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Tranquility United Methodist Church 
                   Pastor: The Reverend Fred Laux 
                   Worship Leader: Barbara Morgan

Welcoming Words

     Welcome to the United Methodist Church.  How many of us truly know how welcoming Methodists are? We are the church of the people. Charles Wesley was a man of the people.  We have a lot to be proud of with our Wesleyan/Methodist heritage.

 

Pastor Fred

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Let Us Pray / Gathering Prayer

Merciful God,
help us become the people you have created us to be.
We yearn to build communities of love,
but it is easier to tear down then to build up.
We long for the healing of the nations,
but it’s easier to harm than to heal.
We want to bear our grief with dignity,
but it is satisfying to parade our wounds for all to see.
Bind up our spirits, Gracious one,
that we might reconcile with those who have caused us pain.
Help us cast aside the things that chain our spirits {a}

Opening Hymn 


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Call to Worship

 

Have you heard the good news?
Christ calls us to be people of light.
Have you felt the good news?
God offers us His love and grace.
Have you lived the good news?
Come! Let us worship the Lord
The night is long gone.
Let us take up our work as children of light
by sharing signs of Christ’s peace with one another.
Please greet one another in the Spirit of Christ.
By Announcing “Peace be with you”! {a}
Amen 

Scripture Reading

Genesis 28:10-15

10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. 12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

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Worship Hymn

 

 

 

 

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Gospel Reading Mark 12:28-33 

 

The Greatest Commandment

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

The Word of God for the People of God-Thanks Be to God 

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Junior Sermon

The disciples were going to the other side of the lake in their boat, the wind came up and the water began to get rough. The disciples became afraid that their boat would sink and they would be drowned. Then they looked, and they saw Jesus coming toward them and he was walking on the water. 

What would do if you saw someone walking in a storm on the water?

When Peter saw Jesus, he became excited and he said to him, "Lord, if that's really you, let me walk to you on the water.”
Jesus answered Peter and said, "Come."

Well Peter jumped over the side of the boat and started to run on the water to Jesus. Then he began to look around, he felt the strong winds and saw the waves and Peter became afraid.

What happened to Peter?

Peter started to sink. He cried out to Jesus, "Help, save me!" Jesus reached out his hand and saved Peter and Jesus said to him, 

"Why did you doubt?"

As long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he was walking on the water, but when he took his eyes off of Jesus, he began to sink. 

As we go through life, there will be some storms. 

We will encounter some pretty rough water. As long as we keep our eyes upon Jesus and put our trust in him, we will be okay. But when we take our eyes off of Jesus and think we can do it alone, we will surely sink! {c}
Let us Pray
Dear Jesus, when the storms of life come against us, help us to keep our eyes on you and to put our trust in you. Amen. {c}

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        Message “Stairway to Heaven” by Pastor Fred

     

      This time of year, brings us new challenges, but if we listen to God,

we hear the congratulatory whispers of our own successes.

      A while ago I introduced this congregation to the Old Testament’s story of a ladder from earth to heaven.  Remember our Old Testament reading this morning, the story of Jacob, where Jacob left Beersheba and was on his way to Haran.  That night Jacob took a stone and used it as a pillow.  Jacob dreamed of a ladder or stairway reaching up into the heavens.  On this ladder Jacob saw angels ascending to heaven and descending from heaven to earth using this ladder as a means to transport them to the earth.  I would like to think of this ladder as a stairway.

 

Not long ago I made a little joke I asked

“Why do we have a stairway to heaven, but a road to hell?”  

I think I even joked and said, “Let us not make the road into a superhighway.” 

A stairway to Heaven or a superhighway to misfortune.

Which path would the unchurched people choose?

Some people have an easier time when they help themselves more than helping people in need.  Remember that when we help others, we are truly helping ourselves.  

What do we get out of helping people in need?  So many times, we get nothing tangible.  When we help someone, hopefully, they are thankful.  Even if they are thankful there is nothing tangible, nothing you can hold in your hand.

Remember when we are helping others, we are doing God’s work.  We are helping ourselves.  

We do not need to say look at what I did! 

God knows, God sees, and most of all God understands.  I so often talk about how being Christian is hard because you cannot just do something.  Your deeds have to come from your heart.  You have to truly want to help your brothers and sisters of the world.

