May 3, 2020 Bulletin
Turk Lake, Belding and Easton United Methodist Church welcome you to worship and fellowship (If you are a new or returning visitor you are welcome here and we hope you feel at home)
Welcome and Opening: (Please keep your mic on to greet others and share prayer requests and then mute your mic to minimize any noise)
Lord Jesus, we thank you for sending the Holy Spirit, who guides us and reveals wisdom. Thank you for this “deposit guaranteeing our inheritance,” who reminds us that we are sons and daughters of God. We thank you that He leads us to minister to others, to help free them from their chains of worldly wants and desires. You and you alone, freely offer them the same abundant life we have accepted in the name of Jesus. Amen.
*Opening Hymn: How Great Thou Art #77 UMH
Testimony and Music by Chris Moore:
Scripture Lesson: John 10: 1-10 NRSV Jesus the Good Shepard
“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.7 So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
Message: A Shepherd, a Gate, a Lamb Pastor Donna
To the people who heard him, sometimes Jesus seemed to speak in riddles they just didn’t understand. But even if Jesus’ listeners were metaphor-challenged, we don’t have to be. We can figure out the message of grace, love and abundant life that Jesus wants us to grasp.
*Hymn of Commitment: Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine # 369 UMH
Sending Forth: We thank you God for…Every prayer we have prayed, every song we have sung, All the things we have learned, And the hope you have shared. Thank you for all the joy you bring, and our wonderful time together, may we walk with you as each new day begins both now and forevermore. Amen
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