ALL EVENTS CANCELED THROUGH AT LEAST MAY 4
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Norman Lemay 03/29
Makayla Landers 03/29
Kelly Smith 03/30
Richard Lessard 03/31
Elizabeth Parker 04/01
Laura Fry 04/01
Nancy Sycamore 04/02
Ken Gallager’s son, Eric
Pat Trent’s daughter, Nicole for new job
Laura Fry’s step-mom, Leonor and daughter, Elizabeth
For teachers designing and conducting online classes
Our grocers keeping the shelves stocked
Our church staff
Our church members
For all who are affected by coronavirus,
through illness or isolation or anxiety,
For doctors, nurses and medical researchers,
For those who are guiding our nation at this time
For the vulnerable and the fearful,
for the gravely ill and the dying,
For those trapped in abusive relationships at home with their abuser
Our worship services will be livestreamed at 10:30 am each Sunday on our YouTube channel through at least May 3rd. We'll continue our journey through Lent, entering the story. Ken Gallager will provide music, Deborah Venator will chat providing detail, answering questions and conveying prayers and Pastor Cheryl will share scripture, sermon and song. There will be prayers to pray and hymns to sing and words will be provided. Join us!
Worship Order and Aids
March 29, 2020
Prelude O Lamb of God, Pure, Spotless - J. S. Bach
Prayer of Confession
Sometimes we just aren’t paying attention.
We can keep our heads in the sand
when we really need to attend to difficult situations,
or the needs of your people.
Forgive us, O God.
Guard us from distancing ourselves,
and help us to care for what’s right in front of us.
You entered our story through Jesus,
now help us to enter fully into the story
of your kin-dom on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
Opening Hymn: Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love UMH 432
Gospel Lesson: John 13: 3-16
Offertory Jesus, I will ponder now - R. Below
Closing Hymn: We Are Called FWS 2172
Postlude See the Lord of Life and Light - J. S. Bach
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You can also check out our archive of this week's service after it is aired, as well as previous services on our YouTube channel.
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.’ Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!’ Jesus said to him, ‘One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.’ For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, ‘Not all of you are clean.’
After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them.
Grace and peace!
How is it with your soul?
That is Wesley's question for his band and class members, a way in which to check in to ask whether you are well, physically, emotionally, and spiritually during this strange and challenging time. Along with pastoral itinerancy and our firm stand for social justice, the connectional nature of the United Methodist Church is what distinguishes us as a Christian denomination.
One of my favorite scriptures from the time of the birth of the Christian church is found at Acts 2:
46-47 and talks about life among the believers. It says, "Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people."
Even though we can't spend much time together in the temple these days, we can be glad and generous, praise God and foster the goodwill of all of our members!
We have initiated a system by which to connect everyone to ask and share how it is with your soul. You're welcome to do this by phone, Zoom call, email or snail mail. If you have not heard from a committee chair or team leader, please let our co-Lay Leader, Jane Broadrick
know and she'll connect you.
My hope is that I am kept in the loop with any joys or concerns of the members of these groups by the leaders. I was delighted to learn of people reaching beyond these groups this week to invite others and to learn that our dear Ginny Gerseney is turning 100 this July!
If you learn of anyone who is hurting, please keep them in prayer and let me know. There are funds available to assist folks financially in the Pastor's Discretionary Fund and we desire to stay connected and hold one another in prayer.
I'm also delighted to share that we have a team initiated by Barb Drotos and coordinated by Nancy Fransen that is sewing masks for emergency care providers at Community Bridges. You can learn more by emailing Nancy at this link
. Kelly Smith also mentioned an opportunity for sharing food with others that a friend of hers is coordinating. If you know of a need, please let us know. Jane Broadrick is also seeking to establish a list of names of folks who might be willing to deliver groceries for folks who cannot get out.
Importantly, our Treasurer has asked me to remind folks to support the church financially during this time we are apart. If your income remains unchanged or if you have enough in reserve to continue your generosity, the church needs your faithfulness. It is vitally important to continue to support the ministry of the church and enabling us to pay salaries, utilities and other bills. You are welcome to mail your gifts, tithes, offerings and widow's mites to 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301. Please do your part to sustain our ministry by mailing your check or giving electronically at this link
Thanks so much for your part in connecting our folks, now and always. Together let's be glad and generous, praise God and foster the goodwill of all of our members!
