Order of Worship: Sunday August 13th



Candle Lighting

Call to Worship

Opening Songs

"Great is the Lord"

"I will call upon the Lord"

Unison Prayer

The Word in Song

"Sweet Hour of Prayer"

Scripture Readings

Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22

Romans 10:5-16

Matthew 14:22-33

Message--"A Need for Focus"

Song of Praise

"Precious Lord, Take my Hand"

Prayers of the People/The Lord's Prayer


Doxology/Offertory Prayer

Closing Hymn--"In Christ, there is no East or West"



This Week at Grace:

Monday--SPRC 6pm

Tuesday--Adult Bible Study-9am

Prayers around the Fire 7pm

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.

Church Office Phone:


Grace Office Hours

Monday - Thursday

9 a.m. to noon


Online--available to view any time after 10:15am

Sunday morning.


Unison Prayer

Father God, we thank you for your faithfulness throughout the generations. By faith, we see your mighty hand in creation and in the lives of your people throughout history. By faith, your children have followed you through the wilderness. By faith, your people have called out to you for peace and mercy. By faith, we call out for the helping hand of Jesus. By faith in Him, your children have been rescued from sin. Help me to have faith in your promises. Help me to fix my eyes on you as I boldly step forward. Help me to walk by faith and not by sight. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.





Call to Worship

L: Beloved disciples, welcome. As we gather, what are you seeking?                                                   P: We seek God’s presence.         

L: Beloved disciples, if God’s presence is all around us, what are you seeking?                                                   P: We seek to recognize God’s presence among us.   

 L: Beloved disciples, if God is among you, what are you seeking?                                                    P: We seek God in the faces of family, friends, and neighbors.                                            L: Beloved disciples, if God is in the face of your neighbor, what are you seeking?                                                     P: We seek God in the search and the work for peace and wholeness for all God’s creation.                                                            L: As we gather today, may we meet God in our seeking and in our finding.                                                                                          ALL: Amen.

Why is there a mobile fire pit set up in the Narthex?

It is to remind you to come to Grace on Tuesday night at 7pm for "Prayers around the Fire". Bring your lawn chairs, your bug spray, and your prayers to be lifted up as we gather together around the fire. This is a casual event, and all are welcome!

If you cannot attend but would like to submit a prayer to be shared, please contact Pastor Jen by the usual methods.

Please join us in worship on the 20th as we welcome the newest members to our faith community!

The scriptures for Sunday the 20th

Romans 11:1-8,11-12

Psalm 133

Matthew 15:10-20


Mission Giving for August

In August our missional giving will go to a number of projects that will benefit our teachers, school support staff and students. We are still working out the details with a local school, but we hope that you will be generous as usual to support "Back to School" missions.

We are very grateful for the wonderful gifts given during our special offering time on the 6th. This has given us a wonderful base to start from as we make decisions on how best to use these gifts for both teachers and students in our community. We continue to dream as these blessings unfold throughout the month.

I want to express my gratitude for the many hands who made our combined service with Our Savior's Lutheran Church such a success.

To the ushers and greeters, that you for making our guests feel welcome!

To the guys in the parking lot, thank you for managing the chaos and making it work!

To the voices who sang with the OSL choir, thank you for the extra rehearsal time that you gave!

To the communion servers, thank you for your help, and I am so sorry that I forget to give you communion!

To those that brought in extra treats, served, and cleaned up, thank you!

To the Grace family as a whole, thank you for showing the Pequot Lakes what it looks like to be God's people together!

--Peace and love,

Pastor Jen

We wanted to take time to thank those of you who responded to our recent letter from the Finance Committee alerting you to Grace UMC’s financial needs.  It is such a blessing to know that we can count on you.

Your support is invaluable to us. Your consistent giving to the general fund supports our programs, maintains our church building and grounds and provides materials and much more. We are grateful to all of the church’s donors. With your help, we can continue to reach out to our community with the love of God.

Watch for a financial quarterly update in the E-Grace soon.


Finance Committee of Grace UMC

The church office will now be open Monday through Thursday, 9am until noon. The building and office will be closed on Fridays.

Contact/Email Information: 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.

-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