Paradise: Dwell in the Present Moment - St. Matthew UMC Mesa

Paradise: Dwell in the Present Moment - St. Matthew UMC Mesa

+Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow United Methodist Hymnal 94 We Go Forth St. Matthew Mesa UMC A place to belong. A place to believe. A place ...

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+Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow United Methodist Hymnal 94

We Go Forth St. Matthew Mesa UMC A place to belong. A place to believe. A place to serve. Office Info: Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 12 pm P: 480-838-7309

+Closing Hymn “Seek Ye First” | United Methodist Hymnal 405

+Choral Benediction “Peace, Salaam, Shalom”

+Benediction +Postlude “Then Shall the Righteous Shine Forth” | By Felix Mendelssohn and arranged by Todd Kendall

2540 W. Baseline Rd. Mesa, AZ 85202 [email protected] [email protected] Cell: 602-400-5626 *Assisted listening devices and large print bulletins are available from the ushers.

Join us every Sunday at 9 AM for worship service in the Sanctuary and coffee in the Activity Center immediately after!

A HUGE THANKS GOES TO OUR VOLUNTEERS THIS WEEK! Liturgist: ASL Signer: Greeters: Media Team: Ushers:

What Really Matters Paradise: Dwell in the Present Moment

Betsy Hertzler Jo Stafford Carol & Steve Childs, Carol Huston Elaine Stone, Bill Stone, Alysa Isaksen Karen and Tom Anderson, Wayne Douglas, Larry and Pam Lambert, George and Linda Penman, Bob Yager Visit our website for information about: Weekly Bible Study Groups, Adult Education Classes, Children’s and Youth Activities, Mission Projects and more!

October 8, 2017 Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost Joan Miller

Join us every Sunday at 9 AM! During our service, please look for this symbol:


indicating to please rise as you are able in body, mind and spirit.

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+Glory Be to the Father United Methodist Hymnal 70

+Passing of the Peace One: All:

May the peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.

Choral Introit “May Christians All With One Accord”

+Call to Worship One:

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” - Thich Nhat Hanh


A word of encouragement came to the people from the prophet Jeremiah; Live a life that is full - build, plant, eat, love, multiply -

One: All:

Pray for your communities Keep God in the center of all that is

One: All:

We enter into worship today with hope in our hearts For something happens here that reminds us that we can live as God desires

One: All:

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Scripture Reading Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 (from The Message) | Matthew 6: 25-34 (NRSV) One: All:

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Proclamation of the Word “Paradise: Dwell in the Present Moment” | Joan Miller

God has made a promise of faithfulness to us and we can trust the promise.

+Opening Hymn

We Respond Choral Anthem “Let Your Light Shine” | By Don Besig

“Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above” | UMH 126

+Affirmation of Faith All:

We believe in God above us, Creator of all things, sustainer of all life. We believe in Christ beside us, Companion and friend, redeemer of all the broken pieces of our universe. We believe in Spirit deep within us, Advocate and guide, who lives with us eternally. We believe in God’s resurrection created world, Where all things are fixed, and all creation fits together in vibrant harmonies. We believe in God above, beside, within, God yesterday, today and forever, the three in one, the one in three,

We believe in God.

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Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer All:

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.

Offering “Hymn to the Fallen” | By John Williams (Continued on back page)

“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” - Rabbi Harold Kushner