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First United Methodist Church of Hampton
110 E Queen Street, Hampton, VA 23669
(757) 723-6577
In the name of Christ WELCOME!
Although you may be a stranger to us,
you are no stranger to God, who knows you and loves you,
and whose heart is glad at your presence here.
We sincerely hope this time of worship will bless your life.
Our Mission: To Know and Share Jesus Christ

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Sunday, February 28, 2021
10:00 a.m.
Second Sunday in Lent

Please note: Our Pastor, Rev. Candee Martin, is in quarantine this week, but our Lay Leader, Dr. Cecelia Short, graciously agreed to fill in and read Pastor Candee's sermon, as well as her parts of the liturgy in today's service. Thank you, Cecelia!

Moments for Preparing Our Hearts – Dean Shinn
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Welcome and Announcements – Rev. Kerry Greenhill

Prelude – Dean Shinn
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Centering Words – Cecelia Short
God’s voice names us in holy love.
Christ’s voice chastens us when we go astray.
The Spirit’s voice draws us back to the paths of righteousness.
Thanks be to God!

Call to Worship (responsive) Cecelia Short
We are invited to walk with God.
We are welcomed by God as people of the covenant.
How awesome to stand in the presence of our Creator!
We bring our praise to glorify God.
 
God calls us by name and gives us new names.
We are summoned to faithfulness and fruitfulness.
God not only speaks to us but also listens.
God hears our cries and meets our need.
 
Let the ends of the earth remember and turn to God.
Let the families of all nations worship the Creator.
We will pay our vows to the One who calls us.
We praise the God of all nations and all peoples.

HymnWhere He Leads Me Dean Shinn
UMH No. 338
WORDS: E. W. Blandy, 1890; MUSIC: John S. Norris, 1890; © Public Domain; CCLI License #11363160
 
1.  I can hear my Savior calling, I can hear my Savior calling,
I can hear my Savior calling, "Take thy cross and follow, follow me."
Where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow,
where he leads me I will follow; I'll go with him, with him all the way.
 
2.  I'll go with him through the garden, I'll go with him through the garden,
I'll go with him through the garden, I'll go with him, with him all the way.
Where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow,
where he leads me I will follow; I'll go with him, with him all the way.
 
3.  I'll go with him through the judgment, I'll go with him through the judgment,
I'll go with him through the judgment, I'll go with him, with him all the way.
Where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow,
where he leads me I will follow; I'll go with him, with him all the way.
 
4.  He will give me grace and glory, he will give me grace and glory,
he will give me grace and glory, and go with me, with me all the way.
Where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow,
where he leads me I will follow; I'll go with him, with him all the way.

Lenten Journey from Light to Darkness – Cecelia Short
Jesus has called us to love our neighbors as ourselves, but all too often we let the social boundaries and borders of the world divide us. We build up walls rather than bridges; we keep people out who need to be invited in. We have a responsibility to care for one another as Christ cares for us, and yet we often fail to do it. As a symbol of our hope in Jesus Christ, teach us again how to love, how to break down walls and to build bridges.
 
Prayer: Creator God, remind us again of our responsibility to care for one another, and to watch out for each other. As we journey towards the cross this Lenten season, help us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Amen.
 
[Extinguish second candle]

 Sung Response of the Congregation
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
(repeat, sing twice)  

Gospel Lesson: Mark 8:31-38 (NRSV) – Rev. Kerry Greenhill
31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
 
34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37 Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38 Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

The Word of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.

Hymn: Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen – Dean Shinn
UMH No. 520
WORDS: Afro-American spiritual; MUSIC: Afro-American spiritual; adapt. And arr. By William Farley Smith, 1986; Adapt. And arr. © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; CCLI License #11363160
 
1.  Nobody knows the trouble I see, nobody knows but Jesus;
oh, nobody knows the trouble I see, glory hallelujah!
Sometimes I'm up, sometimes I'm down, Oh, yes, Lord!
Sometimes I'm almost to the ground, Oh, yes, Lord!
 
2.  Oh, nobody knows the trouble I see, nobody knows but Jesus;
oh, nobody knows the trouble I see, glory hallelujah!
Although you see me going long so, Oh, yes, Lord!
I have my troubles here below, Oh, yes, Lord!
 
3.  Oh, nobody knows the trouble I see, nobody knows but Jesus;
oh, nobody knows the trouble I see, glory hallelujah!
What makes old Satan hate me so? Oh, yes, Lord!
Cause he got me once and let me go, Oh, yes, Lord!
 
Oh, nobody knows the trouble I see, nobody knows but Jesus;
oh, nobody knows the trouble I see, glory hallelujah!

Children's Message – Rev. Kerry Greenhill

Pastoral Prayer – Rev. Kerry Greenhill

The Lord’s Prayer (spoken in unison)
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.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory forever. Amen.

