Archive December 18, 2022

Worship with us this morning – December 18

Do you want to make more sense of your life? There is a lot of discontent and stress in the world because our lives and our world feel so out of order. We don’t understand why we suffer and struggle as we do. Mary and Joseph’s story helps us understand how crazy the world can feel under our feet as we walk the path God sets before us. So much of what happened to them was unexpected, yet they teach us profound lessons about love and faith. Join us today for ” The Journey Won’t Always Make Sense.”

We’ll be live on Facebook at 11:00, or you can watch at any time on Facebook or Youtube.  

Today is also our Community Christmas Celebration. We’ll have a free lunch with turkey, ham, sides, and tons of Christmas cookies! All free for everyone!

Here is some information to help you participate if you’re joining us online:

  • The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “Come thou long expected Jesus.”
  • Today’s songs are “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” and “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
  •  The Bible reading is Luke 2:1-7.
  • Please let us know how God is moving in your life. You can leave a celebration and/or prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
  • Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!

Feeling Alone on Your Journey – Listen to This

One of the frustrations of taking a journey of faith is that it can be very lonely at times. People will often abandon their journey because it costs them relationships. While there are times the journey requires us to walk alone, God always allows us to find community with others. Today, we’ll look at the connection between two women called by God for a specific role in God’s plan. They helped each other at a time no one else could understand what was happening to them. God does the same for us all. Join us today for ” The Journey Has Meaningful Connections” Click here for the video

We’ll be live on Facebook at 11:00, or you can watch at any time on Facebook or Youtube.  

Here is some information to help you participate if you’re joining us online:

  • The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “Our souls magnify the Lord.”
  • Today’s songs are “O Come O Come Emmanuel” and “Joy to the World.” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
  •  The Bible reading is Matthew 1:18-25.
  • Please let us know how God is moving in your life. You can leave a celebration and/or prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
  • Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!

Looking for God in your struggle? Join us this morning

One of the worst lies in the world is that Christians don’t have any problems. This lie leads to disappointment when people experience challenges in life. However, the truth of God is that God is with us even in our times of trouble. In fact, God can be working on something amazing while we are in our struggle. This week we will be using the story of Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father, to look at the fact that your journey has dreams and nightmares. Joseph’s journey has lessons that can help us with ours. Join us for week two of our series, The Journey – It Has Dreams and Nightmares

We’ll be live on Facebook at 11:00, or you can watch at any time on Facebook or Youtube.  Click here for the video

Here is some information to help you participate if you’re joining us online:

  • The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “God’s mercy prevail.”
  • Today’s songs are “He Has Made Me Glad” and “Emmanuel, Emmanuel.” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
  •  The Bible reading is Matthew 1:18-25.
  • Please let us know how God is moving in your life. You can leave a celebration and/or prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
  • Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!

Worship with us this morning – November 27

A lot of folks are struggling with things in silence. They fear that the world can’t understand their pain, or they’re afraid to share their private battle for any number of reasons. God has an answer for those struggles if you’re willing to hear Him. It’s Advent, the season of preparation for the coming of Christ. This year we invite you to take the Journey. We’re using the story of the birth of Christ to help people discern what new things God might be doing in their lives. This morning we start with God calling Mary, the mother of Jesus. Like her, your journey starts with yes. Even in your struggle, God has a word. Take the journey with us. Click here for the video.

We’ll be live on Facebook at 11:00, or you can watch at any time on Facebook or Youtube.  

Here is some information to help you participate if you’re joining us online:

  • The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “No word from God will ever fail. Let your Word be fulfilled in us.”
  • Today’s songs are “O Come O Come Emmanuel” and “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
  •  The Bible reading is Luke 1:26-38
  • Please let us know how God is moving in your life. You can leave a celebration and/or prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
  • Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!

Do you want to get more done – Join us today

Do you want to get more done? Almost everyone is struggling with their productivity. Folks regularly complain about how much they have to do. Many people say they are overwhelmed and exhausted. Part of the challenge of living in the modern world is our ability to focus on the right things. Distractions derail us constantly. Not only do they take time and energy, but they also feed anxiety and frustration. Jesus understood this. There’s a moment he talks to the disciples about it, and His words can guide us right now. Join us to learn more about “The Power of Focus.” Click here for the video

We’ll be live on Facebook at 11:00, or you can watch at any time on Facebook or Youtube.  

Here is some information to help you participate if you’re joining us online:

  • The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “We will worship in joy and in truth.”
  • Today’s songs are “This is The Day” and “It Is Well with My Souls.” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
  •  The Bible reading is Luke 21:5-19.
  • Please let us know how God is moving in your life. You can leave a celebration and/or prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
  • Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!

