Sunday Service 9-24-2023

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Seventeenth Sunday of Pentecost September 24, 2023

CELEBRATE DIVERSITY – All are welcome – loved for who you are, exactly as you are. If this is your first visit, please stay after worship so we can meet and say hello. If you are able, please stand at the places marked with an asterisk (*). For all other portions of the service, you may remain seated.


Morning Meditation: When tears come, I breathe deeply and rest. I know I am swimming in a hallowed stream where many have gone before. I am not alone, crazy, or having a nervous breakdown. . . . My heart is at work. My soul is awake. — Mary Margaret Funk in Thoughts Matter by Mary Margaret Funk
To Practice This Thought: The next time you cry, explore what your heart and soul are telling you through your tears.


#657 This Is the Day 

*Hymn #378: 
Amazing Grace

Call To Worship:

Leader: The heavens open. The Spirit descends.

All: Jesus emerges from the water.

Leader: And a voice echoes through the blue expanse.

All: “This is my child, the Beloved, with whom I am well-pleased.”

Leader: Jesus is named. Claimed.

All: We come to the water. We remember we are named. Claimed.

Leader: Can it be so? What a thing to be named. Claimed.

All: Let us worship the one who names and claims us still.

Prayer of Confession:
Merciful God, in baptism you promise forgiveness and new life, making us part of the body of Christ. We confess that we remain preoccupied with ourselves, separated from one another. We cling to destructive habits, hold grudges, and show reluctance to welcome one another. We allow the past to hold us captive. In your loving kindness, have mercy on us, and free us from sin. Fulfill the promises of our baptism so that we may rise to new life, and live together in grace as we silently confess our individual sins to you now…

Assurance of Forgiveness

Hear the good news. Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ lives in power for us, Christ prays for us. Anyone who is in Christ is of the New Creation. The old life is finished, gone. Behold, new life has begun. Brothers and Sisters, believe the good news: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

All: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. And the people said
ALL: Thanks be to 
God – Amen

*Gloria Patri #70

Passing the Peace

Ministry in Music: The Morning Trumpet (Southern Harmony, arr. Larkin)

Joys & Concerns & God Moment

Pastoral Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer

Scripture: Romans 8:38-39 page 158 New Testament

*Hymn #369: Blessed Assurance

Gospel Reading: Luke 18:15-17 page 81 New Testament 


Baptism of Harper Dulude See insert.

Invitation to the Lord’s Supper page 15

All are welcome, regardless of age or church membership

*Ministry of Giving 

*Doxology #94

*Hymn: A Surprise


Closing Song: Haleluya! Pelo Tsa Rona 

Now he sends us all out
Strong in faith, free of doubt
Strong in faith, free of doubt

Tell to all the joyful gospel.

Haleluya! We sing your praises
All our hearts are filled with gladness. Haleluya! We sing your praises
All our hearts are filled with gladness

Please remain seated during the Postlude.


Offering: Please leave your offering in the plate as you leave or mail it. The Lord has given us so much, let us remember to return some to His church.

-Prayer List: Carol Brunelle, Beth Dietz, Marion Winters, Samantha Snopek, Adele Reynolds, Jessica Guarnera, Dave Fanaras, Tim O’Donnell, Kathy Washburn, Lily Marion, Darlene Dout, Heidi Barta, Renata Cournoyer, Lucy Huegli, Bill Guarnera, Andrea Schlachter, Kelly & Steve Camp, Dulude Family, Dot Lambert & Family, Kevin McLaughlin, Bill Pead, Bill Beyer, Cathy Demers, Jerry Rubackin, Jim Anspach’s Family – parents, Gene & Rene and Uncles Earl & Tom Anspach, Family of Doug Brooksbank, George Kiakis

LINKS to Prior services….

September 10th — South Hadley Methodist Church Worship Service – September 10th 2023 – YouTube
September 3rd — South Hadley Methodist Church Worship Service – September 3rd 2023 – YouTube
August 27th — South Hadley Methodist Church Worship Service – August 27th 2023 – YouTube
August 20th — South Hadley Methodist Church Worship Service – August 20th 2023 – YouTube
August 13th — South Hadley Methodist Church Worship Service – August 13th 2023 – YouTube
August 6th — South Hadley Methodist Church Worship Service – August 6th 2023 – YouTube