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When we are not in the seasons  of
Advent, Christmas, Lent or Easter,
we are in the growth period of Ordinary Time -
marked by the living and hopeful color of Green.

While the 'seasons' of the church year
focus upon one aspect of the presence of God in our lives,
Ordinary Time celebrates all aspects and occurs twice
in the Liturgical / Christian calendar.
First during the time between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday,
and then again between Pentecost and Advent.
This is why this Sunday we pick up where we left off,
at Ordinary Sunday Eleven.

May your Ordinary Time be EXTRA-ordinary!

~ Worshiping God ~

~ HYMNS FOR THIS SUNDAY ~

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

I Know Whom I Have Believed

Great Is Thy Faithfulness



Sunday, August 6, 2017

18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

SERVICE OF THE TABLE

SUMMER HYMN SING #4
~ Genesis 32:22-31 ~ The Struggle ~

8:30 a.m.  - Worship on the Water
10:30 a.m. - Worship at The LOCC

~ Flowers for this Sunday ~

8:30 - Julie & Rick von Haam in memory of their parents

10:30 - Andrea and Dick Wuori
dedicated to the students and teachers
returning to classrooms this week
and hoping for a successful year of learning

~ Ushers for this Sunday ~

8:30 a.m. - Mary Jo & Bill Thompson; Julie & Rick von Haam

10:30 a.m. - Andrea & Dick Wuori



Poor Jacob. First he couldn't sleep due to a dream. And NOW God comes to him and picks a fight!

This story will be illuminated in several ways this Sunday. One of which is one of Charles Wesley's greatest hymns. But not necessarily one that is on Hit Parade that often - unfortunately.

Charles had a way of weaving together profound theology and scriptural language into lyrical form which is unmatched. Wesley's songs were created for use of the people called Methodists, and were also intended for devotional use as well - a way of teaching theology and about the life of a Christian.

"Wrestling Jacob," also known as "Come, O, Thou Traveler Unknown." will lead us through worship like a maze. The lack of public attention this hymn receives may have something to do with its length, as well as the fact that it is difficult to eliminate verses of the song without disrupting the structure and flow of the story.
 
The hymn takes an "inside-out" allegorical approach to scripture. This method looks at the text, places the person inside the story as if it part of their own experience, and reinterprets it. In particular, "Wrestling Jacob" is a meditation on Charles Wesley's own conversion through the story of Jacob and the angel found in Genesis 32:22-32, Sunday's Hebrew Scripture lesson. Charles becomes Jacob while the angel becomes a figure of Christ.
 
These lines are rich. They are beautiful. They are moving. The tune hauntingly redemptive.
 
Take a moment and read through the text of these lines. Place yourself in the story. Come ready to sing nine of the fourteen original stanzas. (not all at once I assure you)
 
Gathering
 
1.  Come, O thou Traveler unknown, Whom still I hold, but cannot see!
My company before is gone, And I am left alone with Thee;
With Thee all night I mean to stay, And wrestle till the break of day.
 
2.  I need not tell Thee who I am, My misery and sin declare;
Thyself hast called me by my name, Look on Thy hands, and read it there;
But who, I ask Thee, who art Thou? Tell me Thy name, and tell me now.
 
Refrain:
'Tis Love! 'tis Love! Thou diedst for me! I hear Thy whisper in my heart;
The morning breaks, the shadows flee, Pure, universal love Thou art;
To me, to all, Thy mercies move; Thy nature and Thy Name is Love.
 
 
Opening Hymn
 
3.  In vain Thou strugglest to get free,  I never will unloose my hold!
Art Thou the Man that died for me?  The secret of Thy love unfold;
Wrestling, I will not let Thee go,  Till I Thy name, Thy nature know.
 
4.  Wilt Thou not yet to me reveal; Thy new, and unknown loving Name?
Tell me, I still beseech Thee, tell; To know it now resolved I am;
Wrestling, I will not let Thee go, Till I Thy Name, Thy nature know.
 
5.  My strength is gone, my nature dies, I sink beneath Thy weighty hand,
Faint to revive, and fall to rise; I fall, and yet by faith I stand;
I stand and will not let Thee go ; Till I Thy Name, Thy nature know.
 
Refrain:
'Tis Love! 'tis Love! Thou diedst for me! I hear Thy whisper in my heart;
The morning breaks, the shadows flee, Pure, universal love Thou art;
To me, to all, Thy mercies move; Thy nature and Thy Name is Love.
 
 
Prayer Response
 
6.  Yield to me now, for I am weak, But confident in self-despair;
Speak to my heart, in blessings speak, Be conquered by my instant prayer;
Speak, or Thou never hence shalt move, And tell me if Thy Name is Love.
 
