Spiritual Climate Change

At church on Sunday, the congregation prayed together John Wesley’s “Covenant Prayer.” This prayer is great for believers who need to be reminded of their Covenant with God. Sometimes the prayer is recited in special worship services, but it is just a nice and simple expression for anyone who wants to affirm their commitment to God….
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

thou art mine, and I am thine.

So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.
Amen.

Mason, one of the youngest members in the congregation, presented a birthday gift…a cross…to Pastor Russ, which he displayed at the altar on the Bible.

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Pastor Russ’ sermon was entitled “Spiritual Climate Change.”

The congregation sang the following hymns:

Rescue the Perishing – United Methodist Hymnal #569

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms – United Methodist Hymnal #133

Soon and Very Soon – United Methodist Hymnal #706

Below is audio of the congregation of St. Paul East singing “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” If you would like a CD of the entire service, please e-mail contact Pastor Russ: knoxvilleruss@yahoo.com (865) 522-7451

 

Litany for Father’s Day

Pastor: For fathers everywhere, who have given us life and love that we may show them respect and love.
All: Holy God, hear this prayer for our fathers
Pastor: For fathers who have lost a child through death, that their faith my give them hope, and their family and friends will console them.
All: Holy God, hear this prayer for our fathers that mourn
Pastor: For step-fathers who have assumed that role with love and joy, who have loved the children of another as their own and created a new family.
All: Holy God, hear this prayer for step-fathers.
Pastor: For adoptive fathers who have claimed the orphan and loved the once unwanted as a precious gift from God.
All: Holy God, hear this prayer for adoptive fathers.
Pastor: For new fathers, full of hope. For long-time fathers, full of wisdom. For the fathers yet to be and fathers soon to be.
All: Holy God, hear our prayer for the fathers of your Church.
Pastor: God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless these men that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Happy Father’s Day!

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All fathers were honored during Sunday services on June 15, 2014. Pastor Russ (pictured above) prepared a special altar for Father’s Day. All fathers were given a special sweet treat that they picked up from the altar (see below). The oldest father in the congregation was given special recognition and presented with a gift card.  The father with the most grandchildren was also honored with a gift card.

Hymns:

  • This is my Father’s World
  • Faith of Our Fathers
  • Jesus is all the World to Me
  • I Stand Amazed in the Presence

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Renewing Your Mind

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It is easy to get swept away by the ways of the world. In the Bible, Paul encourages us to renew our hearts to serve God. Our lovely organist Ailene (pictured below) is so talented. Her music is transforming because it helps us to focus and renew our hearts and minds.

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Today is a beautiful day to Renew Your Mind Before God.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”  Romans 12:1

This passage tells us that we should not conform to the world, and that instead, we should serve God’s works and be transformed by the renewal of our minds.

Today is a beautiful day for transformation of the mind.

On the subject of music and transforming church experiences…
Our congregation was blessed today to experience a new sound an media system. These additions to the sanctuary were made possible by a generous gift from the estate of Polly Bounds.

 

 

He Is Risen

The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. St. Paul United Methodist is a place where disciple-making occurs. This mission is our grace-filled response to the Reign of God in the world announced by Jesus. God’s grace is active everywhere, at all times, carrying out this purpose as revealed in the Bible.

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Above is a scene of the altar. Here is a list of hymns we sang on Sunday:

I Know Whom I Have Believed In (United Methodist Hymnal page 714)

Rescue the Perishing (United Methodist Hymnal page 591)

Wonderful Words of Life (United Methodist Hymnal page 600)

What a Friend We Have in Jesus (United Methodist Hymnal page 526)

Easter Services 2014

Easter Lily and Bible

Friday, April 18, 2014
7:00 pm Tenabrae Service at
St. Paul United Methodist Church

Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014
7:00 am Sunrise Service at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church
followed by Breakfast at Caledonia Presbyterian Church

10:30 am Easter Sunday Service at
St. Paul United Methodist Church

This is a combined Easter celebration by the following churches:

Pleasant Hill United Methodist
Trentville United Methodist
Caledonia Presbyterian
St. Paul United Methodist

 

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