Central United Methodist Church
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY
A Reconciling Congregation

God Has Chosen You
Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost
Nov. 12, 2017
      

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DESCRIPTION PRESENTER(s) START TIME
Introit - "Sweet, Sweet Spirit" Living Water, Jere Hotchiss, Kevin Heald 0:01
Greeting Pastor Michelle 2:14
Announcements Bruce Bishop 2:59
We Are Called to Worship Bruce Bishop 9:19
A Time for the Child in All of Us Pastor Michelle 10:46
"Everywhere I Go" Living Water 14:26
Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37 Marie King 17:40
A Stewardship Moment Donna Spearman 18:59
"In the River" Living Water 27:01
"We Are God's People" Song # 2220 32:02
Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer Pastor Michelle 33:25
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-18 Horace King 41:50
The Sermon Pastor Michelle 44:35
"I'm Gonna Live So God Can Use Me Song # 2153 57:16
Blessing Pastor Michelle 59:15
"When the Roll is Called Up Yonder" Postlude 59:45

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Scripture

Psalm 107:1-9, 33-41   The Message (MSG)

107 1-3 Oh, thank God—he’s so good!
    His love never runs out.
All of you set free by God, tell the world!
    Tell how he freed you from oppression,
Then rounded you up from all over the place,
    from the four winds, from the seven seas.

 

4-9 Some of you wandered for years in the desert,
    looking but not finding a good place to live,
Half-starved and parched with thirst,
    staggering and stumbling, on the brink of exhaustion.
Then, in your desperate condition, you called out to God.
    He got you out in the nick of time;
He put your feet on a wonderful road
    that took you straight to a good place to live.
So thank God for his marvelous love,
    for his miracle mercy to the children he loves.
He poured great draughts of water down parched throats;
    the starved and hungry got plenty to eat.

33-41 God turned rivers into wasteland,
    springs of water into sunbaked mud;
Luscious orchards became alkali flats
    because of the evil of the people who lived there.
Then he changed wasteland into fresh pools of water,
    arid earth into springs of water,
Brought in the hungry and settled them there;
    they moved in—what a great place to live!
They sowed the fields, they planted vineyards,
    they reaped a bountiful harvest.
He blessed them and they prospered greatly;
    their herds of cattle never decreased.
But abuse and evil and trouble declined
    as he heaped scorn on princes and sent them away.
He gave the poor a safe place to live,
    treated their clans like well-cared-for sheep.

 

Joshua 24:1-6, 14-18   The Message (MSG)

The Covenant at Shechem

24 1-2 Joshua called together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He called in the elders, chiefs, judges, and officers. They presented themselves before God. Then Joshua addressed all the people:

2-6 “This is what God, the God of Israel, says: A long time ago your ancestors, Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor, lived to the east of the River Euphrates. They worshiped other gods. I took your ancestor Abraham from the far side of The River. I led him all over the land of Canaan and multiplied his descendants. I gave him Isaac. Then I gave Isaac Jacob and Esau. I let Esau have the mountains of Seir as home, but Jacob and his sons ended up in Egypt. I sent Moses and Aaron. I hit Egypt hard with plagues and then led you out of there. I brought your ancestors out of Egypt. You came to the sea, the Egyptians in hot pursuit with chariots and cavalry, to the very edge of the Red Sea!

14 “So now: Fear God. Worship him in total commitment. Get rid of the gods your ancestors worshiped on the far side of The River (the Euphrates) and in Egypt. You, worship God.

15 “If you decide that it’s a bad thing to worship God, then choose a god you’d rather serve—and do it today. Choose one of the gods your ancestors worshiped from the country beyond The River, or one of the gods of the Amorites, on whose land you’re now living. As for me and my family, we’ll worship God.”

16 The people answered, “We’d never forsake God! Never! We’d never leave God to worship other gods.

17-18 God is our God! He brought up our ancestors from Egypt and from slave conditions. He did all those great signs while we watched. He has kept his eye on us all along the roads we’ve traveled and among the nations we’ve passed through. Just for us he drove out all the nations, Amorites and all, who lived in the land.

“Count us in: We too are going to worship God. He’s our God.”

The Message (MSG)

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