From the Pastor:          “Do You Feel Me?”  

REDEEMER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

August 14, 2022

 

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Family and Youth Service

 

 

Processional:          “Great is Thy Faithfulness”                   Mitch Nummer

 

Invocation: Good morning and welcome!

Lord of light and life, you have called us this day to open our hearts, our minds, our spirits to hear your words of encouragement, healing, and hope. Give us patience and willingness to serve you in all that we do. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. AMEN

 

Call to Worship
L: The Lord calls us to grow in faithfulness.
P: Take away our greed and selfishness, O Lord!
L: The Lord challenges us to serve others in loving ways!
P: Help us grow in our service and witness to your mercy and peace.
L: Come, let us worship the Lord who delights in our witness.
P: Let us praise God who is always with us. AMEN.

 

Words of Welcome and Parish News

 

*Gathering song:          “We Have Come Into This House”               (Insert)

 

Prayers of the people and a time for Silent Prayer

Prayer Focus: Youth

 

The Lord’s Prayer: Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Special Performance                                                 Tammie Booth Dance Academy

 

Scripture Readings:                                                        Message Bible Translation

 

 

 

 

New Testament 1 Timothy 4: 11-16

11-14 Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use.

15-16 Cultivate these things. Immerse yourself in them. The people will all see you mature right before their eyes! Keep a firm grasp on both your character and your teaching. Don’t be diverted. Just keep at it. Both you and those who hear you will experience salvation.

 

New Testament Romans 14:13-14, 19-23

13-14 Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. Here’s what you need to be concerned about: that you don’t get in the way of someone else, making life more difficult than it already is. I’m convinced—Jesus convinced me!—that everything as it is in itself is holy. We, of course, by the way we treat it or talk about it, can contaminate it.

19-21 So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault. You’re certainly not going to permit an argument over what is served or not served at supper to wreck God’s work among you, are you? I said it before and I’ll say it again: All food is good, but it can turn bad if you use it badly, if you use it to trip others up and send them sprawling. When you sit down to a meal, your primary concern should not be to feed your own face but to share the life of Jesus. So be sensitive and courteous to the others who are eating. Don’t eat or say or do things that might interfere with the free exchange of love.

22-23 Cultivate your own relationship with God, but don’t impose it on others. You’re fortunate if your behavior and your belief are coherent. But if you’re not sure, if you notice that you are acting in ways inconsistent with what you believe—some days trying to impose your opinions on others, other days just trying to please them—then you know that you’re out of line. If the way you live isn’t consistent with what you believe, then it’s wrong.

Special Music:                                                                        Sydney and Sharon Nummer

 

The Message                           “Do You Feel Me?”              Rev. Marshall Murphy Jr.

Do you feel me? In some circles is a question asking someone do they understand you, your situation, and if you care. Today as we celebrate family and youth we have seen many events take a toll on families and the youth. How do we cope with various events that have taken place just this year? Let’s take a look back at the impact of several things. First, the pandemic shifted how the educational process had to be implemented with students. This put parents and caregivers in new territory on addressing the educational needs on a daily basis. Many families lost their jobs and support for the needs of the family. People were going into the hospitals and could not have visitors. The church stopped in person worship services.

Some people became frustrated, and this frustration is still lingering in our society. Now here we are today wanting to reboot from the point when things started to change.  Did we change the way we approach God? For some people, God was not on the list of things to do. Then, we forgot how to talk with one another. We found ourselves isolated and disconnected with society. The family and our youth had many burdens and barriers that became present in their lives. Now, we have been witnesses to an abundance of violence and what does our youth want to ask? Has anybody asked our youth, how do they feel?

During all the panic, the unknown, and especially the worry. We needed step closer to God, who makes a way. We have a process that goes beyond all barriers. That process is called prayer. We all need to seek the Lord for guidance and that deeper relationship through Scripture and prayer. During certain phases of the pandemic, some people couldn’t understand what our youth was experiencing in social contact. How could the same technology used to attack our youth be the vessel needed to educate our youth? Now, our youth keep hearing how they are ruined and will never recover to go forth and make a difference in this world. Stop! The word says don’t let anyone put you down because you are young. Jesus delivered a message in a place of worship at the age of twelve.   The challenge we face today is having someone teach us how to communicate and translate with one another. If we learn this important ability we could communicate about the love of God to one another. We could be change agents in the world if we take a different look at our youth the way God sees our hearts.

 

Offertory Invitation: Creator God, who brought forth the world as your vineyard, provided every needed resource, and asked only that we bear good fruit: As we give our offerings, remind us again of the fruit you desire — justice and righteousness are the ones your prophet Isaiah suggests.

 

Special Performance                                               Tammie Booth Dance Academy

 

Doxology:                                                                                                      UMH 95

 

*Unison Prayer of Dedication:  Help us bear the fruit that brings you joy. In the name of your son, our teacher and savior, we pray. Amen.

 

*Closing Music                              “This Little Light of Mine”                      (Insert)

 

Sending Forth:  Go forth into the world, singing a love-song in the vineyard of life. Remember the Gardner who nurtures your faith and provides for your needs. Grow into the promise of Christ, secure in the knowledge that you are loved.

 

Recessional:                                                                                          “Jesus Loves Me”

 (Please remain seated to meditate and reflect on the music)

 

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