It’s Not Fair – Rev. Ross Furio
May 23, 2022
Join us Sunday at 10:00 am CST for our Sunday Traditional Worship Service broadcast live from our Sanctuary.
Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 22, 2022
The Altar flowers are dedicated to the Glory of God, and in honor of Mike, Julie, Lena and Davis Holly by Connie Wright.
A personal prayer to help you prepare your heart and mind for worship this morning:
Astonishing God, you give us a vision of the heavenly city, the new Jerusalem, your home among mortals on earth. All people and nations will stream to your city where they will find nourishment, healing, and peace. Even now your blessing shines upon all the earth to help us see a larger vision of your loving care for all creation. And so you call us to move beyond our comfortable circles, and into unfamiliar places, as we seek to share your dream of a world made new in Christ. Amen.
Welcome and Announcements
*Hymn of Praise No.127
“Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah,
pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but thou art mighty;
hold me with thy powerful hand.
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,
feed me till I want no more;
feed me till I want no more.
Open now the crystal fountain,
whence the healing stream doth flow;
let the fire and cloudy pillar
lead me all my journey through.
Strong deliverer, strong deliverer,
be thou still my strength and shield;
be thou still my strength and shield.
When I tread the verge of Jordan,
bid my anxious fears subside;
death of death and hell’s destruction,
land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to thee;
I will ever give to thee.
*Affirmation of Faith
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
*The Gloria Patri No. 70
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Call to Confession
Do not let your hearts be troubled, but confess your sins and God will give you peace. Therefore, let us confess our sin to God and our neighbor as we pray together the Prayer of Confession:
Prayer of Confession
Loving God, we confess that we are an anxious people who deny your blessing and fail to keep your word. Forgive us, we pray, for these and all our sins, that we might live in peace and reflect your love in the world; through Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
Declaration of Forgiveness
Let your hearts be still, for God loves you and forgives all your wrongdoing. Beloved, receive the peace of Christ. Amen.
Presenting Bibles to our Kindergartners
Concerns of the Church Family
Silent Prayer/Pastoral Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer
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.
Children’s Church Dismissal
Elementary age children are invited to attend Children’s Church. They will leave through the rear of the Sanctuary and return to the Narthex (gathering space outside of the Sanctuary) immediately after the worship service.
“Do You Know My Jesus”
Randy Morrison-Director, Alice Marie Morrison-Accompanist
Scripture Reading: Matthew 20:1-16
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around, and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’ When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received a denarius. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received a denarius. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
L: The Word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.
“What Is Fair?”
“Do You Believe This?”
*Doxology No. 95
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
*Hymn of Commitment No.571
“Go Make of All Disciples”
“Go, make of all disciples.” We hear the call, O Lord,
that comes from thee, our Father, in thy eternal Word.
Inspire our ways of learning through earnest, fervent prayer,
and let our daily living reveal thee everywhere.
“Go, make of all disciples,” baptizing in the name
of Father, Son, and Spirit, from age to age the same.
We call each new disciple to follow thee, O Lord,
redeeming soul and body by water and the Word.
“Go, make of all disciples.” We at thy feet would stay
until each life’s vocation accents thy holy way.
We cultivate the nature God plants in every heart,
revealing in our witness the master teacher’s art.
“Go, make of all disciples.” We welcome thy command.
“Lo, I am with you always.” We take thy guiding hand.
The task looms large before us; we follow without fear;
in heaven and earth thy power shall bring God’s kingdom here.
*Sending Forth with Blessing
Give Before You Go
As we approach the summer months, please remember that giving during the summer often drops off as people are away on vacation. During the summer, many vital ministries occur such as Vacation Bible School, summer camps, Wednesdays with Friends, Adult Vacation Bible School, and mission trips. We barely slow down at all. There are several ways that you can help during the summer months:
Food Insecurity Presented by the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama
On May 23rd at 10:00 a.m., please join United Women in Faith in the Chapel for a program on Food Insecurity. The program presented by the Community Foodbank of Central Birmingham will describe food insecurity in our community and give us information on how we can help fight hunger. Did you know that the parents or guardians of nearly 73,000 children in Central Alabama say their children sometimes skip meals, do not eat for a whole day or go hungry because there is not enough money to buy food for the household? Did you know that more than 232,000 children, seniors, veterans, & neighbors are food insecure in Central Alabama? Come learn how you can help!
May Missions Focus — Ukraine
You can help the people of Ukraine! United Methodists and others wishing to provide humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian people may contribute to Advance #982450, UMCOR International Disaster Response and Recovery. One hundred percent of all Advance contributions go to the designated cause. Your donation will provide direct assistance to those in Ukraine as well as assistance to Ukrainians fleeing to neighboring countries. Gifts to support the people of Ukraine can be made in the following ways: Online at umcmission.org/advance-project/982450, by toll-free telephone: 888-252-6174, or by a check made out to BPUMC with “Ukraine” written on the memo line. Drop the check in the offering plate or give it to the church office.
Bluff Park UMC’s Vacation Bible School is July 18-22 (Mon-Fri) from 8:30am-12:00pm. It is for rising 4K-5th Grade and is FREE!! Kids who attend will play games, hear amazing Bible stories, sing songs, experience cool science experiments, make crafts, and so much more! To register for VBS, please visit our church’s website at bluffparkumc.org/kids. We also need a lot of volunteers. We need support people and Crew Leaders! We will get you all trained up and ready to go in time for the best week of your life! Even if you can only do one day we still need your help! Visit bluffparkumc.org/vbs-volunteer or email Melissa Hendon at email@example.com to sign up. Let’s join together and welcome our community kids with all of the inspiration and fun that VBS can offer!
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We would love to pray you. Submit a prayer request below and our team with be praying for you. You can also pray for other needs posted below.
The people of Ukraine, Amy Patterson, the family Pony Green, Pat Westbrook, Lois Truss, Joe Campbell, Amanda Vinson, Pan Cahoon, Michele Cahoon, Matt and Pat Reeder, Sara Perry, Barbara Wilson, Sylvia Harper, Ray and Janaan Williams, Roy Shanlever, Tom and Jean Roberts, Sam Hutcheson, Fred Stephens, Betsy Delionback, Todd McGarity, Stokley and Sandra Morgan, Frances Bellows, Catherine Hallmark, Bobbye Guyton, Bobbie Moore, Pam Phagan, Ann Gilliland, Glynda Culver, Wanda Strong, Nell Smith, Lisa Avant, Gail Cooch, AV and Mary Marlow, Bill and Peggy Fields, Jackie Causey, Mildred Stokes, Pam Parker, Gayle Pierce, Joan Cook, Butch Hopper, Kathy Bains, Kandis Scudder, Jackie Fort, Jamie Howell, Jim Ketchersid, Juanita Knight, Peggy Williams, Myra Gray, Maya Wright, David Walker, Carolin Platt, Roxie and Larry Langham, Dot Watterson, Pauline Hendricks, Charlotte Word, John McCrary, Elizabeth Hill and family, Linda Phillips, Connie Steele.
Prayers for Our World:
For the those living in the poorest countries in Africa where the yearly per capita income is $303 in the South Sudan; $351 in Malawi; $430 in the Central African Republic; $449 in The Democratic Republic of the Congo; $459 in Madagascar; $477 in Nigeria… This meager income must feed, water, house, and school a family for the year.
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