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Sermons from St. Paul’s

October 17, 2018

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October 14, 2018,    Rev. J. Matthew Deal

Nothing Is Impossible

 

October 7, 2018, World-Wide Communion Sunday    Rev. J. Matthew Deal

Mindful of Us

September 16, 2018   Rev. J. Matthew Deal

The Unnatural Naturalness of Suffering

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October’s Newsletter

October 17, 2018

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October 2018

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Lancaster Theological Seminary President to Preach at St. Paul’s

October 10, 2018

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We are excited to welcome the Rev. Dr. Carol Lytch as our special guest preacher during worship on Sunday, October 28th.  St. Paul’s and Lancaster Theological Seminary have enjoyed a special relationship for well over 100 years.  Please come and be part of worship on this special Sunday.  

Dr. Carol E. Lytch is the 11th president of Lancaster Theological Seminary. An ordained minister in The Presbyterian Church (USA) and in the United Church of Christ, she speaks on a variety of topics especially theological education, opportunities and challenges for mainline Protestant churches, and faith formation in young adults.

Dr. Lytch is a cum laude graduate of Mount Holyoke College. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.  Her PhD in Christian ethics and sociology of religion is from Emory University.

Dr. Lytch is the author of the book, Choosing Church: What Makes a Difference to Teens?

She and her husband, the Rev. Dr. Stephens G. Lytch, have two adult children and three grandchildren and have completed the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a 500-mile ancient pilgrimage across northern Spain.

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October News From St. Paul’s

October 9, 2018

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The Men’s Brotherhood.  The men’s brotherhood will meet for breakfast on Saturday, October 27th at 8:00am at King’s Restaurant.  All men of the church are invited to attend!  

St. Paul’s is on Facebook!  Be sure to “Like” us to keep up with updates and events.

Book of Remembrance forms are in the literature rack in the narthex.  If you wish to give a gift in memory of or in honor of a loved one, please use this form.  You can place it in your offering envelope along with your monetary gift or you can bring it to the office.  We save these forms for documentation until the Book of Remembrance is published in the newsletter twice a year.  Thank you for taking the time to submit the form.

Bible Study: Bible Studies following worship themes will be held on Tuesdays at 10:00am in the Salem Chapel.  

Upcoming Children’s & Youth Choir Worship Service Appearances

Mark you calendars!

Sunday, October 28th—Their 2018-2019 Season Debut

Sunday, November 11th—A special Veteran’s Day Tribute

The Children’s & Youth Christmas Musical: Saturday, December 15th at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 16th at 9:30am in Fellowship Hall

Greeters & Ushers for October

October 7: Communion by Intinction:   Peg Roy—Chair & Elder, Candy Christner—Elder, Brad Conn, Carrie Conn

October 14:  Jonathan Hillegas—Chair, Isabel Shumaker, Judy Emerick, Tim Witt

October 21: Craig Schenck—Chair, Pete Hauger, Kathy Hauger, Don Zuccolotto

October 28: Roger Rayman—Chair, nancy Aultz, Laura Bowers, Abby Bowers

Shellenberger Park Renovations Near Completion

The last month saw a flurry of activity occur at the park.  The concrete footer was poured underneath the pavilion.  Mike Stutzman and his employee Barry Carpenter graded, raked, and sowed grass seed in the yard and also built the lower retaining walls.  Jeff Wahl and Carl Kister planted shrubs and did some landscape work around the upper retaining wall.  

As work on the park nears completion, here’s what you didn’t see:  Families in the neighborhood, and even one family passing through from Indiana to New Jersey, have picnicked and played at the park, even as renovations were occurring!  The Spiritual Life and Evangelism committee met last week.  Among the things they discussed was how our church can increase our presence during the festivals in Somerset.  A series of ideas were brainstormed, many involving the newly renovated Shellenberger Park.  We hope to have a presence during this January’s Fire & Ice event, maybe even utilizing the pavilion or Fellowship Hall to provide warmth and hospitality to the festival goers.  Our church grounds in the heart of Somerset Borough, along with our beautiful North Fork Recreation site offer us some exciting and unique possibilities for ministry and outreach.  The park’s renovation will play a key part in providing a recreation space for families in our neighborhood.

