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Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of thy love.

Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to
Quote for Reflection: We are yours, Lord, though we are not always in service. themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could
All the good that you will do will not come from you Take our hands; make them yours. mean.
but from the fact that you have allowed yourself, in the Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for thee.
obedience of faith, to be used by God’s love. We are yours, Lord, even though our feet HYMN Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus UMH 349
Think of this more and gradually you will be free from don't always move with your spirit.
the need to prove yourself, & you can be more open to Take our feet; make them yours.
the power that will work through you without you
WORDS OF ASSURANCE Rainier Maria Rilke
-We Respond to God’s Word-
knowing it
Brother Thomas Merton God speaks to each of us as God makes us, REFLECTION Transparent to Love
then walks with us silently out of the night.
HYMN You, Lord, Are Both Lamb & Shepherd W&S 3043
These are words we dimly hear:
You, sent out beyond your recall, PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
-We Gather as God’s People- go to the limits of your longing.
Embody me. SHARING OF GIFTS & DOXOLOGY
HYMN Come Away with Me to a Quiet Place FWS 2201
Flare up like flame and make big shadows I can move in.
CALL TO WORSHIP
We have seen it!
Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final. Don't let yourself lose me. -We Scatter to Serve-
We have seen the light of God; Nearby is the country they call life. ANNOUNCEMENTS
On high mountains of celebration You will know it by its seriousness.
and in the tenderness of friend’s embrace. We have seen it! BENEDICTION
Give me your hand.
We have seen the light of God;
Through the bitter scorn of betrayal RESPONSE Here I Am, Lord refrain

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and the searing chasm of grief. We have seen it!
We have seen the light of God; -We Listen for God’s Word-
With eyes that have been shaded,
with eyes that have been opened, PSALTER Psalm 46 UMH 780 R1
with eyes that have been blinded. We have seen it! Essex Eats Out Schedule
GOSPEL Mark 9:2-10
We have seen the light of God. Feb 16 - St James Feb 23 - EUMC
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John,
and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he
HYMN We Meet You, O Christ UMH 257 was transfigured before them, and his clothes became
dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. Birthdays & Anniversaries
PASSING THE PEACE
And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were Feb 11- Joanne Hennessey
talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good Feb 17 - Grace Naylor, Ashley Heffernan
YOUNG PEOPLE’S MESSAGE for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one
for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say,
PRAYER OF CONFESSION UMH 399 for they were terrified. Announcements
Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there 2018 Directories & New Usher Greeter Schedule for January &
We are yours, Lord, though we fight for control. came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to February 2018 are in Narthex
Take our lives; make us yours. him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one
Take my moments and my days; with them any more, but only Jesus. Food Shelf Needs: Spaghetti Sauce, Peanut Butter, Mac &
let them flow in ceaseless praise. Cheese, Canned Fruit
As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to
We are yours, Lord, though our busyness gets in the way.
tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of
Take our days; make them yours.
Prayer Cards on the narthex table; let someone know we are Here are people, places, & concerns folk have recently lifted
thinking and praying for them. up. Please keep them in your prayers at home.
Please call or email the church office to add to the prayer list.
Cards & Calls: The following church members, who can no
longer get out, would appreciate a card or a call - Grace Naylor, Lifted Up Last Sunday
Ongoing Prayers
Anne Kennison, Gloria McKeen, Mary Willard, Norma
Strickland, Nancy Bartlett. Tim Patti Mitchell: Brother having retina
Lenore surgery
From Laurie Jordan: I am letting you know that Grace Naylor
will be 100 on February 17th. Essex Reporter has interviewed her
and an article should appear in this week's Essex Reporter. Look
for it! There will be an open house on Feb. 17th at 7 Naylor Road
Michael Parker
Keenan
Arlitha
Barb Myers: older sister fell and broke
hip
Bill Wiegner: Prayers for 13 children in
TRANSFIGURATION
from 3:00 to 4:00. Know any older acquaintances that may be Callie California who were abused
interested? Barb L.: Friend whose father has cancer
(We are still arranging a card shower for Grace on the 17th!) Grace Naylor
Anne Kennison
Gloria McKeen
Calendar Mary Willard
Sun, 11 Feb: Sunday School: Making Sense of the Bible, Norma Strickland
8:45 am. Discuss Chapters 19-21 Judy & Diezela
Matthew C.
Tue, 13 Feb: Pastor is In- The Nest Coffee Shop 10am - noon
Elissa & Leif
Church Office noon-2:00pm Greg
Paula DeMichele
Mansfield Place Bible Study 2:00pm
Don Strickland
Wed, 14 Feb: Valentines Day & Ash Wednesday Service 7 pm Ellie Uckele
Thu, 15 Feb: Thursday Companions, The Book of Joy
in Church Parlor, 2:00 pm

Food Shelf Set Up, 6:0 pm GSLC

Fri, 16 Feb: WoWW Luncheon, 11:30 am at JP’s Diner,


Questions call Vickie @ 879-7515.

Sat, 17 Feb: Food Shelf Distribution, 9:00 am, GSLC


Sun, 18 Feb: First Sunday of Lent
Sunday School: Making Sense of the Bible,
painting by David Wojkowicz
8:45 am, Discuss Chapters 22-26

Mon, 19 Feb: Monday Companions: The Book of Joy Essex Center United Methodist Church
pp. 81-190, at Eve’s home, 7:00 pm.
essex_umc@comcast.net tel. 878-8304
www.essexumc.com
Tue, 20 Feb: Pastor is In- The Nest Coffee Shop 10am - noon Ministers: the entire congregation Lay Leader: Joshua Knox
Equipping Pastor: Rev. V. Mitchell Hay
Church Office noon-2:00pm cell tel. 881-3268 (feel free to call) mitchellhay@comcast.net
Office Manager: Heidi Evans
Essex Center
Mansfield Place Bible Study 2:00pm
Organ: Kathryn Parker
Guitar: Richard Randazzo
Piano: June Packard
Song Leader: Dana Thomas
United Methodist Church
Trustees Meeting at 7 pm
Projection: Sam Evans Sixth Sunday after Epiphany 2018