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-We Gather as God’s People- Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been

invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat

Birthdays & Anniversaries
March 24: Grant Corson, Vickie Casazza
HYMN Gather Us In FWS 2236 calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to March 26: Judy Wright, Nick Duff
the wedding banquet.’ But they made light of it and went away, March 27: Alexander Kepchar
one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his March 28: Donna Paffrath
CALL TO WORSHIP based on Psalm 65
slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. March 31: Anne Kennison
Come; now is the time to worship. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their
Come; now is the time to give your heart. city.
Come just as you are to worship. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those
Come just as you are before God. Essex Eats Out Schedule
invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and
Come. invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ Those slaves Mar 29 - St. Pius April 5 - 1st Congo
went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both April 12 - Holy Family April 19 - St James April 26 - EUMC
PEOPLE’S CHOICE HYMNS Four songs, two verses each good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man
DANA’S CHOICE there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, Announcements
‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And
COTS request from Mission Committee: Winter frigid nights
PASSING THE PEACE he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind continue. The staff really appreciated our contributions of new
him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, items. Biggest need is new linens, necessary toiletries, baby wipes
YOUNG PEOPLE’S MESSAGE where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many and warm mittens (they have enough hats). Red Tub in
are called, but few are chosen.” Fellowship Hall is open-- full list is beside it.
OPENING TO GOD Steve Garnaas-Holmes
JUMP has requested donated items, needed by early April.
Be attentive lest you miss the grace that passes before you, Please bring any items you are able to donate to church and leave
whether as small as a single birdsong or as broad as the rising -We Respond to God’s Word- in box labeled JUMP in fellowship hall.
sun of your own life restored. PERSONAL CARE:
REFLECTION Wedding Attire Dawn Hill-Fleury · Bar Soap
Be grateful, lest these pearls have been thrown to swine. And
· Dental Floss
be ready to speak of it in the grandest or simplest words or PEOPLE’S CHOICE HYMNS Four songs, two verses each · Deodorant
deeds. · Hand & Body Lotion
You have not invented your own hope; it has sprung, green and KATHRYN’S CHOICE · Razors/shaving cream
living, from the grace that has rained upon you, has welled up · Shampoo/Conditioner
· Toothbrushes
from deepest springs, has come to you in steadfast rivers. PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER · Toothpaste
· Feminine personal hygiene products “pads only”
-We Listen for God’s Word- HOUSEHOLD ITEMS:
· All-purpose cleaner “Spic N Span/Lysol,
· Dish soap
GOSPEL Matthew 18:15-35 -We Are Sent Into God’s World- · Sponges
Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: “The
kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a ANNOUNCEMENTS Diapers
wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those · All sizes
who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would BENEDICTION
not come. Please collect only the items on our list! Thank you for
RESPONSE Pass It On UMH 572, v. 1 supporting JUMP and helping our low-income neighbors!
Calendar We take prayer seriously at Essex United Methodist Church.
We don’t pray because we think God is absent and needs cajoling.
Tuesdays: Pastor Is In @ Nest Coffee Shop 10 am - 11 am We don’t pray because we think God is a celestial Santa Claus.
Jericho Clergy Group 11:30-12:30 We pray because that is how humans begin to discern God’s will.
We pray because prayer changes us; prayer opens us up
Church Office 1 pm- 2 pm
more and more to God’s grace and the movement
Mt Mansfield Bible Study 2 pm of God’s Spirit in our hearts, our community, our world.

Thursdays: Church Office 10:00 am- noon Below are people, places, & concerns that folk have lifted up.
Please keep them in your prayers at home.
Sun, 24 Mar: Adult Sunday School: Quadrilateral 8:45 am.
Please call or email the church office to add to the prayer list.

Ongoing Prayers Ongoing Prayers, cont

Parable of the
Mon, 25 Mar: No Monday Companions at Eve’s home
Anne Kennison
Gordon Mitchinson
Wedding Garments
Tue, 26 Mar: Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, 7 pm Mary Willard Lenore
Norma Strickland Michael Parker
Wed, 27 Mar: Stonewall 50th Anniversary at St Paul’s, 1 pm Judy & Diezela
Lenten Taizé & Lectio Divina Service, 7 pm
Matthew C. Lifted Up Last Sunday
Thur, 28 Mar: Thursday Office hours moved to Friday, noon Elissa & Leif June: Traveling mercies for Kathryn and
Thursday Companions, 2 pm Greg Molly
Paula DeMichele Dawn: Lief Johnson
Fri, 29 Mar: WoWW Luncheon, at Mimmo’s, 11:30 am. Don Strickland Donna: Batchelder approaching the end
Ellie Uckele at Respite House
Sun, 31 Mar: Adult Sunday School: Wesley pt 3 8:45 am.
Cole Dottie: Coworker who died, leaving 5
UMCOR Sunday Special offering
Harley children.
Mon, 1 April to Tue, 2 April: Pastor Mitch is at a continuing

Education event at St. Alphonsis Monastery in Contoocook, NH.
There will be no No Monday Companions, Nest, Office hours.

Wed, 3 Apr: Lenten Taizé & Lectio Divina Service, 7 pm

Essex Center United Methodist Church
Thur, 4 Apr: Thursday Office hours moved to Friday, noon essex_umc@comcast.net tel. 878-8304
Sun, 7 Apr: `Adult Sunday School: Wesley pt 4 8:45 am.
Ministers: the entire congregation Lay Leader: Joshua Knox
Equipping Pastor: Rev. V. Mitchell Hay
Mon, 8 Apr: Monday Companions at Eve’s home. Continued cell tel. 881-3268 (feel free to call) mitchellhay@comcast.net
Wesley Discussion.
Office Manager: Elissa Johnsen
Tue, 9Apr: Administrative Board, 7 pm Sunday School Coordinator: Krista Rochefort
Organ: Kathryn Parker Piano: June Packard
Wed, 11 Apr: Lenten Taizé & Lectio Divina Service, 7 pm Song Leader: Dana LaClair Projection: Sam Evans

Sun, 14 April: Palm Sunday, 10 am Ushers: Liz & David R Next Week: Essex Center
Mon, 15 Apr: Living the Questions 7:00 pm Subject: Trinity
Greeters: Bill & Maureen W
Nursery Helper: Claire N
Next Week:
Next Week: Jody H Un-Tied Methodist Church
Reading The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr Sun. Sch. Helper: Ashley H Next Week: Liz R
Shoveling: Barb L Next Week: Kristene E 2nd Sunday of Lent 24 March 2019