You should also be aware that we have been richly blessed as a congregation.  Most of the Shellenberger Park renovations were paid for by special monetary gifts from a number of donors.   Thanks goes out to The Shellenberger Park Improvement Committee whose members are:  Karen Gibson, Jonathan Hillegas, Roger Rayman, Marcy Shellenberger, Barb Stutzman, and committee chair, Mike Stutzman.  Many hours of time, equipment, and labor were given by a number of people, Jeff Wahl, Carl Kister, Barry Carpenter, and especially Mike Stutzman who spearheaded the project with his expertise and equipment.  A special dedicatory service and Thank You event will be planned for next Spring.  

 Pastor Matt

Lancaster Theological Seminary President is the Special Guest Preacher for October 28th.

We are excited to welcome the Rev. Dr. Carol Lytch as our special guest preacher during worship on Sunday, October 28th.  St. Paul’s and Lancaster Theological Seminary have enjoyed a special relationship for well over 100 years.  Please come and be part of worship on this special Sunday.  

Dr. Carol E. Lytch is the 11th president of Lancaster Theological Seminary. An ordained minister in The Presbyterian Church (USA) and in the United Church of Christ, she speaks on a variety of topics especially theological education, opportunities and challenges for mainline Protestant churches, and faith formation in young adults.

Dr. Lytch is a cum laude graduate of Mount Holyoke College. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.  Her PhD in Christian ethics and sociology of religion is from Emory University.

Dr. Lytch is the author of the book, Choosing Church: What Makes a Difference to Teens?

She and her husband, the Rev. Dr. Stephens G. Lytch, have two adult children and three grandchildren and have completed the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a 500-mile ancient pilgrimage across northern Spain. 

October’s Meetings at a Glance (available at press time)

Thursday, October 4: Care Team, 1:00pm; Spiritual Life & Evangelism, 7:00pm, CE Room

Thursday, October 11:  Youth Game Night, 7:00pm

Tuesday, October 16:  Church Council, 7:00pm  

Saturday, October 27: Men’s Brotherhood, 8:00am, King’s Restaurant

The Confirmation Class will meet on Sunday, October 14th and 28th at 11am in the Youth Room.  

St. Paul’s to Host the Somerset Association Fall Meeting

Our congregation will host this Fall’s meeting of the Somerset Association, a group of UCC churches in Somerset and Cambria counties, and Garrett and Allegheny counties, MD.  Registration begins at 2:30pm and worship will start at 3:00pm.  Rev. Dr. Carol Lytch, the President of Lancaster Theological Seminary will be the guest preacher.  A brief meeting and fellowship meal will follow.  All are welcome to attend!

Children’s Church Update

Planning for Children’s Church continues.  We’ve postponed the launch date to poll families as to the best time to initiate the program.  Multiple opportunities exist for adults and teens to assist in making Children’s Church a success.  We are in need of worship leaders and helpers for each Sunday, steering committee members, and people to help provide snacks.  Please talk to Pastor Matt or Jenn Boland if you would like to help.  

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A Message from Pastor Matt

October 9, 2018

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Dear St. Paul’s Family,

I stumbled upon a Psalm recently as I was flipping through the Bible that caused me to pause and think.  The 82nd Psalm imagines God holding court among the divine council.  As the Heavenly Hosts are gathered, God wonders:

“How long will you judge unjustly 

and show partiality to the wicked?

Give justice to the weak and the orphan;

maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.

Rescue the weak and the poor;

deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

(Psalm 82:2-4)

The Psalmist’s vision is powerful as he is imagining God’s judgement upon not only humanity, but upon the “gods” who are charged with keeping balance between the human players in this creative drama.  All is not well.  The balance is tipped as the powerful abuse their power.  Wickedness prevails as the weak and poor need rescuing, and the orphan and destitute require justice as their rights are being stripped away. Not only do the wicked seem to be in charge in this vision, but those charged with representing God’s wishes seem to have abdicated their responsibility.

