Order of Worship: January 21st



"My Neighbor to Love", Presentation

Candle Lighting

Call to Worship

Opening Songs

"O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing"

"To God Be the Glory"

Scripture Readings

Matthew 16:13-23

Psalm 34:11-18

James 3:1-18

Responsive Prayer

Song: "Open My Eyes That I May See"

Message: "Controlling the Tongue"

Offering/Doxology/Offertory Prayer

Song: "Shout to the Lord"

Prayers of the People/The Lord's Prayer

Closing Hymn: "The Servant Song"



This Week at Grace:

Sunday-Jan 21-Special Fellowship, Bingo and Soup luncheon


Ad. Council 630pm


Bible Study 9am


LAFS Open House 3-6pm

If you are planning to meet at Grace UMC, you need to call ahead or email the office to reserve space and to get your meeting on the church calendar. To adjust for heating needs, Pastor Jen MUST know if/when you are meeting.

Church Office Phone:


Grace Office Hours

Monday - Thursday

9 a.m. to noon


Online--available at


In-Person Worship Sunday--9am

Responsive Prayer

 P: Oh, Lord! We fool ourselves into thinking that we control the world around us, but we control so very little.


L: Help us to control the one thing that we can, ourselves. Hold us back from so freely sharing our thoughts and feelings at the expense of others. May we always ask ourselves these questions before speaking:

P: Is it the truth?

Is it beneficial?

Is it necessary?

Is it kind?

L: Would we want someone else to say it about us? Will it bring honor to you?

P: Oh, Lord, let us grasp that just because we have the opportunity to talk doesn’t mean we should.


L: May we humble ourselves to you and be silent when the time calls for it but be bold and prepared to speak when needed. 

P: Let us speak in a way that draws others to you.

L: Let us be an example of how to engage the culture around us in a loving and courageous way.

ALL: In the One who spoke out boldly and yet at other times remained humbly silent depending on the situation – Amen!


Call to Worship

 L: We come here today not because we are clever, but because God welcomes slow learners.

P: We come here not because we are wise, but because God loves us in spite of our folly.

L: We come knowing that the greatest persons will be found

among those who humbly serve like Jesus did, and that the brightest ideas and the deepest truth will come from those who see themselves as little children in Christ’s school.

P: O Lord, open up our mind and our hearts and enable our lives to declare your praise.

ALL: We come to join our voices in praise to you. Amen.


The Scriptures for next week are:

Matthew 18:15-20

Psalm 131

James 4:1-10

Mission Giving for January

Our missional giving for December will be given to "My Neighbor to Love", a newer bridging partner to move people from homelessness to housing in the Lakes area.

 My Neighbor to Love Coalition – Guided by the love of God, our mission is to end homelessness and lift people out of extreme poverty in central Minnesota. (mntlc.org)

Please make a note on your gift if you want it designated to the monthly missions, thank you!

Please join together in prayer twice daily--7:38am and 7:38pm

Psalm 65:11

Copies of the latest Upper Room Daily Devotional are available to pick up in the Narthex. This is a wonderful daily guide, used by many for their personal prayer time.

Upcoming Blood Drives

Nisswa American Legion

Wednesday February 7th, 11-4

Call 1-800-733-2767.

Adult Bible Study

The Adult Bible Study group is putting out an invitation to anyone interested in bible study to join us. We have just started a study of the 12 minor prophets in the Old Testament are they are saying to us today.

We meet every other week in Classroom F at 4:00pm and our discussions usually end no later than 6:00pm. We each bring our favorite study bible with commentary and compare translations and what they say to us today. There are no dumb questions nor any one right answer. There is little if any lecture as we begin by reading the scripture and go immediately into discussion sharing our views as feels comfortable to each of us. All know they can join the discussion or remain quiet, but each is given an opportunity to share one's views. We will go into quite a bit of detail on each prophet, who he is, when he wrote, his audience and the time and culture he/they lived in from reading the introductory commentaries in each of our study bibles, then delve into the message, often no more than two chapters at a time in a session. We are beginning with Hosea and going thru them in the order they are presented in our bibles. If any of you have felt a desire to learn more about the minor prophets and what they tell us, come join us at 4 pm on January 31st for our next session.

Mark Your Calendars!

Sunday January 21st---BINGO and soup luncheon. After worship and a brief time of fellowship, we will play BINGO at 10:30, and then enjoy lunch together at 11:30.


The Art of Christianity

Come join the fun!

We will be having an informal discussion and review of Christianity expressed through art. This will be a visual presentation, open to opinions, thoughts, and individual interpretations. Snacks and beverages will be provided with a suggested donation of $5 to cover expenses.

There will be two separate events with different materials presented at each. Join one or both.

Saturday, February 17th, 11-2pm

Saturday, March 2nd, 11-2pm

It is time again to think of the weather when we decide to come to church for worship or activities. Please always make good personal choices for yourself. If a decision is made to cancel worship on a Sunday, we will post the information on our Facebook page, website, and an email will be sent. If you are part of a small group, please check with your group leader to see if you are meeting if there is any doubt.


How to view our worship service online

1-go to our website at www.graceumcpequotlakes.org

2-Along the top of the page, you will see a tab of options.

--on the right is a tab that says "Sundays"

--choose the "Grace Church Livestream" option

--this will take you to a collection of our services by date, where you can choose the most recent service, or others that you may have missed; when you have clicked the one that you want to view, you should see an arrow to click to make it play. It may be necessary to adjust your volume, based on your own computer system.

The church office is open Monday through Thursday, 9am until noon. The building and office are closed on Fridays and Saturdays.

Church office phone: 218-568-5755

· Church office (for all general inquiries and administrative/clerical duties)

[email protected]

·      Pastor Jen Matthees – [email protected]

·      Ann Hutchings-Congregational Care Assistant- [email protected]

If you have something that should be added to this newsletter from your group or mission, please speak with Pastor Jen or email the details to her at [email protected]. The E-Grace is generally completed by noon on Thursdays, so articles need to be received by Thursday 10am at the very latest.

If you wish to connect with me directly and it is not an emergency, please know that I will respond as needed during pretty regular office hours. I am generally in the church on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from at least 10-1, call the office to be sure, as my weeks may vary. I check my emails frequently throughout the day, and this is the best way to contact me. Friday is my day off as needs allow.

-Pastor Jen

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Important note

If you are mailing something to the church, you must use our P.O. Box for the address. We do not receive mail at the church, and if you use the physical church address it will get returned and could delay your notices to us or offerings.

P.O. Box 276

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

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Contact Information

 Grace United Methodist Church 

29318 Patriot Ave - P.O. Box 276

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Phone: 218-568-5755

Email: graceumc[email protected]

Website: www.graceumcpequotlakes.org