West Portland United Methodist Church
Monday, January 23, 2017

 

 

 

 

Church at Home 15 January 2017

 

 

 

When the weather makes it unsafe and difficult to gather in the church building we take the opportunity to do and be church outside of the church. 

 

Invite your family, neighbors, and host a small worship experience wherever you are. 

 

This week we acknowledge the humanitarian civil rights work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We also enter the quadrennial transition of leadership in our country.  

 

If you have internet, click on the You Tube links for the music. If you do not have internet, or struggle surfing the web, do your best with a hymnal or from memory.

  

 

 

Come Thou Font of Every Blessing

 

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=come+thou+font+of+every+blessing+mumford+and+sons

 

 

 

 

Good morning! Afternoon, or whenever you read this.

 

 

 

Peace of Christ be with you!

  

 

My Hope is Built

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkMapZB8qMk&list=PL0896CBC334B1D30F&index=14

 

 

Opening Prayer

 

 

 

Speak, Lord, 
For your children are listening 
For a word of encouragement, for a word of instruction 
About how we ought to live in these troubled lands.

 

Speak, Lord, 
For your children are listening, 
As we drift off to sleep in down-covered beds 
In marble palaces 
Or in sawdust padded pallets 
On dusty floors. 
We are listening, rich and poor 
We are listening, young and old 
For a word from you that will heal our lands. 

 

Eternal God, 
Lover of our souls, we come to you this morning hungering for something from you that will change the rest of our lives. We come hungering for honesty instead of corruption; for generosity instead of greed; we come hungering for integrity instead of intrigue. We come hungering for our neighbors to be fed and for all to have enough honest work to provide for the basic needs of their families. We come this morning hungering for righteousness to flow like rainwater and for the justice like an ever-flowing stream described by the prophets.

 

We come hungering and we come listening for your words to us, describing how we can participate in your great work of re-creation. We come listening for ways that we can become part of the solution and not part of the problem. We come listening in fear and trembling, praying that we will have the courage to respond and act if we hear a clear word of instruction from you.

 

Speak, Lord, For your children are listening…

 

(Silence)

 

Amen.

 

 

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

 

Psalm 82

 

Read out loud.

 

What jumps out at you?

 

What resonates with how you feel about the inauguration and related impact?

 

What questions does this raise?

 

As a person aware of their faith, what are the points of conflict in how you are called to live out your faith in this current culture? 

 

TIME OF PRAYER

 

Using the 5 finger prayer. Look at your hand.

 

The thumb: pray for those closest to you

 

The pointer finger: pray for those who point you in the right direction

 

The middle finger: for those in leadership

 

The ring/weakest finger: for those in need, who have less than you

 

The little finger: for yourself (this is not selfish, this is healthy)

 

 

 

As you enter this week, I pray you focus on extending grace, demonstrating mercy and compassion, and stand for those who are marginalized.

 

CLOSING PRAYER

 

This link has 4 separate prayers. Chose which work for you at this time.

 

We Shall Over Come

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=you+tube&rlz=1C1OPRA_enUS528US528&oq=you+tube&aqs=chrome..69i57j0j69i60l3j0.1242j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#q=we%20shall%20overcome%20site%3Ayoutube.com

 

OFFERING

 

How is God calling you to share your time, talent, and treasure this week?

 

Time: Spending time in prayer? reading Scripture? Journaling? adding a daily devotion? Volunteering?

 

Talent: Share something you are good at with someone else… teach a craft, skill, lesson

 

Treasure: tithe to the church, donate to a favorite charity, pay for the person behind you in line

 

 

 

If you are new to West Portland UMC, do not feel obligated to give.

 

If you are a regular, or feel called to do so, bring your offering next Sunday in person, or mail it to: West Portland UMC

 

4729 SW Taylors Ferry Rd

 

Portland, Or 97219

 

In closing, we would love to pray for you and hear how your worship-at-home experience went. Message us at westportlandumc@qwestoffice.net

 

Peace to you!

 

Pastor Christy 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

TODAY Fellowship and discussion: Join us at 4:30 for Real Talk In Real Time Stein Distillery 12325 Horizon Blvd(all ages welcome)

 

TUESDAY: Fireside with the Pastor 4p – 6p at the church