Sunday Worship

@ Nelson Memorial United Methodist Church

 

8:00 AM & 10:20 AM

every Sunday

 

Preparing for June 25 Worship

 

Gathering Music “Love the Lord”

 

Scripture Matthew 10:24-39

24“A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; 25it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household! 26“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. 27What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. 28Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30And even the hairs of your head are all counted. 31So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32“Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; 33but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven. 34“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household. 37Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.

 

Sermon “What We Hear Whispered”

 

Thinking about the Text

There are lots of ways preachers pick this passage apart, and then try to make that piece stand for the whole gospel, so I will just share a few of them.

“Have no fear of those who malign you, for they also maligned Jesus.”

“Do not be afraid, you are of more value than many sparrows.”

“Whoever acknowledges me, I will acknowledge before my Father.”

“I have come not to bring peace, but a sword.”

“Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.”

 

Any one of those bits of scripture, these few words of Jesus, can lead us to a more determined faith, a more intentional faith, a more prideful faith – which is why preachers do it.  But when a few words of Jesus get separated from the rest of the passage, and from the rest of the gospel, it begets the kind of gentle heresy that leads people away from a dependence on God, a conformity to Christ, and a confidence in the Holy Spirit.  It leads to something much less than a discipleship which brings glory to God by revealing what it means to love God and to love our neighbors as Christ has loved us. – Nick Campbell, “The Challenge”

 

Hymns

UMH 369             “Blessed Assurance”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6LbEi1PROA

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.
Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
angels descending bring from above
echoes of mercy, whispers of love. (Refrain)

Perfect submission, all is at rest;
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
watching and waiting, looking above,
filled with his goodness, lost in his love. (Refrain)

 

UMH 415             “Take Up Thy Cross”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbKvN3rwmBo

"Take up thy Cross," the Savior said,
"if thou wouldst my disciple be;
deny thyself, the world forsake,
and humbly follow after me."

Take up thy cross, let not its weight
fill thy weak spirit with alarm;
his strength shall bear thy spirit up,
and brace thy heart and nerve thine arm.

Take up thy cross, nor heed the shame,
nor let thy foolish pride rebel;
thy Lord for thee the cross endured,
to save thy soul from death and hell.

Take up thy cross and follow Christ,
nor think till death to lay it down;
for only those who bear the cross
may hope to wear the glorious crown.

 

FWS 2129             “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYUAeRTEdpg

I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

 

The world behind me, the cross before me,
The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
No turning back, no turning back.

 

Tho' none go with me, still I will follow,
Tho' none go with me, still I will follow,
Tho' none go with me, still I will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.

 

UMH 380             “There’s Within My Heart a Melody”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw3yBy-svJI

There's within my heart a melody
Jesus whispers sweet and low:
Fear not, I am with thee, peace, be still,
in all of life's ebb and flow.

Refrain:
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, sweetest name I know,
fills my every longing, keeps me singing as I go.

All my life was wrecked by sin and strife,
discord filled my heart with pain;
Jesus swept across the broken strings,
stirred the slumbering chords again. (Refrain)

Though sometimes he leads through waters deep,
trials fall across the way,
though sometimes the path seems rough and steep,
see his footprints all the way. (Refrain)

Feasting on the riches of his grace,
resting neath his sheltering wing,
always looking on his smiling face,
that is why I shout and sing. (Refrain)

Soon he's coming back to welcome me
far beyond the starry sky;
I shall wing my flight to worlds unknown;
I shall reign with him on high. (Refrain)

 

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Celebration of Life Worksheet

 

Help your loved ones be prepared to celebrate your life, when the time comes for you to join the Church Triumphant.

This worksheet can help you organize your thoughts, history, and preferences for your service.

You can download the form, fill it out, and keep a copy where your family can access it,

and you can keep a copy on file in the church office.

 

 

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A note about receiving communion

All are welcome at the Lord’s Table!

 

There will be two stations for receiving the elements of communion.

 

The west and center sections of the sanctuary will come to the station in front of the choir loft by way of their common aisle, and then return by the west wall or center/east aisle (after going to the altar railing, if desired.)

 

The east section and east wing will come to the station below the organ by their common aisle, and then return by the center/east aisle or the north aisle of the east wing (after going to the altar railing, if desired.)

 

Those coming to the altar by wheelchair or walker will be asked to come first, before others have started to return by the center/east aisle.

 

 

If you are interested in reading Dr. Nick’s sermons, go to Sermons Delivered