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

"In Jesus There Is No 'Better Than' "
Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost
Sunday, September 23, 2018

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"Blessed Assurance" Sean Stafford 00:00
Greeting & Welcome Pastor Michelle 02:43
Announcements; Mission Moments; Call to Worship; Prayer Carl Northrup 05:36
"Just a Closer Walk with Thee" Song #2158 13:45
Children's Time Pastor Michelle 14:56
Special Music: "Shout to the Lord" Organ & Piano Duet Roger Richards & Sean Stafford 18:12
Scripture- Mark 9:30-37 Carl Northrup 25:31
Anthem: "Holy Is Thy Name" Chancel Choir 26:45
Pastoral Prayer; Lord's Prayer Pastor Michelle 29:22
Scripture- James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a Connie Lamando 39:42
"In Jesus There Is No 'Better Than' " Pastor Michelle 42:37
"The Wounded World That Cries for Healing" Song #2177 57:53
Benediction Pastor Michelle 58:35
"Just a Closer Walk with Thee" Sean Stafford 59:05

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Mark 9:30-37 (NRSV)

They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again." But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the way?" But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, "Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all." Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, "Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me."

James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a (The Message)

Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here's what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It's the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Mean-spirited ambition isn't wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn't wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn't wisdom. It's the furthest thing from wisdom-it's animal cunning, devilish conniving. Whenever you're trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others' throats. Real wisdom, God's wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor. Where do you think all these appalling wars and quarrels come from? Do you think they just happen? Think again. They come about because you want your own way, and fight for it deep inside yourselves. You lust for what you don't have and are willing to kill to get it. You want what isn't yours and will risk violence to get your hands on it. You wouldn't think of just asking God for it, would you? And why not? Because you know you'd be asking for what you have no right to. You're spoiled children, each wanting your own way. So let God work God's will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him run. Say a quiet yes to God and God will be there in no time.