Hymn: I Want Jesus to Walk with Me – Dean Shinn
UMH No. 521
WORDS: Afro-American spiritual; MUSIC: Afro-American spiritual; adapt. By William Farley Smith, 1986; Adapt. © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; CCLI License #11363160

1.  I want Jesus to walk with me. (walk with me)
I want Jesus to walk with me. (walk with me)
All along my pilgrim journey,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me. (walk with me)
 
2.  In my trials, Lord, walk with me. (walk with me)
In my trials, Lord, walk with me. (walk with me)
When my heart is almost breaking,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me. (walk with me)
 
3.  When I'm troubled, Lord, walk with me. (walk with me)
When I'm troubled, Lord, walk with me. (walk with me)
When my head is bowed in sorrow,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me. (walk with me)

Sermon: Following Jesus: All the Way – written by Rev. Candee Martin, read by Cecelia Short

Music for Meditation – Dean Shinn
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Prayer of Confession (unison) – Cecelia Short
God of our ancestors, we come to you,
confessing that we have set our minds on human things.

We have sought to gain the world –
so many things to buy,
so many things to do.

Yet we are not satisfied.

Life’s meaning eludes us.

Your ways seem out of date;
your promises appear as the hopes
and dreams of a past generation.

But in our hearts we sense an eternal design
which is for all generations,
a way of life more satisfying
than we allowed ourselves to explore.

O God, we confess our need for you. Amen.

Words of Assurance – Rev. Candee Martin
God’s face is not hidden for those who truly seek.
God does not withhold love from us when we go our own way.
When we open our eyes to see God’s works,
when we open our ears to hear God’s word,
when all our senses are alert for God’s leading,
we will realize how we have been blessed by an unseen hand,
forgiven and restored to wholeness.
God offers us the opportunity to live as one in tune with the universe,
filled with hope, upheld in love, dwelling in covenant.

Hymn: I Have Decided to Follow Jesus – Dean Shinn
TFWS No. 2129
WORDS/MUSIC: Anon; © Public Domain; CCLI License #11363160
 
1. I have decided to follow Jesus,
I have decided to follow Jesus,
I have decided to follow Jesus
no turning back, no turning back.
 
2. The world behind me, the cross before me.
The world behind me, the cross before me.
The world behind me, the cross before me.
no turning back, no turning back.
 
3. Though none go with me, still I will follow.
Though none go with me, still I will follow.
Though none go with me, still I will follow.
no turning back, no turning back.

Benediction (responsive) – Cecelia Short
Dare this week to follow where Jesus leads.
Dare to love the unlovable and care about others.
We want to follow in the footsteps of Christ.
We want the poor to eat and be satisfied.
 
Do not be ashamed to challenge values of our culture.
Dare to question all that denies God’s reign.
We want to live with faith, hope and love.
We want to extend God’s reign to all people.
 
The promises of God are for you and for all.
God will make you exceedingly fruitful.
We will trust the promises of God.
We go out to live as covenant people. Amen.

Postlude Dean Shinn
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  • Centering Words -- B.J. Beu, The Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (2020, Abingdon Press)
  • Call to Worship, Prayer of Confession, Words of Assurance, Benediction, Lead By Love, Worship Resources for Year B -- Lavon Balyer (United Church Press, Cleveland, Ohio, 1996)
  • Lenten Journey from Light to Darkness [adapted] By Reverend Mindi Welton-Mitchell. Reprinted with permission.
  • Bulletin cover page photo by Tony Reid on Unsplash
  • Lent photo obtained from: https://anunslife.org/lent/week2-prayer
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Online Worship Last Week: 34

Mar 04 – Marquis Jackson
Mar 04 – Greg Wilson
Mar 07 – Brenda Wright



The Pastor and staff wish everyone a Happy Birthday
and pray God’s blessings upon you.

If your birthday is not listed or listed incorrectly, please accept our apologies
and let us know in the office so we can correct our records. Thank you.
The FUMC Healthy Church Team has continued to monitor the local data regarding COVID-19 and has decided that given the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in Hampton, all in-person gatherings are suspended at this time - small groups, circle meetings, etc. - in addition to worship. The only exception will be for committee meetings required by the Book of Discipline, when meeting virtually is not feasible. 


February 2021 Calendar Events
  • Feb 28 – Online Worship 10:00 a.m.
  • Feb 28 – Practice of Prayer (via Zoom) 3:00 p.m.

