Prayer Requests: July 5, 2015

Prayer Requests

July 5, 2015

Pastor Michael:  All that we have and all that we need comes from the Lord.  Prayers of gratitude and praise for comfort and compassion.  Prayers for healing mercies.  Prayers for travel mercies for Sue.  Prayers for healing.  Prayers for wise solutions.  Prayers for the familes still not back in Sea Bright.  Prayers for discernment and understanding – peace that passes understanding.  Please answer these prayers and those we hold in our hearts.

George:  Prayers of thanks for God’s faithfulness.

Austin:  Prayers for Jeremy and his family and for my buddy Nick.

 Reilee:  Prayers of thanks for my great family and especially for the party yesterday.

Kathleen:  Gratitude that God is in my life and He is in control.  Prayers of gratitude for the peace He gives me.

Tom:  Prayers for my family and gratitude.  Prayers for Phyllis.  Prayers for my friend who lost a brother.

Virginia:  Prayers for my boy and for strength for me.

Joan:  Prayers for patience on the Lord.

Kyle:  Prayers of thanks for family and for all my blessings.

Bindy:  Prayers for strength and patience.

Sister In Christ:  Prayers for understanding.

Lucas:  Prayers for family.

Sissie:  Prayers of thanks and gratitude and prayers to keep my Dad strong and to keep my family together.

Joseph:  Prayers for each that lives in my house.  Prayers for Shawn and family.  Gratitude for God working in me and for giving me freedom.

Andrew:  Prayers for my Mom and brother.  Prayers for Erick on the birth of his new healthy baby boy.  Prayers of gratitude that God woke me up today.

Winn:  Prayers for family members and for my daughter-in-law.  Prayers for my daughter.  Prayers for myself for healing mercies.

Barbara:  Prayers of thank and praise for all my blessings and for the path that He has us on.

Marie:  Prayers for healing mercies for my Mom.  Prayers of gratitude for my son and the path he is on.

Tony:  Prayers for guidance and patience and prayers of thanks for good family and friends.

Skylar:  Prayers for family.

Bobbie:  Prayers for family.

Sharon:  Thanks for all my blessings.  Prayers for my Mom and for my niece, safe travel mercies.

 

Offertory Prayer

July 12, 2015

Lord of the heavenly hosts, you are enthroned on the cherubim! We praise you for your glory and majesty. You always keep your promise to be in our midst when we gather together in your holy name. Make us more like King David, who rejoiced with great gladness and singing in your presence. Let others see and hear our joy and be drawn to you. We dedicate our offerings and our lives to your service, through Christ your son. Amen. (2 Samuel 6:1-19)

Prayer Requests: June 21, 2015

Prayer Requests

June 21, 2015

Pastor Michael: Lord, we need your help. We invoke the Holy Spirit. Hear our prayers. Help us to keep our faith in You. Grant us healing mercies, strength, consolation, comfort, and peace. We lift up Steve, and his family. Lord hear our prayers we present here, and those we kept inside.

George: Prayers for the South Carolina congregation that were killed and prayers for their families.

Sue: Prayers of gratitude and thanks. Prayers for thanks for the Christianity that the church of the victims in SC showed during this tragedy. Prayers for Tom; my husband who honored his father even though he was determined to be different from his father, for my father Bill Melody and for my brother Lee who is the father of my nephew Bill Melody.

 Pat: Thank God that Cindy came through her operation safely-Lord give her strength.

 Marie: Prayers of thanks and praise. May God’s will be done and not mine.

Virginia: Prayers for my boys. Prayers for their dad and prayers for my mom who was like a dad role model to me.

 Joan: Prayers for understanding.

Bindy: Prayers for Christians to see 1 color and that color to be the light. Prayers for everyone to see the light.

 Cole: Prayers for my brother to feel better.

 Women in Christ: Prayers for my boyfriend and grandfather to feel better.

Lucas: I’m grateful for my family. I wouldn’t be here without them. Prayers for peace.

 Tom:  Continued Prayers for my family and prayers of thanks for all my blessings. God bless every one of the SC victims and their families.

 Joann: Many blessings for our fathers now and the one’s before us. Memory of my dad is when he would take the time out of his day to play with us. Prayers for me and my job. Prayers for the people of SC. Prayers for peace, love, guidance and understanding. Prayers for my family.

