UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 100 Peachblossom Road Easton, Maryland 21601 410-822-0001 410-822-0002 fax www.stmarkseaston.org The Vision of St. Mark’s United Methodist church is to inspire people of all ages, through acts of love and service, to know Jesus Christ. 4th Sunday of Lent … …… … … ..9:30 Worship for March 15, 2015 Music To Prepare Our Hearts WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS OPENING SONGS Welcome Let’s walk together for a while and ask where we begin To build a world where love can grow And hope can enter in, to be the hands of healing And to plant the seed of peace, singing Refrain: welcome, welcome to this place. You’re invited to come and know God’s grace. All are welcome the love of God to share ‘cause all of us are welcome here; all are welcome in this place. Let’s talk together of a time when we will share a feast, Where pride and power kneel to serve The lonely and the least, and joy will set the table As we join our hands to pray, singing Refrain. Let’s dream together of the day when earth and heaven are one, A city built of love and light, The new Jerusalem, where our mourning turns to dancing, Every creature lifts its voice, crying Refrain. Come to the Water There’s a war going on just across the street, There’s a rage that’s burning to an angry beat. I can feel the thirst but there’s no relief. We need a river. There’s a sound in the distance like a thunder cloud, We’re waiting for the rain while the sun beats down. Can you feel it rising from the underground? We need a river. Oh, let justice roll like rivers. Oh, let mercy flow with love, love. Refrain: Come to the water, come to the water of life. It will never run dry. Come to the water, run to the water of life. It will never run dry. There’s a cry from the child in the factory, There’s a prayer for the prisoners of poverty. Save us from the greed and the apathy. We need a river. There’s a hope like a flood running down our street, We’re an army of peacemakers on our feet. Take us to the place love and mercy meet. There is a river. Oh, let justice roll like rivers. Oh, let mercy flow with love, love. Refrain. OPENING PRAYER MEET & GREET YOUR NEIGHBORS JOYS & CONCERNS 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 forever. Amen. SONG OF PRAYER Christ Has Broken Down the Wall Christ has broken down the wall, Christ has broken down the wall. Let us join our hearts as one, Christ has broken down the wall. We’re accepted as we are, We’re accepted as we are. Through God’s love all is reconciled, We’re accepted as we are. Cast aside your doubts and fears, Cast aside your doubts and fears. Peace and love, freely offered here; Cast aside your doubts and fears. We will tear down the walls! We will tear down every wall! God has called us, one and all; Christ has broken down the wall! OFFERINGS OF TITHES AND GIFTS "Child of God" … … … … … … … … … … … … … … …. … … … ..Miller DOXOLOGY …...……………………....………..…………….……….... … page 95 Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures here below; praise God above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen. ▲THE READING FROM THE GOSPELS John 4:7-26… … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … page 925 VIDEO GOSPEL ... …. …. … … … … “The Woman at the Well” … … … … MESSAGE …“Encounters with Jesus: Never the Same!”… Rev. Missy Rekitzke CLOSING SONG Draw the Circle Wide Draw the circle, draw the circle wide. Draw the circle, draw the circle wide. No one stands alone, we’ll stand side by side. Draw the circle, draw the circle wide. Repeat Draw the circle wide, draw it wider still. Let this be our song: no one stands alone. Standing side by side, draw the circle, draw the circle wide. Repeat Draw the circle, draw the circle wide. Draw the circle, draw the circle wide. No one stands alone, we’ll stand side by side. Draw the circle draw the circle wide. ▲ BLESSING “Have a Blessed Week & Say a Good Word for God!” Lenten Prayer Dear Lord, I am not always sure I know what I want for myself. I am surrounded by some people who want me to be more than I am, and others who want me to be less. What is worse, I have those same expectations of others. Sometimes that makes it difficult for me to get my head and my heart moving in the same direction. If it is possible, let that cup pass from me, but if not … Amen. WELCOME TO ST. MARK’S! Let us prepare ourselves to worship our Lord this morning with prayer. Before the