Today we welcome the Rev. Cora Glass to First United Methodist Church. She is sharing this morning’s message with us while Pastor Drew is helping Lake Orion United Methodist Church celebrate their 150th anniversary in Lake Orion (Lake Orion UMC was Pastor Drew’s first appointment). Cora is a deacon in the Michigan Conference and, as such, works as the Program & Hospitality Manager at the Lake Huron Retreat Center where she helps welcome and support group rentals and plans new adult retreats for 2023 (soon to be publicized!).
The images we usually often have of Jesus are ones of love and care. At Christmas, we see the meek and mild baby Jesus. Church halls have murals of Jesus proclaiming, “Let the little children come to me.” The Easter Sunday Jesus is a friendly gardener draped in white. With this in mind, many have wrestled with how to approach the story between Jesus and Peter wherein Jesus rebukes Peter, saying, “Get behind me, Satan!” Comparatively speaking, it seems out of character. In today’s message, Rev. Glass will share how she believes this unusual response still embodies Jesus’ love for Peter, the rock upon which Christ would build his church, and for us today when we get things wrong.
Welcome & Announcements
Prelude – “Jesus Is Calling” – Arr. by Franklin Ritter
*Call to Worship
- L: God comes into a world filled with uncertainties and darkness.
- P: God seeks out the voids of belief and conviction.
- L: God embraces the wounded and broken.
- P: God knocks down the walls of division and strife.
- L: God is the candle shining in the darkness of our days.
- P: God is the light of our lives.
- L: God is the one who makes all things new.
- P: Praise be to God, now and forevermore!
*Opening Hymn – “Come, Let Us Use the Grace Divine” – UMH #606 (vv. 1-2)
- Come, let us use the grace divine,
and all with one accord,
in a perpetual covenant
join ourselves to Christ the Lord;
Give up ourselves, thru Jesus’ power,
his name to glorify;
and promise, in this sacred hour,
for God to live and die.
- The covenant we this moment make
be ever kept in mind;
we will no more our God forsake,
or cast these words behind.
We never will throw off the fear
of God who hears our vow;
and if thou art well pleased to hear,
come down and meet us now.
Forgiving God, whose call to repentance promises grace upon grace: place your mercy in our souls today. You who heal the sick and liberate the imprisoned, who bring justice in the midst of oppression and strength in the midst of weakness, pour out your spirit of power upon us today. Open our hearts to new faithfulness, redirect our waywardness, and hold us gently in your goodness. Through Christ we pray. Amen.
*Hymn – “Come, Let Us Use the Grace Divine” – UMH #606 (v. 3)
- Thee, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
let all our hearts receive,
present with thy celestial host
the peaceful answer give;
to each covenant the blood apply
which takes our sins away,
and register our names on high
and keep us to that day!
Time with the Children
Special Music – “If We Believe” – By Benjamin Harlan
Scripture Reading – Matthew 16:13-23
13Now when Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Human One is?”
14They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”
15He said, “And what about you? Who do you say that I am?”
16Simon Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17Then Jesus replied, “Happy are you, Simon son of Jonah, because no human has shown this to you. Rather my Father who is in heaven has shown you. 18I tell you that you are Peter. And I’ll build my church on this rock. The gates of the underworld won’t be able to stand against it. 19I’ll give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Anything you fasten on earth will be fastened in heaven. Anything you loosen on earth will be loosened in heaven.” 20Then he ordered the disciples not to tell anybody that he was the Christ.
21From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he had to go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and legal experts, and that he had to be killed and raised on the third day. 22Then Peter took hold of Jesus and, scolding him, began to correct him: “God forbid, Lord! This won’t happen to you.” 23But he turned to Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are a stone that could make me stumble, for you are not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts.”
- L: The Word of God, the Word of Life.
- P: Thanks be to God!
Sermon – “Sometimes We Get It Wrong”
*Song – “Grace Alone” – FWS #2162
Which God supplies,
He will provide.
Christ in us
We will go forth in grace alone.
- Every promise we can make,
Every prayer and step of faith,
Every difference we will make
Is only by His grace.
Every mountain we will climb,
Every ray of hope we shine,
Every blessing left behind
Is only by His grace. (Refrain)
- Every soul we long to reach,
Every heart we hope to teach,
Everywhere we share His peace
Is only by His grace.
Every loving word we say,
Every tear we wipe away,
Every sorrow turned to praise
Is only by His grace. (Refrain)
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
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.
Special Music – “All Who Believe” – By Lloyd Larson
Invitation to Give
*Presentation of Gifts
Praise God from who all blessings flow;
praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
*Closing Song – “Take Up Thy Cross” – UMH #415
- “Take up thy cross,” the Savior said,
“if thou wouldst my disciple be;
deny thyself, the world forsake,
and humbly follow after me.”
- Take up thy cross, let not its weight
fill thy weak spirit with alarm;
his strength shall bear thy spirit up,
and brace thy heart and nerve thine arm.
- Take up thy cross, nor heed the shame,
nor let thy foolish pride rebel;
thy Lord for thee the cross endured,
to save thy soul from death and hell.
- Take up thy cross and follow Christ,
nor think till death to lay it down;
for only those who bear the cross
may hope to wear the glorious crown.
*Postlude – “Grace Greater Than Our Sin” – By Daniel B. Towner
Lyrics to Special Music
If We Believe
If we confess that Jesus is Lord, if we believe God raised Him from the dead, and in our hearts we believe, and with our mouths we confess that He is Lord. We confess that Jesus is Lord, if we believe God raised Him from the dead, and in our hearts we believe and with our mouths we confess, we shall be saved. He left the angels who worshipped Him, and left the Father who loved Him to love those who hated Him and free those who believed in Him. He laid aside His crown and the glory He had known, and came to make us His own. If we confess that Jesus is Lord, if we believe God raised Him from the dead, and in our hearts we believe, and with our mouths we confess, we shall be saved! The Lord, He is God! The heavens resound! Come worship, adore Him; the Lord, he is God! Praise the Lord! Ye heav’ns adore Him, praise Him, angels in the height! Sun and moon, rejoice before Him, praise Him, all ye stars of light! Praise the Lord! for He hath spoken, worlds His mighty voice obeyed! Laws which never shall be broken for their guidance hath He made! Amen, amen!
All Who Believe
We are called by our faith to be servants of God, humbly thankful for all we receive; and with joy we embrace treasured blessings of grace freely falling on all who believe. All who believe, all who believe, sing of God’s marvelous ways! All who believe, believe, go forth in service and praise. “Feed by lambs, tend my sheep,” Jesus said, so we’ll keep off’ring comfort to all those who grieve. Deeds our Shepherd would do, these are deeds we’ll pursue. ‘Tis a privilege of all who believe. We would echo the cry, ”Send me, Lord, here am I!” though our voice may not always be strong. Over rugged terrain, through the desert and plain, may we travel with Love as our song. All who believe, all who believe, sing of God’s marvelous ways! All who believe, believe, go forth in service and praise. All who believe, believe, go forth in service and praise!
Helping Lead Today’s Worship
- Liturgist: Deborah Biskner
- Organ/Piano: Kathy Cay
- Rev. Elisabeth Danielsons, Deacon
- Rev. Cora Glass