Joshua 24 – 10/16/2022

Call to Worship:
L: One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek:
All: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
L: Who is it that you seek?
All: We seek the Lord, our God.
L: Do you seek the Lord with all your heart and soul?
All: Amen, Lord have mercy.
L: Do you seek the Lord with all your mind and strength?
All: Amen, Lord have mercy. To whom shall we go? You, O God, have the words of eternal life and we have believed and have come to know that you are the Holy One of God. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Song – Fairest Lord Jesus – UMH 189
Munster Gesangbuch

(All) God of deliverance, you save the people of Israel and chose Joshua to lead your people to the Promised Land. Choose us, and equip us to live with faith and peace. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen

Scripture Reading – Joshua 24: 1-15
Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel, and they presented themselves before God. 2 And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Long ago your ancestors-Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor-lived beyond the Euphrates and served other gods. 3 Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan and made his offspring many. I gave him Isaac, 4 and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. I gave Esau the hill country of Seir to possess, but Jacob and his children went down to Egypt. 5 Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt with what I did in its midst, and afterward I brought you out. 6 When I brought your ancestors out of Egypt, you came to the sea, and the Egyptians pursued your ancestors with chariots and horsemen to the Red Sea. 7 When they cried out to the Lord, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians and made the sea come upon them and cover them, and your eyes saw what I did to Egypt. Afterward you lived in the wilderness a long time. 8 Then I brought you to the land of the Amorites, who lived on the other side of the Jordan; they fought with you, and I handed them over to you, and you took possession of their land, and I destroyed them before you. 9 Then King Balak son of Zippor of Moab set out to fight against Israel. He sent and invited Balaam son of Beor to curse you, 10 but I would not listen to Balaam; therefore he blessed you, so I rescued you out of his hand. 11 When you went over the Jordan and came to Jericho, the citizens of Jericho fought against you, as well as the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, and I handed them over to you. 12 I sent swarms of hornets ahead of you that drove out before you the two kings of the Amorites; it was not by your sword or by your bow. 13 I gave you a land on which you had not labored and towns that you had not built, and you live in them; you eat the fruit of vineyards and oliveyards that you did not plant. 14 “Now, therefore, revere the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt and serve the Lord. 15 Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living, but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Message – Pastor Gayle

Our Offering – Service, prayers, witness, time and resources

Doxology – Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow – UMH 95

Offering Prayer

Sharing our Joys and Concerns – Praying for one another, the community, nation, and world


Song – The Spirit Leads Us Forth to Serve – TFWS 2241
Delores Dufner



Please keep in prayer: Kyle Keen and family, Drabcyzk family, Barbie, Kaye, Charline, Valerie Hoyt, Nanette, Blanche Lowery, Millie, Mary Baker, Donna and Roshier Bailey, Mary Jane Fizer, Deirdre and John, Louise and Mark Young, Marian Benson, Ellen and Carlos Kuvaszko, Al Firth, Margaret Franklin, Hallman family, Debbie, Lilli, Ollie, Linda, Chrissie, Toye, Wenona, people living with cancer, battling addictions, struggling with life changes, seeking the Lord. The ministry of Cokesbury. Featherstone School students, teachers, staff, parents.

UMCOR Flood Buckets
We are filling 4 buckets. Please see list on clipboard for needed items. Pay special attention to the instructions and size of bottles and items.
Heavy duty trash bags 33-45 gallons. Need 2 packs of 50 count bags or 1 pack 100 count,
N-95 particulate respirator dust masks 1-3mm thickness. Need 2 packs of 10 count,
Multi-use kitchen gloves- need total 8 pairs,
Leather palm cotton gloves- need 4 pairs,
Scrub brushes with or without handles-need 4 pairs,
Reusable cleaning cloths- not microfiber or terry cloth or paper towels- need total 72 cloths,
Scouring pads without soap- not stainless steel- need 8 more pads,
Clothes pins- need 200 pins,
Clothesline 50 feet plastic or cloth-need 4 lines,
Liquid laundry detergent in 32-64 oz. bottles- need 4,
Liquid concentrate household cleaner Liquid dish detergent 16-3 oz.- need 2,
Spray pump insect repellent 6-14 oz. need 4
Due October 30th

Growing in Grace through fellowship and more:
Welcome Table every Second Sunday 11:30 am.
Friday with Friends every Third Friday 11am in Narthex. Bring bag lunch.

Growing in Grace through fellowship, service and mission:
United Methodist Men meeting every third Sunday following worship.

Growing in Grace through intercessory prayer:
Prayer group meets Mondays at 6pm on Zoom. All are welcome to join in prayer. Please send or share prayer concerns with Pastor Gayle.
Prayer Shawls: You may have noticed the throws on the chairs in the narthex. These were made by our own Prayer Shawl ministry. These “shawls” represent prayer and hugs for people in need. If this describes you or yours, please take one.

Growing in Grace through service:
A.C.T.S Food Pantry: Canned vegetables 15 oz size, low sodium canned vegetables, snack items, individually packed, Pop-top canned prepared meals suitable for our homeless clients, single serve prepared food suitable for our homeless clients, laundry detergent, dish detergent, cleaning supplies in general, toiletries and personal hygiene items, size 4T pull-ups, size 6 diapers, dog food.
Clothing for Featherstone School: Size 5-8 underwear and small and medium size sweatpants in blue, gray or black.

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Venmo donations QR code on table in narthex

Charge Conference Sunday October 23rd during worship

The Way of Discipleship
Growing in Grace through study:

A new study group begins today11:30am. We will be reading The Deeply Formed Life by Rich Villodas.

Scripture readings:
October 23: 2nd Samuel 11:1-5, 26-27, 12:1-9 Psalm 51:1-9 and Matthew 21:33-41;
October 30: 1st Kings 3:4-28, Matthew 6:9-10;
November 6: 2nd Kings 5:1-15, Matthew 8:2-3;
November 13: Micah 1:3-5, 5:2-5, 6:6-8;
November 20: Isaiah 36:1-3, 13-20, 37:1-7. Matthew 5:14.