Senoia United Methodist Church....A Missional and Discipling Congregation 
The Weekly Connection 
April 1, 2021
In this edition of the Weekly Connection:

Worship
  • Information on In Person Worship
  • Order of Worship for Maundy Thursday
  • Order of Worship for Sunday, April 4
  • 10am In Person & VIRTUAL Worship on Facebook Live
  • 11:30am Worship in the Meditation Garden
  • Video of Last Sunday's Service
  • Video of Lenten Concert
  • Holy Week Schedule

CIA: Mission & Outreach / Health & Wellness
  • I-58 Mission: April Focus & Current Needs
  • Art Show
  • NON-CERTIFICATION CPR/AED/Chocking Training

Connextion Groups & Spiritual Growth
  • Senoia Prays Walk
  • Spirit Journey
  • New Study After Easter
  • Our Hymn - A Closer Look: "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today"

SUMC Info
  • eGiving
  • SUMC Online Giving: Accepting Credit and Debit Cards
  • Church Calendar
  • Church Staff
Worship
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Palm Sunday



Scripture:
John 12:12-16



Sunday, April 4, 2021
Easter Sunday

Join us In Person With a Reservation
or
on Facebook at 10am:

~OR~
In Person in the Garden at 11:30am

Scripture:
John 20:1-18


Everyone on church property will need to observe social distancing and wear a mask covering both mouth and nose.
Please note:

Maundy Thursday
Worship in the Sanctuary Maundy Thursday at 7:00pm will be In Person (LIMIT 50 First Come Basis)
& Virtual on Facebook Live

Good Friday
Worship Virtual on Facebook Live
at Noon and 6pm

Easter Sunday
Worship in the Sanctuary Easter Sunday
at 10:00am
will be In Person (LIMIT 50
Reservations Needed for Easter Sunday)
& Virtual on Facebook Live

AND

Outside worship in person (no limits)
this Sunday
in the Meditation Garden at 11:30am
Order of Worship for Maundy Thursday
April 1, 2021
In the Sanctuary
Join Us In Person (LIMIT 50 first come basis) at 7pm
Or on Facebook

View the Video Afterwards online at http://www.senoiaumc.org/sermons
 
Maundy Thursday

7:00
 
The Worship of God
 
 
The Words of Welcome                                                xRev. Ashley Jenkins, Pastor

The Chiming of the Hour           xxxxxxxxxxx Jim Preece, Organist/Choirmaster

The Lighting of the Candles          xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx The Organ Voluntary

The Handbell Meditation                                                          The Carillion Choir
The Gift of Love - Kevin McChesney

Confession and Pardon
Friends, Christ shows us his love by becoming a humble servant.
Let us draw near to God and confess our sin in the truth of God’s Spirit.
Most merciful God, we your Church confess that often our spirit
has not been that of Christ.
Where we have failed to love one another as he loves us,
where we have pledged loyalty
to him with our lips, and then betrayed, deserted,
or denied him, forgive us, we pray;
and by your Spirit make us faithful in every time of trial;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
All Pray In Silence
 
Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ.
But Christ suffered and died for us, was raised from the dead
and ascended on high for us,
and continues to intercede for us. Believe the good news:
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven! Glory to God. Amen.

Response
Glory to God in the highest and peace to all people on earth.
 
*The Hymn                    Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle                  UMH 296
Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle,
sing the ending of the fray;
now above the cross, the trophy,
sound the loud triumphant lay:
tell how Christ, the world's Redeemer,
as a victim won the day.

Tell how, when at length the fullness
of th' appointed time was come,
Christ, the Word, was born of woman,
left for us his heavenly home;
showed us human life made perfect,
shone as light amid the gloom.

Thus, with thirty years accomplished,
went he forth from Nazareth,
destined, dedicated, willing,
wrought his work, and met his death.
Like a lamb he humbly yielded
on the cross his dying breath.

Faithful cross, thou sign of triumph,
now for us the noblest tree,
none in foliage, none in blossom,
none in fruit thy peer may be;
symbol of the world's redemption,
for the weight that hung on thee!

Unto God be praise and glory:
to the Father and the Son,
to th' eternal Spirit honor
now and evermore be done;
praise and glory in the highest,
while unending ages run.

