Pastor Mary Stewart  Home# 814-897-0991   - cell# 814-881-9141 email - mcstewart@roadrunner.com
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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Amos 7:7-17; Psalm 82;  
Colossians; Luke 10:25-37


GATHERING HYMN              “As the Deer”                      #2025

*CALL TO WORSHIP**                                                               

Leader:   Do not give only an easy or unthinking response to this day’s call to worship.  For today, we ask God’s Holy Spirit to fill us that we may prophesy, and dream dreams, and see visons.  The call to worship today is a summons to be touched by holy fire.

People: Even now, the flames may be dancing above our heads.

Leader:   The flames of the Spirit ignite our opinions on peacemaking so that they blaze into commitment.

People: Even now, the flames may be dancing above our hearts.

Leader:   The flames of the Holy Spirit animate us, leaving us no peace as individuals until God’s justice and peace fill the earth as the waters fill the seas. Come prophets, visionaries, dreamers! Let us all worship with courage and with hope!

People:  Let us worship God!




*Hymn of Praise 
“Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty”          #64






Leader:   hear the words of Jesus:  “I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”  (John 6:35)

                  Let us pray:

All:         God of every good gift, we come to worship today seeking many things.  Some of us are seeking peace, some are seeking healing, some are seeking answers, and some are looking for the right questions.  We trust that you will give us what we need: food for our deepest hunger, which is to know Christ and to make him known!  Amen!




*Praise                        “Great Is the Lord”              TFWS #2022

                                      “God Is So Good”               TFWS #2056





Praises, Joys and Concerns


Pastoral Prayer




Offering of Tithes and Gifts to the Lord



Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving

 “Give Thanks”                                                    #2036


A Creedal Statement**

Leader:   We believe God sits high and looks low!

People:  We believe God Stepped out on nothing and hung the moon and the stars in the sky!

Leader:   We believe God’s the whole world in his hands!

People:  We believe God delivered the Hebrews boys from the fiery furnace!

Leader:   We believe God delivered Daniel from the lions’ den, and God will deliver us!

People:  We believe God can make a way out of no way!

Leader:   We believe that God is able to do anything but fail!

People:  We believe God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good!

Leader:   We believe that we cannot beat God’s giving!

People:  We believe in the God who gave us Jesus!

Leader:   We believe           

People:  We believe!

Leader:  We believe in the Spirit of the Living God, giver of peace when the storms of life are raging!

People:  We believe in the sweet, sweet Spirit is the active presence of God!

Leader:   We believe in Jesus Christ, filling us with love, compassion and praise!

People:  We believe that the living God grants us courage!

Leader:   We believe!

People:  We believe!

Leader:   We believe the church is the community of saints and sinners, who gather in love to worship God!

People:  We believe in this community, called into being by Christ!

Leader:   We believe the fellowship of believers will witness God’s unconditional love to everyone!  We believe!

People:  We believe!




Children’s Time


Special Music and Testimonies


Old Testament Lesson              Micah 6:1-8    page 850

Epistle Lesson       1 Thessalonians 5:12-28          page 1077

 Report from Annual Conference                 
Mary Adams,
 Margaret Harrison, Kathy Fuller

 *Closing Hymn          “The Summons”                 TFWS #2130

*Dismissal With Blessing



(** from Opening Worship at Annual Conference)


Worship Helpers for July:

Greeter— Michelle Retzer          Announcer— Melissa Washe       Scripture—Mary Adams             Ushers—Walter Porter/Youth

Counters—Margaret Harrison and Sandy Stewart


Annual Conference June 9 – 12, 2016

Margaret Harrison

This was my first time going to Annual Conference. I had been told by Mary and Kathy what to expect. They said it was going to be long meetings and sitting on a hard metal chair.  I came prepared with a cushion.

Arriving at Grove City College campus I was amazed how big it was and how beautiful. I took a lot of photos that I immediately put up on face book.

Getting registered and finding our dorm and riding a go-cart driven by very friendly people was an experience in itself.  Our dorm room was at the far end of the hall and way away from the bathroom.  Note to self, next year ask for a room closer to the bathroom.

