Worship Service Bulletin
Pastor: Rev. Sheila M. Beckford

Westbury United Methodist Church

*Rev. Sheila M. Beckford, Pastor
*Phil Glover, Minister Of Music.


 August 13, 2017 10:00AM

 Order of Worship


In silence, we gather in God’s presence, readying ourselves to be transformed.   

PRELUDE:                                                                       “Andante”                                Felix Mendelssohn        


OPENING PRAYER:                                                                                                                                             Congregation

Shine your face upon us, O God. Help us see your face in one another and hear your voice in the words spoken. Through your spirit, join us together as one, not forsaking the assembly of believers, but offering you our spiritual sacrifices that honor and glorify your holy name. Amen.


CALL TO WORSHIP:                                                                                                                                  

L: Once we were not a people,
P: but now we are God’s people.
L: Once we were alone,

P: but together we are the household of God.

L: Here in this time of worship, and later when we go forth to serve,

P: Christ is our cornerstone, strengthening us for the journey.

L: In our living and our dying,
All: Christ is our sure foundation, strengthening us along the way.

DEVOTIONAL SONGS:          “Give Thanks”                              FWS#2036

                                                “I'll Say Yes”                             Brooklyn Tabernacle                                                                                                                                                                      

                                          "Blessed Assurance Jesus Is Mine"          UMH#369

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE (Response) “Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.”

                                            Sung Response                                  FWS# 2200


  • During the summer months “Come as You Are Sundays” are in effect. 
  • Reminder the church office will be closed every Friday throughout the summer months
  • Fri., Aug 18th SAVE THE DATE!! The United Methodist Church in the neighboring towns sponsors tent Revival at Hicksville UMC. The revival starts at 7pm Location Hicksville UMC 130 W. Old Country Rd, Hicksville, NY 11801 516-931-2626
  • Sat., August 19th The men of the UMC of Seaford are hosting a men's breakfast on at 9 a.m.  There is no charge to attend! We will have several speakers discussing the topic, "The power of God in me."  All men are welcome to come, eat, hear, and share! Please let me know if you're coming: smkamen@gmail.com or 845-204-0349 UMC of Seaford 2160 Washington Ave., Seaford, NY 11783 (Please use lower rear entrance to our fellowship hall)
  • August 14th -26th Rev. Sheila M. Beckford will be on vacation
  • Monday, September 4th the church office will be closed for Labor Day
  • Wednesday, September 6th  UMW covered Dish Supper
  • Saturday, September 23rd Church Bazaar from 10am-4pm. Sowing Seeds of a Covenant Community. Support our journal. Attention Church member, committees, families, and friends please purchase an ad to support our 2017 UMW Bazaar Journal. Pick up a form in Fellowship Hall or Church Office. Deadline for ads September 1, 2017. Make checks payable to United Methodist Women.                     ~Thank you M. Campbell, President 
  • October 20 - October 21, 2017 (Friday evening to Saturday afternoon) Westbury UMC Spiritual retreat. “Extreme Makeover: Using our Mind, Body, and Spirit to Grow Closer to God” at The Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary 467 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, CT 06002 More information to follow. Carpooling available. Please Contact Rose Walker or Church office


The United Methodist Church's social principles frame health care as "a basic human right": “Providing the care needed to maintain health, prevent disease, and restore health after injury or illness is a responsibility each person owes others and the government owes to all."(Social Principles #162.V)

We all need to express outrage at any lessening of access to affordable health care for all.  As the Senate Republicans begin their campaign for yet another health care bill, call your Senator and urge him or her to stand firm for a law that maintains our social principle of "creating ...social conditions in which health can thrive [as] a joint responsibility -- public and private."

Tell your senator NOT to allow lessening of Medicaid or the restructuring of tax credits so that moderate to low income families pay more; nor to allow "opt out", which will thereby increase costs for all.  And insist that the Senate wait for a CBO score that takes into account the entire bill, including the Cruz amendment.

The General Board of Church and Society has a page where you can email your two Senators and urge them to support affordable, high-quality health care. The page discusses the parable of the Good Samaritan, who bandaged an injured stranger's wounds and paid for his care at an inn -- and whose example Jesus commanded us to follow.

The GBCS concludes: "That command wasn’t just for those who were listening; it’s a command each of us who claim the mantle of Christ must follow."

Please email or call your Senators to urge them to increase access to affordable care.


MUSIC MINISTRY:                                                                                                                      Rosemarie Walker, Soloist    

RITUAL OF FRIENDSHIP:                                                                                                   

CHILDREN MESSAGE:                                                                                                         

WORD AND RESPONSE: Hebrews 8:10-25 

One: When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law),

All: then he added, “See, I have come to do your will.” He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. 

One:  And it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

All: And every priest stands day after day at his service, offering again and again the same sacrifices that can never take away sins.

One: But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, “he sat down at the right hand of God,”

All: and since then has been waiting “until his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.”

One: For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. 

All: And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying,

One: “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds,”

All: he also adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

One: Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

All: Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus,

One: by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh),

All: and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 

One: Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 

All: And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.


GOSPEL READING:                                                 John 4:19-26

HYMN OF PREPARATION:            “Come Now is the Time to Worship”         W&S #3176                         


SERMON:    “Reclaiming My Time!: Why Do We Worship? ” Rev. Sheila M. Beckford           


*DOXOLOGY:                  “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow”           UMH #94                                                         


CLOSING HYMN:                                   “Pass it On                                                        UMH#572                                      

*SENDING FORTH WITH A BLESSING:                                     


*SUNG RESPONSE:          “Let the Church Say Amen” (Repeat 3x)                  A. Crouch

Let the church say amen 

Let the church say amen 

God has spoken let the church say amen


POSTLUDE:                                                “Toccata”


Capital Fund Campaign-Given

Goal: $100,000

  August 2017  
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