Central United Methodist Church
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY
A Reconciling Congregation

"Hands to Work; Hearts to God"
United Methodist Women Sunday
Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost
Sunday, March 11, 2018

Central United Methodist Church - Online Video
Prelude: "At Calvary" Sean Stafford 00:00
Welcome and Greeting Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 00:24
Announcements; Call to Worship; Prayer Liturgist: Connie Lamando 01:08
"Amazing Grace" Song #378 07:03
Children's Time Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 10:36
Anthem: "Lenten Contemplation" Festivo Ringers 15:33
Scripture- Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 Carole James 18:39
"Wounded World That Cries for Healing" Song #2177 20:00
Prayer; Lord's Prayer Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 22:16
Scripture- James 2:14-26 Amber Gaylord 31:52
Sermon: "Hands to Work, Hearts to God" Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 34:27
Installation of UMW Officers Carole James; Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 48:36
"Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken" Song #2175 56:42
Benediction Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 58:18
Photo Montage: UMW Missions; Postlude: "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" Sean Stafford 58:43

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Psalm 107 The Message (MSG)

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. 10-16 Some of you were locked in a dark cell, cruelly confined behind bars, Punished for defying God’s Word, for turning your back on the High God’s counsel— A hard sentence, and your hearts so heavy, and not a soul in sight to help. Then you called out to God in your desperate condition; he got you out in the nick of time. He led you out of your dark, dark cell, broke open the jail and led you out. So thank God for his marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children he loves; He shattered the heavy jailhouse doors, he snapped the prison bars like matchsticks! 17-22 Some of you were sick because you’d lived a bad life, your bodies feeling the effects of your sin; You couldn’t stand the sight of food, so miserable you thought you’d be better off dead. Then you called out to God in your desperate condition; he got you out in the nick of time. He spoke the word that healed you, that pulled you back from the brink of death. So thank God for his marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children he loves; Offer thanksgiving sacrifices, tell the world what he’s done—sing it out!

James 2:14-26 The Message (MSG)

Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? 18 I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I’ll handle the works department.” Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove. 19-20 Do I hear you professing to believe in the one and only God, but then observe you complacently sitting back as if you had done something wonderful? That’s just great. Demons do that, but what good does it do them? Use your heads! Do you suppose for a minute that you can cut faith and works in two and not end up with a corpse on your hands? 21-24 Wasn’t our ancestor Abraham “made right with God by works” when he placed his son Isaac on the sacrificial altar? Isn’t it obvious that faith and works are yoked partners, that faith expresses itself in works? That the works are “works of faith”? The full meaning of “believe” in the Scripture sentence, “Abraham believed God and was set right with God,” includes his action. It’s that mesh of believing and acting that got Abraham named “God’s friend.” Is it not evident that a person is made right with God not by a barren faith but by faith fruitful in works? 25-26 The same with Rahab, the Jericho harlot. Wasn’t her action in hiding God’s spies and helping them escape—that seamless unity of believing and doing—what counted with God? The very moment you separate body and spirit, you end up with a corpse. Separate faith and works and you get the same thing: a corpse.