West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Sunday, January 21, 2018

Weekly Church Bulletin


242 Main Street, North Chelmsford, MA  01863 

 Telephone – (978) 251-4834  email:office@wcumc.us

Web Address: wcumc.us


3rd Sunday after the Epiphany                                      January 21, 2018

  9:30 a.m.

  Opening Reading

  Prelude – “A Time for Reflection”                                              Koury

*Processional Hymn “For the Beauty of the Earth”                No.  92

*Call to Worship

Let silent tongues find a new voice,

Let words arise from a deep place,

For our God is an awesome God,

Who sees the poor and forgotten,

Let us speak out for justice,

Let us sing out a hopeful song,

Our deeds matching our chorus.

Keeping the flame of compassion burning.

  Choral Introit – “Father, We Have Heard You Calling”          Prichard

  Prayer of Confession

Loving God, your love extends beyond our comfortable boundaries. You are forever reaching out to include all of creation, and we would rather draw the circle small. We think we can only handle so many people, get close to just a few, relate to only "our kind”. Forgive us, and grant us the courage to see you in the eyes of the stranger, the foreigner, the child, the batterer and the battered, the dying and the addict.  Loving God, strengthen our hearts, and enable us to extend our arms in love and friendship to all in need. Let us continue your ministry of reconciliation. Amen.

  Words of Assurance

  Sharing of Joys and Concerns

  Silent Prayer

  Call to Prayer

      The Lord be with you.

      And also with you.

      Let us continue to pray.

  Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer

  Anthem – “Lead Me, Lord”                                               S.S. Wesley


  Offertory – Blessed Quietness”                                           Thygerson

*Presentation of Gifts with Doxology                                   No.     94

*Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn – “Two Fishermen”                                                     No. 2101

               (Sunday school teachers and students leave.)

  Gospel Reading – Mark 1:14-20 ** (page 33)


  Sermon – “A Fish Story”  


*Closing Hymn – “Go, Make of All Disciples”                       No.  571



  Benediction Response – “As We Part for the Towns and Cities”


  Postlude – “When in Our Music God Is Glorified”             Broughton


            *Those who are able please stand.

**After each scripture reading please respond, “Thanks be to God”


We extend a warm greeting to all who worship here today. We especially greet those persons who are visitors. Please sign the friendship pad.


Today – Senior Choir

  Lay Reader – Erin Stewart

  Server – Emily Weirich

  Minister of Music – Karen Leonard

  Pastor – Reverend Mack Hagins


On-Going Prayer Requests from Rev. Mack

  Pray for those affected by the mud slides in California

  Pray for a peaceful resolution to the on-going tensions with North Korea


Comfort Supper – Saturday January 27 at 5:30 pm     

(Snow date February 3, 2018)

We will be having our Comfort Supper this coming Saturday, January 27, at 5:30 pm in Fellowship Hall.  All kinds of comfort food are welcome:  soups, stews, chili, and casseroles.  Feel free to share a favorite of yours or of your family!  We also welcome crackers, breads, rolls, and of course, desserts!  Please bring a recipe card with the ingredients in your dish listed.  This is a relaxing evening for all ages.  Round up your family members and friends to come and share fellowship.

A musical group “Still Working” will be playing for us after dinner.  They play a variety of Christian music that is fun for all ages!   Help us welcome them and share our faith through music.   Debbie Allen, Chairperson


Divine Readers- If you would like some fellowship but can't make the commitment of a weekly Bible study, the Divine Readers may be for you. Each month the group will select a book with a "divine" theme or focus and get together to discuss the book. We will meet the last Monday of each month at 7:00pm. Books can be fiction or non-fiction. Our first book The Shack" by William P. Young should be available by Feb. 1st at the Westford Library. I can pick it up for anyone that needs me to.  At our first discussion we can make a list of other books the group would like to read. Contact Cathy Order 978 692-8206 or email at orderc@verizon.net with any questions or suggestions. Don't have to attend every month, come when you can and bring your coffee or tea. Get the book and I'll see you Feb. 26th.


Mark your calendar for the up-coming Scholarship Dinner and Music Program – Saturday March 10th!

The menu:  Meatloaf, Roasted garlic mashed potatoes,

   Fresh ginger glazed carrots, Garden salad, Fresh bread,   Beverages and dessert                                                                                           

Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $6.00 for children 11 year and under, and children under 4 are free.    Tickets will go on sale mid-February.

The Open Pantry of Greater Lowell is in need of volunteers. Positions Needed: Stocking and Receiving, Order Processors and Baggers, Language Interpreters - Hours are Mon through Fri. - 9:00am - 12:00pm and Wed. from 5:30pm - 7:00pm. If the location and hours of operation meet with your availability, please contact Deborah Buretta -978-551-6965 or deborahmartell1@comcast.net



 Sunday – January 21st – 9:30am – Worship Service & nursery care

                  9:30am - Sunday school          10:30am – Fellowship time             

   11:00am – Celebration Ringers & Singers


Monday – 4:00pm- Girl Scouts                       7:00pm – AA

                  7:30pm – Council on Ministries

Tuesday – 6:45pm - Webelos


Wednesday 7:30pm – Festival Ringers      7:00pm – Boy Scouts

                       St. Paul’s Meal at Eliot’s Presbyterian

Thursday – 6:30pm – Children Choir           7:30pm – Sr. Choir


Saturday - 5:30pm – Comfort Supper



Sunday – January 28th – 9:30am – Worship Service,   Sunday school


The Flowers on the altar are given in loving memory of Patricia Martin, Deborah Buretta’s mother.   “Mom I miss you, I cried when you went away”


Mom I Miss You

I cried when you went away

I still cry today

Although I loved you very much,

I couldn't make you stay

Your big heart stopped beating

Hard working hands at rest,

God broke my heart to show me

He only takes the best.

I cried when you went away

Mom, I miss you,

I cried when you went away


Altar Visual:  On our altar today are several forms of communication; a cell phone, a land-line phone, a church newsletter, and the church e-mail address.  We can, and often do ignore communications from these devises.  Sometimes, however, the message is very important, and we miss something we really need to know.  Just as Jonah was not able to escape the call of God, we too need to really listen.

The net on the green and blue represent both the call of the disciples from Mark 1: 21-28 and the symbolic fish that gave Jonah his “wake-up call”.