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-We Gather as Gods People-

HYMN

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

UMH 384

CALL TO WORSHIP
Do you feel it?
God's kingdom is beneath our feet.
We live in the new creation shaped by God out of our brokenness.
Do you know it?
God's reconciling love in Christ
has shattered our ways of viewing people.
No longer do we label our sisters and brothers,
we welcome them with open arms.
Do you believe it?
God has made everything, including us, new!
God sends us forth to share this good news with everyone!
Welcome to worship!
SPIRITUAL

Im So Glad Jesus Lifted Me

FWS 2151

PASSING THE PEACE


ANTHEM

Day by Day

arr. Young

YOUNG PEOPLES MESSAGE


PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Cheryl Lawrie
We celebrate your absolute and complete unfairness, God.
You do not give us what we deserve.
You answer our unfaithfulness with generosity.
You do not repay betrayal with vengeance.
You never stop loving when we give every reason for you to stop.
You give us every possible chance, and then still more, to start again.
But our story doesnt end there.
You invite us into the life of faith
where your impossible grace becomes the standard for our living.
As such we pray your presence as we try the things
we fear most we cant do:
We name the people it is impossible for us to forgive
and ask you to walk with us in the journey to grace.
silence
We name the people we know we have no right to ask forgiveness of
and ask you to walk alongside them with your compassion.
silence
We name the situations that have no resolution
that we can possibly imagine
and pray that will not stop us from always choosing love.

silence
Your ending is always
and only
love.
May we live to make that the worlds ending too.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE AND PARDON

-We Scatter to Serve the World-

ANNOUNCEMENTS
BENEDICTION
RESPONSE

What Wondrous Love s This

-We Listen for Gods Word-

PSALTER

Psalm 32

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ,


and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God
was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses
against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.
So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal
through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to
God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in
him we might become the righteousness of God.
GOSPEL
Luke 15
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to
him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying,
This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.
Then Jesus said, There was a man who had two sons . . .

-We Respond to Gods WordREFLECTION:


HYMN

Too-Late Letters
Just as I Am, Without One Plea

COMMUNION

UMH 357
FWS 2257b-d

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORDS PRAYER


OFFERING & DOXOLOGY

UMH 766

EPISTLE
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of
view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view,
we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is
a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has
become new!

UMH 94

UMH 292
v. 3

Essex Eats Out Schedule

Mar 11 -Holy Family

Mar 18 - St. James

Mar 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.

Sun, 6 Mar:

Calendar

One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

Mon, 7 Mar: Companions At Eves 7 pm, Read stories 13-16


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

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.

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


Thu, 10 Mar: Companions at Ellies, 2:30 pm
Sat, 12 Mar: Memorial Service for Noah Thompson, 1:00 pm
Sun,13 Mar: All-Church Meeting after worship
Mon, 14 Mar: Companions At Eves 7 pm, Read stories 13-16
Tue, 15 Mar: Office Hours 9:30 am
Phoenix Books 10:40 am
Mansfield Bible Study 1:45 pm
Choir Practice 6:30 pm
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


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

Ongoing Prayers, cont.


T.J.
Maureen Evans
Judy & Diezela
Zachary Roy
John Bartlett
Lifted Up Last Sunday
Judy McDonald - friend having a
hard time
Judy Hatin - Doug, for healing with
his brother in last days
Nancy & family on death of Irene
Barb - our political process, hope it
is not too drawn out
Sandy Packard on loss of mom
Noah Thompsons family


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, 29 Mar: Pastor-Parish Relations Team 7:00 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
Greeters - Midge & Ken Yates
Ushers - Joshua Knox & Melanie Brown, Dawn Hill-Fleury

Essex Center United Methodist Church

6 March 2016

Fourth Sunday of Lent