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

"Are We Really Ready for Jesus?"
Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost
Sunday, July 30, 2017

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United Methodist Church- Mission & Service Video 0:00
Prelude: "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" Sean Stafford 0:30
Greeting; Announcements; Call to Worship Liturgist: Bill Carmine 4:58
"Joy to the World" Song #246 12:15
Children's Time Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 14:36
"God of Great and God of Small" Carolyn Stanford 18:21
Scripture- Psalm 105:1-11, 45 Horace King 20:32
"There Is None Like You" Carolyn Stanford 22:00
"Star Child" Song #2095 25:07
Prayer Concerns, Pastoral Prayer, Lord's Prayer Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 28:54
Scripture- Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Marie King 36:32
Message: "Are We Really Ready for Jesus?" Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 38:40
"He Is Born" Song #228 52:11
Blessing & Dismissal Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue- Trost 54:20
Postlude: "Joy to the World" Sean Stafford 54:45

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Psalm 105:1-15 The Message

Hallelujah! Thank God! Pray to him by name! Tell everyone you meet what he has done! Sing him songs, belt out hymns, translate his wonders into music! Honor his holy name with Hallelujahs, you who seek God. Live a happy life! Keep your eyes open for God, watch for his works; be alert for signs of his presence. Remember the world of wonders he has made, his miracles, and the verdicts he’s rendered— O seed of Abraham, his servant, O child of Jacob, his chosen. He’s God, our God, in charge of the whole earth. And he remembers, remembers his Covenant— for a thousand generations he’s been as good as his word. It’s the Covenant he made with Abraham, the same oath he swore to Isaac, The very statute he established with Jacob, the eternal Covenant with Israel, Namely, “I give you the land. Canaan is your hill-country inheritance.”So they could do everything he told them— could follow his instructions to the letter.

Matthew 13:31-33 The Message

Another story. “God’s kingdom is like a pine nut that a farmer plants. It is quite small as seeds go, but in the course of years it grows into a huge pine tree, and eagles build nests in it.” Another story. “God’s kingdom is like yeast that a woman works into the dough for dozens of loaves of barley bread—and waits while the dough rises." “God’s kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years and then accidentally found by a trespasser. The finder is ecstatic—what a find!—and proceeds to sell everything he owns to raise money and buy that field.  “Or, God’s kingdom is like a jewel merchant on the hunt for excellent pearls. Finding one that is flawless, he immediately sells everything and buys it.  “Or, God’s kingdom is like a fishnet cast into the sea, catching all kinds of fish. When it is full, it is hauled onto the beach. The good fish are picked out and put in a tub; those unfit to eat are thrown away. That’s how it will be when the curtain comes down on history. The angels will come and cull the bad fish and throw them in the garbage. There will be a lot of desperate complaining, but it won’t do any good.” Jesus asked, “Are you starting to get a handle on all this?” They answered, “Yes.”  He said, “Then you see how every student well-trained in God’s kingdom is like the owner of a general store who can put his hands on anything you need, old or new, exactly when you need it.”