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-We Listen for God’s Word- Quote for Reflection: Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours, Yours are the eyes through which he to looks out his compassion to the world; Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good; Yours are the hands with which he is to bless all now. Teresa of Avila -We Gather as God’s People- Gather Us In HYMN FWS 2236 vss 1,2, 4 CALL TO WORSHIP Pilgrims, we are called to journey through this season of Lenttowards the One who calls us each by a new name. Disciples, we walk with Jesus wherever he leads uspulling our fears, our doubts, our longings behind us. Believers, we seek to trust the God who always surprises uswhose promises take on flesh and blood in the good news called Jesus. Let’s continue our journey through the wilderness of Lent . . . HYMN The God of Abraham Praise UMH 116 PASSING THE PEACE ANTHEM All Will Be Well arr. Foster Nothing Can Trouble Psalm 27:1-10 FWS 2054 OPENING TO GOD SG-H God of love, take my heart and change it. Take what is rough in me and let it become gentle. Take my fear and let it become wonder. Take my anger and let it become sorrow. Take my grief and let it become compassion. Take my discouragement and let it become acceptance. Take my doubt and let it become courage. Take my hurt and let it become forgiveness. Take my not knowing and let it become faith. Take my self-centeredness and let it become love. Take my broken heart and let it become my strength. Take my life and let it become yours. UMH 758 GOSPEL Luke 13:31-35 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’” -We Respond to God’s WordConnecting Our Stories REFLECTION: Your Are Mine HYMN FWS 2218 PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER OFFERING & DOXOLOGY YOUNG PEOPLE’S MESSAGE TAIZÉ PSALTER UMH 94 -We Scatter to Serve the World- ANNOUNCEMENTS BENEDICTION RESPONSE Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus UMH 349 Birthdays & Anniversaries February 24- Bob McLane February 26 - Molly Duff February 28 -Mary Drury 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. Essex Eats Out Schedule Feb 26 - EUMC March 4 - 1st Congo March 11 -Holy Family March 18 - St. James March 25 - EUMC Announcements Ecumenical Lenten Bible Study: Kingdom Dreams, Violent Realities: Reflections on Gun Violence from Micah 4:1-4. Williston, Richmond, Underhill, & Essex UMCs and UCCs are participating. All are invited to engage the reality of gun violence in our country in conversation with our Christian faith. Wednesdays March 2, 9, 16- 6 pm-7:30 at Essex Center UMC. Free, with a simple Soup Supper included. Health Kit Party at Shelburne UMC on Sat., April 2 at 9 a.m. Our church is providing the soap for the kits. We will need 300 bars (no Ivory or Jergens please as they are too soft; all other kinds fine) See Marilyn Almeida or Ellie Uckele if you would like to participate on April 2. Leave soap in box on the table at foot of stairs. Calendar Mon, 22 Feb: Monday Companions At Eve’s 7:00 pm Read stories 9-12 Tue, 23 Feb: Office Hours 9:30 am Phoenix Books 10:40 am Mansfield Bible Study 1:45 pm Choir Practice 6:30 pm Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, 7:00 pm Crafting Group, Fellowship Hall, 8:00 pm  Ongoing Prayers Judy & Diezela Zachary Roy John Bartlett Brooks Family Michael Parker Jill & Doug Griffin Stan Komecki Jenna Roy Paul Dick Shepard Robin Jaylene Jake Greg D.J. Chris Gloria Anne John Young IV Brenda Lenore T.J. Maureen Evans Lifted Up Last Sunday Judy – Friends & Family of Charles Farrell, who passed away Don – Norma Judy H – grandson, Will, on his birthday Barb – our political process, let us seek the common good Elissa – Ralph Johnsen & his family, Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis Pastor Jerry Breen and family at the loss of his 3 year old daughter Courtney’s mom  Thu, 25 Feb: Thursday Companions at Ellie’s 2:30 pm. Fri, 26 Feb: Essex Eats Out at EUMC Sat, 27 Feb: Shift Network Gathering Manchester, NH Sun, 28 Feb: Third Sunday of Lent Tue, 1 Mar: Office Hours 9:30 am Phoenix Books 10:40 am Mansfield Bible Study 1:45 pm Choir Practice 6:30 pm Wed, 2 Mar : Green Mountain Nursing Home 2:30 pm Lenten Workshop on Gun Violence. 6:00 pm 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 Greeter – Bob McLane Ushers – Art & Susan Bristol, Wes Bristol Essex Center United Methodist Church 21 February 2016 Second Sunday of Lent Biblical Callings Creation So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Biblical Callings Gen 1:27 Creation So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Biblical Callings Gen 1:27 Creation So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Gen 1:27 Abram Gen 12:1-2 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. Abram Gen 12:1-2 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. Abram Gen 12:1-2 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. Sarah Gen 18:9-10 Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. Sarah Gen 18:9-10 Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. Sarah Gen 18:9-10 Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. Moses Ex 3:10 The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” Moses Ex 3:10 The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” Moses Ex 3:10 The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” Ruth Ruth 1:16-17 But Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die— there will I be buried. Ruth Ruth 1:16-17 But Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die— there will I be buried. Ruth Ruth 1:16-17 But Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die— there will I be buried. Esther Esther 4:13-14 Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.” Esther Esther 4:13-14 Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.” Esther Esther 4:13-14 Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.” Isaiah Is 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!” Isaiah Is 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!” Isaiah Is 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!” Micah God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 Micah God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 Micah God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 Amos Amos 7:14-15 Then Amos answered Amaziah, “I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ Amos Amos 7:14-15 Then Amos answered Amaziah, “I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ Amos Amos 7:14-15 Then Amos answered Amaziah, “I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ Jeremiah Jer 1:4-5 Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah Jer 1:4-5 Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah Jer 1:4-5 Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Mary Lk 1:30-31 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. Mary Lk 1:30-31 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. Mary Lk 1:30-31 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. Jesus Lk 4:17-18 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free . . . Jesus Lk 4:17-18 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free . . . Jesus Lk 4:17-18 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free . . . Paul Acts 9:3-6 Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” Paul Acts 9:3-6 Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” Paul Acts 9:3-6 Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” Lydia Acts 16:13-14 On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. Lydia Acts 16:13-14 On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. Lydia Acts 16:13-14 On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul.