Note from Pastor:

As we continue to explore worship during this time, I would like to take a moment for you to consider what worship is.

The word worship originates from the Anglo-Saxon word, woerthan or weorthscipe, meaning To declare how much something is worth. Other words associated with woerthan/weorthscipe are sebomai meaning To lift up high; Proskuneo meaning To bow down; and Latrevo meaning To serve. Notice, each word associated with what we know as worship is a verb, an action. Concluding that worship is an action.
So I present to you a simple question; How are you going to worship this day?
Review of CUMC Sunday Worship Offerings:

8:30am – Drive-In Worship Service. Our drive-in worship service offers a time to be present in an in-person way while remaining in the comfort and safety of your vehicle. Lawn chairs are allowed during this service with masks and social distancing practices considered. Hymns, special music, scripture, and a message are shared during this traditional-style with a twist worship service.
10:00am – Streaming Worship Service/Limited In-Person Worship. Join us from the comfort of your home or for limited in-person seating for this traditional-style service. You can find us on FaceBook, our website, or on YouTube.

A few things to remember for those attending in-person: Seating is limited to the first 50 people and begins at 9:45am for the 10:00am service to ensure proper attendance/contract tracing requirements. Masks and social distancing are required, and we ask that you please remain in your seats throughout the service. Offering boxes are available when you arrive and upon departing, as an offering time in the service is not taking place. Hymn sing is unfortunately not taking place, but an anthem, pre and postlude music is being shared by our talented music staff.
Worship & Covid Updates
  • Following the CDC, DOH, State, and insurance recommendations, the nursery will remain closed and children 8 and under are asked to remain home and safe, and children/youth 9-17 are asked to remain with their parent or guardian at all times during the worship service and anywhere in the church facility, this includes the parking lot.

  • Due to social distancing and sanitary requirements, and under the advice of the Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, and insurance guidelines, we will not be hosting small groups, Bible Studies, ministries, outreach, or programming on the property of CUMC for the time being. When these guidelines change, we will be in contact with all Sunday School, ministry, outreach, and program leaders regarding a reopening plan.

8:30am Drive-In Worship, East Parking Lot
Join us for a Drive-In Worship Service in the East Parking Lot of CUMC.
You will be guided off of the University Entrance into a parking space. Please turn your radio to FM 88.1 and open your smart phone to our website or FaceBook page where you will find the Order of Service. Relax and enjoy this informal style of worship! Once the service concludes, you will be asked to exit out of the parking lot onto Copper. Please Note: No building/restroom access will be available and you will be asked to remain in your vehicle at all times.

10:00am Streaming Worship,
Join us for our On-Line Worship Service as we continue to explore the Scripture Lessons found in Genesis.
Children and Youth Ministries
  • Church 4 Kids Weekly Devotional is available to view on Sunday’s at 10:00am on 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 Sunday at 7:00pm. Please contact Pastor Kelly to be included in the zoom youth meet up at kellyb@centraltolife.org.
Adult Ministries
Every Wednesday, Pastor Greg’s Bible Study takes place. The study will be on the Book of Acts.
Read Acts 8:4-40
Questions we will discuss

  1. What is remarkable about Philips preaching to the Samaritans and their response
  2. Why is Simon captivated by certain aspects of Phillip’s activity?
  3. What is the purpose of the apostle’s visit from Jerusalem?
  4. What is Simon really interested in?
  5. Why do you think Peter gives Simon such a strong reply?
  6. How does Isaiah 53 provide Phillip a good opportunity to tell the “good news about Jesus”?
  7. What is the out of me of the conversation in the chariot?
Third Space Ministries
  • Brewery Ministry weekly e-devotional is available every Monday. Contact Pastor Kelly to be included in this weekly devotional: kellyb@centraltolife.org

October 2021 Educational Opportunities
Footsteps of Paul Cruise
Join Pastor Kelly for the Educational Opportunities FootSteps of Paul Cruise, October 3-14th 2021 (Tour: GC21, Code C, ID 55108). You will arrive in Venice from Albuquerque on October 3rd, and then on to Katakolon, Santorini, Ephesus, Mykonos, Athens, and Corinth. A pre-tour to Florence and a post-tour to Venice is also available. Additional information and registration information can be found on centraltolife.org or www.EO.travel. http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/files/uploads/GC21_55108_Brooks_005_FINAL.pdf

Contact Pastor Kelly with questions or scholarship information kellyb@centraltolife.org
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September 20, 2020
8:30am Drive-In Service

Welcome Music 

Welcome 

Call to Worship 
In the prayers and the praise,
in the words and the wonder:
we are given enough joy to live each day.
In the justice for the oppressed,
in the unexpected generosity for the lost:
we are given enough compassion
to use in service each day.
In the promises made to all,
in the mercy offered to each:
we are given enough grace to share each day.