 Jeff: Healing mercies for my friend Eddie Smack who was diagnosed with cancer.

 Kyle: Prayers for my family. Prayers for guidance and understanding and for some medical issues that I have.

 Regina: Prayers for the families in SC.

 Kathleen: I’m grateful for my many blessings and my dad. Prayers for my daughter who is struggling with Father’s Day. Prayers for Peggy who is having a memorial today for her son who would have been 26.

 Reilee: Prayers for guidance and understanding as I start a new chapter in my life.

 Austin: Prayers for my friend Jeremy and his family.

 Tyler: Prayers for the next 4 years to be good.

 Tony: Prayers of thanks for my family.

 Skylar: Prayers for Father’s Day.

Sunday Bulletin: June 28, 2015

WELCOME TO SEA BRIGHT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

WHERE JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!

A Service of Word & Music

RINGING OF THE BELL

PREPARATION FOR THE WORD

 

PRELUDE     (A time to relax and enter the mindset of worship)

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Leader: The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them;

 

People: but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for He knows their day is coming.

 

INTRODUCTION   “Into My Heart” (Verse 1)               FWS 2160

 

HYMN OF INVOCATION                                            UMH

“ ”

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

 

Leader: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you.

 

People: And also with you.

 

Leader: Seek the face of the God of Israel and of Jesus to receive the blessing of God our Savior.

 

People: We see the face of God our Savior in the face of Jesus Christ.

 

PRAYER OF INVOCATION

 

Loving God, we seek your face in times of joy and sorrow. We come more casually when life is full of happiness. We come with yearning when sorrow and tragedy have shadowed our joy: Receive us in the best of times and the worst of times; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

HEARING OF THE WORD

 

OLD TESTAMENT READING                                           

“2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27”                                        Sp lP or

 

HYMN OF PREPARATION                                        UMH  

     “ ”

 

PSALM                                 130                               UMH 848

                          

NEW TESTAMENT READING

“2 Corinthians 8:7-15”                    SP LP or

 

GOSPEL reading

Mark 5:21-43”                               SP lp or

    

“MORNING MESSAGE”                           Pastor Michael Turner

 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

 

moment of silence

 

Affirmation of faith

 

gloria patri                                                               UMH 70

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

 

passing of the peace  

 

offering of self and resources

 

hymn of dedication                                                       UMH                                            

     “ ”                                                                        

 

benediction and sending forth                   fws 2160

     “Into My Heart” (Verse 2)

 

as you are able – please stand to praise god

Sunday Bulletin: June 21 2015

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Leader: The one who gets wisdom loves life;

 

People: the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.

 

INTRODUCTION   “Into My Heart” (Verse 1)               FWS 2160

 

HYMN OF INVOCATION                                            UMH

“ ”

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

 

Leader: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you.

 

People: And also with you.

 

Leader: God’s name deserves our praise in this house.

 

People: God’s name deserves our praise to the farthest bounds of the earth.

 

PRAYER OF INVOCATION

 

Hallowed be your name, O God, by our prayers and our hymns as we are gathered to worship you. Hallowed be your name, O Christ, in this house of prayer and in our homes and in our schools and wherever we live and work. Hallowing Spirit, purify our minds and our mouths to the glory of God. Amen.

HEARING OF THE WORD

 

OLD TESTAMENT READING                                           

“1 Samuel 17:1-23, 32-49”                 Sp lP or

 

HYMN OF PREPARATION                                        UMH

     “ ”

 

PSALM                                 9:9-20                            UMH 744

                          

NEW TESTAMENT READING

“2 Corinthians 6:1-13”                    SP LP or

 

GOSPEL reading

Mark 4:35-41”                               SP lp or

    

“MORNING MESSAGE”                           Pastor Michael Turner

 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

 

moment of silence

 

Affirmation of faith

 

gloria patri                                                               UMH 70

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

 

passing of the peace  

 

offering of self and resources

 

hymn of dedication                                                       UMH                                            

     “ ”                                                                        

 

benediction and sending forth                   fws 2160

Sunday Bulletin: June 14, 2015

Trinity Sunday: Third Sunday after Pentecost

June 14, 2015

WELCOME TO SEA BRIGHT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

WHERE JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!

