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Order of Online Worship :
Sunday, May 3

Welcome

Opening Songs
"Jesus, Name Above All Names”
& “Lord of the Dance”

Children's Message

Scripture Reading  
Psalm 23 & John 10:1-10

Special Music
" One Bread, One Body"
-Praise Team-

Message
"The 23rd Psalm—Words of Comfort"

Holy Communion

Announcements

Blessing

Closing Hymn
" Precious Lord Take My Hand"

Communion Sunday at Home:

Although we may be apart, there are countless things we can still do together as the body of Christ like pray, read scripture, and stay in touch through social media, phone calls, and emails. This Sunday, we also celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion. To prepare to receive Communion at home, I ask you to have bread and juice ready at your own “Table of the Lord” in your home. I would also ask that you follow these directions as we participate together:
 
First, I would ask that you take a Bible that you have in your home and turn to the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 26:26-30. It says: “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. (Please read these words in your home as I am recite them at the altar at the church.)
 
Next, as I raise the bread and break it and as I raise the cup to be blessed, please do the same with your bread and juice at home. By doing so, this will symbolically bless all our bread and juice together.
 
Finally, share with one another the body and blood (the bread and juice) of our Lord and Savior, saying, “Receive the body…receive the blood…of our Lord Jesus Christ.” After our time of Communion is over, in your homes and on the church video, I will conclude with a time of prayer. 
 
I’m excited for all of us to participate in this very holy sacrament! This is one more way we worship our Lord together even when we are apart!
 
Blessings…Pastor Gary
Grace Financial Giving Update:

Thank you to all those who have mailed in their giving checks. We gratefully appreciate it! 
We have updated our website to include an option for online giving (via PayPal). Please visit www.graceumcpequotlakes.org/online-giving . Offerings can also still be mailed to Grace UMC at P.O. 276, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472.
New Lay Leader at Grace
We welcome our new Lay Leader, Peggy Johnson! Peggy brings with her many years of church leadership experience. She is excited to take on this new position during this time of the pandemic and pastoral transition. We look forward to her leadership and guidance.

What is a "Lay Leader"?
The word "laity" comes from laos , meaning "people of God," and used to describe members of a congregation. The lay leader is the local church official who serves as the primary lay representative of the local church. The lay leader has specific responsibilities detailed in The Book of Discipline . To learn about lay leadership read here .
New Church Guidelines
This week, we received new guidelines from the Minnesota Annual Conference to continue to suspend in-person worship through May 30. Also, Gov. Walz extended the stay-at-home order until May 18. Grace leaders will be meeting to determine how we best follow these recommendations and plan for the future. If you have thoughts or concerns, please contact Andrea Langhoff at andreaatgrace@tds.net or 715-470-3131.

To read more about MN recommendations click on these links:
May & June Upper Room
The Upper Room is a daily devotional that is available bi-monthly at Grace. Due to the building closure we will be mailing copies of The Upper Room by request. If you would like to receive the May-June Upper Room please call (218-568-5755) or email Ann Hutchings in the church office.
Rummage Sale: On Hold
Grace's annual rummage sale is currently postponed due to current government regulations. Please do not drop off any donated items in the church building and/or in the garage at this time . Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Conference Compassion Campaign
A message from the Minnesota Annual Conference: Thanks to the creative efforts of clergy, worship, and outreach teams, church members are gathering around computer screens, mobile phones and tablets, and radios, and in parking lots. The sharing of ideas, resources, and encouragement across the Minnesota Conference has fueled a spirit of collaboration and possibility in this uncharted territory we are navigating amid COVID-19. But we know ministry goes beyond worship. United Methodists across Minnesota are seeking to be the hands and feet of Christ in their communities. To help us rally that spirit of compassion, we invite you to help us launch a conference-wide COVID-19 Compassion Campaign and live into our 2020 Annual Conference theme “Be the Light, Live Hope!” This campaign is an expansion of our “Masks for Minnesota” effort and also includes feeding our neighbors and performing acts of kindness. Join this initiative and tell us what you're doing so we can celebrate efforts across the Minnesota Conference. Click here to read more about the campaign.

Two ways to be "be light" in the Grace community:
Community Support
Thank you to those who have signed up to lend a hand. Grace family, if you need assistance with anything let us know! Use this form or contact Pastor Gary, Andrea, or the church. We have helpers ready to assist!

Contact Information
 Grace United Methodist Church 
29318 Patriot Ave - P.O. Box 276
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
Phone: 218-568-5755
Email:  graceumc@tds.net