Central United Methodist Church
Monday, November 12, 2018
Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY
A Reconciling Congregation

"Discipleship: It's Worth It!"
Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost
Sunday, October 14, 2018

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Prelude: "When Morning Gilds the Skies" Sean Stafford 00:00
Greeting & Welcome Pastor Michelle 04:50
Announcements; Mission Moments; Call to Worship; Prayer Bill Carmine 05:20
"Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" Song #400 14:50
Children's Time Pastor Michelle 17:04
"All Things Bright and Beautiful" Flute & Piano Duet: Marsha Doupe, Sean Stafford 22:05
Scripture- Hebrews 4:12-16 Roger Richards 24:26
"His Eye Is on the Sparrow" Flute & Piano Duet: Marsha Doupe, Sean Stafford 25:56
Pastoral Prayer; Lord's Prayer Pastor Michelle 30:14
Scripture- Mark 10:17-31 Lisa Richards 38:00
"Discipleship: It's Worth It" Pastor Michelle 40:48
"Take My Life, and Let It Be" Song #399 54:48
Benediction Pastor Michelle 57:21
Postlude: "Just a Closer Walk with Thee"" Sean Stafford 57:46

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Hebrews 4:12-16 (New Revised Standard Version)

Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before God no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.
Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Mark 10:17-31 (The Message)
As he went out into the street, a man came running up, greeted him with great reverence, and asked, "Good Teacher, what must I do to get eternal life?" Jesus said, "Why are you calling me good? No one is good, only God. You know the commandments: Don't murder, don't commit adultery, don't steal, don't lie, don't cheat, honor your father and mother." He said, "Teacher, I have-from my youth-kept them all!" Jesus looked him hard in the eye-and loved him! He said, "There's one thing left: Go sell whatever you own and give it to the poor. All your wealth will then be heavenly wealth. And come follow me."
The man's face clouded over. This was the last thing he expected to hear, and he walked off with a heavy heart. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and not about to let go. Looking at his disciples, Jesus said, "Do you have any idea how difficult it is for people who 'have it all' to enter God's kingdom?" The disciples couldn't believe what they were hearing, but Jesus kept on: "You can't imagine how difficult. I'd say it's easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye than for the rich to get into God's kingdom." That set the disciples back on their heels. "Then who has any chance at all?" they asked. Jesus was blunt: "No chance at all if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you let God do it."
Peter tried another angle: "We left everything and followed you." Jesus said, "Mark my words, no one who sacrifices house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, land-whatever-because of me and the Message will lose out. They'll get it all back, but multiplied many times in homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and land-but also in troubles. And then the bonus of eternal life! This is once again the Great Reversal: Many who are first will end up last, and the last first."