Happy 4th and Sunday Worship

Dear Friends,

In honor of our Independence Day my husband Rich and my daughter Anna sang our National Anthem and I recorded it in front of our new flagpole (honoring our veterans).  You can watch the video on this link:  https://youtu.be/Hf5hful0xhg

Our Church Council is fine-tuning the re-opening plan for in-person worship.  We hope to be able to gather again safely in our sanctuary later this month.  Please keep your church leaders in prayer as we perfect our plan.

I thank all of you who continue to support the mission and ministry of Christ in the world through your generous giving to our church.  Checks can be mailed to UMC at Newfoundland at PO Box 288, Newfoundland, NJ 07435; or if you prefer to make a donation with your credit or debit card you can go to gnjumc.org/onlinegiving and make your donation online.  Our church number is 2040 and we are in the Skylands District.

This Sunday’s Worship will be available for viewing at 10:00 am on Facebook and YouTube using the following link:  https://youtu.be/hiwI0MG0ERQ

For those of you who enjoy singing along with us at home, here are the lyrics for the hymns:

Opening Song              “This Land is Your Land”                by Woody Guthrie

          [Refrain]

          THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND, THIS LAND IS MY LAND

          FROM CALIFORNIA TO THE NEW YORK ISLAND

          FROM THE REDWOOD FOREST TO THE GULF STREAM WATERS

          THIS LAND WAS MADE FOR YOU AND ME.

          AS I WENT WALKING THAT RIBBON OF HIGHWAY

          I SAW ABOVE ME THAT ENDLESS SKYWAY

          I SAW BELOW ME THAT GOLDEN VALLEY

          THIS LAND WAS MADE FOR YOU AND ME.

          [Refrain]

          I’VE ROAMED AND RAMBLED AND I’VE FOLLOWED MY FOOTSTEPS

          TO THE SPARKLING SANDS OF HER DIAMOND DESERTS

          AND ALL AROUND ME A VOICE WAS SOUNDING

          THIS LAND WAS MADE FOR YOU AND ME.

          [Refrain]

          WHEN THE SUN COMES SHINING AS I WAS STROLLING

          AND THE WHEAT FIELDS WAVING AND THE DUST CLOUDS ROLLING

          THE FOG WAS LIFTING A VOICE CAME CHANTING

          THIS LAND WAS MADE FOR YOU AND ME.

          [Refrain]

          IN THE SQUARES OF THE CITY – IN THE SHADOW OF THE STEEPLE

          NEAR THE RELIEF OFFICE – I SEE MY PEOPLE

          AND SOME ARE GRUMBLIN’ AND SOME ARE WONDERIN’

          IF THIS LAND’S STILL MADE FOR YOU AND ME.

          [Refrain]

Hymn of Preparation            “Stand By Me”                       UMH #512

          WHEN THE STORMS OF LIFE ARE RAGING, STAND BY ME.

          WHEN THE STORMS OF LIFE ARE RAGING, STAND BY ME.

          WHEN THE WORLD IS TOSSING ME, LIKE A SHIP UPON THE SEA,

          THOU WHO RULEST WIND AND WATER, STAND BY ME.

          IN THE MIDST OF TRIBULATION, STAND BY ME.

          IN THE MIDST OF TRIBULATION, STAND BY ME.

          WHEN THE HOST OF HELL ASSAIL, AND MY STRENGTH BEGINS TO FAIL,

          THOU WHO NEVER LOST A BATTLE, STAND BY ME.

          IN THE MIDST OF FAULTS AND FAILURES, STAND BY ME.

          IN THE MIDST OF FAULTS AND FAILURES, STAND BY ME.

          WHEN I’VE DONE THE BEST I CAN, AND MY FRIENDS MISUNDERSTAND,

          THOU WHO KNOWEST ALL ABOUT ME, STAND BY ME.

Closing Hymn               “America the Beautiful”                           UMH #696

          O BEAUTIFUL FOR SPACIOUS SKIES,

          FOR AMBER WAVES OF GRAIN;

          FOR PURPLE MOUTAIN MAJESTIES

          ABOVE THE FRUITED PLAIN!

          AMERICA!  AMERICA! 

          GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE,

          AND CROWN THY GOOD WITH BROTHERHOOD

          FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA.

          O BEAUTIFUL FOR HEROES PROVED

          IN LIBERATING STRIFE,

          WHO MORE THAN SELF THEIR COUNTRY LOVED,

          AND MERCY MORE THAN LIFE!

          AMERICA!  AMERICA! 

          MAY GOD THY GOLD REFINE,

          TILL ALL SUCCESS BE NOBLENESS,

          AND EVERY GAIN DIVINE.

          O BEAUTIFUL FOR PATRIOT DREAM

          THAT SEES BEYOND THE YEARS

          THINE ALABASTER CITIES GLEAM,

          UNDIMMED BY HUMAN TEARS!

          AMERICA!  AMERICA!

          GOD MEND THINE EVERY FLAW,

          CONFIRM THY SOUL IN SELF CONTROL,

          THY LIBERTY IN LAW.

Blessings for a safe and happy holiday weekend,

Rev. Jenn