A Service of Word & Music

RINGING OF THE BELL

PREPARATION FOR THE WORD

PRELUDE     (A time to relax and enter the mindset of worship)

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Leader: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

People: “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

INTRODUCTION   “Into My Heart” (Verse 1)            FWS 2160

HYMN OF INVOCATION                                            UMH

“ “

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you.

People: And also with you.

Leader: Come to Christ, the gentle storyteller, and he will teach you in public and in private the meaning of life.

People: We have to Christ to learn to learn the true meaning of life.

PRAYER OF INVOCATION

God of all wisdom, Truth and Wisdom Incarnate, Spirit of truth and wisdom, we come to hear your word as it is written, and to commune with you in Spirit. Teach us what we need to know and inspire us for what we ought to do; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

HEARING OF THE WORD

OLD TESTAMENT READING                                           

“1 Samuel 15:34-16:13”                                              Sp lP or

HYMN OF PREPARATION                                   UMH

     “ ”  

PSALM                                 20                                  UMH 811

 NEW TESTAMENT READING

“2 Corinthians 5:6-17”                                          SP LP or

GOSPEL reading

Mark 4:26-34”                                                              SP lp or

“MORNING MESSAGE”                          Pastor Michael Turner

 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

 

Moment of silence

Affirmation of faith

Gloria Patri                                                                 UMH 70

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Passing of the peace  

Offering of self and resources

Hymn of dedication                                                  UMH                                            

     “ ”                                                                        

Benediction and sending forth                             FWS 2160

     “Into My Heart” (Verse 2)   

as you are able – please stand to praise god

Prayer Requests: June 7, 2015

Pastor Michael: We lift up our prayers to the Lord and ask for His answer. God is always in charge. Many times in our life when we ask for things, we know that God can and I cannot. God will answer in God’s timing. Prayers for love of family and for giving hope. Prayers for God’s guidance. Prayers for our country. Gratitude for the freedom of religion that we have and that we can continue to witness. Prayers for Michael and his wife, and for Dillon and his wife.

George: Thanks for things moving on our housing.

Austin: Prayers for Jeremey and his family – comfort and peace on the loss of his Dad.

Sharon: Prayers of thanks for my blessings. Prayers for family, and prayers for guidance as I continue to deal with my contractor.

Winn: Prayers for my grandson for motivation. Prayers for my daughter – healing mercies. Prayers for God to help me keep my mouth shut.

Martin Family: Prayers to keep our eyes on Jesus – on His love for us. Healing mercies for my daughter.

Prayers of thanks for a wonderful family.  

Sue: Praise and gratitude and thanks for all my blessings and for my many family and friends that need all our prayers of healing mercies. Prayers for the lady that I met and witnessed to – sometimes a stranger can lift us up while we lift them up. Prayers for the owner of American Pharaoh that won the Triple Crown – he was forced to leave Egypt because of his religion and thanks God for his being here. Prayers for our country and that it returns to being a Godly nation. Travel mercies for me on my trip to California. Continued prayers for healing mercies for The Clauer’s. Prayers of joy for my great granddaughter.

Pat: Prayers for family. Thanks for another day.

Barbara: Prayers of thanks and gratitude and for strength that I can continue my walk.

Jim: Prayers.

 Tom: Prayers for my family. Prayers for Betti.

Lois: Prayers for my husband – healing mercies, and for the physical strength to be able to take care of him, and for patience.

Reilee: Prayers of strength for my friend, Cimarron, and her family on the loss of her grandmother.

Marie: Praise and thanks and gratitude for all my blessings and for myself to trust in God’s will and to keep working in faith.

Kathleen: Praise and thanks. Prayers for my Dad and for my family. I’m grateful that I found the Lord.

Fran: Prayers for Patti and for the whole family.

Joanne R.: Prayers for New Orleans – to bring them back to God. Prayers of thanks for safe travel mercies for me. Prayers for healing mercies. Prayers for family.

Frieda: Prayers for family. Thanks for a beautiful day.  Thanks for this church.

