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We Gather as God’s People

Uriah refused to sleep with his wife while his fellow men were OFFERING & DOXOLOGY
off fighting. David was filled with anger that his plan did not PRAYER OF DEDICATION
work. When Uriah went back to war, King David sent a note to Generous God, we are richer than we know
HYMN Holy, Holy, Holy UMH 64 the army commander with instructions to have Uriah put at the for you have showered us with all that we need

frontline and to withdraw so that he would be killed.
CALL TO WORSHIP and so much more.
Bathsheba mourned her husbands death and was then brought
Here in this place
 Accept our offerings which we give freely this day.
to King David to be his wife.
we are who we are.
 Take and use them for the building of your kingdom.
If we looked in a mirror
 . . . and the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him, and May we give generously, and not just of our monetary
would we see the same person our friends see?
 said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich wealth: may we give of our love, our time, our multiple
Or family sees?
 and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and talents. May we recognize our richness and share it joyfully
Or the person that God sees? herds; but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, with all people as you direct us. Amen.
We come transparent to God;
 which he had bought. He brought it up, and it grew up with
nothing is secret from the Beloved.
 him and with his children; it used to eat of his meager fare, and
And yet we have nothing to fear in Love. drink from his cup, and lie in his bosom, and it was like a
We come as we are: beloved of God, treasured and unique. daughter to him. We Are Sent Into God’s World
So come and be loved, just as you are. “Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was loath ANNOUNCEMENTS
to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the wayfarer
HYMN Just as I Am UMH 357 who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb, and BENEDICTION
prepared that for the guest who had come to him.”
PASSING THE PEACE

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Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man. He
YOUNG PEOPLE’S MESSAGE said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this
deserves to die; he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he
STEWARDSHIP MOMENT did this thing, and because he had no pity.” Essex Eats Out Schedule
OPENING TO GOD Psalm 51 UMH 785, R2 Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, Oct 26 - EUMC Nov 2 - 1st Congo
Nov 9 - Holy Family Nov 16 - St James Nov 23 - EUMC
the God of Israel: I anointed you king over Israel, and I
VIDEO No Hard Feelings Avett Brothers rescued you from the hand of Saul; I gave you your master’s
house, and your master’s wives into your bosom, and gave you Birthdays & Anniversaries
the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, October 22 - Jacob Parker
We Listen for God’s Word I would have added as much more. Why have you despised the October 25 - Dyani Jones
October 27 - Roger Dodge, Chuck LaClair
word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have
HEBREW SCRIPTURE 2 Samuel 12:1-9 struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken
Backstory: The events begin with King David choosing to stay
his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of Announcements
home in Jerusalem while he sent the rest of the Israelite army to
fight other nations and kings. David is relaxing and walking on the Ammonites.” Helping Refugee Families: there is a red box in the fellowship
the palace roof when he sees a woman bathing on her roof. hall for collecting gently-used preschool-sized clothing, especially
David was immediately drawn to her and sent messengers to winter clothing & coats (on-going).
find out who she was. The messengers returned and told David
that her name was Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the We Respond to God’s Word All Saints Sunday is November 4th. If you have lost a loved
wife of Uriah. He sent for her and slept with her. (We are not one in the last year and would like to have them lifted up in
told about her consent or refusal, but the radical power CONVERSATION Joshua & Students prayer please add their name to the list being circulated or send
differential is terribly problematic for modern readers.) Later, Heidi an email at essex_umc@comcast.net Also if you have a
Bathsheba sent word to David that she was pregnant. HYMN Depths of Mercy UMH 355 photo or small memento that you would like to put on the altar
King David was anxious to erase the event. He called for Uriah you can bring it up as the names are read out.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
to come home so that he could spend a night with his wife
Bathsheba and plausibly cover up the whole affair. However, Usher & Greeter Schedule for Nov & Dec available in narthex
Here are people, places, & concerns folk have recently lifted
David & Nathan &
Calendar up. Please keep them in your prayers at home.
Please call or email the church office to add to the prayer list.
All Tuesdays: Pastor Is In @ Nest Coffee Shop 10 am - noon

Church Office noon- 2 pm


Ongoing Prayers
Tim
Lifted Up Last Sunday
Bob - family of Ginger Watham, who
the Ethics of Power
passed away, especially husband Harry
Lenore
Mt Mansfield Bible Study 2 pm
Michael Parker Norm - Ken, with pneumonia
All Thursdays: Church Office noon- 2:00 pm Keenan Judy - Don, healing after surgery on his
Arlitha eye
z Callie Judy - Stricklands, needing help with
Grace Naylor wood splitting for winter
Mon, 22 Oct: Monday Companions at Eve’s home on Anne Kennison Tracy - thankful for love & support of
Brown’s River Road. 7:00 pm. Read through Gloria McKeen those in the church community
Chapter 11 of Canoeing the Mountains.
Mary Willard