      Jacob’s ladder, which I’m going to call the Stairway to Heaven is a symbol.  A symbol of a way to guide us to meet our Father.  Like the proverb, of the longest journey starts with the first step.  Our assent to the Father needs to start with the first step.  Each person we help puts us a step up onto that Stairway to Heaven.  Every day we make the choice to step up or not.  I want you to think about your choices today, are you walking forward, staying where you are, or maybe taking a little step backward? 

Let us all climb this stairway to meet our Father.

Last week I said, “We as Christians know we have to follow a higher path.  Even when our choices hurt.”
“In reality, life is difficult.  Then we add the discipline that we need to be a Christian.”  We are taking another step up on that stairway.  Perhaps even starting to run.

      I said last week, “Faith is our rock, our foundation, and our ultimate armor.” Without faith, we are without purpose.  I often wonder and worry about people that just live for today.  

I often think, where are they going?  
Do they have a goal?  
Perhaps they don’t need to be anywhere, to go anywhere, however, the sad part is we all are either on the stairway to heaven or the road to misfortune. 

If they are not traveling on a stairway, then they are traveling on the road.  

So once again life depends on our choice to make a difference.  Do we step up onto the stairway or travel the road?  Life is all about our choice.

      In the past weeks, I spoke about prayer.  When we pray we are stepping up our personal connection to God on this stairway to heaven.  When we pray we are talking to our Father.

Prayer is the way that we communicate with God.  When we pray to God, we tell him that we need him.

Remember, God made man in his own image.

God has blessed us with more things than we are aware of.

What do we do,
when one of the children leaves us and we fear that they will not return. 

When our children leave us, we are sad and sometimes devastated.

How many of us would do almost anything for children?

Good or bad, we still would do almost anything for them.

God knows what’s good and bad for all of us and he never does anything against us.

Prayer can be like a telephone call to God. 

How many of us long for the call from our children saying, “Hey daddy, hey mommy how are you today?” NOW “I’m doing just wonderful.”

We need and want these calls from our children.

      We are in God’s image, is there any wonder that God waits for our call,
is there any wonder that God waits for our prayer no matter what the prayer is about?

Each time we pray we take another step up our personal Stairway to Heaven.

As parents,
we want to know that our children love us.

As parents there’s very little we wouldn’t do for our children.  Are we wise enough to know what’s good for them?

We must remember that God is forgiving.  When we forgive as God forgives, we will take another step up on our personal stairway to heaven.

 

      I have told you in the past that, I think all of us would like to believe that we are wise.  We learn from our experiences, what works best and what works the least.  

We need to be humble and we need to realize that we are wise not just because we have experienced life.  

We are wise because we have learned from life.  We are wise when we humble ourselves to God.

We are wise when we understand that all wisdom comes from God.

Despite the mistakes that we make we can always rely upon God to always put us back on the right path.”

We are wise when we learn from life.

We understand that all wisdom comes from God and despite our mistakes, God will always love us.

  God always gives us the choice to travel up to the next step of our own personal stairway to heaven.

      Today, we need to thank God that most of us if not all of us will never have to worry about where our next meal will come from.  There has to be more to life than our culinary choices!  We cannot live by just material substance alone.  

 

John 6:27 “Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.  For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.”

35 Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

 

Trust in the Lord, and the rewards will feed and quench your thirst.

When we hunger for a life with our Lord and Savior, we bolt up another step on our personal stairway toward Heaven.


When we follow the ways of God, we help and support our fellow man, and love our neighbor.  We are traveling that stairway to heaven.

We will reap what we sow.

Not only happiness but eternal life.

 

      The best way to climb our own personal stairway to heaven is to worship and follow Jesus’s the great commandment. 

Matthew 22: 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
“To love thy neighbor as I loved you.”

      We have covered a way to follow God.  The symbol of the stairway to heaven can be used as a way to worship God.  For when we follow his teachings we are truly worshiping Him.    

      We use the symbol of the stairway leading up to heaven, leading up to goodness, leading up to our father.  

This symbol can be used in our daily life as easily as asking ourselves if we want to step up, step down, or stay the same? Let us pray. Amen.

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Closing Prayer

Closing Prayer:   

Father, God of all.  We confess to you that there are times when we want to be better.  We find climbing your stairway difficult, we take for granted your gifts. 

