Senoia United Methodist Church....A Missional and Discipling Congregation 
The Weekly Connection 
April 8, 2021
In this edition of the Weekly Connection:

Worship
  • Information on In Person Worship
  • Order of Worship for Sunday, April 11
  • 10am In Person & VIRTUAL Worship on Facebook Live
  • 11:30am Worship in the Meditation Garden
  • Video of Last Sunday's Service
  • Drive Thru Changing Directions

CIA: Mission & Outreach
  • I-58 Mission: April Focus & Current Needs
  • Backpack Buddies
  • Blood Drive
  • Art Show

Connextion Groups, Team News & Spiritual Growth
  • CPR/AED/Choking Training has been postponed
  • Summer-ama
  • Read It & Reap
  • New Bible Study Starting
  • Our Hymn - A Closer Look: "Deep in the Shadow of the Past"

SUMC Info
  • Our Financial Stewardship
  • First Quarter Giving Statements Sent
  • eGiving
  • SUMC Online Giving: Accepting Credit and Debit Cards
  • Church Calendar
  • Church Staff
Worship
Sunday, April 4, 2021
Easter Sunday



Scripture:
John 20:1-18  



Sunday, April 11, 2021
Second Sunday of Easter

Join us In Person (limit 50)
or on Facebook at 10am:
~OR~
In Person in the Garden at 11:30am

Scripture:
Exodus 2:1-10

Sermon:
God of the Underdog -
Stories of the Underdog in the Bible - Moses vs. Pharaoh


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

The driveway on the side of the buildings will be changing direction this Sunday. From now on, please enter from behind the Fellowship Hall instead of by the Sanctuary.

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

AND

Outside worship in person (no limits)
this Sunday
in the Meditation Garden at 11:30am
Order of Worship for This Sunday
April 11, 2021
In the Sanctuary
Join Us In Person (LIMIT 50) at 10am
Or on Facebook Live

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

10:00
 
 We Gather to Worship
 
Prelude
 
Greeting and Announcements
 
Chiming of the Hour
 
*Call to Worship xxxxxxxxxxxx xxxx
We have been freed!
Fear and death have no claim on us!
Christ the Lord is risen!
Even though we have not touched his wounded hands, yet we believe.
Even though we have not heard him speak our names, yet we believe.
Let us celebrate God’s love through the life of Jesus Christ. AMEN.

*Hymn xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx  
Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken
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Glorious things of thee are spoken,
Zion, city of our God;
God, whose word cannot be broken,
formed thee for his own abode.
On the Rock of Ages founded,
what can shake thy sure repose?
With salvation's walls surrounded,
thou mayst smile at all thy foes.
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See, the streams of living waters,
springing from eternal love,
well supply thy sons and daughters,
and all fear of want remove.
Who can faint while such a river
ever will their thirst assuage?
Grace which like the Lord, the giver,
never fails from age to age.
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Round each habitation hovering,
see the cloud and fire appear
for a glory and a covering,
showing that the Lord is near!
Thus deriving from our banner
light by night and shade by day,
safe we feed upon the manna
which God gives us when we pray.
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Blest inhabitants of Zion,
washed in our Redeemer's blood;
Jesus, whom our souls rely on,
makes us monarchs, priests to God.
Us, by his great love, he raises,
rulers over self to reign,
and as priests his solemn praises
we for thankful offering bring.
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Children’s Moment
 
 
We Grow Through the Spoken Word
 
 *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;
On 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                                                                             
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.
 
Pastoral Prayer and The Lord's Prayer
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
 
Response
Lord, may our prayer rise like incense in your sight,
May this place be filled with the fragrance of Christ. Amen.
 
*Hymn xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxdddddxx
Deep in the Shadows of the Past
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Deep in the shadows of the past,
far out from settled lands,
some nomads traveled with their God
across the desert sands.
The dawning hope of humankind
by them was sensed and shown;
a promise calling them ahead,
a future yet unknown.
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While others bowed to changeless gods
they met a mystery,
invisible, without a name:
"I AM WHAT I WILL BE";
and by their tents, around their fires,
in story, song and law,
they praised, remembered, handed on
a past that promised more.
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From Exodus to Pentecost
the promise changed and grew,
while some, remembering the past,
recorded what they knew,
or with their letters and laments,
their prophecy and praise
recovered, kindled and expressed
new hope for changing days.
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For all the writings that survived,
for leaders, long ago,
who sifted, copied and preserved
the Bible that we know,
give thanks, and find its story yet
our promise, strength and call,
the model of emerging faith,
alive with hope for all.
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*Prayer for the Offering and Doxology                
 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.
 
