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Worship Service for 4/18/21 or the video click on the following (8) Facebook

Welcome everyone! It’s great to have everyone with us for worship! We have a few people who haven’t been with us in a while here in person, as well as hopefully more online. We have been having wonderful attendance in both places, which is great, and it is wonderful to have you all join us to worship together. ANNOUNCEMENTS: There are several announcements. – Bulletins available. They are on Facebook and the website. They have the schedule for this week and next week, our prayer list, and the scripture sermon title and the songs. If you have additions to the prayer list message me, or call the office and leave a message. We don’t want to leave anyone out. -Food Pantry is Wednesday from 4:00-5:30. We welcome anyone who wants to help. –Women’s Bible Study will begin a week from Thursday, the 29th. The Study will be Fierce: Women of the Bible Who Changed the World. We will be meeting in person with masks. 10:00 am is led by Pastor Ruthie in the Fellowship Room and at 6:30 pm is led by Sara Ullman & Betty Winchell in the Social Hall. If you are planning to attend, please notify Betty or me so we can get you a book. -If you have children or grandchildren graduating this year, please contact Becky by tomorrow, so she can get them listed in the newsletter.

Our Call to Worship is “Days of Elijah” (by Robin Mark) Verse 1 – These are the days of Elijah: Declaring the Word of the Lord, and these are the days of Your servant Moses, righteousness being restored. And though these are days
of great trials, of famine and darkness and sword: still we are the voice in the desert crying, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord!” Chorus – Behold He comes, riding on the  clouds, shining like the sun at the trumpet call. So lift your voice! It’s the year of Jubilee, and out of Zion’s hill salvation comes. Verse 2 – And these are the days of Ezekiel: the dry bones becoming as flesh. And these are the days of Your servant David rebuilding the building a temple of praise. And these are the days of the harvest, the fields are as white in the world. And we are the laborers in Your vineyard, declaring the Word of the Lord. Chorus, Bridge – There is no god like Jehovah! There is no god like Jehovah! There is no god like Jehovah! There is no god like Jehovah! (Bridge repeated 3 more times), & Chorus x 2.

CCLI Song # 1537904 © 1996 Song Solutions Daybreak (Admin. by Song Solutions www.songsolutions.org) For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com CCLI License # 1694213                                                                                                                                      Let’s be in an attitude of prayer as we call on, calling on the Light of Christ to guide us on our paths. “Light of Christ, shine on our path. Chase away all darkness. Illumine us. And Lead us to the heart of God.” Amen    