We fail to realize that you want us to love others as you love them.  Forgive us, show us mercy let our hearts break so that your love may enter and move through us.  Give us the wisdom, the courage, and the faith to walk in the steps of Jesus as we follow your son to the stairway. Amen

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A Pastoral Prayer

Father, we love to say, “I may forgive, but I’ll never forget!” And we think that we are truly following the ways of Christ. How blind we are, O Lord. Forgiveness means wiping the slate clean, not retaining the hurt. It works both ways: letting ourselves make a decision for healing and reaching out to the one who has hurt us to offer forgiveness and redemption. None of us is perfect. We know that. But Jesus reminded us that love is the ruling component in lives of faithful living. 

 

Father, help us, O Lord, really receive the love that you have lavished upon us. Help us understand that love as an agent of forgiveness. As we have brought before you the names of people and situations that are on our hearts, we seek your healing mercies and tender love for them. Remind us that the same mercy and love is continually offered to us, though we falter and fail, though we seek and strive. Be with us, gracious Lord, all of our days. AMEN. {c}

Individual Prayers
 

WE NEED PRAYER WARRIORS WHO WILL PRAY. -
WITH LIFE IN JESUS - NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!!!"

WE NEED PRAYER WARRIORS WHO WILL PRAY. - WITH LIFE IN JESUS - NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!!!" 
Rebbeca & Greg;Scott B; Bob M; Heather; Roberta; Jynn; Glen; Jillian; Diane;
Scott Brogan; Willian Iliff; Jillian; Glenn; Diane; Judy; Ralf;
Mellisa;Noah;Betty Drake family; Daisy; Autumn; Rosa; Heather; Lynn;
Hunter Family; Theobauld Family; Rissi Family; Jaskot Family; Barbara
Mackenzie; Glenn; Jillian; Lisa; Rosa; Peg; Kevin; Bernice; Daisy; Katlin;
Leslie; Joseph; Carol; Ileana; Kim; Matt; Ralph; Erma; Lee; Nathen;
Cecila Family; Lee; Hyche Family; Carol Jean; Autumn; Tom; Lynda;
Maureen LaSala; Michael Thum; US Citizens abroad; Jackie Jaskot; Amy;
Fred Kattermann; Jackie & Jessica & Jeff Jaskot; Oivia & Atticas Owen;
Metthew Wheeler; Sandy; Larry: Joanne P; Liz & Jade; Lesie & Katlin
Julie S;Rick J; Hunter Family; Afghanistan’s People; Our US Borders
Rachel Ann; Frank Gibbs Family; Kathleen with Cancer; Grandchildren
The Loss Family; Diane; Collin; Melissa; Roberto; Matt & Leah; Mark

Rich Pumphrey; Katlin; Jade; Treasa; Bill Deuche; Joseph; Leslie; Liz
Family of Peter Hartman; Scott Brogan; Tom; Joan Rizza; Joe Rizzi
Victoria Gardener; Scott Theobald; Donna & John; Kayle & Emily;

Leslie; Katlin; Stan jr & Stam Sr.; Amy Garret; Sarah Armstrong; Claudia;
Steven and Maggie Rizzi; Pam Cochrane; John Higgins; Laux Family
Family of Erma Hovencamp; Family of Paul Behrens; Sally; Leslie;
James Bello; Hevener family; Don; Drake Family; Pitenger Family
Family of Alexis Kim Lach; Family of Paul Behrens; Izabela; Lucy; Karen

Jesus was praying, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him,
“Lord, teach us to pray,”

Please join me in the Lord’s Prayer, the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to pray. 
Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say:

 

 

THE LORD'S PRAYER.                                                           PLAY VIDEO BELOW

Our Father,
who art in heaven, 
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. 
And forgive us our trespasses, 
as we forgive those that trespass against us. 
And lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil. 
For thine is the kingdom, 
and the power, 
and the glory, 
forever.

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Offering Prayer

With hearts filled with song, let us bring forth our gifts and offer Christ are very lives, that God may work miracles of hope through giving in our living. {a}

Closing Hymn

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Benediction   

God has put a new song in our hearts.
We go to sing a new song to the Lord.
God has put a song of justice and peace in our souls.
We go to bring a new song to the world.
God has put a song of joy in our very being.
We go to live a new song with every step we take. {a}
“Now Let us Go out and show The World who the People of Christ, truly are”


 
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Our Church Number is 2058. 

 

Thank you in advance, Pastor Fred.

 

 

Footnotes

{a} https://www.ministrymatters.com
{b} https://www.biblegateway.com

{c} Abington Worship Annual 2021
{d} Abington Preaching Annual 2021
{e} Prayers of the People-Richard J. Einerson
{f} https://www.Sermons4Kids.com

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