God makes it clear at the end of the Psalm that all will be judged, even the heavenly judges who are charged with being arbitrators of humanity.  They have failed to be impartial and have sided with the wicked and powerful in their victimization of the powerless.  Their punishment will be that of the mortals, they will be judged by God and die.  They will fall like any prince (vs. 7).   The Psalmist concludes his thoughts with the plea:  “Rise up, O God, judge the earth; for all the nations belong to you!” 

Things are bad.  We can’t exactly be sure just what exactly is going on in the Psalmist’s world, except to sense that the covenantal contract between God and the people is being strained.  The ancient covenant between God and Sarah and Abraham:  “I will be your God and you will be a great people.” threatens to be undone.  God’s chosen kings, priests, and civic leaders have failed to uphold the basic principals of God’s kingdom.  They’ve exchanged the divine principals of justice, care, and deliverance for the poor, widowed, orphaned, and powerless for political power and personal gain.

The Psalmist’s plea for justice and righteous judgement on behalf of the victimized is a typical response of Old Testament prophets and of Jesus himself when faced with the unprincipled and un-Godly actions of religious and political leaders.  Not only does the Psalmist, the prophets, and Christ make clear that God is on the side of the powerless, but that God will humble the powerful in all times and places, in heaven and on earth.  In the end, God is the righteous and just arbiter of creation, seeing into the heart and through the intentions of every mortal and Heavenly Host.  

Jesus Christ changes a bit of the ancient narrative of judgment and redemption.  Through God becoming powerless as a human being in Jesus Christ, we mortals have become powerful.  Each of us are given a piece of the divine in the presence of the Holy Spirit.  We become entrusted with power to become arbiters of our own lives.  Not only can we choose between the paths of righteousness and evil, but we are called by our Savior to join in his reconciling work.  We are co-menders with Jesus, repairing the breach between God’s will for the world and brokenness of humanity.  Such mending is a high calling in which we align ourselves with God’s values, and just like the Psalmist, plead the case of the victimized and powerless to God and to those mere mortals in positions of power and authority.

The saving and mending work of Christ in which we are engaged causes us to draw nearer to one another and to God.  Let us find strength in our unity.  Let us work to make our community and world a more loving, more just, and more sacred place.   Let us reject the world’s narrative of division and tribalism that causes too many of us to find a morbid and curious joy in the suffering of those who are labeled the “other” or our enemy, such is not the way of our Lord.  And finally, let us be reminded that Christ is always with us no matter what course our lives take.  We are not gods, but Jesus Christ’s representatives and nothing can harm us in heaven or on earth. 

May God Bless Your Journey!

Pastor Matt

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October’s Mission Offering Is Neighbors In Need

October 9, 2018

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This month’s mission offering is Neighbors in Need (NIN).  You may be wondering, “What is the purpose of the Neighbors in Need offering?”  Funds from NIN support the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) justice advocacy programs and are also distributed to a wide array of congregational and nonprofit organizations who work to support justice and who help neighbors in their communities, across the country and in Puerto Rico.  One-third of the offering supports the Council for American Indian Ministry, including 20 American Indian congregations in the UCC.  Two-thirds of the offering supports justice advocacy and direct service projects such as justice and peace programs and community grants.

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St. Paul’s Prayer Vigil Resources

March 29, 2018

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Thank you for joining our prayer vigil!  We hope that God will bless and guide you during your time a prayer and discernment.  You will find below resources to help you on the journey.  There are 8 gates to guide you on your way.  May God Bless and Keep You!

GATE 1- PRAISE & WORSHIP- HOLY GOD

Praise God for:

Revealing the Divine to us in Worship.

Revealing the Divine to us through God’s Spirit.

(You may pray a song from St. Paul’s hymnal or a Psalm 22, 23, 24, 139, 37)

Acknowledge God’s greatness and incomparable power.

(Deut. 4:39; Psalm 8:1; 83:18)

Worship God for his constancy.

