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Quotes for Reflection:

For the Way


that stretches
in front of us,
we say thank you.

For the Way


that lies behind us
we say thank you.
For the Way
that we will become
we hope with
thankful hearts.

SOME MORE FAVORITE HYMNS

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORDS PRAYER

OPENING TO GOD
Bill Wallace
You come as the disturbing comforter,
shattering the rigid preconceptions of our minds and hearts.
Give us the grace to welcome your coming:
to trust beyond where we can see,
to have hope in the midst of chaos,
to learn from our mistakes,
to accept your forgiveness,
and to walk steadfastly in the way of Gospel gladness.

OFFERING & DOXOLOGY

-We Listen for Gods Word-

PSALTER

-We Gather as Gods PeopleHYMN

For the Beauty of the Earth

UMH 92

CALL TO WORSHIP
Richard Bott
One:
Hey, Creator!
Many: Hey Creator!
One:
What do you want this world to look like?
Many: How do you want us to live?
Who do you want us to be?
One:
Hey, Christ!
Many: Hey Christ!
One:
What can we do to help?
Many: What can I do to help?
How can I show my love?
to you,
to myself,
to everyone and everything around me?
One:
Hey, Holy Spirit!
Many: Hey Holy Spirit!
One:
Open our eyes.
Many: Open our hearts.
Open our livesso that we may share hope with the world! Amen!
SOME FAVORITE HYMNS

-We Scatter to Serve the World-

ANNOUNCEMENTS
BENEDICTION

Shalom to You

RESPONSE

Erice Fairbrother, New Zealand

Psalm62:5-12

GLORIA PATRI

GOSPEL
Matthew 6:25-34
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or
what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life
more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of
the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your
heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of
life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the
field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even
Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God
so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is
thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe youyou of little
faith?
Therefore do not worry, saying, What will we eat? or What will we
drink? or What will we wear? For it is the Gentiles who strive for all
these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all
these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his
righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of
its own. Todays trouble is enough for today.

-We Respond to Gods Word-

PASSING THE PEACE

TESTIMONY

YOUNG PEOPLES MESSAGE

SOME STILL MORE FAVORITE HYMNS

Linda & June

UMH 666

787

UMH 70

UMH 94

Birthdays & Anniversaries


October 13 - John Mitchell
October 16 - Dawn Hill-Fleury
October 17 - Midge Yates

October 15 - Bill & Maureen Wiegner Anniversary


October 15 - Brec & Patti Norton Anniversary

Essex Eats Out Schedule

Oct 16 - St James

Oct 23 - EUMC

Oct 30 - St Pius

Announcements

Essex Eats Out on October 23. Dawn needs help from 2:30pm
onwards to reheat the left-overs from the Chicken Pie Dinner.
Please let Dawn know if you are able to help with this.
The Essex/Jericho/Underhill Food Shelf is in need of
Vegetables (no green beans please though!), Soup, Peanut Butter,
Tuna, Mac & Cheese, Baked Beans.
300 BARS of SOAP needed by Nov 1. These will be part of 300
health kits being put together by Shelburne UMC for UMCOR. (No
Ivory or Jergens, please, as they are too soft.)
Noisy Offering! On Sunday, October 18 we will will have a Noisy
Offering for church missions. Start saving your change to pour into
some loud metal containers!
The Administrative Board is in need of a Secretary for monthly
meetings. If that is a special talent of yours, please see Mitch.

Calendar

Pastor Mitch will be away Oct. 8- 12 with his family on a college


tour to N.Y. & D.C. Pastoral emergencies are being handled by
Rev. Kevin Goldenbogen of the United Church of Underhill,
899-1722. Pastor Mitch can be contacted at 881-3268.

Below are people, places, & concerns that folk have lifted up.
Please keep them in your prayers at home.
Please call or email the church office to add to the prayer list.

Tue, 13 Oct: Office Hours


Heidi at Church: 9-10:30am
No Phoenix Books: 10:40-noon
No Mansfield Place Bible Study
Choir Practice 6:30 pm
Thur, 15 Oct: Food Shelf Set Up, GSLC 6:30 pm
Sat, 17 Oct:

Food Shelf Distribution 7:00 pm

Sun, 18 Oct: Worship Theme: Coloring Outside the Lines


Noisy Offering for Missions
Tue, 20 Oct: Office Hours
Church: 9-10:30am
Phoenix Books: 10:40-noon
Mansfield Bible Study, 1:45 pm.
Choir Practice 6:30 pm
Administrative Board 7:00 pm
21 Oct-23 Oct:

Ongoing Prayers, cont.


Michael Paradee
John Young IV
Brenda
Lenore
T.J.

Ongoing Prayers
Judy & Diezela
Zachary Roy
John Bartlett
Brooks Family
Michael Parker
Jill & Doug Griffin
Stan Komecki
Jenna Roy
Paul
Dick Shepard
Robin
Jaylene
Mary
Jake Greg
D.J.
Chris
Gloria
Anne


Lifted Up Last Sunday


Wes - Ruth recovering from surgery
this week; guide surgeons hands
Jody- Scarlett; nephews unborn
child with serious problems
Allison - father, Parkinsons disease
- dying family member
Maureen- family of Dale Arliss who
passed away
Prayers for the whole Mallabar
family and Scarletts family

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Testimony



Pastor Mitch will be at Rollin Ridge Center in


Mass. interviewing candidates for Ministry.