service begins, you are invited to register your attendance (please print) in the attendance pad in the pew. FLOWERS on the Altar this morning are presented to the Glory of God, in loving memory of her parents, Mary & Norris Elliott by Pat Visgaitis. LARGE PRINT HYMNALS , BULLETINS, & PRAYER REQUEST FORMS ARE AVAILABLE. Please see an usher. IN THE LITERATURE RACK Upper Rooms reg & LP - Mar/Apr and Pockets - Feb & March. CD MINISTRY Today’s sermon is available on CD for you to share with a friend. Please see an usher or fill out a form on the usher’s table. THE NURSERY is located in Room 212 & is available for parents to either drop off their children during the 9:30 service or tend to their child's needs. Volunteers will be available in the nursery every week, only during the 9:30 service but, it will be open during all other services for families to use as well. THRIFT SHOP HOURS are Monday 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 410-820-7106. -Those Who ServeHEAD USHER: Chuck Mangold. USHERS: Craig Atwood & Eric Steward. GREETERS: Craig Atwood & Eric Steward, John & Marilyn Morris, Bob & Jean Berry. LAY READER: Curt Booth. VIDEO SETUP: Josh Atwood. ALTAR GUILD: Bobbie Ayers, John & Marilyn Morris. SOUND SETUP: Shea Springer. ARE YOU SEEING STARS? STARS MEAN NEW OR CHANGED ANNOUCEMENTS!! THANK YOU FROM TIS to all the ST Mark's homeless shelter volunteers who covered the shifts & the dinners over the last two weeks at Easton's Promise. The weather meant we needed to keep the shelter open all day, every day, & St Mark's volunteers made that happen. I want to say a big "THANK YOU" myself to all of you who served, who donated financially, & who prayed for the homeless & the shelter program. There is a legal challenge from some neighbors against the shelter being at that location, & that case will be heard in circuit court on March 13th. Please be in prayer for God's will to be done in the judge's decision concerning whether the shelter will be able to remain open on a continuing basis. There is joy in serving & joy in prayer, Barbara Friedman HELP WANTED Since October either Bill Gunther or Jim & Sheila Scott have been picking up the left over bread & pastries from Panera Bread each Saturday night between 9 & 9:30 PM & taking it to our church kitchen. Then on Sunday mornings around 7am, Herby & Della Andrew re-package the food to get to different groups/people later that morning or early Monday. We need some help with the Saturday night pick ups. There will be a sign up sheet in the gathering area this Sunday. We hope that 4 people will sign up to get the bread once each month. LAST CALL FOR SHOES Last call for shoes! Sunday, March 29, will be the last day for our current shoe collection. It’s gratifying to know that our unneeded shoes can be used to provide fresh clean water where it is greatly needed - such an easy way to share our blessings. Many thanks for your wonderful response! HAVE INFO FOR THE MARKINGS? Email your items to [email protected] & Karen Reed will forward to Linda Spano who is compiling the newsletter for St. Mark’s. We will have a new email for you to submit your articles soon! ST PATRICK’S DAY PRAYER SERVICE will be held at noon, Tuesday, March 17 at Temple B’nai Israel. Public is invited. THRIFT SHOP NEEDS YOU! If you are looking for a place to be useful at St. Mark’s, think about volunteering at the Thrift Shop. We need men as well as women. Just 4 hours once a month or as needed Hours are Mondays 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturdays are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Contact Lee at 410-829-8189. Lee Royer, Missions PECANS are still available in the church office. Proceeds will go to the needy fund. The 1 lb. bags are $8.50 each. Remember these freeze very well for next REMEMBER IF YOU SHOP ONLINE TRY SMILEAMAZON.COM If you shop on Amazon why not choose to donate money to St. Mark’s?? Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to St Mark's UMC whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. We all know that every penny counts! So don’t forget when you are shopping for Christmas or everyday items go to smile.amazon.com & choose St. Mark’s! PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL meets weekly on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. please feel free to join us as we pray for various needs for the church, members & the local community. Please use the pew cards to submit requests for prayers. BOARD OF CHILD CARE/FOOD LION PARTNERSHIP Food Lion has agreed to donate a certain percentage of every dollar that is spent in its stores to the Board of Child Care, Denton Campus. To get the credit, you need to register your MVP discount card in order for the Board to get this credit. Please register your card information on the list in the Gathering Area. Thanks! LABELS FOR EDUCATION (Campbells, etc.) coupons please bring to church & place them in the Campbell’s soup can. PRAYER CHAIN MINISTRY The purpose of the Prayer Chain Ministry is to provide prayer support in crisis or emergencies for church members, loved ones & people in the community. Please call the church office 410/822-0001 & or Contact Sara Lou Casson 410/822-4872 or Betty Fleming 410/822-2216. SAVE YOUR TRASH! Please continue to save Boxtops for Education for local Elementary Schools, & soda can tabs for Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore. Please place in basket marked Save your Trash. Sunday, March 15, 2015 8:15 a.m. – Worship Service. Chapel. 9:00 a.m. – Coffee Fellowship. 9:30 a.m. – Worship Service. Sanctuary. 9:30 a.m. – Sunday School for all ages. 11:00 a.m. – Worship Service. Sanctuary. 3:00 p.m. – Concert. Sanctuary. 6:00 p.m. – Confirmation Class. Room 201 (Youth Room). Tuesday, March 17, 2015 6:00 p.m. – Dance practice. Sanctuary. 6:30 p.m. – The Letters of Paul. Room 209. Wednesday, March 18, 2015 6:30 p.m. – Easter Experience Bible Study. Conference Rm. Thursday, March 19, 2015 7:00 p.m. – Chancel Choir Rehearsal. Choir Rm. & Sanctuary. Sunday, March 22, 2015 7:30 a.m. – Jubilee Singer Rehearsal. Chapel. 8:15 a.m. – Worship Service. Chapel. 9:00 a.m. – Coffee Fellowship. Gathering Space. 9:30 a.m. – Worship Service. Sanctuary. 9:30 a.m. – Sunday School for all ages. 11:00 a.m. – Worship Service. Sanctuary. 6:00 p.m. – Confirmation Class. Room 201 (Youth Room). -NEXT WEEKTHE SCRIPTURE LESSONS from the lectionary for next Sunday are Jer. 31:31-34, Ps. 51:1-12, Heb. 5:5-10, John 12:20-33. -LET US PRAY FORPrayer Focus: Safety for the children in the school & the community. St. Mark’s Mission is To share the love of Jesus with & through the people of Talbot County & beyond. Our Worship: 8:15 A.M. Worship 9:30 A.M. Worship (confirmation) 11:00 A.M. Worship Total Worship Attendance Sunday School Attendance 2014 64 245 146 455 2015 56 114 120 290 73 * The new fiscal year began on July 1. Our Tithes & Offerings (March 8, 2015) Amount Received Last Week…………………$ 16,327.00 Missions Fund (YTD) *…….…........................$ 33,452.42 Building Maint. Fund…(YTD) *……...............$ 31,365.92 April 14, 2015 9:30 am – 2:00 pm INVITING ALL WOMEN TO JOIN US FOR WOMEN’S DAY APART A SPIRITUAL DAY FOR WOMEN SPONSORED BY ST. MARK’S UNITED METHODIST WOMEN The Auditorium at William Hill Manor 501 Dutchmans Lane Easton, Maryland $15.00 per person – Lunch Included Guest Speaker: Tracy Harding, an Ordained Minister Her Topic: “Miracles Still Happen”, a testimony of her near death experience & encounter with God Reservations must be in to the church office by Sunday, April 5. Please make check payable to St. Mark’s United Methodist Women with “Day Apart” in the memo line. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- RESERVATION FORM Name:___________________Phone:_______________ Guest:(s)______________________________________ Paid:______________ Check No._________________ Easter Flowers and Other Memorial Gifts Because we sometime receive orders for more flowers than we really need, and because there are other ways you can help enhance our worship services at Easter, the form below will allow you to decide what you would like to do. All gifts will be acknowledged in the bulletin. I/We ____________________________________ Phone ___________________________________ Wish to make the following gift to enhance the Easter services at St. Mark’s: ____ In honor of __________________________ (name of living person) ____ In memory of _________________________ (name of deceased person) $_____ Easter Lilies ($10.00 each) $_____ To help cover the cost of decorations other than flowers. $_____ To use as needed. Make checks payable to: St. Mark’s United Methodist Church & bring to the church office or put in offering plate. The flowers will be placed on the altar for Easter Sunday, April 5. Deadline for Lily orders is orders is March 29, 2015.
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