*Gospel Lesson    xxxxxxxxxxxxxx Luke 22:7-23
The Day of Unleavened Bread arrived, when the Passover had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John with this task: “Go and prepare for us to eat the Passover meal.”

They said to him, “Where do you want us to prepare it?”

Jesus replied, “When you go into the city, a man carrying a water jar will meet you. Follow him to the house he enters. Say to the owner of the house, ‘The teacher says to you, “Where is the guestroom where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?” ’ He will show you a large upstairs room, already furnished. Make preparations there.” They went and found everything just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover meal.

 When the time came, Jesus took his place at the table, and the apostles joined him. He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. I tell you, I won’t eat it until it is fulfilled in God’s kingdom.” After taking a cup and giving thanks, he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. I tell you that from now on I won’t drink from the fruit of the vine until God’s kingdom has come.” After taking the bread and giving thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, he took the cup after the meal and said, “This cup is the new covenant by my blood, which is poured out for you.

“But look! My betrayer is with me; his hand is on this table. The Human One goes just as it has been determined. But how terrible it is for that person who betrays him.” They began to argue among themselves about which of them it could possibly be who would do this.

Sermon

*The Hymn                  xxxxWe Sang Our Glad Hosannas   zzzTFWS 2111, v. 1-4
We sang our glad Hosannas,
and waved our branches high,
but some were silent, frowning,
as Jesus rode on by.
They sought a royal Savior
but did not understand
a king could rule by loving,
instead of by command.

We heard an angry Jesus
in Temple courts declare,
"Be gone, you moneychangers!
This is a house of prayer."
Though many came for healing
and stayed to hear his word,
still others, hostile, plotted
and thus his death assured.

We served him at the table
with wine, unleavened bread.
"The one who will betray me
now eats with me," he said.
His friends would not believe him,
but one by one that night,
as soldiers came to take him,
they scurried out of sight.

We saw a suffering Jesus
alone, without a friend,
and heard the voices shouting
abuse until the end.
We wept as we stood watching
Love's light grow dim and die,
and cried, "Why did this happen?
God, tell us, tell us why!"

Great Thanksgiving
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. 
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
 
It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere
to give thanks to you,
Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
You formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life.
When we turned away, and our love failed, your love remained steadfast.
You delivered us from captivity, made covenant to be our sovereign God,
and spoke to us through the prophets.
And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
 
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
 
Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.
Your Spirit anointed him to preach good news to the poor,
to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
and to announce that the time had come
when you would save your people.
He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and ate with sinners.
By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection
you gave birth to your Church,
delivered us from slavery to sin and death,
and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.
When the Lord Jesus ascended, he promised to be with us always,
in the power of your Word and Holy Spirit.
 
On the night in which he gave himself up for us,
he took bread, gave thanks to you,
broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:
"Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me."
 
 When the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks to you,
gave it to his disciples, and said:
"Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
 
And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice,
in union with Christ's offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,
that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.
By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other,
and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory
and we feast at his heavenly banquet.
Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,
all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and forever. 
Amen.
 
Sharing of the Cup and Loaf

The Duet           xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxNancy Lewis, Soprano; Jean Cotton, Alto
The Upper Room - Don Besig

*The Hymn              xxxxxxBeneath the Cross of Jesus                          UMH 297
Beneath the cross of Jesus
I fain would take my stand,
the shadow of a mighty rock
within a weary land;
a home within the wilderness,
a rest upon the way,
from the burning of the noontide heat,
and the burden of the day.

Upon that cross of Jesus
mine eye at times can see
the very dying form of One
who suffered there for me;
and from my stricken heart with tears
two wonders I confess:
the wonders of redeeming love
and my unworthiness.

I take, O cross, thy shadow
for my abiding place;
I ask no other sunshine than
the sunshine of his face;
content to let the world go by,
to know no gain nor loss,
my sinful self my only shame,
my glory all the cross.

