Avondale E-Worship
Youth Sunday 2020
"A Journey From Doubt to Hope"
Isaiah 41:8-10

“But you, Israel, are my servant.
    You’re Jacob, my first choice,
    descendants of my good friend Abraham.
I pulled you in from all over the world,
    called you in from every dark corner of the earth,
Telling you, ‘You’re my servant, serving on my side.
    I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.’
Don’t panic. I’m with you.
    There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.
I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.
    I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you."
Psalm 42:11

Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
    Why are you crying the blues?
Fix my eyes on God—
    soon I’ll be praising again.
He puts a smile on my face.
    He’s my God.
Matthew 14:29-33

Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus.
But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”
Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand.
Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?”
The two of them climbed into the boat, and the wind died down.
The disciples in the boat, having watched the whole thing, worshiped Jesus, saying, “This is it! You are God’s Son for sure!”
Spiritual Reflection

  1. When have you doubted the most?
  2. Where have you experienced the most hope in your life?
A Moment for Children
Parents, read over the lesson below and use it to stir thought and conversation as a family!
Can you think of something you have REALLY hoped for?
I remember the last time I went camping. I was super excited about hiking, riding bikes and cooking hotdogs for dinner over the fire. The forecast called for rain but with the car already packed and plans made, we went anyway and HOPED for the best.

Where does hope come from?
In the Bible we learn that our hope comes from the Lord. When we are hopeful we are prayerful about what it is we are wanting and trusting that God hears us and is with us. Hope can also be shared from one person to another. When we have hope we are able to share that hope with others through our actions.

How can we share hope?
Paint a rock with a kind or encouraging message and place it around the city. Just imagine someone out for a walk, finding your rock and the nice message filling them with hope!
Member Care Corner
"Show You Care - Task of the week"

Today we celebrate and give thanks for our high school senior class of 2020!
Please send a note of encouragement and hope as they embark on their next journey!
High School Seniors Class of 2020

Marin Blake
Brylie Major
Ben Meier
Statton Taylor
Caroline White
Grace White
Ava Zuyus
If you know of any member concerns or needs, please email Jim or call the church office and leave a message.

Online Directory Password: 1944A
Mission Corner

How can Avondale help spread hope during this time?

Little Free Food Pantry
South Tryon United Methodist Church

Consider donating nonperishable food items and self care products to the Little Free Food Pantry built by Girl Scout Troop 2150 that includes two of our youth, Mia Platt and Celeste Longshore.
Offering
Your Avondale Pledge

For those of you who contribute to your pledge through the offering plate on Sunday, there are many opportunities to fulfill your commitment including, mailing a check, PayPal or a one-time or reoccurring bank draft . Drafts can be setup or changed at anytime. Please contact Jacqueline for more information.
Self Care and Prayer
The Labyrinth is a sacred place set aside for you to reflect, pray, and worship God. The rhythm of walking empties the mind, relaxes the body and refreshes the spirit. 

The Labyrinth can be walked in four stages, allowing you to walk with your body and rest your mind.

Remember: Before walking the labyrinth take time in gratitude to be thankful for your life. Bless the people in your life. If there is a specific event or situation troubling you (like the coronavirus) bring it to mind and form a healing question if possible (such as why am I anxious about …).

Release: Walking into the labyrinth quiet the mind, let go of the chatter and release any tension. Open your heart to feel whatever it might feel. Become aware of your breathing making sure you are taking slow deep breaths. Relax and move at your own pace. 

Receive: While standing or sitting in the center, use this space as a place of reflection. Pause and stay as long as you like. Open yourself to God. Listen to God’s small, inner voice. Use this time to pray and be honest with God about the things you need to say. 

Return: While walking out of the labyrinth, take the same path you followed to go in. Walking out experience the sense of well-being, healing, energy, and peace.

Prayers You Might Choose to Offer

"I place myself in your presence O God."

"Thank you God for ______. I praise your name because you _______."

"Lord search me and know me for you have created me. Give me the strength to serve you and to _____."

While exiting, offer words of praise and thanksgiving!
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