(1Tim. 1:17; Rev. 1:5; Deut. 7:7-9; 1 Cor. 1:9)

Thank God for inviting us to pray and for God’s goodness and mercy.

(Rom.9: 14-18; Ps. 106; 1 Thess. 5:1)

Offer yourself to God.  Ask God to be with you during your prayer time.

“ Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”

Matt.11:28

“Lord, teach us to pray.”

Luke 11:1

Come be with me, Lord Jesus. 

 

GATE 2 – BLESSING ST. PAUL’S UCC

Ask God to reveal Christ’s will for St. Paul’s  (Gal.2:2;  Matt 16: 17-19) (See Prayer suggestion sheet-attached).

Ask God to bless the work of Christians so that they might give freely to those in need (Psalm 24:3-5)

Pray for wisdom, direction, blessing and protection for St. Paul’s UCC Teams  and Leaders:

St. Paul’s Church Council

President: John Geary, Jr.

Vice President: Karen Addleman

Secretary: Sally McClintock

Treasurer: Jonathan Hillegas

Trustees: Roger Rayman, Jonathan Hillegas, Craig Schenck

 Spiritual Life & Evangelism: Sally McClintock

Music and Worship: Michelle Sredy and Karen Addleman

Pastoral Relations: Karen Addleman and Patrick Ferko

Christian Education: Andra Snyder

Stewardship: Peg Roy

Pray we understand God’s vision for  St. Paul’s Ministries:

St. Paul’s Youth

Women’s Fellowship

Men’s Brotherhood

Homeless

Confirmation

Visitation for homebound & sick    

Prayer Circle / Prayer List

Pause for Persons

HospitalityTeam

Members

Bible Brew

The Special Gift Team

Pre-school & Nursery

Cornerstone–St. Paul’s newsletter  

CD Ministry

GATE 3 – WORSHIP / PASTOR

Eph. 1: 11-20  Jn.4:23  Ps. 95:6  Ps. 66:4

Give thanks for the opportunity and privilege to worship God.  Pray for your pastor and other pastors as they lead people in worship.  May they be a blessing to others and be protected.

 

Please pray for those who are engaged in our worship life as a church.

Pastor Matt and Amanda Deal

David Neimiller–Director of Music and Organist and Special Programs

Marcy Shellenberger–Children’s & Youth Choir Director

Eyvonne Shaffer–Accompanist for the Children’s & Youth Choir

Cindy Lambert–Administrative Assistant & Financial Secretary

Amy & Mark Marteeny–Custodians

Rev. Dr. Art Gotjen, Rev. Glenn Sadler, and Mr. Bill Deal–special worship leaders and preachers

Rev. Westley Conn–Associate in Ministry and staff pastor at the Harvard Memorial Church

The Chancel Choir

The Children’s & Youth Choir

GATE 4 – HEALING

Psalm 147:1-5,  Luke 9:1-6,  Isaiah 53:4-6

Pray that others may know Christ as their healer as well as their Savior. Pray for healing of relationships, physical healing, inner/emotional healing, and special needs (jobs, financial hardship) and deliverance from addictions.  Pray for those struggling to overcome sins that damage relationships.

Claim the promises of complete health and wholeness for any who are sick and suffering.  (Please feel free to refer to the April Prayer Concern List.  The list is updated monthly.)

Pray for recent families who grieve the loss of loved ones

Pray for our shut-ins

Pray for St. Paul’s members’ prayer requests

Pray for extended church family

Pray for St. Paul’s Visitation ministry to the Homebound & sick

Thank God for Carole Wilson for coordinating our Care Team ministry and Prayer Circle/Prayer Concerns for the church.  May God bless members of our Care Team:  Carole, Marge Ankney, Nancy Thomas, and Audrey Hay; and our Prayer Circle:   Carole, Marge, Martha Walker, and Helen Brown

 

GATE 5 – PERSONAL PRAYER GUIDE

Philippians 4: 4-9

Rejoice in the Lord always….Rejoice! Phil 4:4

 

Consider God’s goodness: Ps. 34:8, 37:3, 119:68.

