West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Weekly Church Bulletin


242 Main Street, North Chelmsford, MA  01863

Telephone – (978) 251-4834  email: office@wcumc.us

Web Address: www.wcumc.us


2nd Sunday after Epiphany                                           January 20, 2019

Human Relations Day                                                                9:30 a.m.


  Prelude – “Andantino”                                                          Boëllmann

*Processional Hymn – “From All That Dwell Below the Skies”

                                                                                                UMH  101

*Call to Worship

Gather now under the shadow of God’s wings.

Your constant love is precious, O God.

God’s faithfulness extends to the clouds above.

God’s love is like the mighty mountains.

Your constant love is precious, O God.

We gather before this fountain of love, life, and light.

Your constant love is precious, O God.

  Choral Introit – “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name”                    Franz

  Prayer of Confession

Gracious God, like the father who rushed to welcome the return of the prodigal son, so you hurry to meet the repentance of your people with mercy.  We speak happily of your love, but deny your absolute power over us.  We have attempted to resist your authority in our lives by ignoring your will, trivializing your commands and declaring ourselves exempt from your judgment.  You have shown us, O God, what you require of us: to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly as your people. Grant us strength of mind and will to fulfill the tasks of justice and mercy you call us to perform.  Help us honor you with all our being that we may be holy, and wholly yours.  For Jesus' sake, Amen.

  Words of Assurance

  Sharing of Joys and Concerns

  Silent Prayer

  Call to Prayer

      The Lord be with you.

      And also with you.

      Let us continue to pray.

  Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer

  Anthem – “Santo, Santo, Santo”                                           arr. Parrish

  Children’s Message

  Offertory – “Blessed Jesus, At Thy Word”                            J.S. Bach

*Presentation of Gifts and Doxology                                    UMH 94

*Hymn – “As a Fire Is Meant for Burning”                          FWS  2237

(Sunday School Teachers and Students leave)

  The Baptismal Covenant II                                                    UMH  39

  Old Testament Reading – Micah 6: 8  **  (page 816)

  Gospel Reading - Luke 4: 16-20  **  (page 57)

  Sermon – “What Is the Fair Thing to Do?”

*Closing Hymn – “We Shall Overcome”                              UMH  533



  Benediction Response – “I Have a Dream”                                   Parry

  Postlude – “Cibell”                                                                     Loeillet


            *Those who are able please stand.


**After each scripture reading please respond, “Thanks be to God”


We extend a warm greeting to all who worship here today.  We especially greet those persons who are visitors.  Please sign the friendship pad.


Baptized this morning is Jack Anderson Wayne son of Robert and Sheila Wayne.  Godparents are Timothy Hill and Rachel Zanni.


The Flowers this morning are given to the glory of God by Ellen and Gary O’Neill in memory of parents Ann and Jim Kester and Alice and John O’Neill.


Today – Senior Choir

  Lay Reader – Tom Buretta        Server –Kaylee Laflamme

  Minister of Music – Karen Leonard

  Pastor – Reverend Mack Hagins


UMH refers to The United Methodist Hymnal

FWS refers to The Faith We Sing




Today is Human Relations Day


Turn on the news or drive around the outskirts of your town and you will find what Jesus called “the least of these.”  Those living in the margins of society, struggling to survive.  People like:


  • An immigrant teenager in Texas’ poorest county, being recruited by a local gang
  • A father struggling for sobriety in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • An Oklahoma woman recently released from incarceration looking for work


Over and over Jesus served people like this, embracing them.  And that’s what we want to model as the people of The United Methodist Church.  To continue the ministry of Jesus we established Human Relations Day as a Special Sunday that calls all of our churches to participate in helping all God’s children to realize their potential.


Will You Support the Ministry of Christ Among Those on the Margins?

Please prayerfully consider how you can extend a helping hand to those in crisis so they can overcome formidable obstacles in their lives.


Please use the “Special Offering” envelope for your gift for Human Relations Day.



Divine Readers - The Faith based book club will be meeting on Monday January 28th at 7:00pm in the Education Building.  This month we will be discussing the Non-Fiction book; Cold-Case Christianity.  A Homicide Detective Investigates The Claims of the Gospels.  Bring your coffee and join us for fellowship and discussion of our faith.  Men and women are all invited.  See you then.  Any questions call or email Cathy Order 978-692-8206/ orderc@verizon.net.  The book list is located on the Bulletin Board in the Vestry.






Sunday, January 20th – 2nd Sunday after Epiphany

   9:30am – Worship Service, Sunday School

   10:30am – Coffee/fellowship,

   11:00am – Celebration Ringers     12:00pm - Celebration Singers

   4:30pm-Boy Scout leaders meeting   7:00pm – Living Stones UMC

Monday – 4:00pm – Girl Scouts    7:30pm – Council on Ministries

   7:30pm – AA   7:30pm – Boy Scouts

   7:30pm - Living Stones UMC class

Tuesday – 7:00pm – CS Pack 70 Den Meeting

Wednesday – St. Paul’s Meal    7:00pm – Living Stones UMC prayer class

   7:30pm – Festival Ringers    8:00pm – Living Stones UMC class

Thursday – 6:30pm – Children’s Choir   7:30pm – Sr. Choir

Friday – 7:00pm – Den Meeting

Saturday – 5:30pm – Comfort Food Dinner



Sunday, January 27th – 3rd Sunday after Epiphany

   9:30am – Worship Service    9:30am Sunday School

   10:30am – Coffee/fellowship


Ongoing Prayer Requests:

Victims of violence of all kinds

Victims of racism, sexism, homophobia, religious intolerance


Don’t forget that this coming Saturday, January 26th is the Comfort Food Dinner.  Bring your children, grandchildren, friends to share a meal!  The price of admission is your favorite comfort casserole, soup, chowder, or chili!  We also need bread, crackers, and desserts.  After our dinner, our own Elly Evans will share his memories and pictures from his recent trip to the Holy Land.  The Evangelism Committee looks forward to seeing you all there!