West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Weekly Church Bulletin


WEST CHELMSFORD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

242 Main Street, North Chelmsford, MA  01863

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

Web Address: www.wcumc.us

 

7th Sunday after Epiphany                       March 3, 2019

Transfiguration Sunday                                    9:30 a.m.

 

  Prelude – “Higher Ground”                                  Scott

*Processional Hymn – “O Worship the King    UMH  73

*Call to Worship

Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice;

Enter God’s gates with praise.

Gather before the Lord and rejoice;

We bless God’s name always!

  Choral Introit – “Come Away With Me”        Horman

  Prayer of Confession

God of light, you have promised to be with us always.

But sometimes we forget that promise and think we are all alone.

Forgive us, God, and let your light shine through us.

Like Peter, we want to hang on to special times, and hold ourselves back from doing the work you call us to do.

Forgive us, God, and let your light shine through us.

Sometimes we hide your light, and miss opportunities to “shine” so that others may be guided to your love.

Forgive us, God, and let your light shine through us.

The Bible declares that we are being made more and more like Jesus as God’s Spirit works in us.   Let us be assured that God does not give up on us.

Thanks be to God! 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

  Offertory Anthem – “Go Up to the Mountain of God”                                                                            Helman

*Presentation of Gifts and Doxology           UMH  94

  A Service of Word and Table II                    UMH  12

Holy, Holy, Holy                                 FWS  2257-b

Christ has Died                                    FWS  2257-c

Amen                                                   FWS  2257-d

  Communion

 (Sunday School Teachers and Students leave)

  Old Testament Reading – Exodus 34: 29-35  **  (page 78)

  Gospel Reading – Luke 9: 28-36  **  (page 65)

  Sermon

*Closing Hymn – “Majesty, Worship His Majesty”                                                                       UMH  176

  Announcements

  Benediction

  Benediction Response – “You Alone Are Holy”                                                                          Martinez

  Postlude – “Recessional”                                    Smith

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            *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 Joanne & Elly Evans in memory of their parents, Ellsworth & Hazel Evans and Ralph & Fannie Gould.

 

Today – Senior Choir

  Lay Reader – Jim Grenier    Server – Jeffery Laflamme

  Communion Ministers – Jeffery, Jim, Rebecca Markey

  Minister of Music – Karen Leonard

  Pastor – Reverend Mack Hagins

 

UMH refers to The United Methodist Hymnal

FWS refers to The Faith We Sing

 


THIS WEEK AT WEST CHELMSFORD UMC

 

Sunday, March 3rd – Last Sunday after Epiphany, Transfiguration Sunday

   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 Stones UMC

Monday – 4:00pm – Girl Scouts    7:30pm – Evangelism Committee

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

   7:30pm – WCUMC – LSUMC Joint Committee Meeting

   7:30pm – Christian Ed Committee     7:30pm – Festival Ringers

Tuesday – 7:00pm – Missions Committee

Wednesday – 6:30pm – Den Meeting   7:30pm – Ash Wednesday Service

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

Friday – 6:30pm – Pack 70 Den Meeting   7:00pm – Pack 70 Bear Den Mtg

Saturday – 5:30pm – Scholarship Dinner

   7:00pm – Celebration of Music Program

 Sunday, March 10th – 1st Sunday of Lent

   9:30am – Worship Service

   10:30am – Coffee/fellowship

 

Ongoing Prayer Requests:

Victims of violence of all kinds

Victims of racism, sexism, homophobia, religious intolerance

 

Altar Visuals:  The color for Transfiguration is white.  As described in Luke 9:29, "As he (Jesus) was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning."  From the cross are two gold ribbons reaching toward the tablet, representing Moses and the flaming wheel, representing Elijah.  The kingly golden ribbons represent God reaching through Moses and Elijah to proclaim Jesus as His son.  The IHS on the altar is a monogram using an abbreviation of the Greek word IHCOYC, meaning "Jesus".  This event, Luke 9:28-36, could have been the big "reveal" for Jesus, yet the disciples kept it to themselves and continued to follow Jesus trough his teaching and healing.  Jesus' path was not one of earthly glory.

 

The Ash Wednesday Service on March 6th will be here at West Chelmsford with our friends from Aldersgate United Methodist Church and Living Stones United Methodist Church at 7:30 pm.  Choirs from Aldersgate and West Chelmsford will offer special music. All are invited to join us this evening to begin the Season of Lent.

This coming Saturday, March 9th is the Annual Scholarship Dinner and Celebration Music Program – Saturday, March 9th at 5:30pm.  Tickets for the dinner are still available 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.  The book that we will be using, “White Fragility”, is available at the Westford Library listed under anti-racism book club.


A Lenten study "Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple" by Adam Hamilton, facilitated by Nancy Luscombe will begin Sunday, March 10th and run through Palm Sunday, April 14th, 11:00-12:00.  This study has a video component to be shown at each meeting.  There is a study book for each participant.  If you are interested in participating please speak to Nancy or contact her at nkluscombe@gmail.com ASAP, so books can be ordered.

 

Nicaragua Trip:  I will be traveling to Nicaragua March 24-31, along with Sharon and Richard Jones.  It is a last-minute decision and a shorter than usual visit.  Sharon and I are very concerned that we could not visit our sisters in Nicaragua last year and feel a strong desire to connect with them now.  Even though we have a very good understanding of the situation in Nicaragua and can be well received through the Kairos Center, we would appreciate prayers for our safety and the comfort of the sewers and weavers we celebrate. If you would like to contribute to this mission, you could purchase sewing supplies; thread, needles (not machine), straight pins, safety pins, binding, sew-on Velcro.  If you prefer to give a donation, checks should be made out to NECUMC with Spirit Wind in the memo.  All monetary donations will go into the Spirit Wind account through the New England Conference and will then be given to Kairos Center to assist our partner sewers and weavers.  Thank you for always supporting me with your prayers and contributions.  Holly Cerullo, hbcteach@comcast.net or (978) 256-3927