Our next song is “Open the Eyes of My Heart” (By Paul Baloche) Chorus – Open the eyes of my heart, Lord. Open the eyes of my heart. I want to see You! I want to see You! (Repeat Chorus), Verse – To see You high and lifted up. Shining in the light of Your glory. Pour out Your power and love as we sing, “holy, holy, holy!” Chorus x 2, Verse,  Chorus. CCLI Song # 2298355 © 1997 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook)) For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com CCLI License # 1694213
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE: Hello! I going to begin today by asking a very big question: “What one thing would make you the happiest person in the world?” (Seeing Jesus. Chocolate!) While you are thinking about that question, I want to tell you a story about Jesus and His Disciples. One day, after Jesus had been resurrected, the disciples were getting ready to have breakfast on the beach. Have you ever been to the beach for breakfast? (No. I don’t think I have.) They had started a fire with some driftwood they had found, and they also had some really fresh fish, which had been recently caught in the Sea of Galilee. I was in that spot along the beach in Galilee not too long ago. Have you ever eaten fish for breakfast? (No.) Not many of us eat fish for breakfast, but then none of us are fishermen. Well, some of you may fish. Who catches fish here? (Used to) I’ve known some people who went camping and fishing and they have had fish for breakfast. (I’ve thought about it before, but I didn’t.) Just wasn’t appetizing, huh? No, I don’t think it would be for me either. The group of Disciples were having a conversation about their experiences with the resurrected Jesus. It was different than before. Jesus wasn’t a part of the group that day. 24 hours a day He had been part of the group every day. Instead, Jesus would show up while they were walking down the road or while they were in a room that was locked and He’d just show up. One day He wasn’t there, and the next moment He was. One day they said they had walked with him for several hours, and they did not know it was him until they stopped to eat, and while they were eating they recognized Jesus. Right then, in the midst of this conversation, they looked up and who do you think they saw? (Jesus) They saw Jesus, and He said to them, “Peace be with you.” They couldn’t believe it. They were shocked and very afraid. Some of them thought they had seen a ghost. Jesus was aware that he had frightened His Disciples, and he said to them in a very quiet voice that they should relax and be calm. “It is me,” Jesus said. “Why don’t you believe it is I after seeing me several times since my resurrection? Take another look again at my hands and my feet.” He still had the marks that the nails and spear had made in his body when he was crucified. He also told them that ghosts don’t have flesh and bones. Do any of you have ghosts around your house? () Some people do! Ghosts don’t have skin and bones. Then Jesus really proved it to them that He was real. He asked one of them for something to eat. The disciple closest to the fire reached over and took a piece of fish from the grill and handed it to Jesus. While everyone watched, He ate it. I can tell you they were one excited group of people. Now everyone believed. It was their Jesus. He did die and He was buried in a tomb, but He was now alive. He not only looked like Jesus – He also ate like Jesus. Do you remember that I asked you at the beginning of this? … What would make you the happiest person on earth? You were going to think about it. Do you think you would be about the happiest person in the world if you were sitting at your table some morning, eating your breakfast, and when you looked up there was Jesus sitting next to you? () I think I would be the happiest person in the world. I wouldn’t know what to do, however. I hope I could keep my mouth shut, so that I would hear what He had to say. So, I’m sure that He would have a lot of important things to say. Maybe it will happen to one of us some day. If it does happen, I promise you that we would be like the Disciples. We will be filled with joy and our hearts will be filled and beating so fast that we will not have a word to say, except, “Thank you, Jesus, for coming to my house and sharing your life with me.” The Immediate Word, May 4, 2003, issue. Copyright 2003 by CSS Publishing Company, Inc., Lima, Ohio. All rights reserved. Subscribers to The Immediate Word service may print and use this material as it was intended in sermons and in worship and classroom settings only. No additional permission is required from the publisher for such use by subscribers only.
Let’s pray… Dear Father God, Thank You for allowing Jesus to come back to the Disciples. And thank You for the promise that He is coming back again. Help us to be quiet enough to hear Him when He speaks to us when He returns, and even before that time, as we know that He does speak to us through the Holy Spirit. All of this we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

As we come to the time of tithes and offerings, we are thankful for the faithfulness in giving that has been shown by each one of you. Please continue to respond to the leading of the Holy Spirit, so that we are able to accomplish all that the Lord leads us to for His mission. Offering plates are on the sound board, or offerings can be brought or mailed to the church or to Joanna. Let’s pray, as we dedicate our gifts to the Lord… Dear Gracious, Loving Lord, We thank You for the provision that we need. Help us to give back from our abundance to support the ministry that You lead us to. Help us to see the needs that are all around us. Bless each gift that is given and bless each giver. Also, bless those who are in need, and guide us to care for them according to Your will. In Jesus Christ’s name we pray, Amen. Stand as you are able and praise God, as we sing the Doxology, for our many blessings; “Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heav’nly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen”