Thu, 22 Oct: Church Life Meeting 7:00 pm


Fri, 23 Oct:

Essex Eats Outs at EUMC 5:30 pm

Sun, 25 Oct: Theme: Love, Anxiety, and Fearlessness

painting by Carol Aust

Mon, 26 Oct: Monday Companions at Eves, 7:00 pm.


Tue, 27 Oct: Trustees 7:00 pm
Pastor-Parish Relations Committee 7:00 pm
Sun, 1 Nov:

All Saints Day and Annual Church Conference


Theme- Love Means More Than Saying Youre
Sorry: Confession & Transformation

Mon, 2 Nov: Monday Companions at Eves, 7:00 pm.


Sat, 7 Nov:

Holiday Bazaar 9-3 pm

Sun, 8 Nov:

Stewardship Sunday

Essex Center United Methodist Church

essex_umc@comcast.net
tel. 878-8304
www.essexumc.com
Ministers: the entire congregation
Lay Leader: Joshua Knox
Equipping Pastor: Rev. V. Mitchell Hay
cell tel. 881-3268 (feel free to call)
mitchellhay@comcast.net
Office Manager: Heidi Evans
Organist: Kathryn Parker Pianists: June Packard, Ellie Uckele
Djembe: Barbara Lemmel Guitar: Richard Randazzo & Mia Burnett
Song Leader: Dana Thomas Projection: Sam Evans
Greeters - Midge & Ken Yates
Ushers - Roger & Kathy Dodge, Claire Noble

Essex Center United Methodist Church

11 October 2015 20th Sunday after Pentecost

Prayer-Poem for the Week:

Prayer-Poem for the Week:

Prayer-Poem for the Week:

by St. Catherine of Siena

by St. Catherine of Siena

by St. Catherine of Siena

Eternal Trinity,
Godhead,
mystery deep as the sea,
you could give me no greater gift
than the gift of
yourself.

Eternal Trinity,
Godhead,
mystery deep as the sea,
you could give me no greater gift
than the gift of
yourself.

Eternal Trinity,
Godhead,
mystery deep as the sea,
you could give me no greater gift
than the gift of
yourself.

For you are a fire ever burning and never consumed,


which itself consumes all the selfish love
that fills my being.

For you are a fire ever burning and never consumed,


which itself consumes all the selfish love
that fills my being.

For you are a fire ever burning and never consumed,


which itself consumes all the selfish love
that fills my being.

Yes, you are a fire that takes away the coldness,


illuminates the mind with its light,
and causes me to know your
truth.

Yes, you are a fire that takes away the coldness,


illuminates the mind with its light,
and causes me to know your
truth.

Yes, you are a fire that takes away the coldness,


illuminates the mind with its light,
and causes me to know your
truth.

And I know that


you are beauty and wisdom itself.

And I know that


you are beauty and wisdom itself.

And I know that


you are beauty and wisdom itself.

The food of angels,


you gave yourself to man
in the fire of your
love.

The food of angels,


you gave yourself to man
in the fire of your
love.

The food of angels,


you gave yourself to man
in the fire of your
love.

-from On Divine Providence, circa 1370

-from On Divine Providence, circa 1370

-from On Divine Providence, circa 1370

At 8:00 a.m. each morning, take a quiet moment (wherever you


are) to simply be in the loving presence of the Divine. After a few
minutes of quieting yourself, read this short prayer slowly, out
loud if possible. (If you are somewhere that doesnt allow you to
read, like driving a car, offer your own prayer.)

At 8:00 a.m. each morning, take a quiet moment (wherever you


are) to simply be in the loving presence of the Divine. After a few
minutes of quieting yourself, read this short prayer slowly, out
loud if possible. (If you are somewhere that doesnt allow you to
read, like driving a car, offer your own prayer.)

At 8:00 a.m. each morning, take a quiet moment (wherever you


are) to simply be in the loving presence of the Divine. After a few
minutes of quieting yourself, read this short prayer slowly, out
loud if possible. (If you are somewhere that doesnt allow you to
read, like driving a car, offer your own prayer.)

What thoughts or feelings arise as you pray this poem?


Does it lead you to want to do something?
Does it speak to you in an unexpected way?
Know that dozens of fellow faith-travelers are also praying with
you at the same time.
How does it feel to be surrounded by the prayers of others?

What thoughts or feelings arise as you pray this poem?


Does it lead you to want to do something?
Does it speak to you in an unexpected way?
Know that dozens of fellow faith-travelers are also praying with
you at the same time.
How does it feel to be surrounded by the prayers of others?

What thoughts or feelings arise as you pray this poem?


Does it lead you to want to do something?
Does it speak to you in an unexpected way?
Know that dozens of fellow faith-travelers are also praying with
you at the same time.
How does it feel to be surrounded by the prayers of others?