Ponder God’s nurturing ways:  Jn. 5:17, 8:28, 10:30, 14:6, 14:9,

Sing praises to God:  Psalms 148, 150, 113:3, 117, 145:21.

Praise the name of the Lord.  Ps. 52:9

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Phil. 4:6.

Cast your cares on God. 1 Pet. 5:7, Phil. 4:19

Give thanks to the Lord.  Ps. 100.

Pray, petitioning the Lord accordingly

Count your blessings and answer to prayer. Matt.7:11

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Receive God’s peace.  Jn. 14:27

Consider God’s works. Ps. 8:3, 1 Sam. 12:24

Rebuke fear in Jesus’ name.  1 Jn. 4:18

Whatever is true, right, pure, lovely, and admirable-think about such things.  Phil. 4:8

Receive God’s word. Ps. 119

Claim God’s wisdom. (one chapter of Proverbs per day).

Declare God’s power  (one chapter of Acts per day).

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Phil 4:23   

GATE  6 – FAMILY THANKSGIVING & BLESSING

Some things you may want to remember as you pray

  • Thank the Lord for working in your family
  • Pray for forgiveness and healing over past hurts
  • Pray for your children and their needs
  • Pray on behalf of your extended family. (Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Grandparents)
  • Pray for protection and blessings for families

Sunday School- Praise God for our Sunday School teachers & learners.  Pray for our program as we discern its future.

Family Fellowship Dinners (June & December)- Thank God for the Women’s Fellowship for organizing these dinners.

Church Family Picnic- (August)- Pray for those organizing this family event.  Pray all who will attend–our church family, friends, & children

Mother-Daughter Tea-  Thank God for the volunteers who are organizing this event. Pray for the spiritual food & fellowship @ this celebration.

Quilters & Knotters Praise God for this women’s ministry @ St. Paul’s UCC.  Many people felt the warmth of the quilts & lap covers and many have been healed by the prayers of these women.

Card Ministries- Pray for Marge Ankney ‘s and Karen Gibson’s faithfulness in doing this important hospitality ministry.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study- Thank God for Pastor Matt’s teachings on the Scriptures.

St. Paul’s Community Garden- May God bless those who are planning this year’s garden and those who will take care of it.  Ask that God may use the fruits of our labors to bless the hungry in community.

St. Paul’s Youth Group- Ask God to bless the youth of our community and the members of our youth group.  May God expand our ministry to the youth in our community and help us to grow in faith.

 

GATE 7 – WISDOM 

(FAITH FORMATION & SCHOOLS)

COL. 2:3, JAMES 1:5, PROV. 24:3 

Pray that God may be with all educators.  Lift up by name the schools in our area. Pray that God may bless the staff, teachers, students, and administrators  the principals, teachers and administrators. (Tim. 1:8)

  • Somerset Area School District 
  • North Star School District
  • Berlin-Brothersvalley School District
  • Shanksville-Stoneycreek School District 
  • Rockwood Area School District
  • Salisbury Elk-Lick School District
  • Meyersdale Area School District
  • Turkeyfoot Valley Area School District 

(Feel free to pray for other schools that you may be connected to.)

Please remember in prayer our students in post-secondary programs and schools:

  • Sara Geary
  • Sydney Geary
  • Carter Geary
  • Kira Geary
  • Anna Chan
  • Colby Keim
  • Becca Gary
  • Seth Rose
  • Annie Snyder
  • Chandler Marteeny
  • Kortney Glessner
  • Balee Wahl
  • Matthew Willison

 

Pray for St. Paul’s Christian Education Team, Community Vacation Bible School, (See Prayer Requests). Pray for our Sunday School Teachers & Programs.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION MINISTRIES/ YOUTH MINISTRIES

REACHING OUT: Community Vacation Bible School, The Children’s Aid Society, Heifer Project, Souper Bowl of Caring, Ronald McDonald House

BUILDING UP: Preschool and Nursery, Sunday School, Confirmation Class, Youth Group, Easter Sunrise Service, Church Library

SENDING FORTH: Camp Living Waters, Mid-Atlantic Regional Youth Event, Children & Youth Choirs

Camp Living Waters: ask God to bring many children and youth to camp this summer.  May God direct and guide the staff and counselors.  Pray for guidance for the board members.

