Pleasant Hills United Methodist Church

(440) 845-1244
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Pastor: Rev. Beverly Hall
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 Blessed Jesus, At Thy Word - Arr. P. Manz  

Leader: O God, you give us second chances for a life lived in you.

People: We thank you for all those second chances!

Leader: Like Jonah, we have at times tried and failed to obey you.

People: Like Jonah, we need the opportunity to change and the courage to do so.

ALL:    Thank you, God for second chances! Amen.   

                                 

Children's Chat - Video - Jonah
The Morning Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer

Jonah 3:1-10, OT - The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, ‘Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.’ So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, ‘Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!’ And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.  When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. Then he had a proclamation made in Nineveh: ‘By the decree of the king and his nobles: No human being or animal, no herd or flock, shall taste anything. They shall not feed, nor shall they drink water. Human beings and animals shall be covered with sackcloth, and they shall cry mightily to God. All shall turn from their evil ways and from the violence that is in their hands. Who knows? God may relent and change his mind; he may turn from his fierce anger, so that we do not perish.’  When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.    

The God of Second Chances

UMH #122 God of the Sparrow, God of the Whale

RECEPTION OF NEW MEMBERS:

Rev. Bev:  Through the Sacrament of Baptism we are initiated into Christ’s holy church. We are incorporated into God’s mighty acts of salvation and given new birth through water and the Spirit. All this is God’s gift, offered to us without price. Through our membership vows, we renew the covenant declared at our baptism, acknowledge what God is doing for us, and affirm our commitment to Christ’s holy Church. At times, we are called to change churches and unite with a congregation that “fits us” at this time in our lives. Jacob and Betty Creter have come to that point where they desire to become members of Pleasant Hills.

RENUNCIATION OF SIN AND PROFESSION OF FAITH:

Rev. Bev:  On behalf of the whole Church, I ask you: Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of the world, and repent of your sin?

Jacob & Betty: I do.

Rev. Bev: Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?

Jacob & Betty: I do.

Rev. Bev: Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as your Lord, in union with the Church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations and races?

Jacob & Betty:  I do.

Rev. Bev addresses the congregation, and the congregation responds: Do you, as Christ’s body, the Church, reaffirm both your rejection of sin and your commitment to Christ?

ALL: We do.

As members of Christ’s universal Church, will you be loyal to Christ through The United Methodist Church, and do all in your power to strengthen its ministries?

Jacob & Betty:  I will.

Rev. Bev: As members of this congregation, Will you faithfully participate in its ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, and your service, and your witness?

Jacob & Betty: I will.

Members of the household of God, I commend these persons to your love and care. Do all in your power to increase their faith, confirm their hope, and perfect them in love?

The congregation responds: We give thanks for all God has already given you and we welcome you in Christian love. As members together with you in the body of Christ and in this congregation of the United Methodist Church, we renew our covenant faithfully to participate in the ministries of the Church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness, that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.

Rev. Bev: The God of all grace, who has called us to eternal glory in Christ, establish you and strengthen you by the power of the Holy Spirit, that you may live in grace and peace.

 

The Offertory - Gottes Zweite Gelegenheit

     UMH #114                            “Many Gifts, One Spirit”

God of change and glory, God of time and space, when we fear the future, give to us your grace. In the midst of changing ways give us still the grace to praise. Many gifts, one Spirit, one love known in many ways. In our difference is blessing, from diversity we praise one Giver,  one Lord, one Spirit, one Word known in many ways,  hallowing our days. For the Giver, for the gifts, praise, praise, praise! 

Postlude - Prelude in B flat major - J.S. Bach

Did you know that our weekly General Fund offerings need to total $3,937.86 to balance our budget? Our offerings totaled $2,655.00 last week.

Upcoming Events

Twice Blessed Store
Mon Jan 22, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Jazzercise
Mon Jan 22, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Executive Team
Mon Jan 22, 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Boy Scouts
Tue Jan 23, 7:15 PM - 9:15 PM

Staff Parish Meeting
Tue Jan 23, 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Jazzercise
Wed Jan 24, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Creative Hands Ministry
Wed Jan 24, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Weblos I
Thu Jan 25, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Celebration Choir
Thu Jan 25, 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Pinewood Drby
Fri Jan 26

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