We are entering into our time of Joys & Concerns, are there those that you would like to share where you have felt God or Jesus with you last week or even before that?…or special times that you would like to share with one another other?…Joys shared today: Betty – “Thank you so much church for your prayers, your cards, your support. It was a hard year, but again I didn’t go it alone. The Lord was with me the entire time, and all of you through all of your supports. It is good to be 4 weeks off of chemo, and so now life is good. Life is healthy and strong. So thank you again for everything that you have done over the last year. And boy, it’s good to sit in the pew again. –Joshua Jones, who Mark asked for prayer for last week is out of a coma, which is an answer to prayer. Continue prayers, because he has some paralysis and has a long way for recovery. His left side is working, but his right side is not. -Marvin Frase is turning 95 tomorrow. He lives at The Avenue in Wooster at 1700 E. Smithville Western Rd. Room 223, if you’d like to send him a card. -My husband will also a birthday tomorrow. He’ll be 66 and for those who have not heard, he is retiring at the end of June, which has caused a lot of craziness for us because we are now moving into our permanent home in Doylestown, which is almost done but we have a little more to do. We are hoping to move into it in the beginning of June. Please pray that things come together so we can get moved in at that time. I’ll be about the same distance from there as I am from Seville. Some have asked if I’m moving because I had shared a post on Facebook that was by the person who will be our new District Superintendent. Pastor and District Superintendent is definitely 2 different things! We will be getting a new DS on July 1, who is Rev. Angela Lewis, who is currently the pastor at Doylestown. She has been posting some fantastic, encouraging things on Facebook lately. She is also a drummer and it has been recommended that she start a district praise band with the pastors who also play instruments. Our current DS, Rev. Ed Peterson will become the assistant to our Bishop on July, because Gary George is retiring. Also, we will be having more transition coming because the district secretary is also planning to retire July 1, because her husband is retiring this year, also. So, please be patient with all the changes within the district. –Mark – Scott is graduating in May from college, and Lynn, who has been out of work for over a year, has been patiently waiting to see if she would be called back, and it looks like she will be starting back part time this next week. Her patience has paid off. – Lee- This last week he and Betty were able to travel for the first time in 16 months. They traveled to Tennessee and had a good time in Smoky Mtn. National Park. Also, they were supposed to meet up with Betty’s brother and sister-in-law, but her sister-in-law ended up having to go into the hospital for 3-4 days and she has a clean bill of health now. Definitely a reason to praise the Lord! The Concerns shared today: Pam Hartman asked for prayer for a friend, Pat, at the Towne Manor, who has a sore leg that is not healing well. -Bruce- Dan Keck, their neighbor’s son is slowly getting better from Covid. -Prayers are needed for Lisa Ayers, who has been coming to church with Sheila, and her family in the passing away of Lisa’s daughter Alexandra (Alley) Waters. She was 27 and planning to get married in September. She had complications from an illness. Services are at Hillard-Rospert Funeral Home in Wadsworth. Calling hours are Tuesday from 4-7, and Funeral is Weds. at 11. -Nancy Britton’s daughter Yvonne hasn’t been feeling well. –Irene and Bob’s granddaughter’s son Chase, the special needs boy who has attended many special events here with the family, will be having surgery Tuesday to help ease the muscle spasms that he has been having so much lately. The family are starting a new horse therapy business for special needs children called Chasing Hope. -Continue praying for all on our prayer lists in the newsletter and on Sundays. If anyone wants added to these lists let the office know, please. -Continue praying for others who are grieving the loss of loved ones. There are many. Also, be praying about a new need placed on my heart for a grief group. It will take a while to get this started, but it is definitely a need for many in our community especially because of the changes that have happened with the grieving process. Grief has not been able to progress for many during these last 13 months or so. I had mentioned this last week, and when I read the paper later in the day there was an article concerning this and the need for grief groups. I’ve led groups like this in the past, so if you are feeling led to participate or even feeling led to be one of the group leaders, please let me know. -Continued prayers for others who are struggling with Covid and/or other illnesses. –Pray daily for our country. The concerns continue to increase, as I sure all of you are aware! –And pray endlessly for His Church, and the struggles that are there. We need to give the control of all things back to God! –And quite a few unspoken requests? Let’s Pray for all who have been represented by both spoken and unspoken requests… Almighty God, we thank You for hearing and answering all of our prayers even though sometimes we are unaware of those answers, and sometimes the answers aren’t what we want them to be. But Lord we know that Your answers are according to Your will and we trust in those. Thank You for Joshua’s improvement, as we continue to ask for complete healing for him, as well. We especially pray for all who have been brought forward in spoken requests. We ask for healing for each one; for Pam’s friend Pat, for Dan Keck, for Brianne’s Chase, for Yvonne, and Lord, we ask for a healing of heart for Lisa and her family as they grieve for the loss of Alley. Lord, we know that the grieve is very hard right now, and many of us have never experienced what they are going through at this time, especially for Lisa. Lord, we ask that You help us to be there for her as she reaches out to us. We ask that you help her to have peace and comfort, and especially for the fiancé Kyle, that he is able to feel You near him and that he is able to reach out as he needs. Give each one of them an awareness of Your presence with them. We are placing them into Your hands. We also pray for others who are on our hearts and minds and for others who are on our prayer lists. You know all the needs, Lord. We also ask for friends of Lisa’s daughter, as well, because with the death of a person so young there will be friends who will be affected badly also. Lord, for each and every one who is traveling, we ask for a hedge of protection all around them. And for those who are needing Your care and guidance in any situation, we place them all into Your care and keeping, Lord. Be in control of this world, Lord, and especially this country. Bring peace and unity. Touch the lives and the minds of those who are looking at doing violence, Lord. Help them to find the help that they need before any harm is done. Touch the lives of those who have been affected by recent acts of violence in whatever ways. Be in control of Your Church, and help each one of us to do things according to Your will, and not to try and change those. Lord, we place this all into Your care and keeping, in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as we pray the prayer He has taught us to pray, 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.
              Our hymn of preparation is “My Faith Looks Up to Thee” UMH #452. (By Lowell Mason & Ray Palmer) Verse 1 – My faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary, Savior divine! Now hear me while I pray, take all my guilt away, O let me from this day be wholly Thine! Verse 2 – May Thy rich grace impart strength to my fainting heart, my zeal inspire! As Thou hast died for me, O may my love to Thee pure, warm, and changeless be, a living fire! Verse 3 – While life’s dark maze I tread, and grief’s around me spread, be Thou my guide; bid darkness turn to day, wipe sorrow’s tears away,
nor let me ever stray from Thee aside. Verse 4 – When ends life’s transient dream, when death’s cold, sullen stream shall o’er me roll; blest Savior, then in love, fear and distrust remove; O bear me safe above a ransomed soul! CCLI Song # 43334 © Words & Music: Public Domain For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com CCLI License # 1694213
Our SCRIPTURE LESSON today comes from Psalm 4 & Acts 3.