 Sally - Peggy, health issues
Tue, 23 Oct: Pastor-Parish Relations, 7:00 pm Norma Strickland
Dawn - family of Ann Payette, who
Judy & Diezela
passed away
Thu, 25 Oct: Thursday Companions in the Parlor, 2:00 pm. Matthew C.
Begin discussion of Jesus and the Disinherited Dawn - families of those killed in NY
Elissa & Leif
by Howard Thurman. Contact Fred for info. limo accident
Greg
Mitch - thankful for large family get-
Paula DeMichele
Fri, 26 Oct: WoWW Luncheon @ Erica’s in Fairfax, 11:30 am together
Don Strickland
Lisa - for God being the light & love in
Fri, 26 Oct: Essex Eats Out at EUMC, 5:30 pm Ellie Uckele
her life
Cole
Mon, 29 Oct: Questions of Faith Session Three Lisa - for those affected by hurricanes in
Harley
in the Parlor, 7:00 pm. the south

 Gordon Mitchinson
Tue, 30 Oct: Special Admin Board (to approve budget) 7 pm Susan

1-3 Nov: Mitch is in Stowe for a Continuing Ed Event. He is


available by phone.

Sat, 3 Nov: Holiday Bazaar, 9-2:30 pm

Sun, 4 Nov: All Saints Sunday! And Time Change Sunday!


Saints sleep in an extra hour!
Essex Center United Methodist Church
Mon, 5 Nov: Monday Companions at Eve’s home on essex_umc@comcast.net tel. 878-8304
www.essexumc.com
Brown’s River Road. 7:00 pm. Read through Ministers: the entire congregation Lay Leader: Joshua Knox
Chapter 13 of Canoeing the Mountains. Equipping Pastor: Rev. V. Mitchell Hay

Essex Center
cell tel. 881-3268 (feel free to call) mitchellhay@comcast.net
Sun, 11 Nov: Stewardship Sunday Office Manager: Heidi Evans
Organ: Kathryn Parker Piano: June Packard
Mon, 12 Nov: Questions of Faith Session Four
in the Parlor, 7:00 pm.
Song Leader: Dana Thomas Projection: Sam Evans
Greeters - Gail Godfrey United Methodist Church
Ushers - Craig & Heidi Evans, Judy Wright
21 October 2018 22nd Sunday after Pentecost
Friday Today I will pay attention to how I use touch. With whom am
Today I will pay attention to how I use touch. With whom am I in contact with? What form does that physical contact take?
I in contact with? What form does that physical contact take?
May I be aware of the power that touch contains and use this
May I be aware of the power that touch contains and use this wisely.
wisely.
Saturday
Saturday Today I will think about how I relax. Who helps me re-
Today I will think about how I relax. Who helps me re- energise? What activities help me unwind? How do I help
energise? What activities help me unwind? How do I help others relax?
others relax?
May I appreciate the importance of relaxation.
May I appreciate the importance of relaxation.
Sunday
Sunday Today I will think about how I approach worship. Do I come
Today I will think about how I approach worship. Do I come to worship to receive, or to give? Do I come with a spirit of
to worship to receive, or to give? Do I come with a spirit of judgement or of grace?
judgement or of grace?
May I approach you, God, in humility with all your children.
May I approach you, God, in humility with all your children.
Spiritual Practice:
Spiritual Practice: A Week In The Mirror
Spiritual Practice: A Week In The Mirror
A Week In The Mirror Monday
Monday Today I will pay particular attention to how I interact with
Monday Today I will pay particular attention to how I interact with strangers and people I do not know well.
Today I will pay particular attention to how I interact with strangers and people I do not know well.
May I be open minded and gracious in welcome.
strangers and people I do not know well.
May I be open minded and gracious in welcome.
Tuesday
May I be open minded and gracious in welcome. Tuesday Today I will listen to the words I use. Do they build up or cut
Tuesday Today I will listen to the words I use. Do they build up or cut down? Do they seem harsh or warm?
Today I will listen to the words I use. Do they build up or cut down? Do they seem harsh or warm?
May I use my voice, spoken or written, to encourage others.
down? Do they seem harsh or warm?
May I use my voice, spoken or written, to encourage others.
Wednesday
May I use my voice, spoken or written, to encourage others. Wednesday Today I will think about how I listen to others. Do I hear what
Wednesday Today I will think about how I listen to others. Do I hear what they say, or am I thinking just of what to say next?
Today I will think about how I listen to others. Do I hear they say, or am I thinking just of what to say next?
May I use my ears to hear and listen in order to understand.
what they say, or am I thinking just of what to say next? May I use my ears to hear and listen in order to understand.
Thursday
May I use my ears to hear and listen in order to understand.
Thursday Today I will think about how I use my eyes. On what (or
Thursday Today I will think about how I use my eyes. On what (or whom) does my sight linger? What do my eyes tell of my
whom) does my sight linger? What do my eyes tell of my inner desires?
Today I will think about how I use my eyes. On what (or
whom) does my sight linger? What do my eyes tell of my inner desires?
May I see as God sees, seeing people not objects.
inner desires?
May I see as God sees, seeing people not objects.
Friday
May I see as God sees, seeing people not objects. Friday
Today I will pay attention to how I use touch. With whom am Through Georgia grain or tropical rain Through Georgia grain or tropical rain
I in contact with? What form does that physical contact take? Or snow from the heavens? Or snow from the heavens?

