Central United Methodist Church
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY
A Reconciling Congregation

Growing Grace, Not Meanness
Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost
January 29, 2017

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Video Clip United Methodist Global Mission Emphasis 00:15
"Be Thou My Vision"; "Rustle of Spring" Prelude: Roger Richards- Organ; Sean Stafford- Piano 00:45
"We Can Share His Love" Introit: Chancel Choir 07:16
Welcome & Greeting Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost, Pastor 11:17
Announcements; Call to Worship Carl Northrup 12:14
"The Voice of God Is Calling" Song #436 16:41
Children's Time Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 17:25
"As the Deer Longs" Anthem: Chancel Choir 22:15
Scripture- Matthew 5:1-12 Cleo LeBaron 25:00
"Great Is Thy Faithfulness" Anthem: Chancel Choir 26:13
"Be Thou My Vision" Song #451 30:49
Pastoral Prayer; Lord's Prayer Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 33:20
Scripture- Micah 6:1-8 Anne DePugh 41:50
"Growing Grace, Not Meanness" Message: Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 43:37
"Wounded World that Cries for Healing" Song #2177 56:01
Benediction Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 57:58
  Postlude: Roger Richards & Sean Stafford 58:20

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Matthew 5:1-12 The Message (MSG)

1-2 When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said: 3 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. 4 “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. 5 “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. 6 “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat. 7 “You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for. 8 “You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. 9 “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family. 10 “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom. 11-12 “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.

Micah 6:1-8 The Message (MSG)

What God Is Looking For 6 1-2 Listen now, listen to God: “Take your stand in court. If you have a complaint, tell the mountains; make your case to the hills. And now, Mountains, hear God’s case; listen, Jury Earth— For I am bringing charges against my people. I am building a case against Israel. 3-5 “Dear people, how have I done you wrong? Have I burdened you, worn you out? Answer! I delivered you from a bad life in Egypt; I paid a good price to get you out of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you— and Aaron and Miriam to boot! Remember what Balak king of Moab tried to pull, and how Balaam son of Beor turned the tables on him. Remember all those stories about Shittim and Gilgal. Keep all God’s salvation stories fresh and present.” 6-7 How can I stand up before God and show proper respect to the high God? Should I bring an armload of offerings topped off with yearling calves? Would God be impressed with thousands of rams, with buckets and barrels of olive oil? Would he be moved if I sacrificed my firstborn child, my precious baby, to cancel my sin? 8 But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously— take God seriously.