In Matthew, we are called to be the light of the world; to be a source of comfort and reassurance to those we meet along our faith journey. I invite you to be that source of illumination during this Easter season by making a “Second Mile” Easter offering that will support three life-changing ministries.
October 2, 2022 | 11:00 am
The Power of the Promise Series
Rev. Lance Marshall
Welcome and Announcements
Rev. Brenda Brooks Alexander, Associate Pastor
Prelude: “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go”
Timothy Shaw, arranger
Keira Fullerton, cello
Peggy Graff, piano
*Call to Worship
One: God has led us to this place,
All: God will lead us past this place.
One: We have been led here to explore what God is doing among us,
All: to find out who God wants us to be
One: Come and immerse yourself in God, come and worship the God who protects and guides us.
All: As God flows through us, we worship together. Amen.
*Hymn 529: “How Firm a Foundation”
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
“Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
for I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand
upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.
“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
the rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
for I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
“The soul that on Jesus still leans for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no, never, no, never forsake.”
*Wesleyan Covenant Prayer
Rev. Zhenya Gurina-Rodriguez, PhD., Associate Pastor
I am no longer my own, but yours. Put me to what you will, place me with whom you will. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be put to work for you or set aside for you, praised for you or criticized for you. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and fully surrender all things to your glory and service. And now, O wonderful and holy God, Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, you are mine, and I am yours. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, Let it also be made in heaven. Amen.
**Please be seated
Anthem: “For Everyone Born”
Tom Trenney, arranger
Thomas Williams, director
Faith Like a Child
“Mister Mark” Burrows, Director of Children’s Ministries
Scripture: Exodus 14:5-14
Joy Brandon, lay reader
God speaks to us through the reading of scripture.
Thanks be to God.
Rev. Lance Marshall, Senior Pastor
Notes: These are foundation stories of faith that are all built around the idea of a promise making, promise keeping God. The Promises God makes to all creation. The sea parts, and God delivers Israelites from slavery.
Service of Holy Communion
Hymnal pages 12-13
Confession and Pardon
The Great Thanksgiving
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Serving the Bread and Cup
Offertory: “One Bread, One Body”
Lloyd Larson, arranger
Jayme Vaughn-Linebarger and Avary Vaughn
One: Our gathering will soon be ended. Where will we go, and what will we do?
All: We will go out to be God’s people in the world.
One: May grace, peace, hope, love, and joy forever accompany you. Amen.
*Congregational Benediction: “Standing on the Promises” (refrain)
Standing, standing, standing on the promises of God my Savior;
I’m standing on the promises of God.
*Postlude: “How Firm a Foundation”
Jason D. Payne, arranger
Notes from First Church
Welcome to First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth – we are glad you’re here to worship with us today!
Please let us know you are here by filling out the attendance pad as it comes by.
Asterisks (*) indicate times when you are invited to stand as you are able.
“Faith Like a Child” is our children’s sermon developed for young worshipers of all ages.
In addition to your regular contribution, every one dollar ($1) bill placed in the offering plate during the month of October will support the clothing bank.
The Sanctuary Flowers are given in loving memory of Marian McKeever Millican and Ann McFadyen Millican by Kirk Millican.
Wesleyan Covenant Prayer
I am no longer my own, but yours. Put me to what you will, place me with whom you will. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be put to work for you or set aside for you, Praised for you or criticized for you. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and fully surrender all things to your glory and service. And now, O wonderful and holy God, Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, you are mine, and I am yours. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, Let it also be made in heaven. Amen.
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Discipleship is the process of being shaped by the Holy Spirit through spiritual practices to become more like Jesus. Healthy Plate Discipleship uses a variety of practices to help you more faithfully follow Jesus Christ. Try all six areas to grow strong in faithful discipleship. Learn more at fumcfw.org/healthyplate.
Gathering to focus onGod together
Being God’s people in the world
Putting God first in all things
Discovering and understanding who God is
Enjoying the good life God gives
Talking and listening to God’s direction
Are you new?
If you would like to find your Worship Plus One, we would love to visit with you and help you explore the First Church groups or ministries of special interest to you! Finding your Worship Plus One will help you meet others, build relationships, and grow stronger in your faith.
For details, please email Lisa Helm (email@example.com), Director of Welcoming Ministries or Dr. Mike Marshall (firstname.lastname@example.org), Associate Pastor of Leadership Development — and be sure to include your phone number in your email!
Ways to Give
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Check or Money Order
Make payable to FUMC Fort Worth; deliver to the Business Office, the Main Church Office, or via mail to 800 W. 5th St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102.
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Guest Blogger: Linda Abel, RN, President of Dementia Friendly Fort Worth
As we are reaching out to train people in businesses, organizations, and institutions as part of the Age-Friendly Dementia-Friendly certification program, and as we work on fundraising and organizational needs, it is easy to lose sight of our mission.
Some of you know that my call to ministry emerged from my experiences of struggle and support after being diagnosed with cancer soon after my 13th Birthday.
Guests Blogger: Linda Abel
When dementia comes to call — on an individual and his or her surrounding family and friends, even those of those of us who care very deeply can feel helpless and confused, even afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing. Questions abound. What can we do to help?