St. Luke’s United Methodist Church September 27, 2020
STL God’s Truth in the Lies We Tell Ourselves
order of worship S U N D AY, S E P T E M B E R 2 7, 2 0 2 0 PRELUDE Dr. Charles Goehring, Organ
WELCOME Rev. Jevon Caldwell-Gross
LIGHTING of ALTAR CANDLE HYMN Great Is Thy Faithfulness | No. 140
LITANY Based on Isaiah 41 Leader: Loving God, You know our lives have changed over the past few months in ways we would have never imagined. Yet, in the midst of anxiety, and uncertainty, we proclaim with faith... All: Our God is in Control Leader: As you lead us towards the path of justice, we recognize that this journey may be one weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never taken before and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always know the next right step. And yet, we keep moving because All: Our God is in Control Leader: God, our hearts break as a global pandemic and natural disasters continue to devastate the lives of so many. We struggle to find hope among the ruins and yet we cast all our cares on you because All: Our God is in Control Leader: As we worship today and gather to connect to you and serve your people- May we always remember that You O God, are in Control. All: Help us to let go of our anxieties and let You, God, be in Control. Leader: Amen
PRAYER TIME & THE LORDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PRAYER Rev. Nicole Caldwell-Gross 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.
ANNOUNCEMENTS CALL for OFFERING OFFERTORY Dance in the Rain | David Gaines New Song; Kathrine Kouns, Director
SCRIPTURE READING | Philippians 4:4-7 Ava Alessandrini
MESSAGE Fake News: Anxiety Defines Me Rev. Rob Fuquay
CLOSING SONG It Is Well Katy McCord, soloist; Kathrine Kouns and Jeff Rogers, vocalists
BENEDICTION POSTLUDE Dr. Charles Goehring, Organ
joys & concerns CONGRATULATIONS TO: Dan and Lindsay Gayle and big brother Jack on the birth of Wyatt Arthur Gayle, September 9
LUKE’S on the LOT | Thursdays – October • 6:30 – 7:15PM Join us for another outdoor worship service in the back of the parking lot, near door #16. Bring a lawn chair and mask for this socially distanced service. Enter through our main entrance or Holliday Drive and be sure to register at stlukesumc.com/event/426 so that we can prepare for your arrival! DRIVE-IN COMMUNION | October 4 • 2 – 3PM Receive communion and prayer with a pastor in the St. Luke’s parking lot on World Communion Sunday. Come anytime during this hour to receive sealed elements, or bring your own bread and juice. We look forward to seeing you!
GROW in your faith… ANCHORPOINT Our Sunday morning Bible Study is streamed each week at 8:45AM, 12:15, 3:15 and 6:15PM and is led by various pastors. Join us on the Watch Live page of our website. PET BLESSING | Sept. 27 • 4 – 5PM • Tent – near The Modge Any and all pets and human friends welcome – with social distancing and masks required! Treats and blessing cards will be available and your pet will receive a blessing in the form of hands-on love from a pastor. There will also be a special time to remember those beloved pets who have passed away this past year.
FAITH in the BALLOT BOX Mondays through Sept. 28 • 6:30 – 8PM • Zoom How do faith and civic engagement intersect? Does it really matter if we vote? How can we be anchored in our faith and active in our communities? Join Pastors Nicole and Mindie for a special 3-week class to explore these questions through Scripture and more! Register at stlukesumc.com/event/425. DIVORCE CARE | Through Dec. 14 • 6:30 - 8PM • Zoom While divorce is always hard, the pandemic may make it even more difficult. We want to be there for you during this difficult time. Consider joining our online DivorceCare on Mondays this fall. There is no registration fee; only a $15 fee (plus S&H) for the purchase of the workbook when you register directly with DivorceCare. Register at divorcecare.org/groups/124195. Questions? Email Kevin Davis at email@example.com. PUMPKIN FEST | Oct. 3 • 4 – 6PM • Tent Fall fun for the whole family! Come enjoy socially distanced crafts and games and grab dinner from a food truck. Bring your own chair and don’t forget your mask. We will have handwashing stations available for the safest fun possible! Space is limited so be sure to register at stlukesumc.com/event/417 soon.
THE NEXT QUESTION DISCUSSION GROUP
2nd and 4th Thursdays, through Nov. 12 • 6:30 – 8PM Engage in conversations on racial justice in this video web series that engages leaders, activists and thinkers to imagine an expansive racial justice. Hosts Austin Channing Brown, Chi Chi Okwu and Jenny Booth Potter are joined by others like Brené Brown, Nikole Hannah-Jones and Andre Henry. Register at stlukesumc.com/ lukesonline for the Zoom link and the video to watch before class. ONLINE STARTING POINT | Oct. 8 • 7 – 7:30PM • Zoom Join this casual conversation with lay members of the church for an opportunity to learn more about our ministries, ask questions and discover your next steps. A Zoom link will be sent after you register at stlukesumc.com/event/430.
ONLINE EXPLORING MEMBERSHIP CLASS Oct. 15 • 7 – 8:30PM • Zoom Hear the story of St. Luke’s and discuss what it means to become a member while exploring next steps in faith and service. Learn the process for formally joining St. Luke’s. A Zoom link will be sent when you register at stlukesumc.com/event/427.
GO in service to others… BRIDGES out of POVERTY CLASS Sundays through Oct. 25 • 3-5PM Outreach Ministry invites you to this 5 week online class to help you understand life in poverty. Join us if you serve in the community and want a deeper understanding of the challenges and strengths of poverty. Questions? Contact Andrea Leadford at leadforda@ stlukesumc.com. Sign up at stlukesumc.com/event/438. PRAYER TEAM An amazing transformation takes place when our families, community, and church are lifted up in prayer. If you would like to join others in our community who intercede, weekly, on behalf of the St. Luke’s community who need God’s presence and healing, contact Brandon Hale at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a weekly list of prayer requests.
Outreach Hotline: Our Benevolence Hotline can be reached Monday – Friday at 317-749-2129 or at email@example.com. Emotional and Spiritual Care Hotline: If you would like to speak with someone from our Care Team, please call 317-643-2293 between 8:30AM and 5PM, Monday – Friday.