Regional Youth Event (July 19-22) Thank God for the generosity of Congregations, Churches, and individuals who give financial assistance.  Pray for St. Paul’s UCC youth who are attending.  Pray the youth will connect through fellowship, worship, and service.

FUTURE MINISTRIES: Mission Trips & Teams, Children’s Ministries, Community Outreach

GATE 8 – MISSIONS / COMMUNITY / WORLD

Thank God for Stewardship Team: Chair, Peg Roy and members Sue Willison, Henry Cook, and Karen Gibson.  We give thanks for their organizing and coordinating local, regional, and global missions.  We pray for continued wisdom as they seek ways in which we may use our time, talents, and treasures to do God’s work in the world.

Please pray on behalf of our Missionaries and Global Ministries

  • Rev. Jeffrey Mensendiek and his family serving in Japan
  • Rev. Martha Mensendiek and her family serving in Japan
  • Our board of Global Ministries and the over 40 missionaries serving around the world

Our Mission Partners

The SAM Van

Church World Service Blankets

One Great Hour of Sharing

Hoffman Homes for Youth

St. Paul Homes

Living Waters

The Children’s Aid Society

Our Church’s Wider Mission

The United Church of Christ

The Salvation Army

Habitat for Humanity

Lancaster Theological Seminary

The Next Step Center

Somerset Area Food Pantry

The Mobile Food Pantry

Somerset Area Ministry

Penn West Conference

Offer a prayer of confession for the sins that hurt our neighbor and grieve God.

“We confess to you, O God, the indifference that inflicts our society.  Forgive us for turning a blind eye toward the hungry, sick, and inflicted.  Help us to establish a more just society as we work to make educational opportunities available to all your children and incorporate the prisoner back into the fold of your people.  Forgive our greed and self-serving actions.  Help us to be generous as Christ our Savior is generous, so that others may have life through our life.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

We pray for our world:

    • The victims of terror attacks around the world.
    • Pray for victims of violence and exploitation.
    • Puerto Rico-recovery and rebuilding form last fall’s hurricanes.
    • Conflicts and war throughout the world.  May the Prince of Peace be known among Israelis and Palestinians, Afghans and Pakistanis, Syrians and the people of the Middle East.  May God be known in our community and homes.
    • Pray for peace and understanding between the United States and Russia
    • Pray for the millions of refugees who are fleeing war and famine.  May they find hospitality and a safe home away from home.
  • Conflicts and war throughout the world.  May the Prince of Peace be known among Israelis and Palestinians, Afghanis and Pakistanis, Syrians and the people of the Middle East.  May God be known in our community and homes.
  • Pray for the un-churched and those hurt by churches.  Pray that St. Paul’s UCC would seek opportunities to minister with them.
  • Pray for those who have addictions and for those agencies treating them. Pray for police and law enforcement.  May their work help to free our community of drugs.
  • Pray that God may give wisdom to our civic leaders, especially, Local, State and Federal Government officials.
  • Pray for President Trump and Vice-President Pence, members of congress, and public servants.
  • Thank God for those in authority who honor God.
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Prayer Guide for St. Paul’s Prayer Vigil

March 29, 2018

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St. Paul’s United Church of Christ

24 Hour Prayer Vigil

Friday, April 14, 2017, 8:00PM – Saturday, April 15, 2017, 7:00 PM

PRAYER GUIDE

Take time to quiet yourself in God’s presence.

Take a few deep breaths and relax.  You may read some scripture verses to quiet your spirit or be silent.  Sometimes we cannot stop our thoughts.  Just let your thoughts go by or each time a thought comes lift it up in prayer.

“Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10

Declare your desire to rely on God by asking God to be with you during this prayer time.

  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matt. 11:28 

“Teach me to pray.” Luke 11:1

or say the phrase:  “Come be with me Lord Jesus.”

 

Tell God your desires and needs and lift up specific prayer requests.

