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Pastor: Rev. Sheila M. Beckford

 

Westbury United Methodist Church

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

                

            

              February 4, 
2018 10:00AM

                  Order of Worship

              *IF ABLE, PLEASE STAND

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

SONG OF PRAISE
AND CENTERING:       “We are Marching"                                                    
FWS#2235-b     

PRELUDE:     “Let Us Break Bread Together”    setting by Charles Callahan                                            

CALL TO WORSHIP:                                                                                                                               Pastor Jenice Bryan

One: God says, “I am here for mothers bound in slavery and pain; I am here for fathers stripped of dignity and duty; I am here for children imprisoned and pressed down from birth. God is your comforter.

All: (SING) Over my head, I see trouble in the air. There must be a God somewhere.

One: We gather in need of an encouraging and witnessing word. God says, speaks, shouts: “I am eternal!”
All: (SING) Over my head, I see music in the air. There must be a God somewhere.

One: “Bruised and beaten worshippers, your slavery from sin and shame is gone.” Today, right now, invite God among us. Tell God to come, come, come. Come among us, O Lord, come among the disgusted, downed, and discriminated people, so we may be encouraged and blessed. Come comforter, come!

All: (SING) Over my head, I see glory in the air. Over my head, I see glory in the air. Over my head, I see glory in the air. There must be a God somewhere.

~Based on Isaiah 40:1-11 and the Negro Spiritual “Over My Head”)

 

PRAYER of CONFESSION:                           Congregation

Almighty God, we often forget the glory of creation and everything you have done for us. We ignore the beauty you place all around us. We brush aside the ways you strengthen us. We sing songs of lament instead of songs of praise and thanksgiving. We lose ourselves in the business of life, and forget that we are only found in you. Forgive us. Fill our hearts and our lips with your praises, and turn our lives toward you. 

(SING) We lift our hands in the sanctuary. We lift our hands to give you he glory, we lift our hands to give you the praise. And we will praise you for he rest of our days. We will praise you for the rest of our days. Amen!

 

DEVOTIONAL SONGS:                             “Praise Him”                             W&S#3041

                                                   “They that wait on the Lord”                                                           

                                                      “Lift Every Voice and Sing”                   UMH#519

 

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

                                                                  Sung Response                            FWS# 2200

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

Remembering our brother in ICE custody: “Bro. James” Joaqun Diaz ID#316857 Location A5E Cell 503 and Bro. Joseph Robinson ID# 319589 Location A5E Cell 506.  Alpha 500 East, Hudson Correctional Facility, 35 Hackensack Ave., Kearney, NJ 07032 

Ronnie Woody ID#17A0697 Gowanda Correctional Facility P.O. Box 311 Gowanda, NY 14070

Let us remember them in our prayers and encourage them with our words.

~Bro. Delroy Roberts

   

RITUAL OF FRIENDSHIP:                                                                                                                               

PASSING OF THE PEACE:                                        

Before we greet one another in Christ let go of your anger towards your brothers and sisters in Christ. Silently, confess to God if you have turned away from God, and the life God called you to live.  

Silence

One: True peace is when we choose life and follow God. Turn to one another and share the deep peace and healing wisdom found in choosing God each and every day.                        

 

MUSIC MINISTRY:                “One Faith, One Hope, One Lord”                     Craig Courtney      

CHILDREN MESSAGE:             

HYMN OF PREPARATION:     “Lord I want to Be a Christian”                       UMH#402

WORD AND RESPONSE:                      Isaiah 40:21-31                              Pastor Jenice Bryan                                                  

One: Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 

All: It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to live in; 

One: who brings princes to naught, and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing. 

All: Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows upon them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble. 

One: To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One. 

All: Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing. 

One: Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”? 

All: Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. 

One: He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. 

All:  Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

 

GOSPEL READING:                  Mark 1:29-39                          Rev. Sheila M. Beckford

SERMON:                              “Waiting on God”                      Rev. Sheila M. Beckford

 

TITHES & OFFERING:                                                  

*DOXOLOGY:          “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow”              UMH#95                                         

COMMUNION:                                      FWS#2257 B-D

COMMUNION HYMNS:                     FWS#2265, 2268                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   UMH#618, 462

CLOSING HYMN:                “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”                           UMH#474                   

* SENDING FORTH WITH A BLESSING:                                  

*SUNG RESPONSE:           “We’ve Come This Far by Faith”                      Albert Goodson 

 

POSTLUDE:                                             “Postludium”                                    Gordon Young