St Paul’s United Methodist Church
Socorro, New Mexico
All in-person activities at St Pauls UMC have been suspended until November 30th in respect for those in our communities who have no choice about quarantining. The online activities listed below will continue as planned.
Mid-week Pastor’s Newsletter and Devotions
Thursday Morning Bible Study 10AM (Zoom)
Thursday Evening Women’s Bible Study 6PM (Zoom)
Sunday Online Service will be posted for Sunday morning and a Worship Guide provided via Mailchimp and this website.
Worship Guide – November 15, 2020
Prepare your hearts for worship.
Create in Me a Clean Heart
Welcome and Opening Prayer
As we worship together at home, let us give thanks for our community and greet each other online, if possible, or with a phone call, text message or handwritten note later.
Let us also give thanks for God’s faithfulness and provision. You are invited to contribute to the mission of your local church by writing a check or giving online. Contributions to the mission of St. Paul’s UMC, Socorro, by mailing a check to 1000 Goad St., Socorro, NM 87801 or giving online via our website, spumc-socorro.org.
O Lord, we gratefully acknowledge the gifts you have given to each of us for service in your world. Gifts of teaching, healing, inspiring, challenging and creating are all among the myriad of things you have placed in our lives. Direct our lives to use these gifts as we reach out to our neighborhood and nation, witnessing to your love and your healing mercy. We pray this in Jesus’ name. AMEN.
Song of Praise
Praise to the Lord the Almighty, UMH #139
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Prayer of Thanksgiving (From UM Book of Worship, #553)
O Lord our God, the author and giver of all good things,
we thank you for all your mercies
And for your loving care over all your creatures.
We bless you for the gift of life,
For your protection round about us,
For your guiding hand upon us,
And for the tokens of your love within us.
We thank you for your friendship and duty,
For good hopes and precious memories,
For the joys that cheer us.
And the trials that teach us to trust in you,
Most of all thank you for the healing of Jesus,
For the living presence of your Spirit, the Comforter,
For your church, the body of Christ,
For the ministry of your Word and Sacrement,
And all the means of Grace.
In all these things, O heavenly God,
Make us wise for a right use of your benefits,
That we may render an acceptable thanksgiving until you,
in all circumstances,
All the days of our lives.
In the name of Jesus we pray…
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, the power and the glory forever. Amen
Our Prayers and Petitions
We respond, “Lord, hear our prayers.”
Generous God, your good gifts are too many to name! We have been so blessed, not so that we might hide away these blessings, but to use them so that the blessings may be multiplied. As we give from our blessing stockpile, help it to multiply and grow. May our gifts empower multiple acts of mercy and compassion. In the name of God the Father we pray. Amen.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
Song of Worship
“I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light” UMH #206
Go forth into God’s world as children of the light, offering ministries of hope and healing to a hurting world. Go forth filled with God’s abundant love. Go forth in peace. AMEN.
- Mid-week Pastor’s Newsletter (MailChimp)
- Pastor’s Office Hours – Thursday, Nov 19th Pastor working from home today
- Thursday Morning Bible Study 10am (Zoom) email email@example.com to be added to the group
- Women’s Bible Study 6pm (Zoom) email Darla Bejnar (firstname.lastname@example.org)to be added to the group
- Sunday Worship Nov. 22nd (via YouTube) available by 10am Sunday morning along with a Worship Guide posted here and via MailChimp.
Help us help our community by giving online
We have activated our online giving system and we hope that you will use the button below to access the Online Giving page. Because we are obligated to provide a record of your donations you will need to register for this online service and set the parameters for your account. We are hoping that you will take advantage of this service especially while we are practicing “social distancing”. You can choose from credit and debit cards, ACH direct withdrawal and text messaging. All of these services require a small fee. Please help us get as much of your donation to St Paul’s as possible by using the ACH method if you can (it has the lowest fees) and/or agreeing to pay the extra fee involved. This will mean so very much to our mission programs. If you need help please contact us at: Online Giving Help
Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Wouldn’t it be nice to hear from our St. Paul’s musicians? If you are a musician and would like to share a song, hymn, etc. with the congregation, there is a way to do this. We can post your musical offering to the website, on our YouTube channel and Facebook page. If you would be willing to share your talent with us, please let me and/or Lynn know. If the technical aspect of sharing online is daunting, our resident sound man, Steve Hunyady, has graciously offered to help. You may reach Steve at email@example.com or 505-450-3239. I know that our congregation would love to see familiar faces.
I still have plenty of room for Front Porch or Zoom visits. If you would like to visit with me, please sign up at the blue box below. If you want to drop by the church on a Thursday for a few minutes, feel free to do so, but call me to make sure I am in the building. You may always reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 575-322-0528.
Stay safe. Wear your masks, wash your hands, and take care of yourselves. May your week be filled with love and joy.
Grace, peace and elbows,