A Broken Cup – 3/6/2022

Greeting Each Other In the Name of the Lord.
Good Morning. Buenes Dias. Welcome. Bienvenidos.

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Call to Worship
L: Our ordinary, messy lives are filled with the light and love of Jesus!
All: We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord in our ordinary, messy lives!
L: We are servants for Jesus’ sake, surrendering to God’s power at work in us.
All: Even in our trouble, uncertainty, and confusion,
L: We are servants for Jesus’ sake, surrendering to God’s power at work in us.
All: Even in persecution we’ve endured, even when we’ve been thrown down,
L: We surrender to God’s power at work in our ordinary, messy lives.
All: Let’s light up this dark world with Jesus’ light and love

Song – Leaning on the Everlasting Arms – *UMH 133
Elisha A. Hoffman and Anthony J. Showalter CCLI# 41779
What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms;
what a blessedness, what a peace is mine, leaning on the everlasting arms.
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way, leaning on the everlasting arms;
O how bright the path grows from day to day, leaning on the everlasting arms.
What have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the everlasting arms.

(All) Lord of mercy and grace, we thank you for the gift of your presence here today. We come to you as broken vessels. We acknowledge that breaking is part of life. We ask that through the power of your Holy Spirit you heal not only us, but all who are broken. You and only you can bring purpose and beauty out of our brokenness and make us whole. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

Listening for the Lord

Scripture  – 2 Corinthians 4:5-11
5  For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake.  6  For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7  But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.  8  We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;  9  persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;  10  always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.  11  For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh.
L: The word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.

Song: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus – *UMH 349
Helen H. Lemmel CCLI# 15960
Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face.
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace.

Sermon – A Broken Cup – Pastor Gayle

Prayer of Confession:
Healing One, we don’t have to look far to see that there are broken places in the world and in ourselves. Forgive us for ways we have contributed to brokenness through our sharpness, our carelessness, or our denial. Forgive us for ways we have tried to hide or fix ourselves. Help us not be afraid or ashamed of our brokenness but help us lift it to Jesus, the Great Healer. Help us believe that transformation is possible and that it shines like gold through the cracks. Forgive us, quench us, make us whole, all in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Responding to the Lord through our offering, prayer, witness and service

Offering Introduction:
As our Lenten journey begins, God invites us to view our lives through the lens of holy possibility. Trusting in God’s creative touch, we give our gifts, that they may be transformed into signs of new life.

Offertory Prayer:
Bless our gifts, Creative God, that they may become streaks of gold, shining through the brokenness of the world. Through your touch may our giving bring beauty into view. Amen

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Call to Prayer – Sweet Hour of Prayer – *UMH 496
William Walford and William B. Bradbury CCLI# 32273
Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer, that calls me from a world of care,
and bids me at my Father’s throne make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief, my soul has often found relief,
and oft escaped the tempter’s snare by they return, sweet hour of prayer.

Pastoral Prayer

Holy Communion
Pastor: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
P: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to the Lord.
P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
P: It is right and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Almighty God, Creator of Heaven and earth. How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All: We take refuge in the shadow of your wings. We feast in the abundance of your house,
P: You give us drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life;
All: in your light we see light. Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
P: From the rising of the sun to its setting your name is praised among all peoples. And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

P: Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ! Your Spirit anointed him to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at Liberty those who are oppressed, and to announce that the time had come when you would save your people. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and ate with sinners.
So in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of our faith.
All: Christ had died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
P: Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, So that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood,
All: So that by our witness all the world might proclaim Jesus Christ is Lord.
P: By your Spirit make us one with Christ,
All: Make us one with each other and one in ministry to all the world
P: until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at the heavenly banquet. Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever. Amen.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

Song – Come to the Table of Grace
Barbara Hamm CCLI# 7034746
Come to the table of grace. Come to the table of grace.
This is God’s table; it’s not yours or mine. Come to the table of grace.
Come to the table of peace. Come to the table of peace.
This is God’s table; it’s not yours or mine. Come to the table of peace.
Come to the table of love. Come to the table of love.
This is God’s table; it’s not yours or mine. Come to the table of love.
Come to the table of joy. Come to the table of joy.
This is God’s table; it’s not yours or mine. Come to the table of joy.

Sharing the Bread and Cup
The body of Christ, given for you. Amen.
The blood of Christ, given for you. Amen.

Prayer of Thanksgiving:
Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us. Reveal to us the spiritual gifts we have been give. Grant that we may go into the world in the strength of your Spirit, to give ourselves for others, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Song – Let There Be Peace on Earth – *UMH 431
Cy Miller and Jill Jackson CCLI# 93690
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me;
let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.
With God our creator, children all are we.
Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me; let this be the moment now.
With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow;
to take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.

Cokesbury CCLI License #2851555
*United Methodist Hymnal
*The Faith We Sing

Please keep in prayer: Donna and Rosier Bailey, Tom Fabricus, Mary Jane Fizer, Deirdre and John, Louise and Mark Young, Marian Benson, Ellen Kuvasko, Margaret Franklin, Benny Willis, Bagby family, Debbie, Lilli, Ollie, Linda, Chrissie, Toye, people living with cancer battling addictions, struggling with life changes, seeking the Lord.

This Week:
Bible Study Wednesday at 7pm on Zoom and in-person. “Holy Spirit: Here and Now” by Trevor Hudson. Contact Pastor Gayle for Zoom link.

Video and Discussion Series “Virginia Roots, Race and Reconciliation” in-person and Zoom following worship April 3rd at 11:30am.

The Cokesbury UMC Prayer Group meets weekly Mondays at 6pm on Zoom – all are invited to join and participate! Please send or share all prayer concerns with Pastor Gayle so we may give each concern prayerful attention.  https://zoom.us/j/98610851248?pwd=MVZkSHlPeGdyLzhZT2o5WVh2NGpuUT09
Meeting ID: 986 1085 1248 Passcode: 940573 One tap mobile: +13017158592,,98610851248#,,,,940573# US (Washington DC)

Prayer for Discernment following worship First Sundays of month. Meeting today at 11:30am

Welcome Table (Messy Church) March 13th at 11:30am. See sign-up for food.

A.C.T.S Food Pantry:
Canned Vegetables, especially peas, 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.

Easter Meal – For ACTS Food Pantry. Take a bag and purchase items on list.

Ushers for Sunday worship. Please call Gordon Freeman at 703-680-4629 for information and to volunteer.

January Revenue: $8303
Expenses  $ 9777
Short        $ 1474 

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A. On Monday 2/21 the Cokesbury Healthy Church Team reviewed our current plans for indoor worship services.
B. Through prayer and an analysis of the latest data regarding the coronavirus it was determined that we should continue with our current Mitigation Activities Plan.
C. This plan includes the proper use of masks, social distancing, self screening, and contact tracing attendance registration.
D. Some of the factors that influenced this decision were: the age of our congregation, the high rate of infection in Virginia, and in the United States.
E. While the COVID infection rate and associated deaths are decreasing, we would like for this trend to continue for a sustained period before we update our present Plan.
F. Finally the U.S. Center for Disease Control and the VA Department of Health continue to recommend the procedures we are implementing for indoor activities.
G. We are all anxious to return to normal, pre-pandemic activities, but we determined that we cannot now do so safely.
H. The Team is scheduled to meet again on Monday, March 7th, to review conditions and provide the next update to the congregation.