Central United Methodist Church
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY
A Reconciling Congregation

"We're Part of Something Bigger"
Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost
Sunday, February 5, 2017

Central United Methodist Church - Online Video
Video Clip United Methodist Global Mission Emphasis 00:14
"Ancient Words" Prelude: Sean Stafford- Piano 00:44
"We Have Come to Worship" Introit: Chancel Choir 01:57
Welcome & Greeting Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 03:23
Announcements; Call to Worship Connie Lamondo 04:00
"O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing" Song #57 06:25
Children's Time Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 07:47
"Jubilate" Anthem: Festivo Ringers 13:08
Scripture- Matthew 5:13-20 Amber Gaylord 15:14
"When You Break the Bread" Anthem: Chancel Choir 16:44
"For the Healing of the Nations" Song #428 20:47
Pastoral Prayer; Lord's Prayer Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 21:45
Scripture- Isaiah 58:1-12 Roger Richards 31:29
"We're Part of Something Bigger" Message: Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 34:49
Sacrament of Holy Communion Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 46:32
"We've a Story to Tell to the Nations" Song #569 55:38
Benediction Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 59:00
"Lead On, O King Eternal" Postlude: Sean Stafford 59:17

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Matthew 5:13-20 The Message (MSG)

13 “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. 14-16 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. Completing God’s Law 17-18 “Don’t suppose for a minute that I have come to demolish the Scriptures—either God’s Law or the Prophets. I’m not here to demolish but to complete. I am going to put it all together, pull it all together in a vast panorama. God’s Law is more real and lasting than the stars in the sky and the ground at your feet. Long after stars burn out and earth wears out, God’s Law will be alive and working. 19-20 “Trivialize even the smallest item in God’s Law and you will only have trivialized yourself. But take it seriously, show the way for others, and you will find honor in the kingdom. Unless you do far better than the Pharisees in the matters of right living, you won’t know the first thing about entering the kingdom.

Isaiah 58:1-12 The Message (MSG)

1-3 “Shout! A full-throated shout! Hold nothing back—a trumpet-blast shout! Tell my people what’s wrong with their lives, face my family Jacob with their sins! They’re busy, busy, busy at worship, and love studying all about me. To all appearances they’re a nation of right-living people— law-abiding, God-honoring. They ask me, ‘What’s the right thing to do?’ and love having me on their side. But they also complain, ‘Why do we fast and you don’t look our way? Why do we humble ourselves and you don’t even notice?’ 3-5 “Well, here’s why: “The bottom line on your ‘fast days’ is profit. You drive your employees much too hard. You fast, but at the same time you bicker and fight. You fast, but you swing a mean fist. The kind of fasting you do won’t get your prayers off the ground. Do you think this is the kind of fast day I’m after: a day to show off humility? To put on a pious long face and parade around solemnly in black? Do you call that fasting, a fast day that I, God, would like? 6-9 “This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts. What I’m interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The God of glory will secure your passage. Then when you pray, God will answer. You’ll call out for help and I’ll say, ‘Here I am.’  9-12 “If you get rid of unfair practices, quit blaming victims, quit gossiping about other people’s sins, If you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out, Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness, your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight. I will always show you where to go. I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places— firm muscles, strong bones. You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.