Closing Prayer

*Depart in Silence - once the pastor exits, please depart in silence
 


 
Order of Worship for This Sunday
April 4, 2021
In the Sanctuary
Join Us In Person (LIMIT 50 with Reservation) at 10am
Or on Facebook Live

View the Video Afterwards in your edition of Sunday on Monday
 
Worship
Easter Sunday

10:00
 
 We Gather to Worship
 
Words of Welcome                                         xxxxxxxxRev. Ashley Jenkins, Pastor

Chiming of the Hour                       xxxxxxxx Jim Preece, Organist/Choirmaster

Lighting of the Candles            
                                                               
Prelude                                   xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx     Nancy Lewis, Piano
Lord of the Dance - Joel Raney, 1999

*Hymn                              xxChrist the Lord is Risen Today    xxxUMH 302, vs. 1-4
Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where's thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

*Call to Worship                           xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx    Rev. Jenkins
  Christ has risen!
           Christ has risen, indeed!
 
 
*Affirmation of Faith                        The Apostles’ Creed                   xxxxUMH 881
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
 
*Gloria Patri                       xxxGlory Be to the Father                               UMH 71
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen, amen.

Children's Sermon         Rev. Jenkins

Organ Interlude
 
 
We Grow Through the Spoken Word
 
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer                           xxxxxxxxxx Rev. Jenkins

Congregational Response                                                  xxxxxxTFWS 2205
Lord, may our prayer rise like incense in your sight,
May this place be filled with the fragrance of Christ. Amen.  

Invitation, Confession & Pardon xxxxxxxxxxxx
INVITATION
 Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him,
who earnestly repent of their sin
and seek to live in peace with one another.
Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.
 
CONFESSION AND PARDON
Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have failed to be an obedient church.
We have not done your will, we have broken your law,
we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors,
and we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray.
Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
All pray in silence.
 
Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;
that proves God's love toward us. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
  
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven! Glory to God. Amen.
 
Response
Glory to God in the highest and peace to all people on earth.
 
 
 *Hymn                                       Now the Green Blade Riseth                  xxxxUMH 311
Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain,
wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

In the grave they laid him, Love who had been slain
thinking that he would never wake again,
laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:
Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

Forth he came at Easter like the risen grain,
Jesus who for three days in the grave had lain;
quick from the dead, my risen Lord is seen:
Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,
Jesus' touch can call us back to life again,
fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been;
Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

Worship with Tithes and Offerings                                                     The People

*Presentation and Doxology                                               xxxxxxxNumber 95
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below; 
praise him above, ye heavenly host; 
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
 
Handbell Anthem                                                                                          Carillion Choir
Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing - Michael Mazzatenta
 
*Gospel Reading                                    John 20:1-18
Early in the morning of the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. She ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they’ve put him.” Peter and the other disciple left to go to the tomb. They were running together, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and was the first to arrive at the tomb. Bending down to take a look, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he didn’t go in. Following him, Simon Peter entered the tomb and saw the linen cloths lying there. He also saw the face cloth that had been on Jesus’ head. It wasn’t with the other clothes but was folded up in its own place. Then the other disciple, the one who arrived at the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. They didn’t yet understand the scripture that Jesus must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to the place where they were staying.

Mary stood outside near the tomb, crying. As she cried, she bent down to look into the tomb. She saw two angels dressed in white, seated where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and one at the foot. The angels asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

She replied, “They have taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they’ve put him.” As soon as she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she didn’t know it was Jesus.

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she replied, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him and I will get him.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabbouni” (which means Teacher).

Jesus said to her, “Don’t hold on to me, for I haven’t yet gone up to my Father. Go to my brothers and sisters and tell them, ‘I’m going up to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Mary Magdalene left and announced to the disciples, “I’ve seen the Lord.” Then she told them what he said to her.
                              
Sermon                                                                                          Rev. Jenkins
 
Holy Eucharist xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread,
gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:    
"Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.
    Do this in remembrance of me."
When the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks to you,
gave it to his disciples, and said:    
"Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
 
    And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice,
in union with Christ's offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
 
  Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again. Hosanna in the highest! Hosana in the highest!  Hosana in the highest!  
 
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,
       that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.
 
  By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other,
and one in ministry to all the world,
until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at his heavenly banquet.
 
Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,
all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and forever. 
 