7.  My prayer hath pow'r with God in grace; Unspeakable I now receive;
Through faith I see Thee face to face, I see Thee face to face, and live!
In vain I have not wept and strove; Thy nature and Thy Name is Love.
 
Refrain
'Tis Love! 'tis Love! Thou diedst for me! I hear Thy whisper in my heart;
The morning breaks, the shadows flee, Pure, universal love Thou art;
To me, to all, Thy mercies move; Thy nature and Thy Name is Love
 
 
Closing Hymn
 
8.  The Sun of righteousness on me; Hath rose with healing in His wings,
Withered my nature's strength from Thee; My soul its life and succor brings;
My help is all laid up above;  Thy nature and Thy Name is Love.
 
9.  I know now, Savior, who Thou art. Jesus, the feeble sinner's friend;
Nor wilt Thou with the night depart. But stay and love me to the end,
Thy mercies never shall remove; Thy nature and Thy Name is Love.
 
Refrain
'Tis Love! 'tis Love! Thou diedst for me! I hear Thy whisper in my heart;
The morning breaks, the shadows flee, Pure, universal love Thou art;
To me, to all, Thy mercies move; Thy nature and Thy Name is Love

Now - click to listen to the video - close your eyes -
sit quietly and prayerfully - and allow it to take you in.


See you Sunday!
  Gary
Pastor of Worship, Communication & Liturgical Arts

~ Growing Spiritually as Individuals and as a Community ~

Fall Bible Study 2017

Sept 6 & 20; Oct 4;
Nov 1, 15 & 29



CROATIA MEETING

Sept 10, 5 p.m.
at The LOCC

LOCC MOVIE NIGHT
Friday, Sept 29


LOCC HOUR of POWER

Mondays ~ 11:45 a.m.

Family Life Center
First United Methodist Church
Greensboro Campus



Our Calendar At A Glance

~ LOCC HOMECOMING, Wednesday, Sept 14
5:30 p.m. at The Pavilion

~ LOCC MOVIE NIGHT -  Friday, Sept 29, 6 p.m.

~ LOCC FALL BIBLE STUDY
Selected Wednesdays, 3 p.m. at The LOCC
Sept 6 & 20; Oct 4; Nov 1, 15 & 29

~ LAKE OCONEE MOVES - Parkinson's Support Group
Saturday, August 5, 1 - 3:30 p.m. at The LOCC

~ MUSIC THERAPY will begin meeting again in August

~ LOCC Hour of Power - WEEKLY - Mondays, 11:45 a.m.
FUMC Family Life Center, Greensboro

~ Dementia Support Group for Caregivers
Second & Fourth Tuesdays  10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
August 22

~ Support Groups for Families dealing with Addiction
6:15 - 7: 45 p.m. at The LOCC
August 9 & 23; Sept 6 & 20

~ 12 Step Group for Families dealing with Addiction
6:15 - 7:45 p.m. at The LOCC
August 16 & 30; Sept 13 & 27

~ You are invited to browse the resource library in the conference area ~
 
click to contact Karen Kludt

~ Serving Our Neighbors ~


LOCC  Birthdays This Week

Aug 6 - Alan Chaney     Aug 10 - Alpha Rogers

Support Group for Families dealing with Addiction
6:15 - 7: 45 p.m. at The LOCC
August 9 & 23; Sept 6 & 20

12 Step Group for Families dealing with Addiction
6:15 - 7:45 p.m. at The LOCC
August 16 & 30; Sept 13 & 27

~ You are invited to browse the resource library in the conference area ~
 
You are invited to browse the resource library
on the shelf in the conference area at The LOCC.
Check out any book by providing your name and contact info.



- Concerns of the Community -
  Please support these through your prayers.   Click the links to send an email.


Verdain Barnes ( click to email Joyce )
Tom Bingham (friend of the Crosbys)
Jim Hall
Jeanne Herrero (friend of the Martincics)
Kate Hessenthaler (friend of the Gieslers)
Nancy Hogg (friend of Kathy Stephan)
Tori Hosbrook (niece of Carla Thornton )
David Huggins (friend of Ginger Cargile)
Lynne Majewski
Jean Newland (friend of the Verners )
Jeff Newton (brother of June Cook)
Ricky Newsom
Janice O'Kelley (friend of Ginger Cargile)
Lyn Renwick (mother of Rosie Herrmann)
Caleb Trempe (nephew of Tim Merrill )
Heather Urban (daughter of Kathi)
Renee Vetter (friend of Roger Schurig )
Brittney Vincent (daughter of the Elzys)
Shannon Bray Weathington (Daughter of Sharon Bray)
Linda & Bob Weisflog

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