West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Sunday, February 25, 2018

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 in Lent                                                      February 25, 2018

  9:30 a.m.


  Opening Reading

  Prelude – “Near His Cross”                                                       Luciotti    

*Processional Hymn “Trust and Obey”                                  No. 467

*Call to Worship

Deep echoes of the soul,

            Voices of silence,

            Inner nudges,

            Persistent longing.

            It is the call of God,

            The pull of Lent,

            The season of reflection,

            The yearning for springtime joy,

            The thirst for living water,

            The desire for new life.


  Handbell Introit – “In the Cross of Christ I Glory”                   Conkey


  Prayer of Confession

Awesome and challenging God, hold us close for this moment, so that with your support we might look deep within and let your healing light purify our darkness. Only in your grasp can we face our sins  - our frantic pursuit of busyness in order to cover up the emptiness of meaning in life; the ease with which we tolerate the troubles and inequities of our divided society; the acceptance of bottom-line thinking as the final word in decision making; the fear of differences that keeps us from receiving gifts of others. Holy and disturbing God, keep us close to the cross and let us experience your transforming love that turned a sorrowful Friday into an Easter hope. Amen.

  Words of Assurance

  Lenten Candle Extinguishing Liturgy

  Response – “Purify My Heart” (verse 2)                                No. 3103


  Sharing of Joys and Concerns

  Silent Prayer

  Prayer Hymn – “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley”        No. 2112

  Call to Prayer

      The Lord be with you.

      And also with you.

      Let us continue to pray.

  Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer                                                 No.  895

  Handbell Offering– “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”                    Kinyon

  Old Testament Reading – Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 ** (page 12)

  Offertory – “A Lenten Meditation”                                            Rasley

*Presentation of Gifts with Doxology                                   No.     95

*Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn – “O Come and Dwell in Me”                                    No.  388

               (Sunday school teachers and students leave.)

  Gospel Reading – Mark 8:31-38 ** (page 41)



*Closing Hymn “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”              No. 2129                  



  Benediction Response – “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

                                                                                           arr. Callahan

  Postlude – “A Song of Triumph”                                              Paxton


            *Those who are able please stand.


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


In today’s gospel reading Jesus tells his disciples to pick up their cross and follow him.  During the closing hymn everyone is invited to come forward and receive a small wooden cross to remind you of this teaching of Jesus. Please come down the center aisle and return by the side aisles.


4 Digit hymn numbers beginning with 2 refer to the Black hymnal supplement called, The Faith We Sing.


4 Digit hymn numbers beginning with 3 refer to the green hymnal supplement called, Worship and Song.



Mark your calendar for the up-coming Scholarship Dinner and Music Program  Saturday March 10th!  - 5:30 pm


Menu:  Meatloaf, Roasted garlic mashed potatoes, Fresh ginger glazed carrots, Garden salad, Fresh bread,   Beverages and dessert                                                                                  

Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $6.00 for children 11 year and under, and children under 4 are free. The dinner is a major fundraiser to keep the scholarship program growing. Please join us to show our young church members we care about their future.  Tickets on sale – See sign-up sheets in entryway to fellowship hall for ways you can help.


Look for the Easter flower poster in the entryway to the church and sign up, Easter is April 1stFlowers have been preordered, so don't hesitate. Any questions please call Diana Bard at 978-692-7668.

White lilies – $13 a pot    

 8” pots of tulips – $13

             6” pots of mums – $10   

Make your choice to help beautify our church for Easter.  If you want your flower to go to a shut-in or nursing home please let me know.


The Missions Committee invites you to participate in our annual in-gathering for the Lowell Transitional Living Center on Sunday March 25, 2018.  The Lowell Transitional Living Center provides the most vulnerable adults in our community with food, shelter, stability and dignity.

We are asking for donations of deodorant, laundry detergent, socks (new and both male and female), bath towels-new or very gently used.  Of course, monetary donations are always needed, please make checks out to WCUMC, and make a note that it is for Lowell Transitional Living Center.     Thank you, Missions Committee


The Anti-Racism Task Force invites all to a showing of the 13TH. 

The film, 13TH will be shown at 11:00 am on Sunday March 18th following our worship service and coffee time. 

Of the incarcerated world population, 25% are in American jails, a country with only 5% of the worlds' population. Come find out more. This film is a powerful 2016 documentary that explores racism and history of it in our criminal justice system. (Appropriate for ages 14 +)


On-Going Prayer Requests:

  Victims of violence of all kinds, especially the victims of the school

  shooting in Florida

  Victims of racism, sexism, homophobia, religious intolerance

  Pray for a peaceful resolution to the on-going tensions with North Korea





Sunday – February 25th - 9:30am – Worship Service & nursery care

                  9:30am - Sunday school          10:30am – Fellowship time

   11:00am – Celebration Ringers & Singers             1:30pm - MVR


Monday – 4:00pm- Girl Scouts                   7:00pm – AA

                  7:00pm – Divine Readers       7:30pm – Administrative Board

Tuesday – 6:45pm - Webelos


Wednesday7:00pm – Boy Scouts           7:30pm – Festival Ringers

                        St. Paul’s Meal at Eliot’s Presbyterian, Lowell                            

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

                    1:00pm - pm-Girl Scouts

Friday - 7:00pm – Cub Scout Pack meeting

Saturday - 5:30pm-Sr. MYF Lock-In



Sunday – March 4th – 9:30am – Worship Service & nursery care

   Holy Communion    9:30am – Sunday school


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


Today – Festival Ringers

  Lay Reader – David Daniel                     Server – Emily Weirich

  Minister of Music – Karen Leonard        Pastor – Reverend Mack Hagins


Lenten Candle Extinguishing Liturgy - As we prepare for Christmas, we light a new candle each Sunday to celebrate the light coming into the world; as we prepare for Good Friday and Easter, we extinguish a candle each Sunday to remind us of the ultimate sacrifice that Christ made for us.


Second Sunday of Lent – Each week the altar symbols will reflect the words of Jesus from the Gospels of Mark and John.  Along with the candles used in the Lenten Candle Extinguishing Liturgy, these symbols are meant to help us see the folly of trusting in our own agenda instead of trusting God, while showing us the hope we have through Jesus Christ.

On this second Sunday of Lent, the cross is lying down to signify Jesus’ statement in Mark 8: 34b, “if anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Near the end of worship there will be a time for you to “take up you own cross”.  The signs depicting the change in Abraham and Sarah’s names signify that along with the promise of God comes responsibility. Genesis 17: 9 “Then God said to Abraham, ‘As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come.’