Our dining hall was not the main eating area; the food was prepared and walked over there. I was impressed with all of the meals and took photos of all of them. Yep, put them on Facebook too. 

I had never met Bishop Bickerton and now he was moving on and we were nominating someone else for the job. Spending two days listening to him preach and share memories of his 12 years, I am sorry I did not get to know him. I wish him well and what ever district gets him they are blessed.

When we get our new bishop I would like to meet him or her and get more involved.

 Since coming back to Henderson two years ago, I have asked the question why we were involved with a group of other churches. I did not understand the UNITED part of it. Seeing that many pastors and members in one area made it clear, we were part of a bigger picture.

I was impressed and moved by all the LOVE in the room and at times became emotional and a little jealous that our congregation wasn’t larger and closer. 

 Having meals with members from other churches and even ones in our area was pleasant and I learned a lot. I am excited to share my knowledge with my own church and hopefully bring that same feeling to them.


Meeting Adam Hamilton and hearing his story of how he started and grew his church to be as big as it is was some kind of fairytale.  I can not imagine Henderson’s pews being full and people having to sit outside or have Pastor Mary’s sermon piped in over a loud speaker on a wide screen.  Interesting concept and I am all for it, I will be there to help in any way I can.  His tips for getting that many people into services weren’t anything I hadn’t heard before.  I think that I just wasn’t open enough to use them properly.  I say properly because we have the brochure and we did pass it out. We are friendly enough to invite people to services, we tell them about our programs and everyone knows how I brag about our food pantry.  We could do so much more.  I want to do so much more.

I met a lot of people and friended them on Henderson’s face book page.  They shared photos and ideas from the conference. I saw Pastor Ray and he mentioned that he liked being able to see what was going on at Henderson through Facebook. Others I didn’t know came up to me and said Margaret right? Then their comment was, “We are friends with Henderson’s Facebook page”.   So we are doing one of Adam Hamilton’s suggestions, the social media part. J

I want to thank everyone for allowing me to go to these events and hopefully I can attend more.


                                JULY ANNOUNCEMENTS

10th    Sunday   Sunday services 9:30 am Report on Annual Conference  Mayghen returns to school   Leave for camp – Caron, Jacob, Samantha and  Matthew

11th      Monday          Summer program 12:30 – 3:30 at San Juan

12th    Tuesday           Food Pantry Meeting 10 am    
                   Summer program 12:30 – 3:30 at San Juan  

13th    Wednesday      Pick up perishables and milk at  9 am
                   Food distribution 12:30 – 2 pm

14th     Thursday        Summer program 12:30 – 3:30 at San Juan

15th    Friday  Two in One with Carl 10 am      
Summer program 12:30 – 3:30 at San Juan Field Trip

16th     Saturday         Pick up Caron, Jacob, Matthew and Samantha from camp.      AD Council 10 am 

17th     Sunday            Combined services and picnic at Pastor Mary’s home 11am

                 Leave for camp –Annea and Amanda

18th     Monday           Summer program 12:30 – 3:30 at San Juan

19th    Tuesday           Summer program 12:30 – 3:30 at San Juan

20th    Wednesday     

21st    Thursday          Summer program 12:30 – 3:30 at San Juan

22nd   Friday   Summer program 12:30 – 3:30 at San Juan
       Field Trip

23rd    Saturday          Pick up Amanda and Annea from camp.

24th  Sunday   Sunday services 9:30 am   
Mary Adams in England

25th  Monday  Summer program 12:30 – 3:30 at San Juan

26th   Tuesday Summer program 12:30 – 3:30 at San Juan

27th Wednesday Pick up perishables 9 am  
               Food distribution 12:30 – 2 pm

28th  Thursday           Summer program 12:30 – 3:30 at San Juan

29th  Friday    Summer program 12:30 – 3:30 at San Juan
       Field Trip

30th  Saturday  UMC Cooperative Ministry Meeting  9-11 
             Host Church  TBA

31st  Sunday   Sunday services 9:30 am 

August Helpers

Announcer – Wanda   Greeter – Bill & Sandy   Scripture – Carl
    Ushers – Walter/Youth  Counters – Margaret /Kathy  


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