Worship Service Bulletin
Pastor: Rev. Elon J. Sylvester


Westbury United Methodist Church

*Rev. Elon J. Sylvester, Pastor
*Jenice Bryan, Assistant Pastor
*Phil Glover, Minister Of Music.


                                                     August 192018 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:         “How Great Thou Art”                                    UMH#77

PRELUDE:                                                                       “Rathbun”                                         setting by Alfred V. Fedak


*CALL TO WORSHIP:                                                                                                                         Joseph Mothersil                  

One: Praise the source of wisdom and understanding.  

All: God’s wisdom is the cure for human folly.

One: Praise the source of discernment and insight.

All: God’s wisdom is humanity’s hope for a better future.

One: Praise the source of knowledge and truth.

All: God’s wisdom is our chance for new beginning.

        Come! Let us worship.


OPENING PRAYER (Unison):                                                                                                               Congregation

Eternal God, your steadfast love endured forever. When your servant David died you granted Solomon the wisdom to rule your people with judgement and understanding. When our own cleverness fails us, you grant us the wisdom to discern good from evil, and to understand your ways. Be with us in this time of worship, that we may seek to live our lives with wisdom and grace. Amen.


DEVOTIONAL SONGS:                          “What a Mighty God We Serve”                         W&S#3016

                                                                                            *“You Are Good”                                              FWS#3014


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

                                                                          Sung Response           FWS# 2200

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.  


Calling us friends, Jesus has given us a commandment to love one another as he has loved us. May we show this love today as we pass the peace of Christ. 



Remembering our brother in ICE custody Bro. Robenson Guy Joseph ID# 319589 Location D5E.  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


Please remember Myrtle Pollard in your prayers as she recovers from surgery at Parker Jewish Institute 271-11 76th Ave, Queens, NY 11040 Phone: (718) 289-2100. Her number is 516-314-7106 Room 331. Telephone calls and visits are appreciated.


  • Westbury S.T.A.R.R Afterschool Program is starting back in September. We are asking volunteers to help with the program. If you are interested, please contact the church office with the days and time you can help. Thank you.
  • Asbury Spirit Dancers meeting next Sunday after church in the Rhinesmith Room with Mrs. Charlene Berry.
  • August 25th UMW Annual Sight & Sound Theater trip. Play titled “Jesus” Cost: Adults ages 13+ $156 Child ages 12 and under $108.  The price includes tickets, transportation, and a buffet lunch at Golden Coral. Monthly installments can be made until August 20th. For more information contact Patricia Dunmore, Mary Campbell, and Barbara Thompson.

  The bus departs at 8:30am in front of Westbury UMC.

  • United Methodist Men invites you to join their conference hosted by Rev. Elon Sylvester on Saturday, September 15 from 9am-1pm at Westbury UMC  265 Asbury Ave, Westbury, NY 11590. This is a free event. 
  • September 5th at 6:30pm Covered Dish Supper in the Fellowship Hall
  • September 29th Annual Church Bazaar. You can drop off donations on Tues. and Sat. from 10am-3pm downstairs by the steps.


MUSIC MINISTRY:                                     “There is a Balm in Gilead”                  Joan Jones, soloist

CHILDREN MESSAGE:                                                                                                           Joseph Mothersil                  

HYMN OF PREPARATION:                “Open the Eyes of My Heart”                       W&S#3008


*WORD AND RESPONSE:                             Ephesians 5:15-20                             Joseph Mothersil                  

One: Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise,  

All: making the most of the time, because the days are evil.  

One: So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  

All: Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit,  

One: as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, 

All: giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 


SERMON:                                                        “Give Thanks in Love”                             Rev. Elon Sylvester



SACRIFICIAL OFFERING:                                                                                                Unrestricted Missions

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


*CLOSING HYMN:                     “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed” vs.1-2                    UMH#395               

* SENDING FORTH WITH A BLESSING:                                  

*SUNG RESPONSE:                  “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed” vs.3-4                    UMH#395                      

POSTLUDE:                                                 “Postludium”                                                             Gordon Young



  August 2018  
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