Wolcott United Methodist Church

Welcome to the Wolcott, VT, United Methodist Church. Unfortunately, due to the uptick in covid-19 cases during the past few weeks, we have decided to suspend live worship once again. Worship will continue to be available via zoom every week, however, and the link can be found here on the front page of the website every Sunday morning. The service is also posted so that you can follow along and participate if you wish. Following the service, Pastor's Mike's sermon will be posted, as well. We welcome you to join us on Sunday mornings whether or not you are a regular part of our congregation.

Please watch for updated information regarding re-opening the church for live worship. We are tentatively planning to re-open for Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2021. We will continue to provide worship via zoom, as well.

4023 VT Route 15 , Wolcott , VT 05680
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The United Methodist Church

Service for the 3rd Sunday of Pentecost, June 13, 2021 at 10:00am

posted on June 12

Wolcott and Binghamville
United Methodist Churches

      3rd Sunday of Pentecost      
                                                     June 13, 2021 - 10:00 p.m.
   (Led from the Binghamville UMC)

Bringing in the Light of Christ
(inspired by Mark 4:26-34 or Matthew 13:31-32)
L:  What mysteries there are in God’s world!
P:  We, so sophisticated, stand in awe at the
wonders of the natural world.
L:  We look at the tiniest of seeds and wonder what will happen
P:  From that small seed will grow a large shrub.
L:  Although we consider our gifts to be small and insignificant,
P:  God will use our gifts in miraculous ways.
Praise the God of small seeds and mighty power. Amen.

(Written by Nancy C. Townley, on the Worship Connection page of
 the Ministry Matters website. https://www.ministrymatters.com/worship.)
OPENING PRAYER (in unison):
(inspired by 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Mark 4:26-34)
Holy One: you anoint us with living water,
so we may go to serve the world in these
troubled days. You open our eyes so we will

see everyone as our sisters and brothers.
Seed Planter: you place faith deep within us,
so we can bear witness to your just and loving
kingdom. Your love regulates our hearts, so
we can welcome all in your name.
Gentle Spirit: when we cannot see the way,
you take us by the hand so we can step forward,
in faith, into the kingdom. You fill us with hope,
so we can sing God's joy all of our days.  Amen.
Written by Thom Shuman, and posted on Lectionary Liturgies. 
http://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.com. Reposted: https://
OPENING HYMN:   “Blessed Assurance”   UMH#369, STL#442
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my savior all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.
Perfect submission, perfect delight,
visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
angels descending bring from above
echoes of mercy, whispers of love.  Refrain
Perfect submission, all is at rest;
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
watching and waiting, looking above,
filled with his goodness, lost in his love.  Refrain
“Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow “  STL#7, UMH#95
Offering Prayer:
Lord of all bounty and blessing, the gifts we offer
to you are like seeds. Some will take root nearby, and
we will see them grow and bear fruit. Some will be
carried far beyond where we can see, and we have
faith that they will find good soil and thrive. We thank
you for the privilege of being called to sow. Bless with
the joy of good fruit the seed we will see and the seed
we will never see. We pray this in the loving name of
 Jesus, gardener and savior. Amen. (Mark 4:26-34)


"Great is Thy Faithfulness"  STL#44   UMH#140
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with thee;
Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
as thou hast been, thou forever wilt be.
Great is thy faithfulness!  Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided;
great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.  Refrain
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow;
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!  Refrain
1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
34 Then Samuel went to Ramah, but Saul went up to his
home in Gibeah. 35 Samuel never saw Saul again before he died,
but he grieved over Saul. However, the Lord regretted
making Saul king over Israel.

