Moments with the Young
No Children’s Church today
Praying the Lord’s Prayer (sins) and Sharing God’s Goodies
Prayer Concerns for our Brethren (refer to our Faithful Thoughts).
Sharing of our Gifts and our Offerings
Evangelical United Methodist Church
157 East Water Street, Middletown, Pa.
Independence Day Worship – July 5, 2015
Moments of Welcome
Greeting our Brethren
Updates from our “Announcement Bench”
“The Peacable Things”
Entrance of the Light and Word
As the offering plate is passed, please place the green
prayer request cards and visitors cards in the plate.
Disciples Gather Now . . .
* Call to Worship
Pledge to the American Flag
Pledge to the Christian Flag
I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag, and to the Savior for
whose kingdom it stands; one Savior, crucified, risen, and
coming again, with life and liberty to all who believe.
* Hymn of Adoration
“My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”
. . . to Reflect upon Our Lives
Reading of the Psalms: Psalm 24:1-6
Words of Confession
O Lord God, we sometimes forget our “one-ness” with others who
are children, too. We allow our differences to smother out our
common hopes and dreams. Sometimes as a nation, we forget our
“one-ness” with you and allow other gods to absorb our devotion.
Oh please forgive us and set us on the path to freedom, we ask …
Silent Prayer and Words of Pardon
. . . To Go into the World with Confidence
Hymn of Communion
“Fill My Cup, Lord”
Sharing the Sacrament of Holy Communion
Words of Invitation
The Great Thanksgiving
UMH page 15
Breaking the Bread and Sharing of the Cup
(will receive the Holy Sacrament in the pews)
* Hymn of Dedication “For the Healing of the Nations” vs 1,2,4 #428
* Musical Blessing
“God Bless America”
Cliff & Wendy Flick
* Going Forth with the Light and Word
“Eternal Father, Strong To Save”
Our Altar flowers today are given in memory of Parents,
Lillian and Eugene Hoch presented by Pearl and Bob Hoch.
Our Sunday Prayer Partner is Marie Thompson
who undergirds our worship with her love and prayers from her home.
. . . to Pause and Listen for His Guidance
Pledge to the Bible
I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s Holy Word. I will make it a light
unto my path and a lamp unto my feet and will hide its Words in my heart
that I might not sin against God. Amen
Reading from God’s Word: II Samuel 5:1-5
"Jesus Is Calling America"
* Doxology (watch screen for new words)
for tune go to #545
* Reading from the Gospel: John 8:31-34
“Freedom Brings Responsibility”
Cliff & Wendy Flick
Worship Assistants for Today
Greeters ············· Mary Woods, Eleanor Jane Sankey, Gloria Clouser
Head Usher························································ Dawn Pickel
Nursery Caregivers ·······················Gloria Clouser, Vickie Hubbard
(The nursery is for children 4 years old and under)
Faithful Thoughts and Prayers
Updates and Changes
Kay Diritto’s Mom and Dad – Middletown Home
Tom Klugh – home – stroke
Richard “Sonny” Hiester – diagnosed with cancer
Jane Goshorn – Harrisburg Hospital, Room 581 - infection
Tim Morgan – began another phase of chemo
Mary Ann Rowland – waiting for kidney transplant
Recent Illness and Surgeries
The Hoffman Family – Earl
Caitlyn Whirt – Granddaughter of Earl & Donna Haddock – tumor
Lois Coleman – Frey Village #109
Galen Allman – throat surgery completed/home
Mark Tomasetti – son-in law of Jackie Rainal – surgery completed/home
Adam Souzis – friend of Bob & Carlyn Bitner – robbed & beaten in his home
Tim Peckman – son-in-law of Gail & Don Hossler
Living with Cancer
Dan Daugherty – friend of Gary and Deb Weaver - cancer
Vicki – Tami Hile’s friend, Madison Lewis, Bunny Prussack, Steve Smith
Cheryl Achenbach & Bon Brubaker, friend’s of Donna Keller
Dorothy Laverty – doing well with treatments
Darlene Leach – Barb Miller’s sister – chemo
Annie Millar Desmond – young mother with cancer
William Swinehart – son of Helen and Ed Johnson – cancer
Challenges of Living
Don Goshorn – Don at Colonial Care/Jane in hospital
George and Margaret Gates - George at Frey/Margaret at home
Bishop Jeremiah Park – caring for His whole flock of believers
Dauphin County Prison Ministry - Paul Alexander
Jack O’Donnell - regular blood transfusion
Ben Gingrich & his Mother, Erin – childhood disease
