Worship Wherever We Are

Lebanon United Methodist Church

creating a place at the table (even the virutal one) for everyone

 

God is praised from every time and place! In these new and challenging circumstances, our worship together looks a little-- okay a lot-- different, but it still carries on. Welcome, people of God, to worship with the folks of Lebanon UMC and beyond. 

You can share the link to this page, or the videos themselves, with others; what a unique opportunity we suddenly have to share the love of God and the connection of our community far beyond our region!

You can find previous worship guides, messages, and links here

Check out what we are offering for worship wherever you are each week

look for us on Community Access TV (CATV 8 - 1085) Sundays at 3:30 and 9:30 pm

 

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Centering

 How can you make the space you are in right now feel more sacred? Light a candle? Play soft music? Look out the window? You are on holy ground, no matter where you are. God is with you. 

You are invited to take a deep breath. Let it out with a sigh. And another. May we never take so simple-- so essential, so miraculous-- a thing as breathing for granted. Thank you, God, for breathing life into us this day.  

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Coming Soon: Worship Outline - June 21, 2020

 

Goodbye...

 

 

Opening Prayer - by Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar

O God,
We are —
health care providers, 
clerks and lawyers,
engineers and waitresses
teachers and students
children and parents, 
farmers and artists
sinners and saints .... 
We are
   young and old
lay and clergy
wealthy and poor
over-indulged and underserved
strong and frail
hopeful and dejected
We are 
    summoned ...
to cast out evil
to cure disease 
to go to the lost 
to proclaim good news
We are 
confronted ...
with a pandemic
with racism 
 with too many instances of police brutality
        with corruption and abuses of power 
with empire that cares not for the least 
but for self-preservation 
We are 
the baptized
given authority, bestowed with gifts ...
to live and lead in this time of uncertainty
to eradicate racism in all its manifestations
to heal the environment 
to be present in the world’s suffering
Grant us 
humility to learn and unlearn
wisdom to relearn and retool
the will to change
the ability to serve in a digital age 
Hear us
our pleas
our confessions
our hopes  
our desires ...
   we pray in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen 

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Optional - Begin the playlist for today's worship now
Click the link and start the playlist, pausing after the message for a prayer, Joys, Concerns, and Connections, and the closing prayer, then concluding the playlist. Or, you can click through and pick/choose from the videos one by one below. 

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Music for Centering or Singing Along - I thank God every time I remember you, and the good work God began (continued!) in us, will be faithfully completed. 

A Good Work, Mark Miller & the New Haven Collective

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A Time for the Child in All of Us ... Click here to watch Children's Time for 06-21-20

Pastor Becca shares a favorite story that helps us think about how we are always in each other's hearts. 

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Centering Song - A Blessing

The Lord Bless You and Keep You, (Rutter) Batavia Madrigal Singers

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Scripture Readings (also read during the message video)  

   Exodus 2:1-10

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Message - "Goodbye." (Premieres Sunday at 10:30 am) 
     Message for 06-21-20

We don't know how to say goodbye... 

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Responding to God with Thanksgiving - Offering our Gifts and our Selves

Even in these difficult times, we are abundantly blessed with love and grace and the opportunity to serve. As you are able, you are invited to continue giving your gifts of time, talent, and treasure to God. In prayer and connection to one another, we serve God with our time; as you sew masks, or call somoene who is lonely, or practice isolation for the safety of others, you are serving God with your actions and your talent. How are you called to give of your treasure, to give thanks to God and to equip the ministry we continue to do in our community and around the world? Please mail your offering to the church (18 School St., Lebanon NH 03766) where it will be handled with safety for our counters, contact our financial secretary to establish automatic bank payments, or make your gift online through our secure donation link:

God, we thank you for the promise of new and everlasting life, a promise that shatters even the strongest bonds of fear and death! Receive our gifts, and use us in your service, in the name of the Risen Christ. Amen. 

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Joys, Concerns, and Connections - Praying together

Join us Sunday at 11 am as we pray together across the distance that separates us. In the mystery and miracle of God, we are one despite the limits of time and space! And with the help, imperfect as it it, of technology, we can hear one another, maybe even see one another, and share our prayers together. 

PLEASE NOTE: THESE ARE ALL NEW MEETING ID/PASSWORDS TO TRY TO RESOLVE THE RECENT PROBLEMS CALLING IN. 

