The New Normal: Handwashing (Worship video for August 20)

Join us for worship this week using this video. We are changing our format, so the video includes only the Scripture and sermon. You will need the order of worship that can be found here for a full worship experience.

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Order of Worship for Sept 20, 2020

This will be our order of worship for Sunday,  Sept 20.  You can download the order from this link, or you can follow along below.

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The New Normal: Masks (Worship for September 13)

Join us this morning for worship, either here, using the video below, or in person in Lanesboro (9:30 am) or Glidden (10:30 am). Masks are required for in person worship. We did not post an order of worship this week.

Copyright info: “They’ll Know We Are Christians” : Words: ©1966 F.E.L. Publications. Assigned 1991 The Lorenz Corporation; Music: ©1966 F.E.L. Publications. Assigned 1991 The Lorenz Corporation. “Gift of Love”: Words: ©1972 Hope Publishing Company Music: ©1972, 2015, 2018 Hope Publishing. Both permission through CCLI licenses 20262915 and 20262881. The Common English Bible is ©2011 and is used by permission.

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Labor Day Worship

Our worship video for September 6. “Lord of All Hopefulness” is ©1931, 1982 Oxford University Press. “Sent out in Jesus’ Name” is 1991 Abingdon Press. Both are Used by permission through CCLI licenses 20262915 and 2026288.SHOW LESS

An order of worship can be found here.

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Order of Worship for Sept. 6, 2020

This will be our order of worship for Sunday,  September 6.  You can download the order from this link, or you can follow along below.

An Order for Worship in the Home: September 6, 2020

Labor Day Weekend

This is our worship service for September 6, designed for home use.  If you have internet access, you are invited use this order of worship in conjunction with our worship video which will be posted early on Sunday morning to our website ( and to our Facebook pages.  If you don’t have internet access, this service is designed so you can use it to worship at home on your own. 


Choose a place in your home to worship. If possible, place a candle where you can see it.  Have matches or a lighter handy.  If you don’t have a candle, consider using a cross or some other object that will remind you of God’s presence.  Set a Bible close at hand, perhaps already open to Deuteronomy 5:12.


Gather around the worship space you have created.  If you live alone—or even if you don’t—remember that we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses. (Hebrews 12:1).

Light the candle (if you are using one), remembering Jesus is the light of the world and is with us.  If you don’t have a candle, spend a few breaths focusing on the object you are using to remind you of God’s presence.

Name those you wish could be present with you in body but are not: these may be family and friends who are living or loved ones who have died and now live in God’s presence. 

Take three slow, deep breaths to help center yourself.

OPENING PRAYER1 (from a church wall in Mexico)

Give us, Señor, a little sun, a little happiness, and some work.

Give us a heart to comfort those in pain.

Give us the ability to be good, strong, wise, and free,

         so that we may be as generous with others as we are with ourselves.

Finally, Señor, let us all live as your own one family.  Amen.

HYMN:  Lord of All Hopefulness2

SCRIPTURE Deuteronomy 5:12–14; Ecclesiastes 2:18–23 and 3:9–13


Questions for Reflection:  If not using the video reflect on these questions either on your own or—if you are more than one gathered—together.  You might want to journal on them.  If you are watching the video, you might want to return to the Scripture and these questions during your prayer time later in the week.

What are some of the best ways for you to rest and relax?

How did your family observe (or not observe) the sabbath growing up?

How easy or hard is it for you to take sabbath or rest time?

Growing up, what was your family’s attitude toward work?

How do you honor or connect with God during rest and relaxation?  During your work?


If you are using the video to guide your worship, respond to “Lord in your mercy” with “Hear our prayer.”

Pray for those in need.  You might include:

         Prayers for those who are sick

         Prayers for those who have lost loved ones

         Prayers for healthcare workers

         Pray concerns listed in this week’s Scripture and Prayers guide


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 who 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, amen.

HYMN:  Sent Out in Jesus Name3


Go in peace, in the love of God, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.


1 The United Methodist Book of Worship, ©1992 The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by Permission.

2 ©1931, 1982 Oxford University Press.

3 1991 Abingdon Press.

Scriptures and Prayers for September 6-12, 2020

 ScripturePray ForGive Thanks For
SundayDeuteronomy 5:12–14Pastors and other church workersSabbath
MondayEcclesiastes 2:18–23FirefightersWater
TuesdayEcclesiastes 3:9–1Retail workersShelter
WednesdayNehemiah 13:15–22Hospital staffHealing
ThursdayAmos 8:4–8Restaurant workersService
FridayMark 2:23–28Farmers and farm workersFood
SaturdayLuke 13:10–17Law EnforcementRules

Questions for reflection on the Scriptures

What does the passage say about Sabbath, rest, and/or work?

What words or phrases stand out to you?  Why do you think that is?

What do you think God is trying to tell you with this passage?

Prayer (feel free to use your own words instead!)

Gracious and loving God,

   we thank you for all the ways you provide for us, especially……

   we ask that you grant your mercy and your strength to all people, especially……

   hear all the concerns and burdens of our hearts…….

We ask all these things in the name of Jesus, who lived and died for us.


Announcements for the week of Sept. 6 to Sept. 12

Parish Announcements

Pastor Lorinda will be on vacation starting Tuesday, Sept.8 through Friday, Sept. 11. Pastor Terry Plocher of the First UMC in Carroll (319/240-8524) will be on call for her for pastoral emergencies.

Take a selfie with you (and your household) wearing your favorite mask(s) and send it to Pastor Lorinda (text to 319-330-2220, email to, or send it by Facebook Messenger).   These will be part of our worship experience on September 13.  Due to Pastor Lorinda’s vacation that week, please get them in by September 5 if at all possible.

“Have Chair Will Travel” continues: Cindy has been calling to arrange some visits, but if you would like Pastor Lorinda and her Chatting Chair to visit your yard for a chat, please call Pastor Lorinda (319-330-2220) to arrange a time.  No calls (except emergencies) on Mondays, please, as that is her Sabbath day.

Calendar Change: Pastor Lorinda and her chatting chair WILL NOT be at Lohrville on September 25; instead she will be there on September 23, 1:30-4:00 p.m.

Remember in your prayers:

Parish wide: Those affected by storms, family and friends of J H

Lohrville: D F, L W

Lanesboro: A B, J S, S B

Glidden: S D family and friends (sister of Renee Richardson); C S

If you  have prayer concerns you would like our parish to raise up, contact Secretary Cindy at: Individual names will NOT appear in the version of these materials that are posted on our website or Facebook.

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For Such a Time as This: Relief from Enemies, Time to Party

Our worship video for August 30. Join us and learn about Purim and partying that happens after an injustice has been reversed. You can find our order of worship here.

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Order of Worship for August 30, 2020

This will be our order of worship for Sunday,  August, 30.  You can download the order from this link, or you can follow along below.

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For Such a Time As This: Too Much Pride Not Enough Empathy

Welcome to our worship service for August 23!  If possible, please put a greeting in the comments so that we know you were here!  You can find the order of worship here.  If you feel called to give to the work of one of our congregations, click on the Donate link above.

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Order of Worship for August 23, 2020

This will be our order of worship for Sunday,  August 23.  You can download the order from this link, or you can follow along below.

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For Such a Time as This: Approaching the King

Our worship video for August 16.  You can find the order of worship here.  If you feel called to give an offering, click the “Donate” button above.

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