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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 21, 2021
10:00 a.m.
First Sunday in Lent

Moments for Preparing Our Hearts – Dean Shinn
CCS WorshipCast License #12794; CCLI License #11363160

Welcome and Announcements – Rev. Kerry Greenhill

Prelude – Dean Shinn
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Centering Words – Rev. Kerry Greenhill
I offer my life to you, God,
for I know that you love me dearly and faithfully.
I offer my life to you, God.
Teach me your paths.

Call to Worship (responsive) Rev. Candee Martin
Welcome to the time of covenant renewal.
The God of our salvation greets us here.
We are reminded of God’s promises to us;
We remember the promises we have made.
Sense the Spirit descending on us now.
Hear God’s welcoming voice.
Surely God is with us.
We can hear God calling our names.
See the rainbow in the sky.
Wonder at God’s steadfast love.
All creation proclaims the wonders of God.
We come together to learn what God has to teach us.

HymnLift Every Voice and Sing Dean Shinn
UMH No. 519
WORDS: James Weldon Johnson, 1921; MUSIC: J. Rosamond Johnson, 1921; © 1921 Edward B. Marks Music Co.; Renewed; CCLI License #11363160
1.  Lift every voice and sing, till earth and heaven ring,
ring with the harmonies of liberty;
let our rejoicing rise high as the listening skies,
let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us;
sing a song full of hope that the present has brought us;
facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
let us march on till victory is won.
2.  Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod,
felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet
come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way that with tears has been watered;
we have come, treading our path thru the blood of the slaughtered,
out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last
where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.
3.  God of our weary years, God of our silent tears,
thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
thou who hast by thy might led us into the light,
keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee;
lest our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee;
shadowed beneath thy hand, may we forever stand,
true to our God, true to our native land.

Lenten Journey from Light to Darkness Rev. Candee Martin
There are many temptations we face in our lives together. We face the temptation of putting our wants above another’s needs. We face the temptation of ignoring problems such as hunger, poverty, war, and disease, with the false hope that they will go away without our intervention. We face the temptations of wealth and consumerism. We face many temptations to stray from the path of our faith. 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: Lord, help us to keep our feet moving, our hands outstretched, and our hearts open to you. As we journey towards the cross this Lenten season, keep us from temptation and help us to do your work in our world. Amen.
[Extinguish first candle]
Sung Response of the Congregation
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. (sing twice)  

Gospel Lesson: Mark 1:9-15 (CEB) – Rev. Kerry Greenhill
Jesus is baptized and tempted
About that time, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. 10 While he was coming up out of the water, Jesus saw heaven splitting open and the Spirit, like a dove, coming down on him. 11 And there was a voice from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I dearly love; in you I find happiness.”
12 At once the Spirit forced Jesus out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among the wild animals, and the angels took care of him.
Jesus’ message
14 After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee announcing God’s good news, 15 saying, “Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!”

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

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: Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley – Dean Shinn
TFWS No. 2112
WORDS/ MUSIC: American folk hymn; © Public Doman; CCLI License #11363160
1. Jesus walked this lonesome valley;
he had to walk it by himself.
Oh, nobody else could walk it for him;
he had to walk it by himself.
2. We must walk this lonesome valley;
we have to walk it by ourselves.
oh, nobody else can walk it for us;
we have to walk it by ourselves.
3. You must go and stand your trial;
you have to stand it by yourself.
Oh, nobody else can stand it for you;
you have to stand it by yourself.

Sermon: In Wilderness Times – Rev. Candee Martin

Music for Meditation – Dean Shinn
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Prayer of Confession (unison) – Rev. Candee Martin
God of faithful love and powerful purpose,
there are times when we are open to your leading--
times when we walk the path of Jesus
with courage and hope,
even when doing so is fearful.

At other times, we close ourselves off,
hoping that you won’t tear open the skies
and disrupt our lives completely.

Following Jesus can be pretty risky.

Your compassion and faithful love claims us forever,
as they claimed Jesus when he entered the Jordan
and made a bold decision to follow you
on a new and uncertain path. Amen.

Words of Assurance – Rev. Candee Martin
Yes, God's compassion and love are forever!
What God said of Jesus at his baptism,
God says to us today:
You are my dearly loved children,
whom I love deeply.
God forgives us and loves us dearly,
now and forevermore.

Hymn: Wade in the Water – Dean Shinn
TFWS No. 2107
WORDS: African American spiritual; SCRIPT: JOHN 5:2-9;MUSIC: African American spiritual; Arr. © 1992 Carl Haywood; Words/Music: © Public Domain; CCLI License #11363160
Wade in the water, wade in the water, children,
wade in the water, God's a'gonna trouble the water.
1.  See that host all dressed in white,
God's a'gonna trouble the water.
The leader looks like the Israelite,
God's a'gonna trouble the water.
2.  See that band all dressed in red,
God's a'gonna trouble the water.
Looks like the band that Moses led,
God's a'gonna trouble the water.
3.  Look over yonder, what do I see?
God's a'gonna trouble the water.
The Holy Ghost a'coming on me,
God's a'gonna trouble the water.
4.  If you don't believe I've been redeemed,
God's a'gonna trouble the water.
Just follow me down to Jordan's stream,
God's a'gonna trouble the water.

Benediction – Rev. Candee Martin
God continues to tear open the heavens of our world
and our lives, calling out with a voice of love:
“You are my beloved children,
whom I love deeply.”
God continues to tear open the heavens of our world
and our lives, sending us onto new paths and missions.
God changes our hearts and lives,
and the Spirit pushes us in new directions.
“Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom!”
We are Jesus people.
We are kingdom people.
Now is the time! Amen.

Postlude Dean Shinn
CCS WorshipCast License #12794; CCLI License #11363160
  • Centering Words, Prayer of Confession, Words of Assurance, Benediction -- Rebecca J. Kruger Gaudino, The Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (2020, Abingdon Press)
  • Call to Worship, 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 obtained from
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Online Worship Last Week: 23

Feb 21 – Marsha Rew
Feb 23 – Richard Mundie
Feb 25 – Beverly Sawyer
Feb 26 – Carl Roberts
Feb 26 – Alaina Williams

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 21 – Online Worship 10:00 a.m.
  • Feb 23 – SPRC Meeting (FH) 7:00 p.m.
  • Feb 24 – Lenten Study: A Disciple’s Path (via Zoom) 7:00 p.m.
  • 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 click the button below to sign up so we can make sure to have enough materials for everyone who wants to take part!
Time: Wednesdays starting Feb 24, 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 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 next Sunday, February 14, at 3pm, by clicking the link below: 

Please contact Rev. Kerry with any questions, at 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.
UPDATE: 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
Kristen Milholen asks for prayers for her friend Tim, who had a kidney transplant on January 21. He has been in serious condition but was showing signs of improvement as of Tuesday morning. He still requires dialysis but the hope is that the new kidney will kick in soon and begin working as it should. 1/31
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.