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Dear friends,

Good morning! I hope you're planning on joining us for worship tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. Below is the bulletin for the service and information about the Back to School prayer drive happening after the worship service. Meet in the church parking lot at 12:30 p.m. to join in the fun!

Please note: Because of the Back to School prayer drive, there will be no Zoom coffee hour after worship this week.

Remember, you can watch recordings of the live stream any time after worship or use our at-home worship guides which are posted to our website - this week's guide can be found here.

I look forward to worshiping with you all!

Jody
Live Streaming Link (YouTube)
Let's send our students back to school with a blessing! Join us on Sunday, September 6, after worship at 12:30pm for a prayer drive in support of all those returning to school this fall. We will gather in the parking lot where we will pass out device stickers to all students and educators present (instead of a backpack tag, as not everyone will be using a backpack this year!) and then drive to each of the Manchester Community School buildings to offer a prayer before in-person classes begin there the following Tuesday. We'll return to the church where we'll have sidewalk chalk available to write encouraging messages on the Klager Elementary sidewalks for students walking to school! Sharon UMC will also be doing a prayer walk at the same time and we look forward to crossing paths with them - how great to know that our school system has such broad support!

We'd also like to pair our prayers with an act of service by collecting school supplies for Klager Elementary students and teachers! See a list of the school supplies we're collecting here or by clicking the picture above. Supplies can be brought to the prayer drive or you can contact the church office to arrange another drop off time!
 
Download and print the coloring page for this week here. The coloring page is great both for kids and anyone else who worships well with busy hands!
Worship: September 6, 2020 at 10:30am

Hymn Preview / Prelude                        

Welcome

Hymn  Jesus Calls Us (UMH 398, lyrics)

Gathering Prayer     
                                                                       
    God of all creation
    who called every being into life
    and called us each into service:


    Hear now your children,
    battered by the waves of life,
    but moving forward still.


    Guide us in your ways,
    grant us courage enough to continue,
    and love enough to hold us together.


    Amen.

Hymn  We’ll Understand It Better By and By (UMH 525, lyrics)

New Testament Reading  Acts 15:36-41

Children’s Message (Coloring Page)  

Message  Back to School Blessing

Hymn  Give to the Winds Thy Fears (UMH 129, lyrics)

Prayers of the People
    The Lord’s Prayer 
(UMH 895)

Giving Our Tithes and Offerings                                                    
    Doxology (UMH 94)
    Prayer of Thanksgiving

        Gracious God, your love reaches across the
        boundaries that we cannot seem to escape.
        Though we may not always think alike or even
        walk the same paths, may we hold fast to your
        love and be united in heart. Bless these gifts we
        offer, that they may be a shared expression of the
        love which binds us and provide opportunity to
        unite in ministry. Grant us the grace to bless those
        who walk different paths, and the courage to hope
        that our paths will again unite in the glory of your
        presence. In Christ’s holy name we pray, Amen.


Sending Forth  Blest Be the Tie that Binds (UMH 557, lyrics)

Benediction

Postlude

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