Opening Hymn      Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

What a fellowship, what a joy divine
Leaning on the everlasting arms
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine
Leaning on the everlasting arms
Leaning, leaning
Safe and secure from all alarms
Leaning, leaning
Leaning on the everlasting arms

Opening Prayer & Lord’s Prayer 
Creator and loving God, in whom we live and move and have our being;
Grant to us a piety of heart and strength of purpose, that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will, and no weakness from doing it.
In your light may we see life clearly and in your service find perfect freedom;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord who taught us to pray….

Scripture Reading  Matthew 20: 1-16

Solo       “Come As You Are”        Dr. Karen Marrolli, solo

Sermon 

Central to Life & Catalytic Generosity 

Closing Hymn          Amazing Grace

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost
But now I'm found
Was blind, but now I see

Through many dangers
Toils and snares
I have already come
'Twas grace hath brought
Me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home

When we've been there
Ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun
We'll have no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we first begun

Blessing & Sending Forth 

Postlude
For at least the first few Sundays of our return to worship in our Sanctuary, those who stream or attend the service in person will notice one element missing: sung or spoken community responses. As Music Director, I would like to take this opportunity to both acknowledge the importance of congregational participation in worship and to explain why we will be starting off cautiously as we reenter sacred space.

There has been a great deal written and speculated about the possible role of aerosols in the spread of COVID-19. Unlike respiratory droplets which are generally accepted to fall to the ground within a short space, aerosols are smaller particles that can spread over larger distances and remain suspended in the air for longer periods. We produce these aerosols just by breathing, but we produce more through speaking or singing. The louder the collective noise, the more aerosols are produced, and these can tend to build up over time in indoor spaces. A single singer or speaker does not seem to pose a danger to others provided that they are positioned an adequate distance away, but there are lingering concerns about how much aerosol can be produced by multiple people singing or speaking at once. The science in this heretofore unexamined area is continuously evolving, and a number of first-of-their-kind studies are currently being done. Churches and Music Directors have been monitoring the progress of these studies for months and have chosen to respond in various ways. Many churches who have returned or plan to return to in-person worship are not allowing singing or spoken responses for the time being. Others are allowing a minimal amount of singing in masks. The good news is, these ongoing studies are very favorable to the practice of singing in masks and spaced a minimum of 6 feet apart to significantly reduce aerosol spread. Volume, not necessarily specific activity (singing vs. speaking) is emerging as the biggest factor in aerosol production. Suggestions for singing in groups also include keeping periods of singing down to 30 minutes, with outside being the safest venue and a large, well ventilated inside space with high ceilings as the next best. All of this information indicates that we should be able to quickly progress to singing short closing hymns at the end of our services. However, we all feel it best to err on the side of caution at the outset and introduce any congregational singing or responses after we have had a few weeks to assess our in-person worship practices, as well as to monitor the spread of the virus in our area.

So, for at least the first few weeks, expect the music in our services to be delivered by keyboard instruments, soloists, and video. Please be patient with us as we navigate this next chapter in our worship lives with everyone’s safety in mind.
September 20, 2020
10:00am Order of Service

Pre-Service Music

Welcome 

Call to Worship 
In the prayers and the praise,
in the words and the wonder:
we are given enough joy to live each day.
In the justice for the oppressed,
in the unexpected generosity for the lost:
we are given enough compassion
to use in service each day.
In the promises made to all,
in the mercy offered to each:
we are given enough grace to share each day.

Opening Prayer & Lord’s Prayer 
Creator and loving God, in whom we live and move and have our being; 
Grant to us a piety of heart and strength of purpose, that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will, and no weakness from doing it.
In your light may we see life clearly and in your service find perfect freedom;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord who taught us to pray….

Scripture Reading     Matthew 20: 1-16

Anthem         The Call        K. Lee Scott

Sermon 

Central to Life & Catalytic Generosity 
Creator and Forgiving God,
From your providing hand we receive more than enough.
Teach us your ways of justice
and lead us to practice your generosity,
so that we may live a life worthy of the gospel
made known through your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

Blessing & Sending Forth 

Musical Benediction      Amazing Grace

Postlude
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