Please sign the friendship pad.


The Flowers this morning are given to the glory of God by Kristin and Steve Kirby in memory of Kristen’s Dad, Robert Mears.


Today – Senior Choir

  Lay Reader – David Daniel        Server –Kaylee Laflamme

 Minister of Music – Karen Leonard

 Pastor – Reverend Mack Hagins


UMH refers to The United Methodist Hymnal

Easter Sunrise Worship (April 21):  This year I am facilitating our Sunrise Worship.  I am looking for several volunteers to help by leading a prayer, reading scripture, reading a message, or leading responses or the benediction.  I can prepare all the parts and volunteers can read.  However, if anyone is interested in helping me determine the parts of this worship, please let me know.  Contact Holly Cerullo, hbcteach@comcast.net or (978) 256 3927 or at coffee hour.


Are you ready for a life changing experience?  Sign up for UM ARMY!  Youth completing grades 7 or higher are eligible to participate in the camp on August 4 – 10, 2019 in Wethersfield, CT.  Older youth can join for the Young Adult camp May 26 – June 1, 2019 in Centerport, Long Island, NY.  Adults of all ages are welcome to participate in either camp.  The cost is $300/person if we register soon!  Please contact Carolyn Elmore at (978) 729-1935 or celmore@elmorepatents.com or Jill Przbylowicz at (978) 808-2827 or cfchiro@verizon.net for more information.





Sunday, February 17th– 6thSunday after Epiphany

   9:30am – Worship Service, Sunday School

   10:30am – Coffee/fellowship

   11:00am – Celebration Ringers     12:00pm - Celebration Singers

   4:30pm-Boy Scout leaders meeting     7:00pm – Living StonesUMC

Monday – 4:00pm – Girl Scouts    7:30pm – Administrative Board

   7:30pm – AA   7:30pm – Boy Scouts   7:30pm - Living Stones UMC class

Wednesday – 7:00pm – Living Stones UMC prayer   class

   7:30pm – Festival Ringers   7:30pm – Living Stones UMC Music

  Rehearsal    8:00pm – Living Stones UMC class

Thursday – 6:30pm – Children’s Choir   7:30pm – Sr. Choir



Sunday, February 24th– 7thSunday after Epiphany

   9:30am – Worship Service    9:30am Sunday School

   10:30am – Coffee/fellowship


Ongoing Prayer Requests:

Victims of violence of all kinds

Victims of racism, sexism, homophobia, religious intolerance


Altar visuals: On the altar today is a pair of sandals which symbolize following in the footsteps of the prophets, as depicted in Luke 6: 17-23.  The holly branch represents Psalm 1: 3; “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season.”  The cactus supports the Children’s Message today.  Listen for the connection.


Save the date for our Annual Scholarship Dinner and Celebration Music Program – Saturday, March 9that 5:30pm. Tickets for the dinner are available now and are $12.00 for adults, $6.00 for children 11 years and under, and children under 4 are free.  The menu includes Chicken Carbonara, Roasted Broccoli, Garden Salad, Fresh Bread, and Ice Cream Sundae Bar.  There will be a gluten free option available.


The Anti-Racism task force is planning a study and discussion for 11:00 AM on March 10th, 17th, and 24th.  We will have a sign-up sheet at coffee hour and the book that we will be using, “White Fragility”, will be available to look at.  Please stop by to learn more.  We can get the books through the library consortium, for those who need a copy.