THIS WEEKEND IN WORSHIP 

August 1 @ 5pm or August 2 @ 9:30am

          Several from the congregation completed a Bible Study in June on the ministry of Paul. These early days in the Church were a time when the Gospel message spread exponentially. It can be a bit surprising that this new, young Church movement was facing a lot of resistance and an uncertain future, and yet still growing.

            So what helped them to move forward and flourish? I’m sure there are many answers to that question, but my focus this weekend in worship will be on the strength of the relationships. I believe that knowing others well, sharing life with them, and caring for them in the good and bad times, made it possible for the disciples to move forward into an unknown world. 

            Margaret Wheatley, in the article “When Change is Out of Control”, wrote this: “It is possible to prepare for the future without knowing what it will be. The primary way to prepare for the unknown is to attend to the quality of our relationships, to how well we know and trust one another.” In Acts 2:43-47, we read of an example of this as the disciples, surrounded by uncertainty, continued to gather together, caring for those in need and worshipping God.  My hope is that we’ll continue to be creative in finding ways to tend to our relationships because it’s these relationships that will help us navigate the path ahead. 

            Look forward to worshipping with you this weekend.          

 Pastor Kathy

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Just a reminder that we will be having a Virtual Pet Parade during Zoom this Sunday 10:15am.

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.   

5:00 Service (Saturday) Virtual Fellowship – following the Service – https://bit.ly/2Wg2bEc

9:30 Service (Sunday) Virtual Fellowship – following the service – https://bit.ly/3cseKC1

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First United Methodist Church

Virtual Worship Service – August 1, 5pm and August 2, 9:30am

Welcome & Greeting                 

Prelude                         “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”                 arr. Hayes

Call to Worship

Hymn                                 “Many Gifts, One Spirit”                                #114

Prayer

Chorus                           “Where Children Belong”                          #2233 

Children’s Moment           Everywhere You Look                    Genesis 1– 2:3

Scripture                       Proverbs 3:5; Acts 2:43-47 (NRSV)

Message                                 “Relationships Matter”

Offertory Video        Celebrating What Makes Us United Methodist

Communion

Hymn of Commitment   “One Bread, One Body” (vs, 1, & 3)                 #620

Blessing and Sending Forth

Postlude                      “Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ”                  Buttstedt

This Weekend in Worship – August 1 & 2, 2020