Psalm 4: Answer me when I cry out, my righteous God! Set me free from my troubles! Have mercy on me! Listen to my prayer! How long, you people, will my reputation be insulted? How long will you continue to love what is worthless and go after lies? Selah Know this: the Lord takes personal care of the faithful. The Lord will hear me when I cry out to him. So be afraid, and don’t sin! 

Think hard about it in your bed and weep over it! Selah Bring righteous offerings, and trust the Lord! Many people say, “We can’t find goodness anywhere. The light of your face has left us, 

Lord!” But you have filled my heart with more joy than when their wheat and wine are everywhere! I will lie down and fall asleep in peace because you alone, Lord, let me live in safety. Acts 3: Peter and John were going up to the temple at three o’clock in the afternoon, the established prayer time. Meanwhile, a man crippled since birth was being carried in. Every day, people would place him at the temple gate known as the Beautiful Gate so he could ask for money from those entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he began to ask them for a gift. Peter and John stared at him. Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gazed at them, expecting to receive something from them. Peter said, “I don’t have any money, but I will give you what I do have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, rise up and walk!” Then he grasped the man’s right hand and raised him up. At once his feet and ankles became strong. Jumping up, he began to walk around. He entered the temple with them, walking, leaping, and praising God. All the people saw him walking and praising God. 10 They recognized him as the same one who used to sit at the temple’s Beautiful Gate asking for money. They were filled with amazement and surprise at what had happened to him. 11 While the healed man clung to Peter and John, all the people rushed toward them at Solomon’s Porch, completely amazed. 12 Seeing this, Peter addressed the people: “You Israelites, why are you amazed at this? Why are you staring at us as if we made him walk by our own power or piety? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of our ancestors—has glorified his servant Jesus. This is the one you handed over and denied in Pilate’s presence, even though he had already decided to release him. 14 You rejected the holy and righteous one, and asked that a murderer be released to you instead. 15 You killed the author of life, the very one whom God raised from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 His name itself has made this man strong. That is, because of faith in Jesus’ name, God has strengthened this man whom you see and know. The faith that comes through Jesus gave him complete health right before your eyes. 17 “Brothers and sisters, I know you acted in ignorance. So did your rulers. 18 But this is how God fulfilled what he foretold through all the prophets: that his Christ would suffer. 19 Change your hearts and lives! Turn back to God so that your sins may be wiped away. 20 Then the Lord will provide a season of relief from the distress of this age and he will send Jesus, whom he handpicked to be your Christ. 21 Jesus must remain in heaven until the restoration of all things, about which God spoke long ago through his holy prophets. 22 Moses said, The Lord your God will raise up from your own people a prophet like me. Listen to whatever he tells you. 

23 Whoever doesn’t listen to that prophet will be totally cut off from the people. 24 All the prophets who spoke—from Samuel forward—announced these days. 25 You are the heirs of the prophets and the covenant that God made with your ancestors when he told Abraham, Through your descendants, all the families on earth will be blessed. 26 After God raised his servant, he sent him to you first—to bless you by enabling each of you to turn from your evil ways.” The Word of God for the people of God! Praise be to God!

