Who is coming to Homecoming on Sunday, September 14th at 10:30 am? Check out the new entrance doors to St. Paul East. The slogan of the United Methodist Church is “Open Minds, Open Hearts, and Open Doors.” However, in order to showcase the beauty of the new wood and glass details, we decided photograph the doors while closed. Doors will be wide open and welcoming everyone for the annual Homecoming service this coming Sunday, September 14, 2014. Mark your calendar and make plans to attend. The service will be followed by a covered dish meal in the basement fellowship hall. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this wonderful service and meal.
Mark your calendar, and make plans to attend Homecoming
September 14, 2014
Guest Speaker: Tom Ballard
Special Music: Harmony Ladies Trio
Homecoming Meal: Everyone brings a covered dish and enjoys food, friends, and fellowship downstairs in the church basement following worship service.
We encourage everyone to worship at St. Paul at every Sunday. Our annual Homecoming service is an especially great time with a guest speaker and special music. If you ever visited or once attended St. Paul, please come back and see the great things God is doing.
Questions? e-mail Pastor Russ: email@example.com
After services on Sunday was a good time for friends and fellowship with Pat Luttrell (left) and Cathy Young (right) at the door of the sanctuary. Check out Cathy’s shirt that she got at annual conference at Lake Junaluska. It has the symbolic Methodist cross and flame. The image relates The United Methodist church to God through Christ (cross) and the Holy Spirit (flame). The flame is a reminder of Pentecost when witnesses were unified by the power of the Holy Spirit and saw “tongues, as of fire” (Acts 2:3).
>> more in-depth information about the Methodist cross and flame symbol
Hear the St. Paul congregation sing “Near the Cross”
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org (865) 522-7451
St. Paul Methodist is a very friendly place, but we often get in a rut with our seating arrangements. This is a cute “Chuck Knows Church” video to help us all with staying focused and present with God…instead of obsessing over our church pew preferences. Please join us this coming Sunday. We promise to relax and make sure you get a good seat.
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!
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.
- This is my Father’s World
- Faith of Our Fathers
- Jesus is all the World to Me
- I Stand Amazed in the Presence
Seen any symbols of fire around your sanctuary? Do you know what’s the second most important day of the Christian year? Pentecost marks the end of the 50-day Easter season for Christians and falls this year on Sunday, June 8. The following video provides a good explanation of Pentecost. Join us on Sunday at St Paul!
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.
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.