Offertory Prayer for June 14, 2015

God of grace and mercy: When the world could not grasp the depth of your love and devotion to your creation, you sent your Son in the flesh, Jesus your anointed, to walk in our midst and to teach that your word and will might take root and grow in us. He spoke in parables about seeds, planting, and growth. Heavenly God, we bring our offering to you this morning as a testimony of the fruit that seed has brought, acknowledging that the bounty may not be what it should have been. Bless what we give this morning, renew it that your message of love and hope might be planted and take root in others who believe they are beyond your reach. We pray in the name of our Teacher, Savior and Redeemer:

Jesus the Christ. Amen. (Mark 4:26-34)

Prayer Requests: May 31, 2015

Pastor Michael: Prayers for those who gave their lives for the freedom we have. Enjoy time with family and pray for those that are serving now and also for all those in authority that they may have wisdom. Prayers for the families left behind. Travel mercies for Michael and his wife Lisa – coming home. Prayers for George & Frieda that they may soon be in their home, and for this town. Healing mercies for Ralph Clauer, and for his wife, Joanne. Prayers for the Shapiros. Prayers for peace that surpassing understanding. Prayers for those in the world that are being persecuted for their faith. Father hear all of the prayers we put forth today. Answer them Lord. Give us the patience to wait for your answers.

George: Prayers of thanks. The frame of our house is up.

Austin: Prayers for Jeremey and his family – comfort and peace on the loss of his Dad.

Joe: Prayers for healing mercies.

Sharon: Prayers of thanks.

Sue: I’m grateful for all of my blessings and for this church.             Tribute to the military…grateful to be an American. Prayers for Joe and Lois Cunnigham and for the Clauers.

Pat: Prayers for my cousin Billy. Prayers for daughter and granddaughter. Grateful for family

Tom: Prayers of thanks for my family. Prayers for wisdom, strength and healing.

Virginia: Prayers for my mom-strength.

Austin: Continued prayers for Jeremy and his family.

Reilee: Prayers for my friend’s grandmother.

Kathleen: I’m grateful for all of my blessings and my church family.

Bobbie: Prayers for world peace.

Skylar: Thankful for my sandals.

Fran: Prayers for healing mercies and strength for Patti’s family.

Frieda: Prayers of thanks for George. He’s been taking care of all of the paper work with the house. Prayers for my grandson Kerry – He’s been struggling.

Prayer Requests: May 24, 2015

Pastor Michael: Prayers for those who gave their lives for the freedom we have. Enjoy time with family and pray for those that are serving now and also for all those in authority that they may have wisdom. Prayers for the families left behind. Travel mercies for Michael and his wife Lisa – coming home. Prayers for George & Frieda that they may soon be in their home, and for this town. Healing mercies for Ralph Clauer, and for his wife, Joanne. Prayers for the Shapiros. Prayers for peace that surpassing understanding. Prayers for those in the world that are being persecuted for their faith. Father hear all of the prayers we put forth today. Answer them Lord. Give us the patience to wait for your answers.

George: Prayers for all the service people, especially those that gave their lives.

Austin: Prayers for Jeremey and his family – comfort and peace on the loss of his Dad.

Brother-In-Christ: Prayers for the mothers who receive news that their son will not be coming home.

Sharon: Prayers of thanks for all my blessings.

Richard: Prayers for my Uncle John, who gave his life to save others, and for all of the military members and their families. Prayers for the Ukraine – and all those being persecuted for their faith. Prayers for travel mercies for my sister, Virginia and her husband Greg as they travel through Europe.

Sissie: Prayers for my brother, Tim and for my Dad. Prayers for me for discernment.

Marie: Prayers for healing mercies for my Mom. Prayers for my grandson, Tyler, may he be brought back into our lives soon.

Sue: Thanks and praise for all my blessings and especially for the Holy Spirit for wisdom. Thanks for being born in this country. Prayers for my two sons and my grandson in active duty and for my uncles.

Joe: Prayers for my father and my siblings. Prayers for patience and strength, and hope and faith.

 Pat: Prayers for a safe weekend – travel mercies.

Tom: Unspoken prayers.

Tony: Prayers of thanks.

Fran: Prayers for peace. Travel mercies for a friend who is going to France to go hot air ballooning – 102 years young.

Footprints in the Sand

Coming May 2015!

Footprints in the Sand is a Christian 12 step recovery program that helps heal Hurts, Habits, and Hang-ups through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior!

