West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Thursday, May 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


5th Sunday of Easter                                                           May 19, 2019

Baccalaureate Sunday                                                               9:30 a.m.


  Prelude – “Grant Us Peace”                                       Mozart/arr. Ritter

*Processional Hymn – “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing              

                                                                                                   UMH  57

*Call to Worship

Mighty wind of God,

Blow through this place.

Stir us to praise,

Lift us from despair.

Holy fire of God,

Enliven our spirits,

Heat up our compassion,

Burn away our fear.

Mighty wind and holy fire,

Revive us again,

Set loose joy

And a chorus of praise!

  Choral Introit – “Step by Step”                                                  Strasser

  Opening Prayer

We rejoice greatly, loving God, in the birthday of the church known to us as Pentecost.  Your Holy Spirit has come bringing the church into reality.  Likewise, your Holy Spirit seals us as members of Christ's family.  Your Spirit emboldens the church and keeps us faithful as disciples of Christ.  So we praise you, Lord, for the church that has nourished us from our childhood and continues to nourish us today.  Amen.

  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 – “Go Ye Into All the World”                                        Butler

  Scholarship Committee Presentations

  Litany for Graduates  (see insert)

  Offertory – “Are Ye Able?”                                        Pugh/arr. Martin

*Presentation of Gifts and Doxology                                     UMH  94

* Hymn – “Jesus, United by Thy Grace”                               UMH  561

(Sunday School Teachers and Students leave)

  Old Testament Reading – Genesis 12: 1-9  **  (page 9)

  Gospel Reading – John 13: 31-35  **  (page 102)

  Sermon – “Going to a New Land”

*Closing Hymn – “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”        UMH  384



  Benediction Response – “Go Ye, Go Ye into the World”           Sleeth

  Postlude – “Imperial March”                                                         Elgar


            *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.


The Flowers this morning are given to the glory of God by Gavin Lambert in memory of Kate Lambert.


Today – Sr. Choir

  Lay Reader – Roberta Stratton

  Minister of Music – Karen Leonard

  Pastor – Reverend Mack Hagins


UMH refers to The United Methodist Hymnal





Sunday, May 19th – 5th Sunday of Easter, Baccalaureate Service

   9:30am – Worship Service, Sunday School

   10:30am – Coffee/fellowship    11:00am – Jr. MYF

   1:30pm – MVR Rehearsal   4:30pm-Boy Scout leaders meeting

   7:00pm – Living Stones UMC

Monday – 4:00pm – Girl Scouts    7:30pm – AA   7:30pm – Boy Scouts

   7:30pm – Council on Ministries

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

   7:30pm – Festival Ringers   7:30pm – Living Stones UMC Music

Thursday – 7:00pm – Lay Leadership   7:30pm – Sr. Choir

Friday – 6:30pm – Pack 70 Den Mtg.   7:00pm – Pack 70 Bear Den Mtg.



Sunday, May 26th – 6th Sunday of Easter, Intergenerational Mission Day

   9:30am – Worship Service

   10:30am – Coffee/fellowship


Ongoing Prayer Requests:

Victims of violence of all kinds

Victims of racism, sexism, homophobia, religious intolerance


Native American Ministries Sunday is one of six church wide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church.  Native American Ministries Sunday serves to remind United Methodists of the gifts and contributions made by Native Americans to our society.  The special offering on Sunday, May 19, 2019 supports Native American outreach within annual conference and across the United States and provides seminary scholarships for Native Americans.


There are openings on the Flower Calendar for Sunday, May 26th; Sunday, August 11th; Sunday, August 18th; and Sunday, August 25th.  Please consider a flower dedication or celebration by signing up for one of these dates.  Flowers are $30.  You may take them or request they be given to a shut-in or nursing home resident.  Thank you.  Questions - Call Diana Bard 978-692-7668.









The Divine Readers are meeting on Tuesday, May 28th (date change due to Memorial Day) at 7:00pm.  Come share in fellowship and conversation centered around faith and literature.  No commitments, come when you can.  This month’s book is called “the five people you meet in heaven” by Mitch Albom.  Copies of this book are available at the Westford Public Library.


Please feel free to call 978-692-8206 or email me orderc@verizon.net with any questions or book suggestions.


Cathy Order


Our next Sunday morning adult study will be offered during the month of June.  The title is Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church.  This is a four week study and will involve reading on the part of the students.  Please consider being part of this study.  There is a sign-up sheet in the entrance to the Educational Building.  It will be led by Rev. Mack, Sharon Jones, and Sarah Laflamme.


Do you love jewelry?  The holiday fair is seeking a chairperson for the Jewelry Table!! Our current chairperson, Nancy Luscombe, is moving away and we need someone to step in to keep our jewelry table alive! This table is well loved by shoppers and generates a great deal of money to benefit the church, so we'd like to keep it going!  The role involves collecting donations of jewelry, getting appraisals on the items that may be valuable, organizing and pricing the donations, setting up the table for the fair (Thurs/Fri before the fair), staffing the table the day of the fair and cleaning up/organizing leftover jewelry after the fair. All of this can be done with help, or by a team of people. We can help teach and guide you!  If you are interested in helping, please reach out to Heidi Vaughan at (508) 878-1589 or email at hvaughan00@gmail.com. Thank you!!!


A reminder about our church kitchen - Never leave food out anywhere.  The refrigerator is not a pantry, so once your function is over, take your leftovers home.  Anything left in the refrigerator that is not clearly marked will be thrown out or given away. Always wipe out the refrigerator and wipe off the stove and the counters.  We would also appreciate that whoever has left things on the counters, especially in the corners of the front one and on the top of the island, take the things home or put them away.  Think of kitchen use as a privilege.  Thank you!  If you have questions, call Elsie at 978-692-8939.






Litany for Graduates


Dear Lord and Savior, you promised to be with your disciples to the close of the age.  Be with us now.  Guide and direct all those who are crossing important milestones in their lives.

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  (Psalm 118:24)

Dear God our creator, smile upon all your sons and daughters where ever they may be, and especially we ask your blessings on these young people who are about to graduate.

Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.  (Psalm 145:2)

Stir up your Spirit within these young adults: may they observe your commandments, may they hear your call to serve through their work, may they know your grace and salvation, and may their lives reflect your glory.

For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. (Psalm 63: 7)

Dear Father in Heaven, you know how hard it is to send a child forth into this world. Grant joy, strength, comfort, peace, and hope to the parents and families of all those who are graduating.

What you have done will be praised from one generation to the next; they will proclaim your mighty acts. (Psalm 145: 4)

Let us thank God for giving us these young people to know and to Love.

All your works shall give thanks to you O Lord and your saints shall bless you! (Psalm 145: 10)

May all our celebrations be blessed by the Lord our God.

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord! (Psalm 150: 6)



Congratulations to our High School Graduates 2019: 

  Nekisha Elmore

16246-illustration-of-a-graduation-cap-pv[1]  Lily Kinney

  Maggie Torkiledson

  Lea Trainor

  Michaella Weinbeck