Message: In Psalm 3 we find a message of assurance, faith, and trust. David had all of these. He said, “You can be sure of this: The Lord set apart the godly for Himself. The Lord will answer when I call.” He called out to the Lord often, praying whenever he had a need, and he trusted that God would answer.  David also said, “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” David fully trusted in God. He was constantly referring to the fear that others had, and he was assuring them that God would take care of them. And he was an example of that to the people. He felt safe in God’s care and protection, and hoped others would do the same. If we can trust in the Lord to do all that we need, then we have the faith that will carry us into eternity. Faith is not believing that God can, it is knowing that He will. We should know through the stories in His Word, the inspired Word of God, that God can. We know those stories, and we know that He can do all things! That should not be a question for believers. But true faith is having the confidence and assurance that He will do whatever we ask of Him, if it is what we need. The opening of the 3rd chapter of Acts is the miracle of healing of the crippled man, but who performed                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                this miracle?… Was it Peter?… No, it was Jesus! Jesus had already ascended into heaven. The people stood in wonder when they saw the man had been healed. They thought Peter had done it, or Peter and John together. And they wondered ho. They were in awe and wonder. The man had the power to stand. They couldn’t understand that. How did he do it? He had been crippled his entire life, so far. Peter told this man that he didn’t have money, but that he would give him what Peter did have. Do you know what Peter had that he gave the man?… Peter had Jesus! He had faith and trust in Jesus. But more than anything else, he had Jesus within him. And Peter knew and trusted that calling out in the name of Jesus was what was necessary to get the miracles to happen. Jesus told them that. Do you remember the story back when Jesus was here on earth, and the Disciples has gone out and tried to heal someone of demon possession? But they weren’t able to cast them out. Do you remember that Jesus said, “Ye of little faith…? Because they didn’t remember that all they had to do was to use Jesus’ name to do that miracle. Now he remembered. Peter knew that if he called out in Jesus’ name that the man would be healed. And obviously the man must have believed it too, because he stood when Peter helped him up.  There is power in the name of Jesus, and if you want or need Jesus to help you or someone else, then you need to ask for the answer in the name of Jesus, and trust that He will. Yes, Jesus’ name is powerful! And we also know that what we ask for doesn’t always get answered the same way that we ask, does it?… because it isn’t what God knows is best at times. Sometimes it is answered exactly when we ask, but other times it’s not. And sometimes what you need the most, you don’t even know you need. And sometimes what we ask, we may think is right, but it’s not. But God knows, and He will provide! Peter was offering                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the crippled man Jesus, and the faith in Jesus. Jesus is the key to all the man’s answers. And Jesus is the key to all of our answers.  Then after the man was healed in the name of Jesus, he rejoiced in the Temple. The Jewish leaders and the rest of the Jewish community in the Temple were amazed in seeing that miracle, and Peter chastised them for their amazement. And then he reminded them of what they had done to Jesus. Peter also pointed out that Jesus was the Holy and Righteous One, and that they had denied Him and ask for the murderer Barabbas in His place, when they could have freed Jesus. Peter clearly said that they had killed Jesus, the Author of Life. God raised Jesus from the dead after He had been killed, and the Disciples were witnesses to all of this. Peter knew the whole story, and the Israelites did too, if they would only trust. Peter then tells all who are present that the reason the crippled man was healed                                                                                                                                                was because of faith in Jesus’ name. He was strengthened by God. The healing came by the faith that Peter and the man had in Jesus. Peter trusted that he could heal the man through Jesus. And the man trusted enough to try to stand, and then to walk, and then to jump, and then to dance. And he made sure that all saw that he had been made whole. God’s power flows where faith in Jesus Christ exists! But this is how God fulfillment happened; He foretold through all the prophets that His Christ would suffer. Peter continued on by telling the Israelites that their actions which killed Jesus were done because of their ignorance, but it was also because God had fulfilled what the prophets had foretold many years before. Peter told them to repent, change their hearts and lives, and turn back to God, so that their sins may be wiped away. Then the Lord will provide a season of relief, a refreshing, from the distress of this age. Doesn’t this sound like something that we all need?