THE GATHERING AT BLUFF PARK

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The Gathering at Bluff Park is a new modern worshiping community in the heart of Bluff Park. We exist to gather friends around God's table to find belonging, grow in faith, and serve the world. At our core is the belief that we are at our best when we are gathered around the table together, sharing a meal, and listening for God's voice in our lives. At the Gathering, there is space for you to discover deeper communion with God, your community, and the world. Come join us!

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Sixth Sunday in Easter
May 22, 2022

God Gathers Us Together

Welcome

Song: “Joy”

We Listen for God’s Word

Creed

Song: “Scandal of Grace”

Song: “King of My Heart”

Kindergarten Bible

Prayer and 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.”

Sermon

“It’s Not Fair”

We Respond to God’s Word

Song: “The Roads The Rocks and The Weeds”

We Feast at God’s Table

Confirmation for Jace

Invitation, Confession, Pardon and Peace

Prayer of Confession

L: We have not believed you or trusted in your power.
ALL: Lord, help our unbelief.
L: We have stained our souls by our action and inaction.
ALL: Cleanse us, Lord.
L: We are broken by disease, bruised by the sins of others, weakened and unable to repair ourselves.
ALL: Heal us, Lord.
L: We ignore your call to center our lives in you, and so are deaf to the hopes and cries of the poor, the sick, the needy, and the earth.
ALL: Ground us, Lord!
L: When we confess our sinful ways, God abundantly pardons.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
ALL: In the name of Jesus Christ, we are all forgiven. Glory to God!

L: The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be always with you!
ALL: And also with you.

The Great Thanksgiving

L: The Lord be with you.
ALL: And also with you.

L: Lift up your hearts.
ALL: We lift them to you, Lord.

L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
ALL: It is right to praise you, Lord.

L: It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
Always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Holy Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
From the rising of the sun to its setting
your name is praised among all peoples.

Therefore we praise you,
joining our voices with your people on earth
and all the company of heaven
who for ever sing this hymn to the glory of your name:

ALL: Holy, holy, holy, Lord,
God of power and might
Heaven and earth are full…
Full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is the One who comes
In the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna in the highest!

L: You are holy, Almighty One!
Blessed are you, Jesus Christ!
In the power of the Spirit
you created all things, blessed them, and called them good.
You called to yourself a people
To make your mercy and truth known in all the world.
We betrayed your calling;
ALL: You were faithful.
L: We wandered from the way;
ALL: You called us to return, and led us home.

L: And still we turned from your ways,
abused your creatures,
and made ourselves slaves to sin and death.

At the right time
you came and dwelt among us,
as one of us,
bringing good news to the poor,
healing the sick, raising the dead,
sharing table with the unrighteous,
and teaching the way that leads to life.

By your incarnation, life, suffering, execution and resurrection
You gave birth to your church,
delivered us from slavery
and made a new covenant with us
by water and the Spirit.

On the night of your betrayal, Lord Jesus,
you took bread, blessed it, broke it, gave it to your disciples and said,
“This is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
You did the same with the cup after the supper, saying,
“This cup that is poured out is the new covenant in my blood.”

Blessed Trinity, in remembrance of all you have done to save us,
we offer ourselves to you in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us,
as we sing (proclaim) the mystery of our faith:

ALL:
Christ has come among us. Christ has died.
Christ has risen. Christ abides with us.
Christ will come again.

L: Pour out your Spirit on us
Pour out your Spirit on these gifts
Make these gifts the body and blood of Christ
ALL: Make us, through them, Christ’s body alive in the world.

L: We thank you, Father!
ALL: Let Your Kingdom come.

L: Come, Lord Jesus!
ALL: Be our daily bread.

L: Holy Spirit!
ALL: Send us to the world.

L: Holy, Blessed Trinity!
ALL: One God forever and ever! Amen.

Tithes and Offerings

Communion

We are Sent Out to Love and Serve

Announcements

Benediction

Song: “The Roads The Rocks and The Weeds”

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:

  1. Give in full for the summer before Memorial Day.
  2. Schedule or automate your giving through Realm or through your financial institution.
  3. Drop off your giving each week or each month in the Main Office of the church. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm

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.

VBS 2022—Monumental
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 mhendon@bpumc.org to sign up. Let’s join together and welcome our community kids with all of the inspiration and fun that VBS can offer!

Thank you for supporting the ministry and mission of our church family! Click the link below to give online safely and secure through Realm

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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.

Prayer List:

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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Our Staff

Rev. Ross Furio

Associate Pastor

Davis Haines

Director of Creative Worship

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