Samuel Anoints David
16  The Lord said to Samuel, " How long are you going to
grieve over Saul? I have rejected him as king over Israel.
Fill your horn with oil and get going. I’m sending you to
Jesse of Bethlehem because I have found my next king
among his sons.”   “How can I do that?” Samuel asked.
“When Saul hears of it he’ll kill me!”  “Take a
heifer with you,” the Lord replied, “and say, ‘I have
come to make a sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3 Invite Jesse to
the sacrifice, and I will make clear to you what you should do.
You will anoint for me the person I point out to you.”
4 Samuel did what the Lord instructed. When he came to
Bethlehem, the city elders came to meet him. They were
shaking with fear. “Do you come in peace?” they asked.
5 “Yes,” Samuel answered. “I’ve come to make a sacrifice to
the Lord. Now make yourselves holy, then come with me to
the sacrifice.” Samuel made Jesse and his sons holy and
invited them to the sacrifice as well.  When they arrived,
Samuel looked at Eliab and thought, That must be the
Lord’s anointed right in front.  7 But the Lord said to Samuel,
“Have no regard for his appearance or stature, because
I haven’t selected him. God doesn’t look at things like
humans do. Humans see only what is visible to the eyes,
but the Lord sees into the heart.”  8 Next Jesse called for
Abinadab, who presented himself to Samuel, but he said,
“The Lord hasn’t chosen this one either.” 9 So Jesse presented
Shammah, but Samuel said, “No, the Lord hasn’t chosen
this one.” 10 Jesse presented seven of his sons to Samuel,
but Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord hasn’t picked any of these.”
11 Then Samuel asked Jesse, “Is that all of your boys?”  “There
is still the youngest one,” Jesse answered, “but he’s out keeping
 the sheep.”  “Send for him,” Samuel told Jesse, “because we can’t
proceed until he gets here.”  12 So Jesse sent and brought him in.
He was reddish brown, had beautiful eyes, and was good-looking.
The Lord said, “That’s the one. Go anoint him.”  13 So Samuel
took the horn of oil and anointed him right there in front of his
 brothers. The Lord’s spirit came over David from that point
point forward.  Then Samuel left and went to Ramah.
2 Corinthians 5:6-10
6 So we are always confident, because we know that while we
are living in the body, we are away from our home with the Lord.
7 We live by faith and not by sight. 8 We are confident, and we
would prefer to leave the body and to be at home with the Lord.
9 So our goal is to be acceptable to him, whether we are at
home or away from home. 10 We all must appear before Christ
in court so that each person can be paid back for the things that
were done while in the body, whether they were good or bad.
Mark 4:26-34
More parables about God's kingdom

26 Then Jesus said, “This is what God’s kingdom is like. It’s as
though someone scatters seed on the ground, 27 then sleeps and
wakes night and day. The seed sprouts and grows, but the farmer
doesn’t know how. 28 The earth produces crops all by itself, first
the stalk, then the head, then the full head of grain.  29 Whenever
the crop is ready, the farmer goes out to cut the grain because it’s
harvesttime.”  30 He continued, “What’s a good image for God’s
 kingdom? What parable can I use to explain it?  31 Consider a mustard
seed. When scattered on the ground, it’s the smallest of all the seeds on
the earth; 32 but when it’s planted, it grows and becomes the largest
of all vegetable plants. It produces such large branches that the birds
in the sky are able to nest in its shade.”  33 With many such parables
he continued to give them the word, as much as they were able to hear.
34 He spoke to them only in parables, then explained everything to
his disciples when he was alone with them.
The Message:   “Growing in the New Creation”
Hymn of Response:       “Rejoice, the Lord is King”      STL#276, UMH#715
Rejoice, the Lord is King!  Your Lord and King adore;
Mortals, give thanks and sing, and triumph evermore.
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
rejoice; again I say, rejoice.
Jesus the Savior reigns, the God of truth and love;
When he had purged our stains, he took his seat above.
Lift up your hearts, lift up your voice;
rejoice; again I say, rejoice.
His kingdom cannot fail; he rules o’er earth and heaven;
The keys of earth and hell are to our Jesus given.
Life up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice; again I say, rejoice.
Rejoice in glorious hope!  Jesus the Judge shall come,
And take his servants up to their eternal home.
We soon shall hear th’archangel’s voice;
The trump of God shall sound, rejoice!
(inspired by 2 Corinthians 5: 17)
L:  God of all new things, God of
Spring, and fragrant flowers, and
unexpected snow. God of hope
and new life,
Bless us, we pray, this day.
Creator God from whom
all life springs forth
We give You thanks
Come, one and all,
Celebrate and rejoice!
Celebrate and rejoice -
The old has passed away
Everything has become new!
God of all things passing away, God
of old and yesterday,
the One who is with us
in our despair and fear.
God who sighs and weeps, with us,
God who wipes away our tears.
Loving God, we offer up these prayers of
concern this day - for those struggling to
rebuild lives from natural disasters,
especially those recovering from the
recent tornados - and for those recovering
from human disasters from failed economies -
also for those struggling with illness
and, from_______________ .
Hear us when we pray. Incline
your ear to our words,
silent shouting cries,
mournful whispers,
stunned wordless.
Be gentle with our suffering
with our sorrows and losses,
and especially when our hard
hearts close us off to you.
Be gentle.  Be gentle.
O God, be God!
Anoint us with your touch
so that the softness of your love
can break into our hardness
and open us anew.
Anoint us, Holy One and fill
us with your loving touch.  Fill us
that we can touch in your love and fill
others. Fill us gently.  Fill us.
Living God, father, son,
mother, daughter
Family, friend, one, all
With, through, and by
Your love becomes
Celebrate and rejoice -
The old has passed away
In you, in your resurrection,
In your life and love,
Everything becomes new!
P:  Amen.
((Written by the Rev. Terri C. Pilarski
and posted on WordsMatter. 
Reposted:  https://re-worship.blogspot.com/


