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Grateful, Part 2

  Service of Worship Eastern Parkway United Methodist Church November 15, 2020 Rev. Natalie Bowerman, Pastor   Let us pray: Thank you, Lord, for the blessings you have bestowed on my life. You have provided me with more than I could ever have imagined. You have surrounded me with people who always look out for me. You have given me family and friends who bless me every day with kind words and actions. They lift me up in ways that keep my eyes focused on you and make my spirit soar. Also, thank you, Lord, for keeping me safe. You protect me from those things that seem to haunt others. You help me make better choices, and you have provided me with advisors that help me with the difficult decisions. You speak to me in so many ways so that I always know you are here. And Lord, I am so grateful for keeping those around me safe and loved. I hope that you provide me with the ability and sense to show them every day how much they matter. I hope that you give me the ability to g

Grateful, Part 1

  Service of Worship Eastern Parkway United Methodist Church November 8, 2020 Rev. Natalie Bowerman, Pastor   Let us pray: Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is error, the truth; Where there is doubt, the faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled, as to console; To be understood, as to understand; To be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. Joshua 24: 1-15 The Covenant Renewed at Shechem 24 Then Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He summoned the elders, leaders, judges and officials of Israel, and they presented themselves before God. 2  Joshua said to all the people, “This is what the Lord, the God of Isr

A Christian in the Voting Booth, Part 4: Black Lives Matter

  Service of Worship Eastern Parkway United Methodist Church November 1, 2020 Rev. Natalie Bowerman, Pastor   Let us pray: God of the Democrat, God of the Republican, God if the Independent, God of the Third Parties; God of the ballot box, God of the poll watcher, God of the counting machines; God of the protester, God of the disempowered, God of the disenfranchised; God of the first time voters, the hopeful voters, the anxious voters, the frustrated voters—we turn our eyes to you, Show us the way. Amen.   Matthew 5: 1-12 5  Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him,  2  and he began to teach them. The Beatitudes He said: 3  “Blessed are the poor in spirit,     for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4  Blessed are those who mourn,     for they will be comforted. 5  Blessed are the meek,     for they will inherit the earth. 6  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,     for they wil

A Christian in the Voting Booth, Part 3: History Has Its Eyes on You

  Service of Worship Eastern Parkway United Methodist Church Sunday, October 25, 2020 Rev. Natalie Bowerman, Pastor Let us pray: Prayer for the Election Year of a President God of mercy, our nation is in a time of great transition. With all of the injustice and fear in our world today, we ask you to inspire us and guide us as we participate in the upcoming presidential elections. We seek a government that upholds and protects human rights and justice for all its citizens, regardless of race, class, gender, or religion. Move and inspire us by your presence among us in the most vulnerable in our society. For their tears are your tears, their pain is your pain, their suffering is your suffering. In gratitude for the right to vote, we pray. - Anna Misleh   Deuteronomy 34: 1-12 The Death of Moses 34  Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan,  2  al

A Christian in the Voting Booth, Part 2: God and the Government

  Service of Worship Eastern Parkway United Methodist Church October 18, 2020 Rev. Natalie Bowerman, Pastor   Let us pray:   Loving God, I ask you to guide me during this important election season: Help me to understand the Gospels, in which Jesus Christ reveals his path of love, mercy and compassion, especially toward those who are poor, sick or struggling in any way. Instruct me on what the church teaches on the important issues of our day: abortion, racism, migration, war and peace, health care, the death penalty, economic justice, care for the environment and on all those questions that I must ponder with your help. Enable me to form my conscience so that I may vote wisely. Loving God, I ask you to help me to live peacefully with others: Allow me to be open to the opinions of others with whom I disagree. Fill me with a spirit of charity toward those who may oppose me. Give me patience in times of struggle. Loving God, I ask you to help me stand with those

A Christian in the Voting Booth, Part 1: Wesley and Voting

  Service of Worship October 11, 2020 Eastern Parkway United Methodist Church Rev. Natalie Bowerman, Pastor   Let us pray: God of all our days, of all our thoughts, of all our fears, of all our priorities: be with us. Made known to us in the person Jesus, walk beside us in this season. Put our hands and feet where you would put yours. Hear our prayers for help and guidance, and then put our prayers into action, for the sake of your Kingdom. Amen. Philippians 4: 1-9 Closing Appeal for Steadfastness and Unity 1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends! 2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.  3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. Final Exhortations 4 Rejoice in