Please contact Pastor Michael Turner for more information @ (848) 218-2171

For Everything There Is a Season

Beautiful words of the Bible from

the Book of Ecclesiastes, 

chapter 3, verses 1-8:

For everything there is a season, and

a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

a time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to break down, and a time to build up;

a time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

a time to seek, and a time to lose;

a time to keep, and a time to throw away;

a time to tear, and a time to sew;

a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

a time to love, and a time to hate;

a time for war, and a time for peace.

 

Christmas Eve Service

Wednesday December 24

 Service 8:00 pm

Light fare & fellowship at 7:00pm

All Are Welcome

Bring Friends and Family to join us in

Celebrating our Savior's Birth!

Starting Sun Jan 18: Alpha Course

THE TIME IS NOW!

ALPHA COURSE

STARTING - SUNDAY - JANUARY 18 @ 6 P.M.

COME JOIN US, IN OUR DOWNSTAIRS FELLOWSHIP HALL,

FOR A NIGHT OF FOOD, FUN, AND KNOWLEDGE ABOUT JESUS!

Come for one session, or for all ten....

ALL ARE WELCOME!

Bring a guest!

 

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF SEA BRIGHT

1104 OCEAN AVE.

SEA BRIGHT NJ 07760

Phone: Pastor Michael 848.218.2171 or 732.530.7003

Sat Jan 24: Casting Crowns Concert

An evening of musical worship to be held at

Carnegie Hall in New York City.

A beautiful time of the year to see New York.

 

Pastor Michael is supplying the tickets -

All he asks is that you put your name on the sign-in sheet,

so he knows how many will be going.

Travel Mercies

The Sea Bright United Methodist Church has a fairly unique service where Parishioners are invited to express their need for a prayer of need, gratitude etc. on the behalf of themselves, or for others.

A common prayer is for Travel Mercies.

Over the past 2 weeks, I was the direct beneficiary of Travel Mercies from God. I'm presently working on an Information Technology Procurement project for a company in Montvale, NJ. Every day, I have to travel 70 miles each way, with a commute about 75-90 minutes in the early morning, and up to 2 hours in the evening.

Flying to Michigan Nov 17.

I'd mentioned to Frieda that I'd be traveling, and she cheerfully and unequivocally stated in very definite terms that George would pray for Travel Mercies on my behalf during Tuesday Bible Study. That really comforted me tremendously. 

I was booked on a flight leaving out of Newark, and I just pulled into long-term parking and turned the car off. I checked my iPhone, and found an email from US Airways informing me that the flight was cancelled. The travel agency said there were no flights available that day. But I had to be in Farmington Hills, a suburb of Detroit, for meetings on Tuesday & Wednesday.

I was able to get a flight leaving out of Philadelphia 3 hours later, and I drove from Newark to Phillie in torrential rain for an hour and a half, with flashers on for half the way. I made it safely, caught my flight and was able to attend the meetings. Of course, that was the time when the snow storm hit, crippling Buffalo. There were at least 4 other situations during that trip where I know God intervened on my behalf, acting through friends and well-wishers!

Thanksgiving Eve, 2014

I had to be in Montvale for a meeting at 9:30 on Wednesday Nov 26. I'd originally planned to work from home, given the pre-holiday rush, and the impending storm. On Tuesday, my boss, who was on vacation, said he wanted to meet with me on Wednesday at 9:30am.

So I left Sea Bright at 5:15am instead of my usual 6am, and drove into what was a rainstorm by the time I reached Montvale in my very trusty 1999 rear-wheel drive station wagon with 246,000 wonderful miles (Thank you, Good Lord, for all the times she took care of me, protected me during accidents whilst damaging herself, and brought me safely home!)

at 9:30, I was looking out the conference room windows and watching the snowstorm. My boss was on the phone, unable to leave his town because of piled snow. He apologized for my having to drive 70 miles into a snow storm, and his case of not showing up 🙂

At 10:45, we finished the call, and I started to head back with thick, wet flurries. The car already had about an inch of wet, slurry snow and ice. I distinctly recall praying for Travel Mercies. I was honestly not even sure if my car nor I would even survive the trip back! But as I prayed, a sense of warm comfort and the sense that I was in God's Hands, at His Mercy, emboldened me.

I don't recall exactly how long the trip from Exit 172 on the GSP, back to Exit 117, took. I recall driving with light traffic that made the lanes passable. The snow was very consistent until I reached the Driscoll bridge, where it was slick, and then the snow turned into rain, as the Linda Hopkins' song goes.

