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MORNING WORSHIP March 30, 2014 11:00 a.m.

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

Hananiah Pinto I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

“When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives…” Luke 19:29

PRELUDE

Choralpartita: Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig, BWV 768 (Be made welcome, kind Jesus) Jay Whatley, Organist

INTROIT

Johann Sebastian Bach

Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord Sanctuary Choir Dr. Terry Morris, Director of Music

THE GATHERING

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic† church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. Apostolic and Universal

In Your Footsteps Sanctuary Choir

Dan Forrest

John Ness Beck

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Rev. Ann Spears

The Lord be with you! And also with you! Rev. Terence Hagans

PRAYER RESPONSE

Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus Sanctuary Choir

LIFE OF THE CHURCH I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light I want to walk as a child of the light. I want to follow Jesus. God set the stars to give light to the world. The star of my life is Jesus.

In him there is no darkness at all. The night and the day are both alike. The Lamb is the light of the city of God. Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus. I want to see the brightness of God. I want to look at Jesus. Clear Sun of Righteousness, shine on my path, And show me the way to the Father. Repeat Refrain I’m looking for the coming of Christ. I want to be with Jesus. When we have run with patience the race, We shall know the joy of Jesus. Repeat Refrain Dr. Steve Wende With God’s help we will proclaim the good news and live according to the example of Christ. We will surround Nicole Ruth Perrin with a community of love and forgiveness that she may grow in her trust of God and be found faithful in her service to others. We will pray for her, that she may be a true disciple who walks in the way that leads to life eternal.

SUNG RESPONSE I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry "I was there to hear your borning cry, I'll be there when you are old. I rejoiced the day you were baptized, to see your life unfold.”

Go, Make of All Disciples “Go, make of all disciples.” We hear the call, O Lord, That comes from thee, our Father, in thy eternal Word. Inspire our ways of learning through earnest, fervent prayer, And let our daily living reveal thee everywhere.

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"Go, make of all disciples." We at thy feet would stay Until each life's vocation accents thy holy way. We cultivate the nature God plants in every heart, Revealing in our witness the master teacher's art.

Dr. Steve Wende

*SENDING FORTH

Rev. Cy Helm

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Refrain

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

*HYMN

"Go, make of all disciples." We welcome thy command. "Lo, I am with you always." We take thy guiding hand. The task looms large before us; we follow without fear; In heaven and earth thy power shall bring God's kingdom here.

*GREETING *HYMN

Matthew 6:9-13

"Go, make of all disciples," baptising in the name Of Father, Son, and Spirit, from age to age the same. We call each new disciple to follow thee, O Lord, Redeeming soul and body by water and the Word.

THE WORD IN SONG

THE LORD’S PRAYER

*HYMN

Take My Life, and Let It Be Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee. Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise. Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of thy love. Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for thee.

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Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King. Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from thee. Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold. Take my intellect, and use every power as thou shalt choose.

THE WORD IN SONG

Choralpartita: Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig, BWV 768 (Be made welcome, kind Jesus) Jay Whatley, Organist

Johann Sebastian Bach

* Please stand, as you are able.

Rev. Charles Thompson When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

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

PRELUDE

Take my will, and make it thine; it shall be no longer mine. Take my heart, it is thine own; it shall be thy royal throne. Take my love, my Lord, I pour at thy feet its treasure store. Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for thee.

FAITHFUL GIVING

*SUNG RESPONSE

Gilbert Martin

ALTAR FLOWERS The altar flowers today are given by Bill, Jill and Alex Scheel in honor of Ralph Scheel's 96th birthday.

*THE WORD IN SCRIPTURE Luke 19:29-40 Page 78, N.T Pew Bible Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise God, all creatures here below; Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise God, the source of all our gifts! Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts! Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

ACOLYTES Neko Perez

Kylo Perez

ACOLYTE ROBES The new acolyte robes were gifts to the church from the Epworth and Alpha and Omega Sunday School classes.

CLERGY ON-CALL

This is the Word of the Lord! Thanks be to God!

