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Zoom Invitation and Order of Worship for Sunday August 14, 2022 

Dear Friends of Pioneer,

REMINDER:  Worship is offered in the Sanctuary and on zoom .

Pastor Ginger Foster is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Pioneer UMC - Sunday Morning Worship
Time: August 14, 2022 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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                                     PIONEER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH                                                  August 14, 2022 at 10:00 AM
                                                 10th Sunday after Pentecost
  Hybrid worship with us again TODAY!
        You can worship in-person in the sanctuary or online on Zoom.
               **On August 14th join the service online with this link
       Or join by phone. Dial 1-(669)-900-9128 and enter the Meeting ID#. 
                                      Meeting ID#: 858 4997 7401
                   Questions? Call the office @ (530) 885-4196  or
                                       Pastor Ginger @ (559) 676-8719.

                                                 Order of Worship
Bells of PentecostPrelude                                                                          Qi Qing Thorp, Pianist

Words of Welcome                                                         Pastor Ginger Foster                                                                             
Opening Hymns              “I Love You, Lord”                #2068 (black hymnal)
                                                                                                  Sing twice 
                                           “I Surrender All”                        #354 (red hymnal)
                                                                                                       Vs. 1 & 2   

Responsive Call to Worship                                    Glen Cleveland, Liturgist
Leader: In the name of God, our Creator, come one, come all!

People: We gather together as God’s beloved ones.

Leader: We unite as members of one body through love. Let us receive God’s love with joy and thanksgiving.

All: We give thanks for the gift of love through our worship and praise.

Leader: God’s love renews us, transforms us, and makes us whole. With courage and boldness, may we love one another as God loves us. Amen.

Hymn                               “I Surrender All”                          #354 (red hymnal)
                                                                                                       Vs. 3 & 4   

Offering Our Gifts & Lives to God                                                   
            Invitation to Give   
            Offertory                                                            Qi Qing Thorp, Pianist
           Doxology         “Praise God, from Whom                 #95 (red hymnal)
                                                       All Blessings Flow”              Sing once

Offering Our Prayers to God                                                                                          Sharing Our Joys and Concerns:       
                  Concerns:   Lord in Your Mercy      “Hear our Prayers”
                         Joys:    In Grateful Praise       “Thanks be to God”
            Time of Personal Prayer                                   Dave Hogge, Guitarist
            Pastoral Prayer / Lord’s Prayer                                                                     
Hymn of Preparation                 “Here I Am, Lord”            #593 (red hymnal)
                                                                                                      Vs. 1 & 2

Scripture Reading        Romans 12: 9-18 (The Message)          
                                       Mark 9: 33-35 (NRSV)       Glen Cleveland, Liturgist       
Message               “Let Love Be – Annual Conference Information
                                                         & Reflections (Part 2)”                        
                      “Of Donkeys, Bishops and the “United” Methodist Church”
                                                    Clergy Member Ginger Foster
In the opening portion of her sermon, “Does That Have Anything To Do With Donkeys?” Bishop Sally Dyck stated “Ministry has some things in common with donkeys—play with me here.” The Bishop told of meeting a five-year-old little girl who was obsessed with what she would be when she grew up. The girl asked Bishop Dyck what she did and the Bishop replied that she was a minister. Seeing the look on the little one’s face, Bishop Dyck asked, “Do you know what that is?” The little girl knew something about Bible stories, baby Jesus and so on; having been introduced to the stories through pictures. She remembered a picture of Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus fleeing to Egypt on a donkey. So the girl asked, “Does that have anything to do with donkeys?”

Our interim Bishop, Sally Dyck revealed that in her retirement she enjoys reviewing books. One was called “The Mouth of the Donkey,” a book about animals in the Old Testament (Hebrew Scriptures). Her favorite chapter was about donkeys. There are 145 references to donkeys in Hebrew Scriptures. She went on to describe many times donkeys were ridden in the Bible, including Jesus riding into Jerusalem. “Donkeys get people somewhere with God’s direction. The donkey doesn’t know where it is going. We don’t know where we are going…all of the time.. Riding a donkey is a good metaphor for ministry.” And so, “The donkey is the metaphor for following the direction of God …riding the donkey is for everyone who wants to follow Jesus! ALL are called to the service of ALL! … Ride the donkey!”
               |Excerpts from a sermon by Bishop Sally Dyck| Preached at
      ACS 2022 Ordination/Commissioning Service | Sunday, June 12th, 2022|

Closing Hymn     “They’ll Know We Are Christians    #2223 (black hymnal)
                                                       By Our Love”                    Vs. 1, 3 & 4

Unison Benediction                                                 Glen Cleveland, Liturgist

     Remember one of the secrets of success according to Jesus:    “If you want to feel great, be willing to come last and to gladly serve others.” 

May God give you the faith and love to put this into practice and the humility to permit others to do the same for you. Depart from this house of worship with restored hopes and renewed enthusiasm. And the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, Will be with you, today and evermore.  Amen.
                 |Inspired by Mark 9: 33-37 |By Bruce Prewer| Posted on 

     Also on re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/09/benediction-mark-9.html |

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