Zoom Invitation and Order of Worship for Sunday
October 25, 2020
Hello Pioneer Friends,
We have added another layer of security to our Zoom Worship Service. Do the same exact thing you have been doing to access the Zoom session.
Zoom will then send you a message that you are now waiting to be admitted by the host; essentially you are sitting in a Zoom waiting room. David Malicoat, Ray Jellison and I will admit people as fast as we can. After that, the whole experience will be "as usual".
If you have questions, give us a call.
Looking forward to gathering again for worship on Sunday. Hope to see you there!
======================================================== Pastor Ginger Foster is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Pioneer UMC - Sunday Morning Worship
Time: Oct 25, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Pioneer United Methodist Church October 25, 2020 (10:00 am)
Order of Worship (21st Sunday after Pentecost)
Bells of Invitation
Prelude Qi Qing & David Thorp
Piano & Viola Duet
Words of Welcome Pastor Ginger Foster
Gift of Music
Opening Unison Prayer Karen Kesler, Liturgist Everlasting God, you have been our dwelling place in each generation.
Since the creation of the world, you have nurtured us with your love.
And yet we shamefully acknowledge that we do not always share your
love with others.
We are selective about who we choose as neighbors; those who are
clean, those who look like us, those who talk right, those who
Loving God, teach us to love you more fully. For in loving you, our
lives show love to those we see as “other,” even as your love
encompasses all your creation, in all generations.
We pray in the name of your greatest gift of love, Jesus Christ.
Amen. (Laura Jaquith Bartlett)
Opening Hymn “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” #277 (red hymnal)
Vs. 1 & 2
Welcoming Children Pastor Ginger Foster
Offering Our Gifts & Lives to God
Invitation to Give World Communion Sunday
Offertory Qi Qing Thorp, Pianist
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
Scripture Reading Matthew 22: 34-40 Karen Kesler, Liturgist
Hymn of Preparation “Help Us Accept Each Other” #560 (red hymnal)
Vs. 1 & 2
Message/Reflection Pastor GingerFoster
Reflection on the Scripture Passages/Questions for private worship at home:
An important scripture passage - sharing Jesus’ assertion of Love above all
else. Two stories that add to our understanding.
1) In the late 1970s, Pastor Joe McKeever was pastor of the First Baptist
Church in Columbus, Mississippi. A deacon of the church told him of a
conversation that he had with a recent visitor to the church. The visitor
who attended a recent Sunday night service came up to the deacon
during the greeting time and said, “Your pastor is going to hell.'” The
deacon said, “May I ask why?' The visitor said, “His hair is too long.”
Remember this was the 1970s. That’s the way some people thought back
then—at least those who loved the Law more than they loved the Lord.
Some people thought there was something evil about a man with long
hair. So the deacon asked a reasonable question: “And how long should
his hair be?” The man answered, “About like mine.'”
2) A young man began praying that God would allow him to share his faith
with others. Now this young man wasn’t very educated or sophisticated.
So he was surprised when God led him to share his faith with a brilliant
When the young man attempted to share his faith with the attorney, the
attorney laughed at him. He began challenging the young man. He laid
out all sorts of arguments against the existence of God, against the
divinity of Jesus. The young man was in over his head. He couldn’t
answer the arguments. He felt ashamed for failing at his mission. But
before he left, he said simply, “I just want you to know that I came here
because I love you.”
The young man went home feeling like a failure. He shut himself up in his
room. A few hours later, the brilliant attorney came knocking on his door.
The young man’s wife tried to turn the attorney away, but he insisted on
seeing the young man. The young man came down to meet him.“I guess
you’ve come up with some new argument to use against me?” I didn’t
come here to argue,” the lawyer said. “I came here to ask you to tell me
more about your faith in Christ.”
The young man said, “I don’t understand. What changed your mind? Every
time I tried to tell you about Jesus you came up with an argument that I
couldn’t answer. ”The lawyer said, “But you came up with an argument
that I couldn’t answer. When you looked at me and told me you loved
me, I couldn’t argue with that.” How can we more fully live the
commandments that Jesus gave us?
Closing Hymn “Sent Out in Jesus’ Name” #2184 (black hymnal)
Unison Benediction Karen Kesler, Liturgist
Go forth in the knowledge and love of God.
We go, confident in God’s steadfast love.
Go into the world, loving without limits, caring without boundaries.
We journey forth to fulfill God’s law of love. Amen.
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