Rev. Charles Thompson, 832-668-1800, option 7

MESSAGE Journey to Jerusalem: Bethany

Dr. Steve Wende

Service of Communion and Healing in the Chapel, 12:05 p.m. Assisted Listening Devices are available from the sound console.


ANNOUNCEMENTS EVENTS

Skeeters Minor League Baseball Day Trip, May 7. Cost is $20 and includes transportation, ticket, hot dog, drink and chips. We have a block of tickets on hold, with a release deadline of April 7, so make your reservation NOW with Judy Saenz, 8332-668-1836 or jsaenz@fmhouston.com. The seats are in a shaded part of the stadium, close to concession stands and restrooms. We will leave from the Downtown Lobby by 9:30 a.m. and will return by 3:30 p.m. Sims Bayou Urban Nature Center Day Trip, Wed., April 2.Cost: $15. We will tour the picturesque 1.1-acre sanctuary in historic Park Place. Lunch at your own expense at Dot Coffee Shop. The bus will leave from the Downtown lobby at 9:15 a.m. and return by 2:30 p.m. Malta, Sicily, & Italy, October 5-18, 2014. Rev. Ann and Max Spears invite you to join them for the trip of a lifetime led by Biblical Archaeologist Dr. Jim Fleming, which will follow St. Paul from the shipwreck in Malta to his death in Rome. Hananiah Pinto will be available at the ministry fair on March 30 to answer any questions you may have about the trip. Please sign up as soon as possible; a $500 deposit is due now to hold your place. For more details go to fmhouston.com/italytrip. To register or for more information, contact Judy Saenz at 832-668-1836 or jsaenz@fmhouston.com.

MISSIONS You can make a difference for a family in need. Be part of a home repair team May 17-18. Contact the Missions Office at 832668-1819 or Jerry Abshire at 713-4592764.

WOMEN’S SPRING RETREAT April 4-6 at Laity Lodge in Leakey, Texas The cost is $240 per person for the weekend. To register or for information on the retreat, go to: www.laitylodge.org.

CHILDREN Main Street Indoor Park – Free: open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. – noon for parents/caregivers with infants – PK children. www.fmhkids.com.

YOUTH Attention Youth Parents !!! Disciple Now is an in-town retreat happening April 4-6 for any student 6-12 grade. The cost is $40. Music, food, activities, mission project, Bible study, discipleship. Sign up now; there are only a few spots left! After Tuesday, April 1, the cost is $60. Download the forms at http://launchfmh.weebly.com/forms.html Contact Amy Coleman at acoleman@fmhouston.com or 832-6681845 for more information.

UNITED METHODIST MEN Join us Saturday, April 12 when Sara and Henry Clines (Rev. Paul Clines’ parents) will speak on their mission activities in Honduras! Breakfast will be served starting at 7:30 in Fellowship Hall, and the program will begin at 8. This meeting is open to all members, ladies and gentlemen, of the First Methodist Community. Please note that Allen Houk now also gives a 10-15 minute Bible Study at each of our meetings.

WEEKDAY BIBLE STUDIES Tuesday Noon Bible Study Priscilla Shirer’s Gideon: Your Weakness, God’s STRENGTH through May 6. Lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. Thursday Noon Bible Study with Allen Houk. “The Book of Acts.” Lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m.

PORT HOUSTON Neighbors in Action will provide 400 snack bags for Port Houston students who will take the STAAR test at Port Houston Elementary this year. The students need the following donations: water bottles, cereal bars, individual raisin boxes, sugar free fruit snacks, and large Ziploc bags. Please contact Kathrin Meier at 832-434-8105 or kmeier@fmhouston.com.

FIRST PLACE 4 HEALTH We will begin the spring session, Living for Christ, on Wednesday, April 2. This 12-week Christ-centered healthy living program will help you put Christ in first place as you create balance in the four core areas of your life—emotional, spiritual, mental and physical. The results = weight loss and total health from the inside out! To register or for information, contact Janet Nolte (713664-7647) or Robin Milutin (832-6681861).


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