Central United Methodist Church
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY
A Reconciling Congregation


I Prefer Thanks 
Rev. Lea Harding, Guest Preacher
September 2, 2018


Central United Methodist Church - Online Video
"Power of the Cross" Sean Stafford 00:00
Greeting & Welcome; Announcements; Call to Worship; Prayer Amber Gaylord 04:44
"Time Now to Gather" Song #2265 06:40
Special Music: "Be Still My Soul" Sean Stafford 08:29
Scripture- Psalm 146 Nancy Jones 12:07
Special Music: "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" Sean Stafford 13:30
"Where Charity and Love Prevail" Song #549 17:34
Pastoral Prayer; Lord's Prayer Rev. Lea Harding 19:45
Scripture- James 1:17-27 Amber Gaylord 25:49
Message: "I Prefer Thanks" Rev. Lea Harding 27:58
Celebrating Holy Communion Rev. Lea Harding 37:49
"Blest Be the Tie That Binds" Song #557 45:20
Benediction Rev. Lea Harding 47:22
"Celebration in G Major"; & Announcements Sean Stafford 47:49
Strength in God's Love United Methodist Video 50:37
Church Can Happen Anywhere United Methodist Video 51:32
Youth & Young Adult Mission Trip Central Video 54:28
Church Information Closing Slide 59:22

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Psalm 146 (New Revised Standard Version)

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long. Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish.
Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord!
James 1:17-27 (The Message)
So, my very dear friends, don't get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the God of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. God brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all God's creatures.
Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God's righteousness doesn't grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life. Don't fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear!
Those who hear and don't act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God-the free life!-even out of the corner of an eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action. Anyone who sets him- or herself up as "religious" by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air.
Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.