Amen. Amen. Amen. Hosanna in the highest!
Hosana in the highest!  Hosana in the highest!  
 
 
*Hymn              xxxxxx    At the Font We Start Our Journey                TFWS 2114
At the font we start our journey,
in the Easter faith baptized;
doubts and fears no longer blind us,
by the light of Christ surprised.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Hope held out and realized.
At the pulpit we are fashioned
by the Easter tale retold
into witnesses and prophets,
by the power of Christ made bold.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Faith proclaimed, yet still untold.
At the altar we are nourished
with the Easter gift of bread;
in our breaking it to pieces
see the love of Christ out-spread.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Life embraced, yet freely shed.
At the door we are commissioned,
now the Easter victory's won,
to restore a world divided
to the peace of Christ as one.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Easter's work must still be done.

 
We Go to Serve

*Benediction                
                                           
*Responsive Affirmation                                        xxxxxxxxUMH 302, v. 6
xxxxxxxxAll singing: King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia!
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxEverlasting life is this, Alleluia!
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxThee to know, thy power to prove, Alleluia!
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxThus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!
 
Chimes                                                       xxx The People in Silent Reflection
 

*Those who are able please stand.
Order of Worship for This Sunday
April 4, 2021
Join Us In Person (No LIMIT) at 11:30
In the Meditation Garden

EASTER SERVICE
11:30am
 
We Gather to Worship
  
Words of Welcome                                         ccccccRev. Ashley Jenkins, Pastor
*Call to Worship                                                      cccccccccccccccRev. Jenkins
Christ has risen!
Christ has risen, indeed!
 
*Affirmation of Faith                        The Apostles’ Creed                                           
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. AMEN.
 
Children's Sermon                                                               xxxxxxx  Rev. Jenkins

 
We Grow Through the Spoken Word
 
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer                      xxxxxxxxxxxxRev. Jenkins
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us,
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
For ever and ever. Amen
 
Invitation, Confession & Pardon xxxxxxxxxxxx
INVITATION
 Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him,
who earnestly repent of their sin
and seek to live in peace with one another.
Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.
 
CONFESSION AND PARDON
Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have failed to be an obedient church.
We have not done your will, we have broken your law,
we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors,
and we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray.
Free us for joyful obedience,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
All pray in silence.
 
Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;
that proves God's love toward us. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
  
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven! Glory to God. Amen.
 
Response
Glory to God in the highest and peace to all people on earth.
 
Prayer for the Offering
 
*Gospel Reading                                    John 20:1-18
Early in the morning of the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. She ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they’ve put him.” Peter and the other disciple left to go to the tomb. They were running together, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and was the first to arrive at the tomb. Bending down to take a look, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he didn’t go in. Following him, Simon Peter entered the tomb and saw the linen cloths lying there. He also saw the face cloth that had been on Jesus’ head. It wasn’t with the other clothes but was folded up in its own place. Then the other disciple, the one who arrived at the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. They didn’t yet understand the scripture that Jesus must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to the place where they were staying.

Mary stood outside near the tomb, crying. As she cried, she bent down to look into the tomb. She saw two angels dressed in white, seated where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and one at the foot. The angels asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

She replied, “They have taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they’ve put him.” As soon as she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she didn’t know it was Jesus.

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she replied, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him and I will get him.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabbouni” (which means Teacher).
Jesus said to her, “Don’t hold on to me, for I haven’t yet gone up to my Father. Go to my brothers and sisters and tell them, ‘I’m going up to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Mary Magdalene left and announced to the disciples, “I’ve seen the Lord.” Then she told them what he said to her.

Sermon                                                                       xxxxxxRev. Jenkins
 
Holy Eucharist xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread,
gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:    
"Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.
    Do this in remembrance of me."
 
When the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks to you,
gave it to his disciples, and said:    
"Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
 
    And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice,
in union with Christ's offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
  
  Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again. Hosanna in the highest! Hosana in the highest!  Hosana in the highest!  
  
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,
       that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.
 
  By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other,
and one in ministry to all the world,
until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at his heavenly banquet.
  
Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,
all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and forever. 
  
Amen. Amen. Amen. Hosanna in the highest!
Hosana in the highest!  Hosana in the highest!  
 