In the Armed Forces
Daisy Long’s grandson – Christopher DeLena – Air – Guard - Africa
John Mackey’s brother Paul – Navy
Barb & Bob Miller’s granddaughter, Courtney Adams – Army - Guard
Dawn Pickel grandson, Lester Ginanni – Army
July 5, 2015
“Red Bird Mission”
9 a.m. – Sunday School
10:15 a.m. – Worship – Holy Communion
1:30 p.m. – We will be at Frey Village
2 p.m. – Stitches and Prayers Shawl Ministry
6 p.m. - AA Group Book Study
6 p.m. - Youth Fellowship Senators Game
9 a.m. – Sunday School
10:15 a.m. – Worship
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – God’s Clothes Closet drop -off
Faithful Servants in Worship
Audio Visual ······················································ Steve Moyer
Organist······················································· Glenn M. Diritto
Pianist ························································ Charlene Walters
Senior Choir Director········································· Erich Schlicher
Pastor ·························································· Robert Graybill
Church Website: www.eumch.org
Church Phone: 717-944-6181
GOD’S CLOTHES CLOSET NEWS: Sorting and arranging
clothing begins on July 13 at 9 a.m. (see dates and times below).
If you are able to help, please sign up on the bulletin board. We are
looking for gently used clothing (no rips or stains) for men, women,
teens and children, as well as shoes, coats, linens and blankets.
July 12, 19, & 26 – from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
July 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29 – from 9 a.m. - noon and 6-9 p.m.
Staffing is also needed for sorting on July 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29
from 9 a.m. - noon and 6-9 p.m.
PLASTIC CAPS: A collection of plastic soda and/or water bottle
caps is being taken for medical treatment. Place your plastic caps in
the box located in the vestibule. For more information, see Gloria
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Thank you to all the volunteers and
leaders who helped make our 2015 Vacation Bible School a huge
success. A total of 39 children enrolled in our VBS, as well as 16
adult leaders and 4 youth from our church. Thank you to all who
actively prayed for all the VBS attendees. We had a great time, and
ministered to children from all over the Middletown community.
and for the following areas on August 1:
ENJOY YOUR FREEDOM
Greeters/guides (need 5 men for this) - greet customers, refer families
to child care area, direct customers, monitor produce line
Hospitality (need 8 persons) for two shifts (8-10 and 10-12) - hand
out shopping bags and give directions
Also need 2 persons to hand out hospitality bags at exits
Floor assistants (need 12 persons) - talk to and assist customers,
Child care (need 2 persons) from 7:30-10 a.m. - provide supervision
and play time for children
Cleanup (need as many as possible) at 12:30 p.m. - take down tables
and racks, sweep floor, pack up leftovers
NOTE: We will not be asking for refreshment donations this year.
We are instead including a treat in the hospitality bags.
How else can you help? If you are unable to help with any of the
above, a donation would be appreciated to help cover the cost of
handouts for hospitality bags, supplies, and postage. A basket will be
placed at the back of the church on July 12 to receive your gifts.
A sign up sheet has been placed on the bulletin board for sorters
and for August 1. Please sign up now. Thank you.
Because many Americans have never known other circumstances, it’s
easy to take our liberties for granted. The Israelites knew firsthand the
oppression of slavery. Yet when God finally led them out of Egypt,
they had problems adjusting to their newfound freedom. Fearful and
rebellious, the Israelites grumbled against their leaders, Moses and
Aaron, saying they would’ve been better off as slaves in Egypt.
Our freedom as Christians cost Jesus his life. But we, too, often find it
easier to fall back into sinful habits. In Galatians 5:1, Paul offers this
encouragement; “For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm,
therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (NRSV)
We’re no longer bound by sin and death. That “independence” is
worth celebrating every day!