March 2021 Calendar Events
  • Mar 03 – Lenten Study: A Disciple’s Path (via Zoom) 7:00 p.m.
  • Mar 07 – Online Worship 10:00 a.m.
  • Mar 10 – Lenten Study: A Disciple’s Path (via Zoom) 7:00 p.m.
  • Mar 14 – Online Worship 10:00 a.m.
  • Mar 14 – Practice of Prayer (via Zoom) 3:00 p.m.
  • Mar 17 – Lenten Study: A Disciple’s Path (via Zoom) 7:00 p.m.
  • Mar 21 – Online Worship 10:00 a.m.
  • Mar 24 – Lenten Study: A Disciple’s Path (via Zoom) 7:00 p.m.
  • Mar 28 – Online Worship 10:00 a.m.
  • Mar 28 – Practice of Prayer (via Zoom) 3:00 p.m.
  • Mar 31 – Lenten Study: A Disciple’s Path (via Zoom) 7:00 p.m.
Thank you to all who have so generously donated so that we have had flowers on the chancel in 2020. The 2021 Flower chart is up. If you would like to help adorn the chancel with fresh flowers, please reserve a Sunday, please call the church office at (757) 723-6577. The price is still $50.00 for two arrangements. We have a lot of dates available for donation/dedication.
Lenten Study: A Disciple's Path
Pastor Candee and I invite you to take part in this year's Lenten study, using the materials in A Disciple's Path, by James Harnish and Justin LaRosa. In this study based on Scripture and the Wesleyan theological tradition, we will explore what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, broken out by the commitments included in the United Methodist Church's membership vows: Prayers (and Scripture study), Presence in Worship and Small Groups, Gifts, Service, and Witness.
 
We will meet Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., from February 24 to March 31. The official session will begin at 7:00, but the Zoom meeting will open at 6:30 pm for those who want some time for fellowship before we dive into the material.
 
This study includes daily readings and reflection exercises in a workbook, five days each week. This level of commitment may seem high, but the rewards are great: the study will help you develop spiritual practices, discover your unique gifts, and engage in ministry that brings transformation to your own life and to the lives of others and the world.
  
Please call the office at (757) 723-6577 if you would like to join the Lenten Study. We do still have some books available.
Time: Wednesdays from Feb 24, 2021, thru March 31, 2021, at 7:00 PM Eastern Time (6:30 PM for fellowship)
  
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Reach Out with Questions
I hope you will find nourishment for your faith journey in one of our suggestions or groups. If you have questions or want to talk about these or other matters of faith, please feel free to contact me at klgreenhill@gmail.com or 757-751-9783 (my original cell number, 303-641-2442, still works too).

Grace and peace in Christ,
Rev. Kerry Greenhill
Minister of Discipleship and Community Engagement
Join the Practice of Prayer Group:
2nd and 4th Sundays at 3pm
Would you like to try some different ways of praying? Or just meet with a small group of people committed to praying for each other? The Practice of Prayer Group meets twice a month on Sundays at 3pm, and is open to any and all. We are not currently focused on a book (other than drawing from the Bible!), so this is an easy time to come when you can.

Join our Zoom meeting today, February 28, at 3pm, by clicking the link below: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/96779246379?pwd=Y1dqWkZUTzg4L3B5cXBmMUtBWStLUT09 

Please contact Rev. Kerry with any questions, at klgreenhill@gmail.com or 757-751-9783.
Please don't hesitate to send in your prayer requests.
Also, please let me know when a prayer request may be removed.
Thank you. Blessings to All!
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Please send continuous prayers for all of our teachers and staff along with students and parents as they work through this unconventional school year, whether the classes be virtual or in-person.
Please pray for the Crocker family. Kenny is in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital ICU. The bypass surgery went as expected. Julie is able to see him for 30 minutes every couple of hours. At this time, they don’t want a lot of people around due to COVID, so beyond keeping Kenny and Julie in your prayers and sending cards, there’s not much else we can do. Wendy thanked us for all the prayers that have been uplifted for them. Please continue praying for the Crocker family as they travel on this difficult journey. 2/21
~Carol Gardner
It is with a sad heart that we share the news that long time member and doctor to many of our church members, Dr. Jess P. Miller passed on January 29th, 2021. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during their time of sorrow. A celebration of Dr. Miller's life will be held at a later date when conditions allow. 2/7
Dave Raymond's brother-in-law Jody has stopped radiation treatment for prostate cancer due to some difficult side effects, but he is continuing with monthly chemotherapy, and the doctors believe this treatment will be sufficient. Your continued prayers are appreciated. 1/31
Please keep Bobby Allsbrook and family in prayer.  12/13
Please pray for healing for Hannah Kourtiche Kurt.  12/13
Please keep Michele Benson's husband, Harry “Herc” Howell in your prayers. They've been told that his cancer has returned. Please pray for healing and strength through treatment. 10/25
Please keep Meg Moore's daughter, Tori in your prayers as she navigates her current health issues. Praying for health and strength for Tori. 10/25
Please pray for my father, Jim McLees and my cousin Shari. Both have bladder cancer. Thanks so much. 10/18
~ Kristen Milholen
Lewis Thurston is home and doing better. Thank you for your prayers. We ask that you now please pray for Audrey's 63-year-old daughter, Vicky Murphy, who lives in Orlando, FL. Vicky is in kidney failure. Praying for Audrey and her family. 5/27
Please continue to pray for all of the families with frontline medical professionals that put their lives at risk daily to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please continue to keep our veterans in your thoughts and prayers during these uncertain times.