…And isn’t Peter speaking to us, as well as to those who were in the Temple that day?…We need to repent, get a change of heart and lives, and turn back to God; if we’ve strayed, so that sins can continue to be wiped away. And then we will have a refreshing! Especially in these days of distress! We have so much going on in the world around us that we can be relieved from. And then Peter said also that God will send Jesus, and this was also told by the prophets. He would send Jesus, whom God had handpicked to be our Christ, our Messiah. It was foretold by the holy prophets of God that Jesus must remain in heaven until the restoration of all things. One more place that tells us, or gives us a little bit of insight, about when the end times will be! They had said through instruction from God that “Whoever doesn’t listen to that prophet would be totally cut off from the people.” If we are not listening to Christ, if we are not listening to the foretelling of all that Christ was to have! All the prophets who spoke—from Samuel forward—announced what was to be. After God raised His servant from the dead, He sent Him back to earth, so that people could witness what had occurred, and then Christ ascended into heaven. And there He will stay… He will send the Holy Spirit to us in order to let us know what we need to know. But He will stay in heaven until the Second Coming when He will come on the clouds, shining like the sun. Sound familiar? It’s amazing how the songs fit together with the message. Sometimes totally unintended, But it does happen, because God is involved in all of it. If we have faith in Christ, and we listen to the instructions that He has given, then we will be able to turn away from our evil ways. We all need is faith in the name of Jesus, and a repenting spirit! We have the Word, the Bible, to tell us all that is possible through Christ. We need to believe in the power of God! Through that belief we can come into wholeness of body, mind, and spirit. And then we have the potential to share what we have through Christ with others. Like Peter, you may not have the things that we need materialistically to give to those in need, but we may have what we need to give in Christ. And like Peter, you can give Christ to others by sharing yourself, your experiences with Christ, and your faith in Christ with them. Sometimes people can just see it in our eyes. Sometimes they can hear it in the tone of our voice. And if we are not doing that, they can tell also, in the same ways. Offering Jesus is the key to everything that this world needs! Are you willing to do what needs to be done to offer Jesus to others? By faith in the name of Christ Jesus, we can do our part in what is needed to change this world! Have faith in Him to do what He is able to do, and He will do! We need faith!     Let’s Pray… Dear Father God, When we are blinded by anger, you pour out your love for all to see; when we wonder what tomorrow will bring, you call us to trust in you; when sadness fills our lives, you plant gladness in our hearts. God of Easter: touch us with your grace. You show us your hands, so we may reach out to mend the broken; you show us your feet, so we may walk with those the world passes by; you show us your face, so we may know what our sisters and brothers look like. Risen Christ: touch us with your compassion. You open our eyes, so we may see God’s love; you open our minds, so we may welcome God’s Word; you open our lips, so we may be God’s witnesses. Spirit of Hope: touch us with your peace. God in Community, Holy in One, open us to your presence: God, the Father; Christ, the Son; and the Holy Spirit. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen. Spend time in Personal Reflection, as you show your trust to God, you can show Him by listening for Him to reveal Himself to you in whatever person He appears to you in. God can appear to you in many ways,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 appear to you in many ways, in many voices, in many manners, and through many other people. Be observant and reflect each day as you go through your day.