Looking for answers? – Join us today

Questions about what comes after this life can overtake us. Some folks are preoccupied with understanding the details. Not knowing these answers keeps some people from a journey in faith. The challenge for many of us is that God’s plans may not be what we think. This morning we’re talking about trusting God when God goes beyond our expectations. Join us as we hear Jesus explain what it means to follow the “God of the Living.” We’ll be live on Facebook at 11:00, or you can watch at any time on Facebook or Youtube.  Click here for the video

Here is some information to help you participate if you’re joining us online:

  • The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “To respond in thanksgiving to the mighty works of God in our lives.”
  • Today’s songs are “For All the Saints” and “Blessed Assurance.” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
  •  The Bible reading is Luke 20:27-38
  • Please let us know how God is moving in your life. You can leave a celebration and/or prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
  • Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!

Feel like an outsider in the world? There’s a way to find a place. . .

There’s nothing like knowing you have been welcomed and included. People have an innate desire for community and connection. Yet, we know that the world is happy to exclude and leave some people out. Jesus shows what radically inclusive love can do. This week we’re looking at one story of that radically inclusive love and the profound difference made in the life of a person who discovered the joy of being welcomed at the table. If you ever wondered about the power you have to make a difference, this message can remind you of how powerful you can be. Click here for the video.

We’ll be live on Facebook at 11:00, or you can watch at any time on Facebook or Youtube.  

Here is some information to help you participate if you’re joining us online:

  • The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “Open our hearts to receive his invitation this day.”
  • Today’s songs are “Lord I Life Your Name on High” and “Change My Heart O God.” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
  •  The Bible reading is Luke 19:1-10
  • Please let us know how God is moving in your life. You can leave a celebration and/or prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
  • Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!

This week’s announcements – October 23

Announcements for October 23-30:

Joys and Concerns for Prayer: 

  • Personal Needs: Our friend Cindy who needs help with a personal situation
  • Medical Healing:
    • Tony, facing a serious health challenge
    • Margaret, still struggling but doing better
    • Corey Rounds
  • New Friends:
    • Will, Patrick, Scott, Michael, Helen, Ripa, Ruby
  • Prayers of thanks for a successful and fruitful annual conference session.
  • Faithfulness and Fruitfulness in our ministries

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Our annual charge conference will be Wednesday, December 7 at 6:00 PM. We will be presenting our annual reports to the district at this time. All members of the church are invited to attend.
  • Please Give to the Buffalo 10 Scholarship: During our recent annual conference session, United Methodists across Upper New York agreed to create a scholarship to support someone from the area surrounding the Jefferson Avenue Tops. We are asking everyone to donate to the scholarship as they are able. Go the conference website at this link: to donate.
  • Food Pantry: Thank you to everyone for responding to our call for donations.
    • Needs this week: Eggs, flour, oil, fresh produce, toiletries, paper products

  • Clara’s Closet needs coats. Our sister church in the Parkside neighborhood, Central Park UMC, has a need for coats at their clothing store. If you have a coat to donate, please bring it to church, and we will get it to Clara’s.
  • Mark Your Calendars for these important dates:
    • Community Dinners: October 12 and 28
      • October 28 – Soup and Sandwiches
        • We have soups and sandwiches covered. We could use salad and desserts.
      • November 9 – Pancake supper. Look for information on the announcement in the next few weeks.
    • Community Thanksgiving Celebration: November 20

 

 

 

Experience this week’s worship – October 23

Are you a humble person? The answer can be complicated for some of us. We like to feel good about ourselves, but we know that we shouldn’t have a big head either. True humility doesn’t ask us to feel bad about ourselves. It asks us to see ourselves in a larger picture. If you want to understand how to see yourself in a healthier way, join us this Sunday for “How Do You Pray?”

Click here for the video. We’ll be live on Facebook at 11:00, or you can watch at any time on Facebook or Youtube.  

Here is some information to help you participate if you’re joining us online:

  • The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “O Lord, save us from shallowness of mind, where your word withers away.”
  • Today’s songs are “Oh For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” and “Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior.” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
  •  The Bible reading is Luke 18:9-14. 
  • Please let us know how God is moving in your life. You can leave a celebration and/or prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
  • Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!

Experience our latest worship service! – October 16

A lot of folks feel left out. Maybe you were the one picked last to play ball on the playground. Perhaps a group of people was doing something fun and didn’t ask you to go with them. Nobody likes that feeling. It’s worse than we think. There is an epidemic of loneliness around us right now. The good news is that there’s someone that wants to include everyone. Jesus wants everyone on his team. Jesus has a place for everyone. How do you understand Jesus’ invitation to come and take your place? 

Click here to join the service. We’ll be live on Facebook at 11:00, or you can watch at any time on Facebook or Youtube.  

Here is some information to help you participate if you’re joining us online:

  • The response to our interactive opening prayer is, “God calls us to worship the Word made flesh.” 
  • Today’s songs are “Oh How I Love Jesus” and “Here I Am Lord.” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
  •  The Bible readings are 2 Timothy 3:10-4:5 and Luke 18:1-8. 
  • Please let us know how God is moving in your life. You can leave a celebration and prayer request in the comment section so that we can celebrate God’s kindness and discern God’s will with you.
  • Share an offering in our app in Givelify or send a check to the church.

We’re looking forward to worshipping with you. Have a blessed Lord’s day, everyone!