If you are joining us in person, the service is at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
Our Mission: “The Red Lodge Community Church, United Church of Christ, welcomes all people to gather for worship, fellowship and to study God’s Word. We seek to be servants of our Lord in the care of all people.”
Land Acknowledgement: We acknowledge, with humility, that the land upon which we worship today was once the land of the Apsaalooke People, those who we now know as the Crow People. Their stewardship and relationship with the land is the stewardship and relationship that we hope to honor with the mission of this church.
Honor of Fanny Crosby
Fanny Crosby (March 24, 1820-February 12, 1915) was an American mission worker, poet, lyricist, and Composer. She wrote more than 8,000 hymns and gospel songs with more than 100 million copies printed. She was born Frances Jane Crosby in Brewster 50 miles north of NYC. At six weeks old Crosby caught a cold and developed inflammation of the eyes, Mustard poultices was used as treatment that damaged her optic nerves and blinded her. Crosby enrolled at the New York Institution for the Blind in 1835. During her eight years as a student, she learned to play the piano, organ, harp, and guitar and became a good soprano singer. After graduation she joined a lobbyist group in Washington, D.C. supporting the education for the blind. She was the first woman to speak in the United States Senate where she read a poem. She was among students from NYIB to give a concert for Congress on January 24, 1844. Crosby was a longtime member of the Sixth Avenue Bible Baptist Church. She served as a Baptist missionary, deaconess, and lay preacher. She wrote hymns with her minister Robert Lowry. Crosby described her hymn-writing process s a little old fashioned, but never undertook a hymn without first asking the good Lord to be her inspiration. Crosby is probably best known for her hymns, but primarily waned to be seen as a rescue mission worker. Fanny hymn writing declined in later years, but she was active in speaking engagements and missionary work in American’s urban poor until she died.
Prelude: "Blessed Assurance" Played by Dr. Lynell Kruckeberg (piano) & Pastor Pam Peterson (flute)
Welcome and Announcements!
Processional "This Little Light of Mine" Bell Ringing
Sacred Text Acts 17: 29-31 29 Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. 30 While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead
Revelation 7: 9-14 The Multitude from Every Nation 9 After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10 They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 singing, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” 13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. 16 They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; 17 for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Opening Hymn: UMC#98 “To God be the Glory”
Call to Worship
One: Blessed assurance! All: Come, let us worship the Lord in song! One: Blessed assurance! All: Come, let us submit in perfect delight! One: Blessed assurance! All: Come, let us tell our stories, One: Blessed assurance! All: All the day long!
Invitation to the Table Communion Service In Song UMC#301 “Keep Me Near the Cross” v. 1,4
Prayer of Community & Prayer of the People In Song UMC#351 v 1,4 “Pass Me Not"
Invitation to the Offering & Prayer of Dedication In Song UMC#591 “Rescue the Perishing” v. 1,3, &4
A Message with the Children “What’s an Image” Pastor Pam Peterson
Hymn: UMC#407 “Close to Thee”
Sermon: “Blessed in Our Assurance” Pastor Pam Peterson
Closing Hymn: UMC#419 v. 1, 2,&4 “I am Thine Lord”
Participating in Today’s Service Worship Leader & Flute –Pastor Pam Peterson Acolytes - Eliza Seifert and Samarra Quick Liturgist -Mark Sechler
Choir Director – Marty Clague Pianist - Dr. Lynell Kruckeberg RLCC Choir – Russ Born, Martha Brown, Julia Childs, JoAnn Eder, Lori Floyd, Libby Gardner, Steve Hanson, Sharyn McKenzie, Alan Schulyer, Mark Sechler, Karen Simmons
Videography, Audio, and Tech Support – Jay West, Janet Campiglia, and Pastor Pam
Red Lodge Community Church, United Church of Christ
PO Box 786, 308 South Broadway Avenue Red Lodge, MT 59068 406-446-1444