From your web browserclick here to join the teleconference
(https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83221071347?pwd=ajMwdE83R3hCWGVtaFdZbkhlKy9MQT09)
Zoom app and desktop users, enter Meeting ID: 832 2107 1347, 
then Password: 4485478
People calling in by phone can dial: 1-929-205-6099 (or 1-312-626-6799), 
and enter when prompted: 832 2107 1347, #, and Password: 4485478

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Liturgy of Release and Farewell - St. Jacob’s Mennonite Church, 1995, adapted and used with permission
(join us at 11 on zoom as we pray together) 

One (Lay Leader/Representative): We have laughed together, cried together, worshipped together, prayed together. 

One: We have hoped together, visioned together, danced together, and shared meals together. 

All: Now it is time to say goodbye.

One: Parting is bittersweet. Excitement for the future fills us, even as memories flood our hearts. 

All: We say goodbye with gratitude and sadness mixed together in all sorts of strange ways.

One: In saying goodbye to Becca, we release her from her responsibilities as pastor of Lebanon United Methodist Church. Will you join me in this release? 

Congregation: With God’s help, we release Becca from her responsibilities as our pastor.

Becca: I pray that LUMC will keep on living out God’s visions, sensitive to where God’s Spirit is leading you as a congregation. I pray that you will keep on caring for one another, in familiar ways and in ways yet to be imagined. I pray that you will keep worshipping God, combining old and new expressions in vital, authentic, relevant ways, reaching people in the Upper Valley and beyond as never before. 

Congregation:  With God’s help, we will keep on living out God’s vision for us; we will keep on caring for each other and for the community; we will keep worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth.

Becca: As I depart today, I hand you gently into the care of another, recognizing that this will no longer be the setting in which I do ministry. 

Congregation:  With God’s help, we release you, Becca, as our pastor.

One: As we release Becca from ministry at Lebanon UMC, we also bless her future ministry. 

Congregation:  We offer our support and encouragement to you, Becca, as your ministry continues in Morrisville, Vermont. We pray God’s blessings on you and on us, as we begin a new relationship with each other, in which you are no longer our pastor.

One: Now I ask you, Becca, do you release this congregation from its loyalty to you as Pastor? Do you release its members from turning to you to provide the pastoral ministries they seek? 

Becca: I do, with the help of God. I pray God’s blessing on each of you in your spiritual journeys, and I pray for God’s continued blessing on Lebanon United Methodist Church. I release you into the care and leadership of Reverend Sang Churl Bae, and pray that your ministry together with him be open, vibrant, and spirit-filled. As you entrust me to a new congregation and their welcome, I entrust you to Pastor Bae and his ministry with you. May God’s blessing carry us all! 

Let us pray together...

All: Eternal God, you have been our refuge and strength through the six years of our life together. Give us a strong sense of your presence as we now go in new and different directions. Enlarge our faith, that we may see your purpose unfolding in this time. Be our guide through all that is doubtful and in upheaval. Grant us peace in doing your will. Bless and help us as we move into your future. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.  

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Benediction - Until we meet again...  

God Be With You Til We Meet Again, SE Samonte

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a Special Goodbye - this farewell in dance premieres on zoom during our prayer time and on YouTube at 11:30. 

For Good, danced by Becca & Crystal D., video editing by Chris W. 

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My friends who have changed me "for good," God be with you. 

 

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Our Virtual Worship Offerings:

Worship Guide - No later than 10:30 am on Sundays, this space will offer a worship guide including videos of music and messages, which you can watch (and pray and sing along) from wherever you are. 

Joys, Concerns, & Connections - Join us Sundays at 11 am as we pray together across the distance that separates us. 

From your web browserclick here to join the teleconference.
(https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83221071347?pwd=ajMwdE83R3hCWGVtaFdZbkhlKy9MQT09)
Zoom app and desktop users, enter Meeting ID: 832 2107 1347,
then Password: 4485478
People calling in by phone can dial: 1-929-205-6099 (or 1-312-626-6799),
and enter when prompted: 832 2107 1347, #, and Password: 4485478

Mid-Week Message of Assurance & Action - Each week, Pastor Becca and Pastor Sean will post a short video message offering a word of assurance and a call to a simple action you can take. This video will be posted to this page, to Facebook, and on Pastor Becca's YouTube channel

Mailings and Phone Calls - Weekley announcement updates and summaries of the previous week's messages and prayer requests will be mailed to those who do not have internet access. Time-sensitive announcements will go out via a phone tree. 

 

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