The Great Thanksgiving
L:  The Lord is with you.
P:  And with you also.
L:  Lift up your hearts.
P:  We lift them up to the Lord.
L:  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
P:  It is right to give him thanks and praise. . .
L:  And so, with your people on earth and all the company of
heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
P:  Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.   Hosanna
in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the
name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest. . .
L:  And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in
Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us,
as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
P:  Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again. . .
L:  And now, with the confidence of children of God, let us pray:
The Lord’s Prayer
The Sharing of Bread and Cup

The Sending Forth:

L:  All of God’s creation has responded to his creating.
Likewise, we must do the same. So, let us go out into the
world understanding that we are fearfully and wonderfully
made. Let our walk declare his glory. Let our talk sing his
praise. Let our attitude make men and women wonder what
they must do to be saved. Why? Because we are indeed
walking billboards declaring God’s glory!
P:  Amen.  (Curry F. Butler)

Congregational Response: “Bind Us Together”     TFWS#2226
Bind us together, Lord, bind us together with cords that cannot be broken;
bind us together, Lord, bind us together, Lord, bind us together in love.
There is only God, there is only one King; there is only one body, that is why we sing.
Bind us together, Lord, bind us together with cords that cannot be broken;
bind us together, Lord, bind us together, Lord, bind us together in love.
We are led this morning by Michael Thorpe 
you may call/text Pastor Mike at 802-355-9574
"Prayer is not a substitute for action;
            it is an action for which there is no substitute."
Mayerling Anderson    Sabrena Ducharme   Arthur Hooper  Gary Hazard
Paul Moskowitz   Kelly Maxfield    Charles Tinker     Eva Lancaster 
 Emily (a parishioner of a colleague of Rev. Pat’s in northern Maine) –
who has received her heart transplant but whose mother
died suddenly due to a heart attack     
  Kim (a friend of Linda Martin’s) who needs a kidney transplant
Howard (a retired clergy friend of Rev. Pat’s) who is very weak
from having radiation and now around the clock care    
Linda Martin's sister-in-law whose cancer has spread to her lungs
Jane (Vernon’s sister), who continues to recover from hip surgery
Josh Ducharme, recovering from a blood marrow transplant, and his
wife, Shannon who is currently receiving radiation for
non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Kelly Robtoy, who has recently had surgery and been unable
to have visits from her family    
Friends of Diane from Binghamville who have Covid
Linda (Pastor Mike’s Mom and Aunt Cathy’s sister)
who is struggling with stomach issues
Friend of Mike's Aunt Cathy, who is suffering from cancer
Friends of Greg McElroy’s, John and Nancy Eles from Arizona;
Nancy has been very ill and had numerous operations
to diagnose her issues
For all those around us who are suffering from a myriad of issues
as a result of the covid pandemic
For the families of those who have lost their lives in mass
shootings during the past weeks and months
Prayers that those who are having doubts for whatever
reason about receiving the covid vaccine will come to accept its
 value not only for themselves but for keeping others safe, as well
Prayers for Lawrence Douglas who is experiencing health issues
and for his wife, Elizabeth
Mark Faith, our local funeral director, who has been unjustly
put on suspension
The Glow family who had a 90-year old relative who had
been fully vaccinated but got covid anyway – but who survived
as a result of the vaccines
The Connelly family in Townsend, MA, who experienced the
death of a loved one recently
A young family in Johnson, in which the father is suffering
0000from alcohol addiction
For the 20 families in Providence, RI, who have been displaced due
to a devastating fire that destroyed their home – that they might find
new homes in the weeks ahead
For the daughter and husband of Pat’s clergy friend, Ellen, in
northern Maine, whose daughter returned home from rehab this week
The residents in Lou’s senior housing complex who have been suffering
with illness and with the family of one of the residents who recently passed
Those in the Middle East who are struggling with each other and
cannot seem to accept that all of them are God’s children
Nathaniel McElroy, Greg’s son, whose cancer has now spread to his brain
Peggy Kuiee, a friend of Mike’s Aunt Cathy, who has had 4 stents put in but
still has one that is 80% blocked and is waiting for the results of a CT Scan


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