God and my car brought me home without any incident.

Wishing/Praying for Travel Mercies

After I returned to 'Safe' territory (which amazingly happens once you get off Exit 117!), I stopped by FoodTown in Atlantic Highlands for some wonderful chicken soup. I said Happy Thanksgiving and Travel Mercies to the lady at checkout. By the surprised look in her eyes, I knew that she knew what I meant.

It's almost like a secret handshake, or a code word.

 

This Thanksgiving Day,

I'm thankful

for all of God's Travel Mercies. 

Northern Shore Cluster Choir invites you to a Cantata

Image of the Northern Shore Cluster Choir at the Matawan UMC on Nov 30.

A beautiful rendition of the True Christmas Story!
A fitting way to respect the Birth of Jesus and those who give Him their everything.
Heart-warming, a gift of love from the Choir. You can sing along!
Bring loved ones, kids, friends.

"I hear the Prophet callin'"

On the following dates:

November 30 - 3:30pm

Matawan United Methodist Church

478 Atlantic Ave (corner of Church Street)

Matawan, NJ

December 7 - 3:30pm

Lutheran Church of Reformation

Broadway & Locust Ave

West Long Branch

I have a lot of video snippets, but need to explore options to show them on this site. Stay tuned.

Choir from Jersey Shore Churches

  • Ardena Baptist, Howell
  • Asbury UMC, Long Branch
  • First United Methodist, Keansburg
  • Gethsemane Lutheran, Keyport
  • Lutheran Church of the Reformation, West Long Branch
  • Matawan United Methodist, Aberdeen
  • Oceanport United Methodist, Oceanport
  • Old First United Methodist, West Long Branch
  • Sea Bright UMC, Sea Bright
  • St. Luke's United Methodist, Long Branch

Soprano

Alets Burley

Lois Keevil

Jennifer Long

Carol Mawby

Jane Morehouse

Millie Schlosser

Fran Spigelmyer

Billie Ann Terry

Michele Williams

Tenor

Joseph Cancel

Bud McIlvaine

Burke Mawby

Alto

Eddie Jensen

Brenda Jolley

Marcia B. Thompson

Joy Tomaino

Bass

Maynard Burley

George Finegan

Edward Terry

Richard Tupy

All Saints’ Memorial Church

Dec 5, 6, 7

 The Stone Church Players will be depicting

 a classic Christmas story -

 'It's a Wonderful Life'

 Performance dates Dec 5, 6 & 7.

 Call 732.226.6131 for tickets

Stella Maris Retreat Center

Monday December 7, 2014

 Stella Maris Retreat Center will present

'HE SHALL BE PEACE'

 An Advent Evening of Prayer and Song

as we prepare our hearts

to welcome the Prince of Peace!

 Call 732.229.0602 to register.

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving with an Attitude of Gratitude

"An attitude of gratitude" – that's what we seek to instill in ourselves and in our family members. Thanksgiving lends itself to helping us name the many ways we are blessed.

This link has suggestions that enable our families to focus not just on the food of the day, but on true gratefulness for the many blessings experienced by our families.

Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin Carvers

Pumpkin Carving

For 2014, five Sea Bright teens carved words associated with Jesus Christ into their pumpkins.

Laity Sunday

Laity Sunday

The third Sunday in October is designated as Laity Sunday in the United Methodist Church.

The Service will be planned and led by the Laity.

The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) has the responsibility to provide the general supervision and resources for Laity Sunday.

Find out a lot more about Methodist Laity Sunday at GBOD:

  • History of Laity Sunday
  • Laity Sunday Worship & Music
  • Laity Sunday themes

Laity Sunday at other Churches

It's interesting to see how other Churches all over the world celebrate Laity Sunday. Please visit these sites:

Prayer and Worship

Stained Glass Window of Jesus

Worship and Prayer are two words often used interchangeably, but they are not the same.

A Prayer

  • Prayer is a solemn expression to God to thank Him or to request something from Him.
  • Prayer can be performed anytime, anywhere, by yourself, or in large groups.

Worship

  • Worship is the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for God.
  • Worship consists of  crisply defined and structured ceremonies, of which Prayer and music are a part.

When you join full-throated with the choir and congregation, 

belting out The Sanctus:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Does it not stir your soul?