 
Scripture Reading                         
Exodus 2:1-10
Now a man from Levi’s household married a Levite woman. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw that the baby was healthy and beautiful, so she hid him for three months. When she couldn’t hide him any longer, she took a reed basket and sealed it up with black tar. She put the child in the basket and set the basket among the reeds at the riverbank. The baby’s older sister stood watch nearby to see what would happen to him.

Pharaoh’s daughter came down to bathe in the river, while her women servants walked along beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds, and she sent one of her servants to bring it to her. When she opened it, she saw the child. The boy was crying, and she felt sorry for him. She said, “This must be one of the Hebrews’ children.”

Then the baby’s sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Would you like me to go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?”

Pharaoh’s daughter agreed, “Yes, do that.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse it for me, and I’ll pay you for your work.” So the woman took the child and nursed it. After the child had grown up, she brought him back to Pharaoh’s daughter, who adopted him as her son. She named him Moses, “because,” she said, “I pulled him out of the water.”
 
Sermon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxGod of the Underdog -
Stories of the Underdog in the Bible - Moses vs. Pharaoh

 
*Hymn xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx  
All My Hope Is Firmly Grounded
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All my hope is firmly grounded
In the great and living Lord;
Who, whenever I most need him,
Never fails to keep his word.
Him I must
Wholly trust,
God the ever good and just.
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Tell me, who can trust our nature,
Human, weak, and insecure:
Which of all the airy castles
Can the hurricane endure?
Built on sand,
Nought can stand,
By our earthly wisdom planned.
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But in every time and season,
Out of love's abundant store,
God sustains his whole creation,
Found of life for evermore.
We who share
Earth and air
Count on his unfailing care.
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Thank, O thank, our great Creator,
Through his only Son this day;
He alone, the Heavenly Potter,
Made us out of earth and clay.
Quick to heed,
Strong in deed,
He shall all his people feed.
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We Go to Serve
 
*Benediction
 
*Responsive Affirmation xxxxxxxxxxx  
All singing:    King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia!
                      Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
                         Thee to know, thy power to prove, Alleluia!
                         Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!
  
ChimesxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxThe people in silent reflection
 
 
*Stand as you are able
 
Order of Worship for This Sunday
April 11, 2021
Join Us In Person (No LIMIT) at 11:30
In the Meditation Garden

 Worship
Second Sunday of Easter

11:30
 
 We Gather to Worship
 
Greeting and Announcements
 
*Call to Worship xxxxxxxxxxxx xxxx
We have been freed!
Fear and death have no claim on us!
Christ the Lord is risen!
Even though we have not touched his wounded hands, yet we believe.
Even though we have not heard him speak our names, yet we believe.
Let us celebrate God’s love through the life of Jesus Christ. AMEN.
 
*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;
On 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 Moment  

 
We Grow Through the Spoken Word
 
Pastoral Prayer and The Lord's Prayer
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
 
*Prayer for the Offering
 
Scripture Reading                         
Exodus 2:1-10
Now a man from Levi’s household married a Levite woman. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw that the baby was healthy and beautiful, so she hid him for three months. When she couldn’t hide him any longer, she took a reed basket and sealed it up with black tar. She put the child in the basket and set the basket among the reeds at the riverbank. The baby’s older sister stood watch nearby to see what would happen to him.

Pharaoh’s daughter came down to bathe in the river, while her women servants walked along beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds, and she sent one of her servants to bring it to her. When she opened it, she saw the child. The boy was crying, and she felt sorry for him. She said, “This must be one of the Hebrews’ children.”

Then the baby’s sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Would you like me to go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?”

