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St. Matthew's UMC www.stm-umc.org

October 18, 2020

20th Sunday after Pentecost

Children's Sabbath

Prelude & Welcome

Thank you for worshiping with us this morning online! You can stream this service, as well as any of our other videos at www.stm-umc.org/live

Presentation of Third Grade Bibles

O, How I Love Jesus

There is a name I love to hear, / I love to sing its worth; / it sounds like music in my ear, / the sweetest name on earth. / O how I love Jesus, / O how I love Jesus, / O how I love Jesus, / because he first loved me!

It tells me of a Savior's love, / who died to set me free; / it tells me of his precious blood, / the sinner's perfect plea. / O how I love Jesus, / O how I love Jesus, / O how I love Jesus,

It tells of one whose loving heart / can feel my deepest woe; / who in each sorrow bears a part / that none can bear below. / O how I love Jesus, / O how I love Jesus, / O how I love Jesus, / because he first loved me!

Affirmation of Faith: The Apostles’ Creed

Ray Holley

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried;* the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Stewardship Moment

Ben & Leslie Knight

Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, Forever. Amen.

Announcements

Connect to the pastors! Andy Stoddard: andy@stm-umc.org, Erin Hicks: erin@stm-umc.org, Brian Johnson: brian@stm-umc.org

Offering of Ourselves & Our Gifts

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Or you can mail your tithes and offerings to: 7427 Old Canton Rd, Madison, MS 39110

Offertory: “Smile” & “God Answers Prayer” - Children Singers

Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

New Testament Reading: Matthew 19:13-15

John Gordon Miller

13 Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” 15 And he laid his hands on them and went on his way.

Children's Moment

Mary Hanna Landress

Hymn of Preparation: We Are the Church

I am the church! / You are the church! / We are the church together! / All who follow Jesus, / all around the world! / Yes, we're the church together!

The church is not a building, / the church is not a steeple, / the church is not a resting place, / the church is a people.

I am the church! / You are the church! / We are the church together! / All who follow Jesus, / all around the world! / Yes, we're the church together!

We're many kinds of people, / with many kinds of faces, / all colors and all ages, too, / from all times and places.

I am the church! / You are the church! / We are the church together! / All who follow Jesus, / all around the world! / Yes, we're the church together!

And when the people gather, / there's singing and there's praying, / there's laughing and there's crying sometimes, / all of it saying:

I am the church! / You are the church! / We are the church together! / All who follow Jesus, / all around the world! / Yes, we're the church together!

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-26

12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 14 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many members, yet one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; 24 whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, 25 that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.

Message: Rev. Andy Stoddard

Precious Name

Take the name of Jesus with you, / child of sorrow and of woe; / it will joy and comfort give you; / take it then, where'er you go. / Precious name, O how sweet! / Hope of earth and joy of heaven. / Precious name, O how sweet! / Hope of earth and joy of heaven.

Take the name of Jesus ever, / as a shield from every snare; / if temptations round you gather, / breathe that holy name in prayer. / Precious name, O how sweet! / Hope of earth and joy of heaven. / Precious name, O how sweet! / Hope of earth and joy of heaven.

O the precious name of Jesus! / How it thrills our souls with joy, / when his loving arms receive us, / and his songs our tongues employ! / Precious name, O how sweet! / Hope of earth and joy of heaven. / Precious name, O how sweet! / Hope of earth and joy of heaven.

Benediction

Thanks again for worshiping with us today at St. Matthew's. If you have any additional questions, contact us at 601-856-9581 or visit our website - www.stm-umc.org. You can also contact Andy at andy@stm-umc.org.

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