THIS WEEKEND IN WORSHIP 

May 2 @ 5pm or May 3 @ 9:30am

In the 1960s, segregation was the law of the land. Jim Crow laws ensured unequal rights and discrimination. If your skin color happened to be brown or black, you were often not allowed to vote. Lynching was still a relatively common tool of intimidation. Into this era stepped a minister from Atlanta, Georgia. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. unified and empowered the Civil Rights Movement. He did much of this by applying the biblical story of Exodus to the struggle for freedom in his day. He compared the discrimination of racism to the oppression and slavery of the Pharaoh. He helped people accept that suffering and struggle were part of the journey to the Promised Land. He gave people hope that they would someday arrive to the Promised Land of justice and freedom, because God was on the side of freedom and justice for all persons.

This is just one example of how the biblical story of the Exodus has inspired and empowered people of faith throughout the generations. In this dramatic story, as Moses is called and leads the people toward freedom, our ancestors found a story (or stories) that guided them through their own struggles. This weekend in worship we will take another look at this biblical narrative, and think about how it can provide “Solid Ground” for us in “Uncertain Times.”

To prepare for the music in worship, Janna suggests you enjoy this link to the song, In Christ Alonehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16KYvfIc2bE

Whether you get all dressed up or come in your PJs, I look forward to worshiping with you this weekend.

Pastor Kent

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

9:30 Service (Sunday) Newcomers Virtual Fellowship – following the service

https://bit.ly/2WemFwJ

First United Methodist Church Virtual Worship Service

May 15, 5pm and May 16, 9:30am

Welcome & Greeting                                        

Prelude                                         “Go Down, Moses”                      arr. Burleigh

Call to Worship

Hymn                                               In Christ Alone”                                  #3105

Chorus                                    “Where Children Belong”                            #2233 

Children’s Moment                      Go the Distance”                           Acts 3:1-6

Scripture                            Zechariah 9:12; Exodus 3:10-11 (ESV)

Special Music                              “Pharaoh, Pharaoh”

Message                       “Solid Ground in Anxious Times: Moses”

Pastoral Prayer & Lord’s Prayer

Invitation to Offering

Sharing “The Other Side of the Virus: An Opportunity to Awaken” by Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM                                       Read by Kathy Gossard

Hymn of Commitment   “I’ve Got Peace Like a River”                         #2145

Blessing and Sending Forth

This Weekend in Worship – May 16 & 17, 2020