June 18, 2022

Dear Beloved St. Paul’s UMC and Wesley Foundation Family,

Grace and peace to you all! I rejoice that we have the opportunity to gather together this weekend, in-person and online, to worship God together. This weekend we will hear some words from the ancient poet in Psalm 42, and the early Christ-followers in Galatians 3. In the midst of this we will be thinking about hope and hopelessness. In what ways do you feel hopeless today? And where do you see hope?

I have felt such hope in the last few weeks. This week was Vacation Bible School, and it was such a gift to see the bright eyes our children, singing and dancing and learning and asking questions, and growing in their understanding of Jesus and his love. What a hopeful exercise! I also got so much hope for our confirmation class (we confirmed 14 young people, and have one more to go in July), who talked about their own hopes that the church can be a place of radical inclusion and welcome for all people. You can see them talk about their hopes in this video.

I want to invite you to worship with us this weekend as we both lament the brokenness in us and around us, and look at the hope we hold to, which is truly good news. Here is our schedule for tomorrow, June 19th:
9:00 AM
In-person Service of Word and Table in the sanctuary

10:30 AM
Hybrid worship service, in-person and livestreamed here.
*Please remember that since this service is filmed and live-streamed,
you or your family members may be on our worship recording,
which is streamed and archived on our YouTube channel.

11:30 AM
Discussion Group in-person and on Zoom
(Join by clicking here, or use Meeting ID- 859 0584 5591 and Passcode- stpauls)
IMPORTANT NOTE: We are not currently requiring masks, but remind you that wearing a mask is a great way to reduce the spread of airborne particles, and one way that we can show love to one another Please remember that if you are feeling uncomfortable, or are experiencing any symptoms, you can worship with us via our livestream at 10:30 (see link above).  

Grace | Peace,
Pastor Greg
Order of Worship
Prelude: “As the Deer”  (arr. Fred Bock)
Mary Bahnfleth, organ

Rev. Greg Milinovich

Call to Worship: Psalm 42 (UMH 77)

Sung Refrain: God will Give you a new heart, a new spirit put within.  

As a deer longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for you, O God,
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. 
When shall I come and behold the face of God?
My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me continually, “Where is your God?”
These things I remember as I pour out my soul:
how I went with the throng, and led them in procession to the house of God,
with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival. 
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God whom again I shall praise, my help and my God. 

Sung Refrain: God will Give you a new heart, a new spirit put within.  

My soul is cast down within me, therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep at the thunder of your cataracts; 
all your waves and your billows have gone over me. 
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love; 
and at night God’s song is with me; a prayer to the God of my life. 
I say to God, my rock: “Why have you forgotten me?
Why do I mourn because of the oppression of the enemy?”
Like a deadly wound in my body, my adversaries taunt me;
they say to me continually, “Where is your God?”
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God whom again I shall praise, my help and my God. 

Sung Refrain: God will Give you a new heart, a new spirit put within.  

Opening Hymn: "O God, Our Help in Ages Past" (UMH 117)

Passing the Peace

Children’s Message
Ted Voigt

Scripture Reading: Galatians 3:23-29 (NRSV)
Rev. Pam Ford

Message: “A Big Hope”
Rev. Greg Milinovich

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer


Closing Hymn: “O Church of God, United” (UMH 547)


Postlude: “Rondo”  (John Bull)
Mary Bahnfleth, organ

  • Do you identify with the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 42? What rings true for you in this ancient song?

  • Pastor Greg shared that one area that sometimes feels hopeless to him is the increasing polarization in our culture. Where have you experienced this? What do you think is the Church’s role in this environment?

  • What do you think is meant by “there is no longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female?” If the writer were writing this letter to the American church today, how do you think they would say it?

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