 
We Go to Serve
 
*Benediction                                                  zzz The people in silent reflection  
                                              *Those who are able please stand.      

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Senoia Prays Walk, Saturday, April 3
10:00am Meet in the Parking Lot
Easter Sunday, April 4, 10am
The 10:00am worship service in the Sanctuary will be both Virtual on Facebook Live and In Person in the Sanctuary. If you wish to attend in person we will be taking reservations with a limit of 50. We will social distance and wear masks.

To make a reservation, please call the office at 770-599-3245 or send an email to office@senoiaumc.org
Drop In Prayer In the Sanctuary from 11:00am to 12:30pm
Easter Sunday, April 4, 11:30am
The 11:30am worship service will be in the Garden. Please bring your lawn/camp chair. We will social distance and wear masks.

There is no limit on the number of attendees.
CIA: Missions and Outreach &
Health and Wellness
The Pie Winners!

Addie Hughes
Jean Cotton
The White Family

The I-58 Mission is always in need of TOILET PAPER and PAPER TOWELS. So keep them coming!




Senoia UMC's April Focus
for I-58
For the month of April we would like to focus on providing:
  • Adult disposable underwear in sizes Medium, Large and Extra Large
  • Children's Pull Ups/diapers in sizes 4,5,6

CURRENT NEEDS:

I-58 takes donations Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 10-2.

If the church office is not open you may leave your donations on Ashley's porch.

Come Enjoy an Art Show
Come experience God’s beauty through art at SUMC!


The art will be on display in the fellowship hall where it can reside for a couple weeks for all to enjoy.


NON-CERTIFICATION CPR/AED/Chocking Training
We will be offering a NON-CERTIFICATION CPR/AED/chocking training event on April 11th, 2021 at 1:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. There is no cost for the attendees.

It is open to everyone interested in learning / reviewing CPR, choking and the proper use of the AED in an emergency situation. Mannequins will be available to use for hands-on training. Face masks and social distancing protocols will used.

Contact Kimberly Tinsley (770-855-6773) with any questions or additional information needed. 
Connextion Groups
and Spiritual Growth
Senoia Prays Walk
Spring is in the air! Time to get outside and enjoy it! Come and join us on the Senoia Prays Walk, this Saturday, 4/3/21, at 10:00 in the church parking lot.

We have a nice walk/stroll around the church and community, lifting up people and things in prayer as we come across them. You will not have to pray out loud if you would prefer not to. We say a silent prayer most of the time. We finish within one hour.

It’s a wonderful way to start out your day and each new month. Try it out and see! Text or call Barb Combs if you have any questions. 

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Spirit Journey


Well, we have another Really Bad Girl of the Bible for our Spirit Journey Connexion Group: Herodias. We’ll meet on Thursday, April 8, at 1:30 in the Fellowship Hall to find out all about this really bad girl.

So, who is she? You might be wondering why we are so interested in these women of the Old Testament. But wait! Herodias is not from the Old Testament but can be found in Mark or Matthew. She got her name from her uncle, Herod the Great, who had all the boy babies in Bethlehem slaughtered after the Magi announced the birth of Jesus. She also was the wife of two different Herod’s (brothers, and not necessarily single!) and was instrumental in the beheading of John the Baptist. Seriously? Yes, seriously! But wait….there’s more. Herodias had a daughter, Salome, who was also not the best girl on the block. Basically, this is a two-fer: two really bad girls in one chapter!

You really need to come and join in on these discussions. They are the best! Each chapter is a discussion of a different girl so you can join in at any time. Hope to see you on the 8th!!!


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Upcoming...New Bible Study with Barb


There will be no Bible Study with Barb for this week, April 7. But we are starting a new Book Study with Barb on Wednesday, April 14: The Seven Next Words of Christ. We meet at 7:00, either in the Fellowship Hall or via Zoom.

We’ve all heard and read about Jesus’ last seven words from the cross. But how often do we look at the next seven words, or phrases, that he said, after his resurrection and before he ascended into heaven? “Who are you looking for?” “Have you caught any fish?” “Peace be with you.” Plan now and mark your calendar to join us as we learn about his words to us before his final ascension to be with his Father.