Pharaoh’s daughter agreed, “Yes, do that.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse it for me, and I’ll pay you for your work.” So the woman took the child and nursed it. After the child had grown up, she brought him back to Pharaoh’s daughter, who adopted him as her son. She named him Moses, “because,” she said, “I pulled him out of the water.”

Sermon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxGod of the Underdog -
Stories of the Underdog in the Bible - Moses vs. Pharaoh


 We Go to Serve
 
*Benediction xxxxxxxxxxxxx The people in silent reflection

*Stand as you are able
Or mail your offering to: Senoia UMC, P.O. Box 98, Senoia, GA 30276
The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ
for the transformation of the world.
Worship Last Sunday
Pay Attention! The side drive-thru is Changing Directions!
CIA: Missions and Outreach
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.

Backpack Buddies

The SUMC goal of 50 Backpack Buddies bags a month is off and running!

·         February 20th we delivered 50 bags. 

·         March 24th the Pearman’s and Eichorst’s filled 50 bags. 

·         We already have folks covering April and May (Thank Whites and Wrights!) and are looking for volunteers for June and July. 

·         While the goal is fifty a month, Backpack Buddies can always use more! If you want to help sooner than June and July please contact Doug Kolbenschlag or Jon Morris and we can help you make it happen!
 
Blood Drive
Hello all,

Senoia United Methodist Church and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive. We need some volunteers to remove the tables and chairs from the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, May 2, after the service. After the drive ends we will need help, about 6pm, putting the tables and chairs back in place. Please let Ashley know if you can help.

Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!
Drive Details:
Site: Senoia United Methodist Church
Address: 229 Bridge Street, Senoia, GA, 30276
Room Name: Fellowship Hall
Date: Mon May 3, 2021
Time: 1:00: PM - 5:00: PM


Our Drive will be from 1 pm to 5 pm at SUMC. The RedCross will begin testing at the Drive to include sickle cell trait on all self identified African American donors. Please make an appointment to attend our drive. Thank you for your support.

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App on the App StoreGoogle Play or text BLOODAPP to 90999. Schedule appointments, view your blood type and results of your mini-physical, and track your donations.



Art Show
Please stop by this Sunday to see the Art Show.

Artists please pick up your art next week. Thank you so much for sharing your art with the congregation. We love seeing God's creation through art.
Connextion Groups, Team News
and Spiritual Growth
The CPR/AED/Choking Training has been postponed. We will reschedule and let you know so you can make plans to attend. Thank you! Kimberly Tinsley
Summer-ama!
This summer is looking to be a fun-filled summer for our kids and youth!! While we will not hold Vacation Bible School as typically in the past, we are having two days of Summer-ama fun. Keep the dates open: Tuesday, June 22 and Tuesday, July 13. These will be an all-day event, with a lunch included for the kids.

While it is geared more for the younger ones, all kids of any age are welcome!

But don’t worry, you older ones: we are planning several Summer-ama events geared specifically for you also. Those dates are still in the process of being worked out, but they’ll be fun for everyone. If you have any thoughts about things you would like to do, see either Pastor Ashley or Barb Combs. We know people. We can (hopefully!) make them happen!
So for now, enjoy your last weeks of school; take a brief break; and then join in on the Summer-ama fun!!!    

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Read It & Reap


The Read It and Reap book club is taking a brief break for the spring and summer. But we WILL be starting again in August.

Each month we select a book to read that sparks our interest in some way. Some have been based on events in our past as a nation, some more current social issues, and some simply funny! But all are interesting, and we have great discussions every month.

We meet on the 2nd Monday evening at the church. Open to all!! See Barb Combs if you have questions. 



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Bible Study with Barb


We are starting a new Book Study with Barb this Wednesday, April 14, at 7:00, either in the Fellowship Hall or via Zoom.

We’re going to be learning about the Seven Next Words of Christ, a book written by Shane Stanford, a United Methodist pastor from Memphis TN. The seven next words may be either singular words or a phrase/theme, all spoken by Jesus after his resurrection and before his ascension into heaven, 40 days later. We’ll learn how these seven phrases or themes correlate to the narratives of the last seven words of Christ from the cross. 