Our Closing song is “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” UMH #474 (By Thomas A. Dorsey) Verse 1 – Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand, I am tired, I am weak, I am worn; through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light: Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.
Verse 2 – When my way grows drear, precious Lord, linger near, when my life is almost gone, hear my cry, hear my call, hold my hand lest I fall: Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home. Verse 3 – When the darkness appears and the night draws near, and the day is past and gone, at the river I stand, guide my feet, hold my hand: Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home. 1932, Public Domain.

 May we have the faith we need in the name of Jesus. May we trust in Him for all things that we need and this world needs. God is able through our faith in Jesus Christ. Go in peace! Amen.

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Sing To The King – Billy Foote and Charles Silvester Horne (Cover by Larissa Richards) – Bing video

I Am – David Crowder and Ed Cash (Cover by Larissa Richards) – Bing video

Worship Service for 3/7/21 or the video click on the following (15) Facebook

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman (Cover by Larissa Richards) – Bing video

Adoration – Brenton Brown (Cover by Larissa Richards) – YouTube

Worship Service for 2/28/21 or the video click on the following (20+) Facebook

Offering – Paul Baloche (Cover by Larissa Richards) – Bing video

Giving It All To You – Michael and Lisa Gungor (Cover by Larissa Richards) – YouTube

Worship Service for 2/21/21 or the video click on the following (12) Facebook

Enough w/ The Least I Can Do by Chris Tomlin and Mark Roach (Cover by Larissa Richards) – Bing video

Giving It All To You – Michael and Lisa Gungor (Cover by Larissa Richards) – YouTube

Worship Service for 2-14-21 or the video click on the following (19) Facebook

Adoration – Brenton Brown (Cover by Larissa Richards) – YouTube

Need You Now (How Many Times) – Plumb (Cover by Larissa Richards) – YouTube

Worship Service     February 7, 2021 or the video click on the following (17) Facebook

Come Now is the Time to Worship – Brian Doerksen (Cover by Larissa Richards) – YouTube

Your Name – Paul Baloche (Cover by Larissa Richards) – YouTube

Worship Service     January 31, 2021 or the video click on the following (13) Facebook

Enough w/ The Least I Can Do by Chris Tomlin and Mark Roach (Cover by Larissa Richards) – YouTube

All Because of Jesus – Steve Fee (Cover by Larissa Richards) – YouTube

Worship Service     January 24, 2021 or the video click on the following (16) Facebook

Draw Me Close To You – Kelly Carpenter (Cover by Larissa Richards) – YouTube

Worship Service     January 17, 2021 or the video click on the following (20+) Facebook

