Central United Methodist Church
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY

"Blessing of the Backpacks"

Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost
Aug. 23, 2015
      
Central United Methodist Church - Online Video
 
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DESCRIPTION PRESENTER(s) START TIME
Greeting & Announcements
Carl Northrup 1:23
We Are Called to Worship
Carl Northrup 6:14
“Where Charity & Love Prevail”
Song # 549 7:58
“1000 Reasons”
Raeleen Bichler 11:01
Children’s Time: Blessing the Backpacks
Pastor Michelle 14:06
James 1:17-27
- 22:30
Offering Solo
Heather Worden 24:30
"Lord, I Want to be a Christian"
Song # 402 29:48
Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer
Pastor Michelle 32:20
Mark 1 7-8, 14-15, 21-23
- 40:27
It's What Comes Out of Us"
Pastor Michelle 42:35
"Take My Life"
Song # 399 52:50
Benediction
Pastor Michelle 55:28

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James 1:17-27  The Message (MSG)

16-18 So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures.

Act on What You Hear

19-21 Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.

22-24 Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.

25 But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action.

26-27 Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.

 

Mark 1:7-8,  14-15, 21-23  The Message (MSG)

 

7-8 As he preached he said, “The real action comes next: The star in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will change your life. I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. His baptism—a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit—will change you from the inside out.”

14-15 After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”

16-18 Passing along the beach of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew net-fishing. Fishing was their regular work. Jesus said to them, “Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.” They didn’t ask questions. They dropped their nets and followed.

Confident Teaching

21-22 Then they entered Capernaum. When the Sabbath arrived, Jesus lost no time in getting to the meeting place. He spent the day there teaching. They were surprised at his teaching—so forthright, so confident—not quibbling and quoting like the religion scholars.

23-24 Suddenly, while still in the meeting place, he was interrupted by a man who was deeply disturbed and yelling out, “What business do you have here with us, Jesus? Nazarene! I know what you’re up to! You’re the Holy One of God, and you’ve come to destroy us!”

The Message (MSG)

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