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

"Being God's Hope"
Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost, Pastor
Ms. Alisyn Klock, Guest Preacher
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Central United Methodist Church - Online Video
Video Clip Words of Faith & Life from United Methodist Children 00:19
Prelude: "Nearer, My God, To Thee" Sean Stafford 01:30
Greeting & Welcome Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 04:48
Announcements; Call to Worship; Prayer Bruce Bishop 06:03
"Wounded World That Cries for Healing" Song #2177 08:52
Children's Time Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 11:45
Anthem: "I Want Jesus to Walk with Me" Chancel Choir 14:53
Scripture: Romans 8:12-17 Bruce Bishop 18:33
Anthem: "Just A Little Talk With Jesus" Chancel Choir 20:08
"Here I Am, Lord" Song #593 23:05
Pastoral Prayer; Lord's Prayer Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 27:07
Scripture: John 3:1-17 Alisyn Klock 40:31
Sermon: "Being God's Hope" Alisyn Klock 42:39
"They'll Know We Are Christians" Song #2223 53:50
Benediction Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 56:29
Postlude: "We're Marching to Zion" Sean Stafford 57:53

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John 3:1-17 (NRSV)

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? “Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Romans 8:12-17 (The Message)

So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go! This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!