Come Now is the Time to Worship – Brian Doerksen (Cover by Larissa Richards) – YouTube

Worship Service     January 10, 2021 – Baptism of the Lord for the video click on the following (20+) Facebook

The Heart of Worship – Matt Redman (Cover by Larissa Richards) – YouTube

Worship Service     January 3, 2021 – Epiphany for the video click on the following (20+) Facebook

Adoration – Brenton Brown (Cover by Larissa Richards) – YouTube

Worship Service   December 27th, 2020 for the video click on the following (20+) Facebook

O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Cover by Larissa Richards) – YouTube

Christmas Eve Worship Service 2020 for the video click on the following (20+) Facebook

Silent Night (Cover by Larissa Richards) – YouTube

Worship Service     December 20, 2020 – 4th week of Advent  for the video click on the following (20+) Facebook

O Holy Night (Cover by Larissa Richards) – YouTube

Worship Service     December 13, 2020 – 3rd week of Advent  for the video click on the following (15) Facebook

Mary, Did You Know? – Pentatonix (Cover by Larissa Richards) – YouTube

Worship Service     December 6, 2020     for the video click on the following (20+) Facebook

Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground) – Chris Tomlin (Cover by Larissa Richards) – YouTube

Worship Service     November 29, 2020    for the video click on the following (2) Facebook

Let Us Adore – Reuben Morgan (Cover by Larissa Richards) – YouTube

Worship Service     November 22, 2020 for the video click on the following (20+) Facebook

Hark the Herald Angels Sing (with King of Heaven) – Paul Baloche (Cover by Larissa Richards) – YouTube

Worship Service     November 15, 2020 for the video click on the following https://www.facebook.com/RittmanUMC/videos/392012151923556

Worship Service     November 8, 2020     for the video click on the following https://www.facebook.com/RittmanUMC/videos/1056755774771321

Worship Service     November 1, 2020     All Saints’ Day for the video click on the following https://www.facebook.com/RittmanUMC/videos

Worship Service     October 25, 2020 for the video click on the following https://www.facebook.com/RittmanUMC/videos/384413489414687

Worship Service     October 18, 2020 for the video click on the following https://www.facebook.com/RittmanUMC/videos/655975298614391

Worship Service     October 11, 2020 for the video click on the following https://www.facebook.com/RittmanUMC/videos/737164843503547

Worship Service     October 4, 2020 for the video click on the following https://www.facebook.com/RittmanUMC/videos/4483127265095564
East Ohio Annual Conference Worship Service for the video click on the following https://www.eocumc.com/eoac20/livestream.html

Worship Service     September 20, 2020 for the video click on the following https://www.facebook.com/RittmanUMC/videos/799654314179684

Worship Service     September 13, 2020 for the video click on the following

https://www.facebook.com/RittmanUMC/videos/1010899306026847

Worship Service     September 6, 2020 for the video click on the following https://www.facebook.com/RittmanUMC/videos/1010899306026847

Worship Service     August 30, 2020 for the video click on the following linkhttps://www.facebook.com/RittmanUMC/videos/632384647409148

Worship Service     August 23, 2020 for the video click on the following link https://www.facebook.com/RittmanUMC/videos/343091053549350

Worship Service     August 9, 2020 for the video click on the following link https://www.facebook.com/RittmanUMC/videos/663311347607148

Our Call to Worship is “Revelation Song” recorded by Larissa Richards. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=youtube+larissa+richards+revelation+song&docid=608037119934073127&mid=BB845D1132C1DEA7B258BB845D1132C1DEA7B258&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

Worship Service     August 2, 2020 for the video click on the following link https://www.facebook.com/RittmanUMC/videos/711119986130801

 Our Call to Worship is a song recorded by Larissa Richards. It is “Sing to the King” by Billy Foote & Charles Silvester Horne…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t48czG9URaQ

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