This morning, Monday morning, I listened to a reflection from the Wakefield Cathedral in Great Britain. The Gospel lesson today from the Church of England’s lectionary was from Matthew 3 when Jesus is left behind in Jerusalem and Mary and Joseph go looking for him. Jesus is finally found in the temple. When quizzed by his parents, Jesus responds why didn’t they realize he would be in his father’s house. The priest talked about how many of us are asking where is Jesus since our common ways of recognizing Jesus in corporate worship, small groups and community are taken from us right now. When we ask Jesus where are you, Jesus looks at us and says you should have known where I am. I am in the face of grocery clerk; the healthcare worker; the lonely neighbor across the street. Where have you recognized Jesus this week?

In preparation for worship Sunday:

  1. This week’s scripture lessons are Acts 7:55-60, Psalm 31, 1 Peter 2:2-10, and John 14:1-14. Try reading them before services. The sermon is based on the John reading but the other texts will be referenced in the prayers of the day.
  2. Light a candle during the prelude to symbolize the presence of Christ in your midst.
  3. If you have a picture of your mother or another female in your life who acted as a strong influence, living or deceased, place the picture by the candle on your home altar for worship. We will use it during our time in worship.
Children and Youth Ministries
  • Children, youth and families are invited to join Pastor Kelly every weekday morning at 10:00am for a devotional and activity. We will post the daily video on our website and FaceBook page, with a link to a YouTube Channel.

  • Youth are invited to join Pastor Kelly for a youth zoom meet-up every Thursday at 10:00am. Please contact Pastor Kelly to be included in the zoom youth meet up at kellyb@centraltolife.org.
Adult Ministries
Pastor Greg is hosting a zoom Bible study devotional and check in every Wednesday at 6 PM. Please contact Pastor Greg to be included on the zoom invite at gkennedy@centraltolife.org
Third Space Ministries
Pastor Kelly is providing a weekly 3rd space devotional every Monday morning. Please contact Pastor Kelly to receive this third space devotional at kellyb@centraltolife.org .
This ministry helps keep members in contact with each other by writing notes to
someone in the congregation. If you would like to receive a note from a member of the Circuit Writers or be part of this ministry, please contact Cindy at pwcin1963@gmail.com.
For more information about the ministries of Central United Methodist Church,
email info@centraltolife.org, call the church office at 243-7834
or check out our website at www.centraltolife.org
May 10, 2020 Order of Service

  • Prelude

  • The Greeting
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
(All) Amen.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
(All) He is risen indeed, alleluia!

This is the day which the Lord has made.
(All) Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

  • Hymn of Praise..........Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee, 89 UMH

  • Opening Prayer (Ps 31, 1 Pet 2)
The Lord be with you
And also with you
Let us pray together:
We gather today O God, our guide and guardian, remembering those who have nurtured us, protected us, and helped us grow. We give you thanks for homes that accept us and affirmed us as your precious children. In the shelter of your healing love, fortify us as living stones, and build us into a spiritual home where all are welcome. In the name of Christ, our foundation and cornerstone, we pray, Amen.

  • Mother’s Day Interactive Moment           

  • Gospel Lesson: John 14:1-14                

  • Anthem..........“We Come Before You”..........Trad. Irish, arr. Karen Marrolli

  • Sermon        “Asking Questions”

  • Catalytic Generosity    

  • Doxology..........Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow, UMH 94

  • Prayers     

  • The Lord’s Prayer

  • Hymn to Engage the World..........Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, 133 UMH

  • Blessing 
Alleluia, Christ is risen.
(All) He is risen indeed, alleluia.

God the Father, by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead, strengthen you to walk with him in his risen life; and the blessing of God Almighty the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.
(All) Amen.

  • Dismissal              
Go in the peace of Christ, alleluia, alleluia!
(All) Thanks be to God, alleluia, alleluia!

  • Postlude..........“God to Enfold You”..........John Bell
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