Mark 7 – 2/12/2023

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Call to Worship
L: How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!
All: My soul longs for the courts of the Lord.
L: Happy are those who live in your house.
All: They will find rest and a safe and healthy place to be.
L: Happy are those whose strength is in you, O Lord.
All: Though we walk through troubled and sorrowful times we’ll go from strength to strength for you are with us.

Song – Medley Holy, Holy, Holy – TFWS 2007
Holy, holy, holy. My heart, my heart adores you!
My heart knows how to say to you: You are holy, Lord!
Santo, santo, santo. ?Mi corazón te adora!
Mi corazón te sabe decir: Santo eres, Dios!

Holy, Holy, Holy – UMH 64
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!
Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in power, in love and purity.
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity.

(All) Gracious God, you have welcomed all people into your kingdom. Remove from us the barriers that we build to keep people from you, so that all might live in your grace and peace. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen

Scripture Reading – Mark 7:24-29
From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet.    Now the woman was a gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.    He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.”    But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”   Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.”
L: For the Word of God in scripture; for the Word of God within us and for the Word of God among us we say:
All: Thanks be to God.

Anthem – Choir

Our Offering to God
Doxology – raise God from Whom All Blessings Flow – UMH 95
Offering Prayer: Almighty God, giver of every good and perfect gift, teach us to submit to you all that we have and all that we are, that we may praise you, not only with our lips, but with our whole lives, turning our work, our joys and our sorrows into a living sacrifice to you; through our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen

Message – Rev. Alyssa Densham

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer – UMH 895


Song – They’ll Know We are Christians by our Love – TFWS 2223
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Please keep in prayer: Ruth, Bridget, Sandy, Johnnie Kennedy, Susan L., Lydia, Tina, Blanche and family, Charles Crist, Kyle Keen and family, Kaye, Charlene, Marion Gherke, Valerie Hoyt, Millie, Mary Baker, Rosier Bailey, Drema, Mary Jane Fizer, John Kelly, Louise and Mark Young, Jane Foster, Claire Such-Hutton, Marian, Carlos Kuvasko, Al Firth, Margaret Franklin, Hallman family, Debbie, Lilli, Ollie, Linda, Chrissie, Toye, Wenona. The ministry of Cokesbury. Streetlight, Featherstone School students, teachers, staff, parents.
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.

Discernment: 859 Prayer
February 25th Discovering the Possibilities workshop 8:30am-3pm.
Everyone is needed and has something to offer.

Please complete Gifts Survey and place in offering plate by February 27 th . What talents, abilities, skills, training do you have?
Please pray about Community garden, English language classes, Flea Market.

Season of Lent begins Ash Wednesday, February 21 st with 2 services at noon and at 7pm.
During Lent we will hold a mid-week 30 minute prayer service on Wednesdays at noon beginning February 28th.

The Way of Discipleship
Growing in Grace through study:
Sundays following worship. The Deeply Formed Life by Rich Villodas.

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

Growing in Grace through intercessory prayer:
Prayer group meets Mondays at 5:30pm on Zoom. All are welcome to join in prayer. Please send or share prayer concerns with Pastor Gayle.

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.
Featherstone School: personal hygiene products: toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, soap, shampoo, conditioner, brushes and combs. Small and medium size sweatpants in blue, gray or black

Hilda Barg Shelter Next date: March 3rd. See sign-up.

Growing in Grace through worship:
Weekly service Sundays at 10am.
Choir practice on Saturdays. Children and youth at 2pm. Adults and youth at 3pm.
Sign ups for Liturgists, Ushers, Greeters, Altar Care, Communion Steward, Worship banners.