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Wesley United Methodist Church - Bloomington, IL

Persecuted, But Not Forsaken

September 19th, 2021

Gathering Music

Lift Your Head Weary Sinner 

Wesley Praise Band

Welcome

Opening Song

Trading My Sorrows  

Wesley Praise Band

Call to Worship

Anita Crowe

LITANY BASED ON PURPOSE OF UNITED METHODIST WOMEN

Leader: We are a community of people-
People: young, middle-aged, older; diverse in backgrounds, appearances, and gifts—yet celebrating that diversity. 
Leader: Our purpose is to know God-
People: to know You--sense Your joy -- share Your sorrow—Your dream for a world where justice knows no favorite, where all walk in dignity, sensitive to each other's need. 
Leader: Our purpose is to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ-
People: To reach out and know the wholeness made possible for us by Jesus, even as he restored the broken and the bruised. 
Leader: Our purpose is to develop a creative, supportive fellowship
People: to share the joys; bear the sorrows; bind the wounds of body and of spirit=to become a caring community. 
Leader: Our purpose is to expand concepts of mission-
People: To confront our preconceived opinions, our prejudices; to extend our areas of concern; to accept responsible action 
Leader: Through participation in the global ministries of the church.
People: not "over there" alone, but the neighbor in our midst; not "immediate aid" alone, but willingness to help change systems; not ''for'' but "with", yet acknowledging the uniqueness of every child of God.

Opening Prayer

Stephanie Peterson

Almighty God, thank you for allowing us to gather to give you praise. Let your spirit fall fresh on all who have gathered here. We stand before you knowing many of us here, and all over our world, are persecuted, afflicted and perplexed.  We ask for your guidance to relieve suffering and expand understanding through the opportunities you have given us. Open our hearts, give us strength and help us to bless you.  
Amen.

Children's Time

wesley umc children's time

Scripture

Margo Slingerland

Mark 9:30-37

Jesus Again Foretells His Death and Resurrection 
30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it;
31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.”
32 But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
Who Is the Greatest?
33 Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?”
34 But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest.
35 He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.”
36 Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them,
37 “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

Sermon

Persecuted, But Not Forsaken

Reverend Tanya Edwards-Evans

Call to Prayer

You Hold Me Now

Wesley Praise Band

Verse 1 
On that day when I see
All that You have for me
When I see You face to face
There surrounded by Your grace
All my fears swept away
In the light of Your embrace
Where Your love is all I need
And forever I am free

Pre-Chorus 
Where the streets are made of gold
In Your presence healed and whole
Let the songs of heaven rise to You alone

Chorus 
No weeping no hurt or pain
No suff’ring You hold me now
You hold me now
No darkness no sick or lame
No hiding You hold me now
You hold me now

Verse 2 
In this life I will stand
Through my joy and my pain
Knowing there's a greater day
There's a hope that never fails
Where Your Name is lifted high
And forever praises rise
For the glory of Your Name
I'm believing for the day

Pre-Chorus 
Where the wars and violence cease
All creation lives in peace
Let the songs of heaven rise to You alone

Chorus 
No weeping no hurt or pain
No suff’ring You hold me now
You hold me now
No darkness no sick or lame
No hiding You hold me now
You hold me now

pray with wesley umc bloomington

Lord's Prayer

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.

Prayer Response

You Hold Me Now (Matt Crocker, Reuben Morgan) 

Wesley Praise Band

Pre-Chorus 

Where the wars and violence cease
All creation lives in peace
Let the songs of heaven rise to You alone 

Chorus 

No weeping no hurt or pain
No suff’ring You hold me now
You hold me now
No darkness no sick or lame
No hiding You hold me now
You hold me now 

Chorus

No weeping no hurt or pain
No suff’ring You hold me now
You hold me now
No darkness no sick or lame
No hiding You hold me now
You hold me now 

Call to Action/Invitation To the Offering

Deb West

Offertory

Never Forsaken (Benjamin Hastings, Hannah Hobbs)

Wesley Praise Band

Prayer of Dedication and Announcements

Closing Song

Resurrection Day (Chris Llewellyn, Ed Cash, Gareth Gilkeson)

Wesley Praise Band

Verse 1 
Because You've risen I can rise
Because You're living I'm alive
Because Your cross is powerful
Because You rose invincible
I can get up off the floor

Verse 1 
Because You've risen I can rise
Because You're living I'm alive
Because Your cross is powerful
Because You rose invincible
I can get up off the floor

Chorus 
This is my resurrection day
Nothing's gonna hold me in the grave
This is my resurrection day
Nothing's gonna hold me down
Say goodbye to my yesterdays
Ever since I meet You I am changed
This is my resurrection day
Nothing's gonna hold me down

Verse 2 
Because You rolled my stone away
Because my debt has all been paid
Because You stand in victory
Because You crushed the enemy
I can get up off the floor

Bridge 
The Good News is the good news
'Cause You chose the rugged cross
The Good News is the good news
'Cause You rose up from the dust
Your gospel is the power
That is saving all of us
So I can get up off the floor
Come on get up off the floor

Chorus 
This is my resurrection day
Nothing's gonna hold me in the grave
This is my resurrection day
Nothing's gonna hold me down
Say goodbye to my yesterdays
Ever since I meet You I am changed
This is my resurrection day
Nothing's gonna hold me down
This is my resurrection day
Nothing's gonna hold me in the grave
This is my resurrection day
Nothing's gonna hold me down
Say goodbye to my yesterdays
Ever since I meet You I am changed
This is my resurrection day
Nothing's gonna hold me down This is my resurrection day
Nothing's gonna hold me in the grave
This is my resurrection day
Nothing's gonna hold me down
Say goodbye to my yesterdays
Ever since I meet You I am changed
This is my resurrection day
Nothing's gonna hold me down

Verse 2 
Because You rolled my stone away
Because my debt has all been paid
Because You stand in victory
Because You crushed the enemy
I can get up off the floor

Bridge 
The Good News is the good news
'Cause You chose the rugged cross
The Good News is the good news
'Cause You rose up from the dust
Your gospel is the power
That is saving all of us
So I can get up off the floor
Come on get up off the floor

Chorus 
This is my resurrection day
Nothing's gonna hold me in the grave
This is my resurrection day
Nothing's gonna hold me down
Say goodbye to my yesterdays
Ever since I meet You I am changed
This is my resurrection day
Nothing's gonna hold me down
This is my resurrection day
Nothing's gonna hold me in the grave
This is my resurrection day
Nothing's gonna hold me down
Say goodbye to my yesterdays
Ever since I meet You I am changed
This is my resurrection day
Nothing's gonna hold me down

Benediction

Worship Participants:

Senior Pastor
Reverend Sara L. Isbell

Associate Pastor
Reverend Tanya Edwards-Evans

Children’s Time
Kathi Pritts

Wesley Praise Band:

Guitar
Matt Sherrill

Singers
Brenna Martin
Andy Isbell
Matt Sherrill

Bass
Ali Akyuz

Drums
Nate Byrne

Thank you for all you do at Wesley United Methodist Church Bloomington. We love seeing you every week and look forward to joining together again next week. God Bless!