THIS WEEKEND IN WORSHIP 

May 2 @ 5pm or

May 3 @ 9:30am

Links for Worship & Virtual Fellowship on website   www.normalfirst.org

  Saturday         5:00pm Worship followed by Virtual Fellowship

           Sunday           9:30am Worship followed by 2 Virtual Fellowship Group

*New fellowship group for Newcomers

We are all worshiping in slightly different ways during this unusual time. Some of you are still making sure you have donuts and coffee on Sunday morning Many of you worship in your PJ’s. I talked to one couple that still gets up early and puts on their “Sunday clothes” for worship. It just helps them get ready for worship. Others of you sleep in (or your kids do) and you worship later in the day than usual. Some of you make sure the house is quiet for worship. Others have family members coming and going all through the worship time. I guess the question is not what everyone else is doing, but what is helping you? What helps you get your spirit ready for worship? What helps you get into worship? Whether you are alone or with a big family, special rituals each week can be very helpful.

This weekend we will start a new worship series we are calling, Solid Ground in Uncertain Times. We will be thinking about how our ancestors got through uncertain times. What gave them strength, courage and hope? What can we learn from their lives as we live through this time of uncertainty?

Old Testament scholar Dr. Walter Brueggemann talks about the recurring themes in the Bible of Orientation, Disorientation and then Reorientation. What helps us move from Disorientation to Reorientation?

We will celebrate Holy Communion this weekend. If you want to be really prepared for worship, these are some supplies you might gather up around your house before worship.

Supplies:  

·       Communion Bread and juice

            (or, water and almost any kind of food can work)

·       Paper and something to draw with for kids at prayer time.

·       Paper and pen for adults to reflect or journal.

We will have the Zoom fellowship time around 10:15 again this week. For those who are new or relatively new to our congregation, we invite you to go to the church webpage www.normalfirst.org and click on the Newcomers Fellowship Link there. Erika Cheeseman and I look forward to visiting with you in that “room.”  

Be well. Stay Connected. Keep growing in faith.

Pastor Kent

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Note:

Saturday service option is at 5pm 

Or, Sunday service option is at 9:30am 

There are a couple of ways to join in:

1.   www.normalfirst.org

2.   https://www.facebook.com/normalfirst/ (this is for Sunday morning service only)

You will be able to watch the service and join the Facebook watch party, if you like.   

Following the Sunday service, please join the virtual fellowship. This will begin at 10:15. Simply click the link below and follow the instructions for Zoom. 

Topic: Virtual Fellowship

Time: May 3, 2020 10:15 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88923332558?pwd=eTdhRHVDY3BlK2R1NDM4d2gvc0JNQT09

Meeting ID: 889 2333 2558

Password: 396097

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Meeting ID: 889 2333 2558

Password: 396097

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kd4aM2CWaU

During the fellowship time, you will have the option of “going to” a break-out room where there will be groups of 10 or so. This will make it easier to have conversations

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First United Methodist Church

Virtual Worship Service

May 2, 5pm

May 3, 9:30am

Prelude                “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott”               Walther

Welcome & Greeting                                        

Opening Hymn    “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”                   #117

Chorus                      “Where Children Belong”                    #2233 

Children’s Moment    Send Me On My Way”   Matthew 28:16-20

Scripture                       Genesis 12:1-3 (ESV)

Message     “Solid Ground in Anxious Times: Abram & Sarai”

Pastoral Prayer & Lord’s Prayer

Invitation to Offering

Communion

Hymn of Commitment      “My Life Is In You, Lord”            #2032

Blessing and Sending Forth

Postlude                    “We All Bow Down”        arr. Hayes

This Week in Worship – May 2 & 3, 2020