Order of Worship: Sunday September 10th



Candle Lighting

Call to Worship

Opening Songs:

"We are Called"

"The Gift of Love"

Teacher Recognition

Scripture Readings

Romans 13:8-14

Psalm 148

Matthew 18:15-20

Responsive Prayer

The Word in Song: "How Great Thou Art"

solo--Brad Wallace

Message: Presence

Offering/Doxology/Offertory Prayer

Hymn of Praise: "Bind Us Together"

Prayers of the People/The Lord's Prayer

Closing Hymn--"We are the Church"



This Week at Grace:

Monday--Ministry Teams 6pm

Tuesday--Adult Bible Study-9am

Bells rehearsal 1030am

Discipleship team 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.

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

Merciful God,

You call us to turn away from behaviors and attitudes that belong to the darkness, to live honest and transparent lives as children of the light.

Teach us how to live as children of the light.


You call us love one another, to put the needs and interests of those around us above our own; to love others as deeply as we have been loved by You.

Teach us how to love as we have been loved.


You call us to deal honorably with one another, even those who have hurt or offended us; to work through our disagreements with love and integrity, and so to build up the Body of Christ.

Teach us how to live with love and integrity.


Give us hunger to know You more, so that we may do Your will, and walk in Your ways,




Call to Worship

L: Pilgrims on the way, when we feel lost and ask for a sign to show us the way out of our confusion,

P: We remember that when we gather to worship, we find God in our midst.

L: When we face obstacles and barriers that keep us from the life God has called us to,

P: We remember that God is always at work among us, protecting and tending our well-being.

L: When we cannot find our way out of conflict and discord,

P: We remember that God calls and equips us for the work of reconciliation.

L: When we struggle to pay attention to how God is at work all around us,

P: We remember God’s call to sit, eat, and tell one another the stories of God’s faithfulness.

L: Pilgrims on the way, when we watch for signs of God among us,

ALL: Let us remember that we too are signs of God’s presence for others! Amen.

The Scriptures for next week are:

Romans 14:1-13

Psalm 64

Matthew 18:21-35

Special Note received from the Food Shelf

-This note was sent to the area church pastors whose churches answered the call to fill the shelves quickly.

Good morning, Rick, Drew, Jen, Stephen, Jeffery, John and Monte,


I want to thank you all for the tremendous response to our call for emergency food shelf needs. I and the rest of our board and the community we serve remain ever so grateful for your support.

It is indeed, another example of the generosity of our broader community and living proof that you are vital to the work we do every day. 

Thank you for being part of a program that truly saves and changes lives.

Timothy Q. Moore

Board Chair

Lakes Area Food Shelf

Brad Wallace, Director of Music Ministries, will be retiring effective September 15, 2003. Brad has served Grace UMC for a number of years in this position, and we wish him well in the next phase of his "journey."


We will be honoring Brad's retirement during worship and fellowship time on Sunday, September 17. We encourage the congregation to bring or send cards and notes for this celebration and look forward to you joining us!

We are also very grateful for the job that Barb Wallace has done, as she stepped up to help with our tech needs for the past year plus!


The Staff-Parish Relations Committee has developed a new job description for a Music Leader and will begin actively seeking a person to fill this part of Brad's role for us. This person will plan, coordinate and implement music for all worship services throughout the year, as well as recruit, train, and equip volunteers/musicians within this ministry for both choir and Praise Team. If you know of anyone who might be looking for such a part-time position, please let us know. We will also be assessing the needs on the Media Technician side and make a determination on our best plan forward.

Thank you for your “grace” as we navigate this change.

--Grace SPRC Team


Mission Giving for September

In September our missional giving will go towards UMCOR to support the recovery efforts in Hawaii. If you choose to give to this mission, please make a note on your offering.


Please join us at 7:38am and 7:38pm during the month of September, as we pray these words together. There are bookmark sized handouts with this prayer on them in the Narthex if you still need one.

Here is a copy of the prayer.

738 Breakthrough PRAYER

God, we lift up this prayer to you.

Please do what we cannot do ourselves.

We need you to breakthrough into our lives, our congregation, and our community.

Use us together for unimagined new purposes on behalf of Christ.

Break through any barriers that stand in your way and hold us back.

In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen

The "Bells of Grace" handbell choir is ringing again every Tuesday at 1030am in the bell room. If you are interested in becoming part of this music ministry, you can be taught in one-on-one classes, please contact Ardie Morris 218-330-8565.

The Choir's mission statement says it all--Purpose and Fun! "The purpose of the Grace Handbell Ministry is to; enhance worship for the congregation and players by lifting up the Lord through music--and -- to bring fellowship and joy among players."

Many thanks to Sonja Palmer and her family who have gifted Sonja's xylophone from her high school percussionist days to the handbell choir. The wonderful sound of this instrument will surely enhance our handbells! Are you someone who has played this instrument before? Would you like to try?

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

Contact/Email Information: 218-568-5755

·      Church office (for all general inquiries and administrative/clerical duties)– graceumcpequotlakes@gmail.com

·      Pastor Jen Matthees – jenmatt20@gmail.com

·      Ann Hutchings-Congregational Care Assistant- graceumccare@gmail.com

Fall isn't quite here yet, but some of you are already heading south!

If you will be leaving, we would love to be able to stay in touch with you over the winter months. As you make your final arrangements to be gone, please drop Ann a note at graceumccare@gmail.com or call the office so we can make a note of how best to stay in touch.

Safe Travels!

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 jenmatt20@gmail.com. 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

Contact us concept with wood block and symbols at_ e-mail address and phone

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

Visit our website
Contact Information

 Grace United Methodist Church 

29318 Patriot Ave - P.O. Box 276

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Phone: 218-568-5755

Email: graceumcpequotlakes@gmail.com

Website: www.graceumcpequotlakes.org