May I be aware of the power that touch contains and use this Will I join with the ocean blue Will I join with the ocean blue
wisely. Or run into the savior true Or run into the savior true
And shake hands laughing And shake hands laughing
Saturday And walk through the night And walk through the night
Straight to the light Straight to the light
Today I will think about how I relax. Who helps me re- Holding the love I've known in my life Holding the love I've known in my life
energise? What activities help me unwind? How do I help And no hard feelings And no hard feelings
others relax?
Lord knows they haven't done Lord knows they haven't done
May I appreciate the importance of relaxation. Much good for anyone Much good for anyone
Kept me afraid and cold Kept me afraid and cold
Sunday With so much to have and hold With so much to have and hold
Today I will think about how I approach worship. Do I come Under the curving sky Under the curving sky
to worship to receive, or to give? Do I come with a spirit of I'm finally learning why I'm finally learning why
judgement or of grace? It matters for me and you It matters for me and you
To say it and mean it too To say it and mean it too
May I approach you, God, in humility with all your children. For life and its loveliness For life and its loveliness
And all of its ugliness And all of its ugliness
Good as its been to me Good as its been to me
I have no enemies I have no enemies
No Hard Feelings- The Avett Brothers.
No Hard Feelings- The Avett Brothers. No Hard Feelings- The Avett Brothers.
When my body won't hold me anymore
When my body won't hold me anymore When my body won't hold me anymore
And it finally lets me free
Will I be ready? And it finally lets me free And it finally lets me free
Will I be ready? Will I be ready?
When my feet won't walk another mile
When my feet won't walk another mile When my feet won't walk another mile
And my lips give their last kiss goodbye And my lips give their last kiss goodbye And my lips give their last kiss goodbye
Will my hands be steady?
Will my hands be steady? Will my hands be steady?
When I lay down my fears
When I lay down my fears When I lay down my fears
My hopes and my doubts
My hopes and my doubts My hopes and my doubts
The rings on my fingers The rings on my fingers The rings on my fingers
And the keys to my house
And the keys to my house And the keys to my house
With no hard feelings
With no hard feelings With no hard feelings
When the sun hangs low in the west
When the sun hangs low in the west When the sun hangs low in the west
And the light in my chest And the light in my chest And the light in my chest
Won't be kept held at bay any longer
Won't be kept held at bay any longer Won't be kept held at bay any longer
When the jealousy fades away
And it's ash and dust for cash and lust When the jealousy fades away When the jealousy fades away
And it's ash and dust for cash and lust And it's ash and dust for cash and lust
And it's just hallelujah
And it's just hallelujah And it's just hallelujah
And love in thoughts and love in the words And love in thoughts and love in the words And love in thoughts and love in the words
Love in the songs they sing in the church
Love in the songs they sing in the church Love in the songs they sing in the church
And no hard feelings
And no hard feelings And no hard feelings
Lord knows they haven't done
Lord knows they haven't done Lord knows they haven't done
Much good for anyone Much good for anyone Much good for anyone
Kept me afraid and cold
Kept me afraid and cold Kept me afraid and cold
With so much to have and hold
With so much to have and hold With so much to have and hold
When my body won't hold me anymore
When my body won't hold me anymore When my body won't hold me anymore
And it finally lets me free And it finally lets me free And it finally lets me free
Where will I go?
Where will I go? Where will I go?
Will the trade winds take me south
Will the trade winds take me south Will the trade winds take me south
Through Georgia grain or tropical rain
Or snow from the heavens?

Will I join with the ocean blue


Or run into the savior true
And shake hands laughing
And walk through the night
Straight to the light
Holding the love I've known in my life
And no hard feelings

Lord knows they haven't done


Much good for anyone
Kept me afraid and cold
With so much to have and hold
Under the curving sky
I'm finally learning why
It matters for me and you
To say it and mean it too
For life and its loveliness
And all of its ugliness
Good as its been to me
I have no enemies