Books are now available. Call or text Barb Combs for your copy today!  


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Please text or call me, 419-680-2103, with all your questions about any Connexion Group. Blessings, Barb
Our Hymn - A Closer Look
"Christ the Lord Is Risen Today"

Many churches of all denominations begin worship on Easter Sunday by singing “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.” Charles Wesley’s lyrics wonderfully celebrate how Jesus’ resurrection is God’s victory over death, and call us to tell the world.

A little history
Charles and John Wesley, two of the historic founders of The United Methodist Church, published the beloved hymn in their first hymnal, Hymns and Sacred Poems in 1739. A section toward the back of the hymnal includes songs for special days where “Hymn for Christmas-Day,” which we know as “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” is just a few pages away from “Hymn for Easter-Day” that we sing as “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today.”
For those who know our United Methodist Hymnal well, reading the words Wesley penned can feel incomplete. The alleluias we are used to singing at the end of each line aren’t there. A later editor added them to make the lyrics fit the tune and to give added opportunities for praise.

Entering the story
Wesley writes about the Resurrection in the present tense, inviting us into the biblical narrative. As we sing, we easily picture ourselves standing among the witnesses of the empty tomb on that first Easter morning.

“Christ the Lord is ris’n to day,”
Sons of men and angels say,
Raise your joys and triumphs high,
Sing ye heav’ns, and earth reply.

Participating in this moment, we are also aware of the magnitude of the Resurrection. In this opening verse, Wesley introduces a theme that runs through the hymn. The Resurrection is celebrated both on earth and in heaven.

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Read Charles Wesley's text here.
Our United Methodist Hymnal includes an edit to the second line. “Earth and heaven in chorus say” replaces “Sons of men and angels say.” According to United Methodist Discipleship Ministries, this change updates Wesley’s language to be gender inclusive and emphasizes the Resurrection’s impact throughout the world and beyond.
“The entire universe sings the triumphant chorus,” writes United Methodist scholar the Rev. Paul Chilcote in The Song Forever New: Lent and Easter with Charles Wesley, “with earth and heaven shouting their praise back and forth in ecstatic joy.”

Life in the midst of death
Earth and heaven sing because in the Resurrection we know death is not the final word. Wesley writes,

Love’s redeeming work is done,
Fought the fight, the battle won…
Lives again our glorious King,
Where, O death, is now thy sting?

In a podcast interview for UMC.org’s Get Your Spirit in Shape, Chilcote says, “Death seems to be a final word in the life of every human being. Seems to be, I say, a final word, because it isn’t,” he continues. “The final word is life, not death. The final word is resurrection. The final word is eternal life with God who loves us.”

Living Easter every day
“We experience so many little deaths, don’t we, in our lives?” Chilcote asks in the podcast interview. Some are literal deaths like the loss of a loved one, but we also experience other griefs. Relationships end. Jobs are lost. “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” proclaims that Jesus has conquered all those deaths.

“The central message of our faith,” Chilcote concludes, “is the Cross and the Resurrection. Its earliest proclamation of a God who is in the business of raising us from the dead. Oh, if that isn’t good news, I don’t know what good news is.”

When we gather for worship on Easter Sunday and sing “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, God's good news that life conquers death. As his disciples in the world today, we must raise our joys and triumphs high to invite others to join us in this new way of living.

A UMC.org feature by Joe Iovino
SUMC Info
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Sunday 4/4
Easter Sunday
10:00am Worship via Facebook Live
11:00am - 12:30pm Sanctuary Open
for Prayer
11:30am Worship in the Mediation Garden

Thursday 4/8
1:30pm Spirit Journey


Rev. Ashley Jenkins, Pastor 

Barb Combs, Director of Programs

Jim Preece, Organist/Choir Master 

Lee Berry, Administrative Assistant & Finance Secretary 

Bereatha Brooks, Nursery Coordinator 

Polly Watson, Housekeeping 

Gail Noble and John Felbinger, A/V Technicians

Office Email: office@senoiaumc.org
(770) 599-3245

Office Hours:
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9-3


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Masks are required
upon entering the building.
Thank you.