Archive November 27, 2022

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!

Worship with us today – October 9

I owe you one. Have you ever said that? Most of us feel like we should do something in return after someone has done something for us. Following that logic, what would you owe God? It seems a ridiculous thing to try to figure out. We can respond to that by ignoring it or appreciating God for it. Have the movements of God in your life led you to appreciation and adoration, or have they just led to obligation? An attitude of thankfulness is transformational. Join us today as we talk about the power of being “moved by the moment.”

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, “How awesome are the deeds of our God!”
  • Today’s songs are “I Will Call Upon the Lord” and “Amazing Grace.” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
  •  The Bible readings are 2 Kings 5:1-3;7-15 and Luke 17:11-19. 
  • 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!

Join us for worship – October 2

 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

Have you ever been on a team where someone wasn’t doing their part? We know that team doesn’t do its job well, and most people end up resenting the person. How do we deal with that challenge in ways that reflect the ways of Jesus? It’s easy to be judgmental and harsh. Is that the most loving thing to do? This morning, we’re going to listen to some teachings from Jesus that reflect a standard of holiness. These expectations seem impossible sometimes, but together we can learn how to appreciate that “The Standard Is the Standard.” 

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, “Let us praise God in all our ways forever.”
  • Today’s songs are “He Has Made Me Glad” and “Glorify Thy Name.” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
  •  The Bible reading is Luke 17:1-10. 
  • 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!

Worship Today – September 25

I See It

There are few things worse than realizing you made the wrong choice. It happens to all of us. The hard part can be recognizing the chances we missed opportunities to make a better choice. This morning, we’re going to look at a story in the Bible that reminds us of the importance of listening to those warnings and signs that can keep us from the bad choices. Let’s learn how to recognize it when “I See It.”

Click here to watch. 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 gather this morning as those who trust God.”
  • Today’s songs are “Be Thou My Vision” and “Seek Ye First.” Look up the words online, and you can sing along.
  •  The Bible reading is Luke 16:19-31. 
  • 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!