A. Pray for our Church

B. Pray for our Pastor and members of our church family.

C. Pray for your friends and your family.

D. Pray for yourself

E. Pray for our community

F.  Pray for the world.

Pray scripture as a Prayer of Adoration, Thanksgiving and Petition

Psalm 22, 23, 24,  Psalm 139,  Psalm 37,  Psalm 42,

Isaiah 53 (Good for this Easter Season), Jeremiah 14: (17-21), Psalm 63

Morning Prayers

Psalm 11, Psalm 15, Psalm 36, Psalm 57, Jeremiah 31:10-14,  Psalm100, Psalm 42, Psalm 43

Evening Prayers

Psalm 20, Psalm 4, Psalm 31, Psalm 134, Psalm 27 (1-6),

Colossians 1:12-20

Psalm 30,  Psalm 110,  I Peter 2: 21-24 (For Lent)

You may pray songs as Prayer of Praise, Petition, or Confession

“Have Thine Own Way Lord” #588,    “ Abide with Me” #636

“Amazing Grace” #546,   “The Old Rugged Cross”

Closing Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Prayer of Gratitude to have this Time in Prayer

Remember there is no right or wrong way to pray. Praying is personal and communal.  We join with others to offer our prayers for the church, the community, and the world.    Some of us will come to God with burdens and requests, others will come with many praises, others will come in gratitude, and yet others will come with a repenting spirit.

Come as you are and pray for yourself and family, St. Paul’s UCC’s mission & ministry, Pastor Matt, and church family and friends, our community, the Church and the World.

 

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Holy Week Services

March 29, 2018

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Holy Week (March 25-31) is a sacred time in the life of the church.  During the week we will come together for special worship opportunities.  I hope that you will join us during this holy time for worship, prayer, repentance, and praise of our risen Lord.

Maundy Thursday:  March 29, the service will begin at 7:00pm. We will commemorate the Lord’s Supper and celebrate with the children who will partake of their first Holy Communion.

Good Friday:  March 30, will be the traditional Tenebrae Service (Service of Darkness).  The Adult Sunday School Class will lead us in worship. Service begins at 7:00pm.

The Easter Sunrise Service:  Sunday, April 1, will be held in the Union Cemetery with a procession leaving the church at 6:30am. (weather permitting).  We will meet in the Edgewood Avenue Narthex.  The service will be followed by a breakfast served in the fellowship hall.  The service will be led by our Youth Group and Confirmation Class.

Easter Breakfast:  You are invited to join us for our annual Easter breakfast!  The breakfast will be in Fellowship Hall following the Easter Sunrise Service (around 7:15am).  Many thanks to the Men’s Brotherhood for sponsoring this wonderful event!

Easter Worship:  Begins at 9:30a.m. and will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

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Join Us for Christmas Eve!

December 22, 2017

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Three Services to Choose From!

A Blue Christmas Service on Christmas Eve at 9:30am.
The Blue Christmas service acknowledges the hard reality that for many people Christmas is a very challenging time. Some folks are dealing with grief, depression, or other challenges that make this joyous time immensely difficult. The hustle, bustle, and cultural pressures leading up to Christmas makes it hard for some to find meaning in this Holy Season. The Blue Christmas service is an opportunity for folks who are anxious, mourning, depressed, lonely, or otherwise searching for quiet amidst the noise of everyday life to pray, worship, and experience healing. We hope that you can join us.

“A Little Child Shall Lead Them” is the theme of this year’s 4:00pm Christmas Eve Service.  We will journey through scripture, learning about God’s saving work, while we sing carols and other songs to celebrate Jesus’ birth.  Children and youth will assist in leading the final two lessons as we mark the arrival of the Light of the World with a unique twist on the ancient tradition of lighting candles in celebration of the Light.  Kid-friendly lights will be shared with worshippers as we leave the sanctuary to spread the warm glow of Christ’s love in the world.

The Traditional Candlelight Service begins at 11:00pm.  Worshipers will experience the holy watching and waiting for the Light of the World to break forth as we celebrate Holy Communion and sing the great carols of the season.

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