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-We Gather as Gods People-

HYMN

All Creatures of Our God and King

UMH 62
vss 1-3, 6-7
based on Isaiah 55

CALL TO WORSHIP
God says Yo! Hey! All who are thirsty,
come to the water!
Are you penniless?
Come anywaybuy and eat!
Come, buy your drink, buy wine and milk.
Buy without moneyeverythings free!
Why do you spend your money on junk food,
your hard-earned cash on what does not strengthen?
Pay attention, come close now,
listen carefully to My life-giving, life-nourishing words.
I'm making a lasting covenant commitment with you,
a covenant of sure, solid, enduring love.
So you'll go out in joy, into a whole and complete life.
The mountains and hills will burst into song!
SPIRITUALS

Ill Fly Away

FWS 2282

Marching to Zion

UMH 733

PASSING THE PEACE


YOUNG PEOPLES MESSAGE
OPENING TO GOD
Celtic Kyrie
UMH 484
Abba, you have entrusted the world to our care,
and we have betrayed you.
Kyrie, Kyrie Eleison
Jesus, you have entrusted our neighbors to our care,
and we have betrayed you.
Kyrie, Kyrie Eleison
Spirit, you have entrusted your gifts into our keeping,
and we have betrayed you.
Kyrie, Kyrie Eleison
(silence)
Strong deliverer, mighty God,
Morning star, light of the world,
Brooding Spirit, giver of life,
Kyrie, Kyrie Eleison
Creator of all, Lover of all, Redeemer of all, Savior of all,
Guide of all, Upholder of all,
we give you all thanks and praise
Kyrie, Kyrie Eleison

-We Listen for Gods Word-

PSALTER

Psalm 63:1-8

UMH 788

HEBREW SCRIPTURE
Isaiah 55:1-9
Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have
no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without
money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that
which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Seek the Lord while God may be found, call upon the Lord while
God is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous
their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that God may have
mercy on them, and abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my
ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so
are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your
thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and
do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it
bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the
eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not
return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the
mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the
trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall
come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;
and it shall be to the Lord for a memorial, for an everlasting sign that
shall not be cut off.
GOSPEL
Luke 13:1-9
At that very time there were some present who told him about
the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
He asked them, Do you think that because these Galileans suffered
in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I
tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or
those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on
themdo you think that they were worse offenders than all the
others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you
will all perish just as they did.
Then he told this parable: A man had a fig tree planted in his
vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he
said to the gardener, See here! For three years I have come looking
for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why
should it be wasting the soil? He replied, Sir, let it alone for one
more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit
next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.

-We Respond to Gods WordElevator Speech

REFLECTION:

Marching to Zion

HYMN

UMH 733

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORDS PRAYER


OFFERING & DOXOLOGY

UMH 94

-We Scatter to Serve the World-

ANNOUNCEMENTS
BENEDICTION
RESPONSE

What Wondrous Love s This

UMH 292
v. 2

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Birthdays & Anniversaries

March 1 - Ron Deming

March 2 - Melissa Lang

Essex Eats Out Schedule

March 4 - 1st Congo


March 18 - St. James

March 11 -Holy Family


March 25 - EUMC

Announcements

Usher & Greeter Schedule: There is a new schedule for March &
April in the Narthex.
Perfume Politeness: In the winter, with the windows shut, peoples
sensitivity/allergies to colognes, perfumes, and heavy scents can be
heightened. Please keep scented products to a minimum until we can
open our windows to the great outdoors again! Thanks!
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.

Tue, 1 Mar:

Calendar

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

We take prayer seriously at Essex United Methodist Church.

We dont pray because we think God is absent and needs cajoling.


We dont pray because we think God is a celestial Santa Claus.
We pray because that is how humans begin to discern Gods will.
We pray because prayer changes us; prayer opens us up
more and more to Gods grace and the movement
of Gods Spirit in our hearts, our community, our world.

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.

Lenten Workshop on Gun Violence. 6:00 pm


Sun, 6 Mar:

One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

Tue, 8 Mar:

Mitch in Barre for Local Pastor Interviews,


so no Office Hours/Phoenix/Bible Study
Choir Practice 6:30 pm
Crafting Group, Fellowship Hall, 8:00 pm

Wed, 9 Mar : Lenten Workshop on Gun Violence. 6:00 pm


Sun,13 Mar: All-Church Meeting after worship
Mon, 14 Mar: Companions At Eves 7 pm, Read stories 13-16
Tue, 15 Mar: Trustees 7:00 pm
Wed, 16 Mar: Lenten Workshop on Gun Violence. 6:00 pm
Thu,17 Mar: Food shelf Set Up 6:30 pm
Sat, 19 Mar: Food Shelf Distribution 9:30 am
Sun, 20 Mar: Palm Sunday
Thur, 24 Mar: Maundy Thursday Service 7:00 pm
Fri, 25 Mar:

Essex Eats Out at EUMC 5:30-7:00 pm


Good Friday Tenebrae Service 7:30 pm

Sat, 26 Mar: Saturday Prayer Vigil, all day


Sun, 27 Mar: Easter Sunrise Service 6:45 pm Bixby Hill
Easter Worship Service 10:00 am
Easter Egg Hunt to follow Service
Tues, 22 Mar: Pastor-Parish Relations Team 7:00 pm



Ongoing Prayers
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
Noah Thompson


Ongoing Prayers, cont.


Judy & Diezela
Zachary Roy
John Bartlett
Lifted Up Last Sunday
Nancy - grateful that mother is at
peace, may she find comfort in her
final days
Judy - thankful , no knee surgery at
present
Paula - friends who need healing
Dale - Dad, Noah, as moved to
memory care
Clare - Melissa, as she searches for
a new job for next year
Pastor Jerry Breen and family at the
loss of his 3 year old daughter
Courtneys mom
Gemma Hoag
Irene Wood and her family

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 - Ron & Linda Deming
Ushers - Jody Heffernan, John & Patti Mitchell

Essex Center United Methodist Church

28 February 2016

Third Sunday of Lent