While we are going through this period of great caution and isolation due to the coronavirus we should be mindful of our friends who are in nursing homes or are home bound for health reasons. Please reach out to them as you can, with cards, notes and calls.
Senior facilities are closed to visitors so our "remote" visits will be most helpful in keeping them connected. A special remembrance at Easter would be greatly appreciated.
If you are sending cards and notes by USPS please be sure to seal the envelopes with a sponge or damp cloth!
Here is a list of our homebound friends
Ways You can Help at Wesley UMC
by Jane Broadrick
Connect regularly with folks in your Wesley family by phone, text, mail, or social media (A Directory of Active Participants is available by emailing us at this link
and will be updated on April 1st)
Send your pledge or plate offering to the church regularly.
Consider tithing your government relief check to Wesley.
Read the e-Weekly to keep up to date with Wesley’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Join your Wesley family at worship on YouTube every Sunday morning at 10:30.
“Do a good turn daily.” (Taken from the Boy Scout Handbook.)
Pray for one another, your family, friends, community and the world.
Memorial Easter Lilies
If you would like an Easter lily to memorialize or honor a friend or loved one, or just for your own enjoyment, we can order it for you and put your message of memorial or honor in the e-Weekly. You will have the lily for your home by Easter Sunday.
· Send your order and check with a note stating whom you are honoring or memorializing to Jane Broadrick, 285 South St, Concord, NH 03301 by Friday April 3rd.
· Lilies will be $11.00 for a single plant.
· Make checks payable to Wesley UMC and designate that it is for Easter Lilies.
· Orders and payments must be in our hands by Friday, April 3rd so that your memorial can be put in the Easter e-Weekly and the lily order can be given to the supplier.
· You will need to pick up your lilies in the Wesley parking lot at a designated time. (A day and time during Holy Week will be determined and you will be notified.)
This is an opportunity for you to honor someone, support a plant grower in this season of uncertainty, and have a lovely Easter lily in your home.
Fifth Sunday Food Collection
Please hold on to your donations purchased for Second Start's Alternative High School. We will collect these items once we return to live, in person worship.
Announcement from the Wesley United Methodist Women Board
Sara, Julie, Sylvia and Nancy.
“I have to pray and find a way for survival for my community”..Judy Daka 3/13/20
Will you find it in your heart to join us for a “Silent Love Luncheon?”
Wesley United Methodist Women are asking for your help. As you know last Sunday’s Irish lunch was cancelled due to the Coronavirus. This lunch was our fundraiser for Judy Daka who is a missionary in Zambia, Africa. To replace the lunch, we have come up with a “Silent Luncheon.” That is, we request $10.00 per person donation.
Please consider joining us for this worthy cause by writing a check payable to Wesley United Methodist Women or WUMW and mail to our treasurer by 3/30:
149 Eastside Drive, #211,
Concord, NH 03301
Judy’s community is in a desperate situation for our support to provide food and supplies for all. Their staple food is maize which they prepare a thick porridge and add veggies as side dish. With the drought this winter, there was no harvest. They search for wild tubers to replace the maize. Their seed bank is empty. Our support last year were funds to help dig a well. I recently received this email...“Our water well is doing fine though now water is too low. Over 200 people are surviving on this water well at least... But food has been an issue. It’s by God’s Grace and help from you people we are surviving."
"Please take care we are praying for you all. Imagine if it reaches our community how can we survive. Because of walking 20 miles to the nearest clinic we have built a simple mother’s shelter which is the site to build our clinic....the bicycle ambulance which we use for emergency now it’s broken.
We always pray to have a clinic nearby just a few hints I thought I can share with you and UMW....Judy." Mrs. Judith F. Daka, Executive Director, Ecumenical Development Foundation-Zambia, Africa
Concord Female Charitable Society
The annual meeting of the Concord Female Charitable Society at Alan’s Restaurant has been canceled for this year due to the coronavirus. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Marcia Gray, Faith Greene, or Diane McFall. We regret having to cancel, but we hope to see you all next year.
We have suspended in person visits during this time of contagion. Please contact Pastor Cheryl by phone, email or social media for prayer during this time.
VIEW SERVICES ON TV OR ONLINE
If you can't be here on Sunday, that doesn't mean you have to miss the service. Concord TV, Channel 22, shows our service during the week:
Sunday 1:30 PM
Monday 10:30 AM
Tuesday 4:30 PM
Wednesday 2:00 PM
Thursday 10:30 AM
Friday 7:00 AM
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