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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Midweek Message 06-04-20

 

Community - Assurance & Action 06-04-20

In this (shorter because my arms were getting tired!) message, we give thanks for the Upper Valley community and the many wonderful ways we find joy and benefit in "the welfare of the city" where we live. What would you celebrate about your community, and will you share those joys with your new pastor and his family? 

 

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Coming Soon: Worship Outline - June 7, 2020

Communion Celebration (over zoom); have some food on hand to bless! 

 

Thank You.

 

 

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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 -

 

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A Time for the Child in All of Us ... Click here to watch Children's Time for 06-07-20

 

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Music for Prayer and Reflection - This song was written in Advent 2014, when a different Black man (Eric Gardner) cried out that he couldn't breathe. This week, we share it in memory of George Floyd. On this day when we try to celebrate the breath of life, we pray in penitence and sorrow with our Black siblings, still longing for justice. How much longer must the world wait? 

How Long?, Mark Miller 

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Scripture Readings (also read during the message video)  
    John 7:37-39
    Acts 2:1-21

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Message - "Thank You." (Premieres Sunday at 10:30 am) 
     Message for 06-07-20

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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. 

This week, have some food on hand to bless -- any food will do! -- as we celebrate Communion together.

From your web browserclick here to join the teleconference

(https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87165422868?pwd=MDR6MXQxQitOM0N1ZExVdDVrdjNrQT09)
Zoom app and desktop users, enter Meeting ID: 871 6542 2868,
then Password: 4485478
People calling in by phone can dial: 1-929-205-6099 (or 1-312-626-6799),
and enter when prompted: 871 6542 2868, #, and Password: 4485478

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Closing Song - 

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Benediction 

 

May the mighty, unpredictable, ever-present Spirit be present to you and recognized by you! 

photo credits: plane trail heart by Katarzyna LipiƄska; flame heart by Thomas Johansson, both from FreeImages

 

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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/87165422868?pwd=MDR6MXQxQitOM0N1ZExVdDVrdjNrQT09)
Zoom app and desktop users, enter Meeting ID: 871 6542 2868,
then Password: 4485478
People calling in by phone can dial: 1-929-205-6099 (or 1-312-626-6799),
and enter when prompted: 871 6542 2868, #, 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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