This week is “Who are you looking for?” Words spoken by Jesus to Mary Magdalene at the empty tomb on the first Easter morning. As we look into that empty tomb, we will see the power of a new beginning.

This study is open to everyone of the church, no matter your age or general Bible knowledge. All you need is an interest in what Jesus said after he had experienced his human death and how we can apply that to our lives today.

Call or text me, Barb Combs, if you would like a book or have any questions. Come and see……..what Jesus said!

Join Zoom Meeting
Password: ashley
Meeting ID: 196 787 919



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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
Deep in the Shadow of the Past

Brian Wren
The Faith We Sing, No. 2246

Deep in the shadows of the past,
far out from settled lands,
some nomads traveled with their God
across the desert sands.
The dawning hope of humankind
by them was sensed and shown;
a promise calling them ahead,
a future yet unknown.*

The hymn texts of British-born Brian Wren (b.1936) are many and diverse. Dr. Wren’s hymn texts are now in many hymnals of several different denominations.

A “hymnic explosion” or “New English Renaissance” in hymn writing that began in England during the 1960s included Dr. Wren and several other hymn-writing ministers. These writers recognized a need for new hymns that encouraged greater participation on the part of the congregation in worship and spoke to the concerns of contemporary Christians.

Dr. Wren wrote the hymn, “Deep in the shadows of the past” in September 1973. He drew upon James Barr’s The Bible in the Modern World (1973), where the author states that “The Bible [is] the ‘classic model’ of and for the Christian faith.”

The hymn was first published in New Church Praise (1975), a hymnal supplement of the United Reformed Church in England and Wales. Dr. Wren writes, “Changes were made to this first text with a conscious effort to affirm inclusive language and to simplify and make stronger different expressions and words.”

Dr. Wren says the hymn “tells the story of the Bible in a manner acceptable to different beliefs about its inspiration.” In an address given in 1985 at a workshop at Chicago Theological Seminary, he said, “A good contemporary hymn, however, will delight the imagination, express our faith and our seeking, and be honest enough to express what people really know, ask, fear, and experience—not what we think we ought to feel and say.”

“Deep in the shadows of the past” delights our imagination.

In the first three stanzas, Dr. Wren brings to life the biblical narrative, describing the traveling nomads, perhaps during the Exodus. The second stanza illustrates an ancient people gathered in community around fires sharing stories and songs. The first line of stanza three immediately spans the breath and depth of a portion of the biblical narrative: from Exodus to Pentecost. The final stanza paints pictures of scribes copying and passing down sacred texts.

A hymn writer often writes a text in response to a need in the community’s canon of song. This particular text answers one such need. Hymn texts that directly illustrate the story of the Bible occupy very little space in current hymnals, if they are included at all.

In The Faith We Sing (2002) this is the only text listed under the subject heading, “The Book of the Church: Holy Scripture.” Other hymns on this theme such as “O Word of God Incarnate” (No. 598) and “Break thou the Bread of Life” (No. 599) are included in The UM Hymnal.

The hymn has been paired with several tunes. In New Church Praise (1974), the text is set to an Irish traditional melody arranged by David Evans (1874-1948). An alternative tune, KINGSFOLD is suggested at the bottom of this setting. The UM Hymnal supplement, The Faith We Sing (2000), pairs the text with the English folk tune KINSGFOLD, which conveys the storytelling narrative well.


*© 1975 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, Illinois 60188; All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Ms. Stern is a student of Dr. Michael Hawn’s in the master of sacred music program at Perkins School of Theology, SMU. She is a member of the committee developing a new hymnal for the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA).
SUMC Info
Our Financial Stewardship
The first quarter giving statements have been sent to everyone with an email address on file. Please contact the office if you need a paper copy.
Thank you for your faithful giving.

We are now able to accept credit and debt cards online at:


It is super easy. We want to encourage you not to go into credit card debt
but wanted to offer a convenient way to support your church.
Sunday 4/11
Second Sunday of Easter
10:00am Worship via Facebook Live
11:30am Worship in the Mediation Garden

Wednesday 4/14
7:00pm Bible Study

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


Please call for an appointment.
Masks are required
upon entering the building.
Thank you.