Central United Methodist Church
Friday, September 22, 2017
Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY

"Utopia Lost"
Rev. Mark Marino, Guest Preacher
July 3, 2016
      

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DESCRIPTION PRESENTER(s) START TIME
Greeting & Announcements
Amber Bost 1:09
We Are Called to Worship
Amber Bost 3:00
"I Sing the Almighty Power of God"
Song #152 3:58
Children’s Time
Rev. Mark Marino 6:40
Special Music
Ensemble of the Day 10:35
Exodus 32:1-6
Linda Holly 14:36
"God Leads Us Along"
Sean Stafford, Piano Solo 16:08
"Where Charity and Love Prevail"
Song#549 21:20
Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer
Rev. Mark Marino 23:25
1 John 4:16-21
Camille Link 29:14
Message: "Utopia Lost"
Rev. Mark Marino 31:05
Celebrating Holy Communion
Rev. Mark Marino 51:45
Blessing & Benediction
Rev. Mark Marino 58:32

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Scripture (The Message)

Exodus 32:1-6

    When the people realized that Moses was taking forever in coming down off the mountain, they rallied around Aaron and said, “Do something. Make gods for us who will lead us. That Moses, the man who got us out of Egypt—who knows what’s happened to him?”

2-4 So Aaron told them, “Take off the gold rings from the ears of your wives and sons and daughters and bring them to me.” They all did it; they removed the gold rings from their ears and brought them to Aaron. He took the gold from their hands and cast it in the form of a calf, shaping it with an engraving tool.

The people responded with enthusiasm: “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up from Egypt!”

Aaron, taking in the situation, built an altar before the calf.

Aaron then announced, “Tomorrow is a feast day to God!”

Early the next morning, the people got up and offered Whole-Burnt-Offerings and brought Peace-Offerings. The people sat down to eat and drink and then began to party. It turned into a wild party!

1 John 4:16-21

16 Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God’s Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. We know it so well, we’ve embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God.

17-18 God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.

19 We, though, are going to love—love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first.

20-21 If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both.