Central United Methodist Church
Friday, September 22, 2017
Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY
 
Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost
    June21, 2015
       Living in the Troubled Now
 
Central United Methodist Church - Online Video
 
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DESCRIPTION PRESENTER(s) START TIME
Greetings and Announcements Nancy Jones 1:10
We Are Called to Worship  Nancy Jones 5:22
"O Day of God, Draw Nigh" Song #730 7:22
"Th etouch of the Master's Hand" Bob Preston 10:00
Time for the Child in All of Us Pastor Michelle 14:15
Honoring Graduates, Celebrating Teachers and Volunteers Kelly Devine, Pastor Michelle 18:35
Psalm 9:9-20 Scripture 25:14
Creator of the Earth and Skies Song #450 32:09
Pastoral Prayer, Lord's Prayer Pastor Michelle 35:40
2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Scripture 44:15
Sermon - Living in the Troubled Now Pastor Michelle 47:30
"It is Well With My Soul" Song #377 60:00
Benediction Pastor Michelle 1 hr 5 min 0 sec

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Psalm 9:9-20The Message (MSG)

9-10 God’s a safe-house for the battered,
    a sanctuary during bad times.
The moment you arrive, you relax;
    you’re never sorry you knocked.

 

11-12 Sing your songs to Zion-dwelling God,
    tell his stories to everyone you meet:
How he tracks down killers
    yet keeps his eye on us,
    registers every whimper and moan.

 

13-14 Be kind to me, God;
    I’ve been kicked around long enough.
Once you’ve pulled me back
    from the gates of death,
I’ll write the book on Hallelujahs;
    on the corner of Main and First
    I’ll hold a street meeting;
I’ll be the song leader; we’ll fill the air
    with salvation songs.

 

15-16 They’re trapped, those godless countries,
    in the very snares they set,
Their feet all tangled
    in the net they spread.
They have no excuse;
    the way God works is well-known.
The cunning machinery made by the wicked
    has maimed their own hands.

17-20 The wicked bought a one-way
    ticket to hell.
No longer will the poor be nameless—
    no more humiliation for the humble.
Up, God! Aren’t you fed up with their empty strutting?
    Expose these grand pretensions!
Shake them up, God!

    Show them how silly they look.

2 Corinthians 6:1-13The Message (MSG)

Staying at Our Post

1-10 Companions as we are in this work with you, we beg you, please don’t squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us. God reminds us,

I heard your call in the nick of time;
The day you needed me, I was there to help.

Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. Don’t put it off; don’t frustrate God’s work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we’re doing. Our work as God’s servants gets validated—or not—in the details. People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly . . . in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we’re beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we’re telling the truth, and when God’s showing his power; when we’re doing our best setting things right; when we’re praised, and when we’re blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted; ignored by the world, but recognized by God; terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die; immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on handouts, yet enriching many; having nothing, having it all.

11-13 Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!