Sunday Worship July 12, 2020

Dear Friends,

The worship service for Sunday, July 12 will be available for viewing on Facebook or YouTube at 10:00 am using the following link:

https://youtu.be/cyl4SV9tbQk

Our Church Council will be meeting on Monday, July 13 to work on the reopening plan for in-person worship.  There are several options to be considered.  One is an outdoor worship in the early evening shade throughout the summer.  Another is to reopen the sanctuary for in-person worship in August, or September.  As soon as a decision is made we will get word out to you.  Please keep us in prayer as we explore our options given the state and conference restrictions.

Please be aware that no one is allowed in the education wing of the building when our preschool is in session according to our NJ State Inspector.  Currently our pre-school hours are Monday – Thursday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Our Thrift Shop has reopened with safety precautions.  We’re allowed to have 4 people at a time in the shop and everyone must wear masks.  The hours of operation are Thursdays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturdays 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  We are only accepting donations during open hours.

Thank you for your continued support of our church ministries.  Thank you for those who have been sharing our online worship services with friends and extended family.

Your financial contributions are greatly appreciated, and help us reach out in mission to our community and beyond.  Your gifts may be mailed to UMC at Newfoundland, P.O. Box 288, Newfoundland, NJ 07435.  Or if you prefer to use a debit or credit card, donations can be made online through our conference website at gnjumc.org/onlinegiving.  Our church number is 2040, and we’re in the Skylands District.

If you would like to sing along with our Sunday worship, here are the lyrics:

Opening Song              “Be Still, My Soul”                 UMH #534

          BE STILL, MY SOUL: THE LORD IS ON YOUR SIDE.

          BEAR PATIENTLY THE CROSS OF GRIEF OR PAIN;

          LEAVE TO YOUR GOD TO ORDER AND PROVIDE;

          IN EVERY CHANGE GOD FAITHFUL WILL REMAIN.

          BE STILL, MY SOUL: YOUR BEST, YOUR HEAVENLY FRIEND

          THROUGH THORNY WAYS LEADS TO A JOYFUL END.

          BE STILL, MY SOUL; YOUR GOD WILL UNDERTAKE

          TO GUIDE THE FUTURE, AS IN AGES PAST.

          YOUR HOPE, YOUR CONFIDENCE LET NOTHING SHAKE;

          ALL NOW MYSTERIOUS SHALL BE BRIGHT AT LAST.

          BE STILL, MY SOUL: THE WAVES AND WINDS STILL KNOW

          THE CHRIST WHO RULED THEM WHILE HE DWELT BELOW.

          BE STILL, MY SOUL: THE HOUR IS HASTENING ON

          WHEN WE SHALL BE FOREVER WITH THE LORD,

          WHEN DISAPPOINTMENT, GRIEF, AND FEAR ARE GONE,

          SORROW FORGOT, LOVE’S PUREST JOYS RESTORED.

          BE STILL, MY SOUL: WHEN CHANGE AND TEARS ARE PAST,

          ALL SAFE AND BLESSED WE SHALL MEET AT LAST.

Hymn of Preparation            “My Life Flows On (How Can I Keep From Singing”           FWS #2212

          MY LIFE FLOWS ON IN ENDLESS SONG,

          ABOVE EARTH’S LAMENTATION.

          I HEAR THE CLEAR, THOUGH FAR-OFF HYMN

          THAT HAILS A NEW CREATION.

          THROUGH ALL THE TUMULT AND THE STRIFE,

          I HEAR THAT MUSIC RINGING.

          IT FINDS AN ECHO IN MY SOUL.

          HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING?

          WHAT THOUGH MY JOYS AND COMFORTS DIE?

          I KNOW MY SAVIOR LIVETH.

          WHAT THOUGH THE DARKNESS GATHER ROUND?

          SONGS IN THE NIGHT HE GIVETH.

          NO STORM CAN SHAKE MY INMOST CALM

          WHILE TO THAT ROCK I’M CLINGING.

          SINCE LOVE IS LORD OF HEAVEN AND EARTH,

          HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING?

          I LIFT MY EYES; THE CLOUD GROWS THIN;

          I SEE THE BLUE ABOVE IT;

          AND DAY BY DAY THIS PATHWAY SMOOTHS,

          SINCE FIRST I LEARNED TO LOVE IT,

          THE PEACE OF CHRIST MAKES FRESH MY HEART,

          A FOUNTAIN EVER SPRINGING;

          ALL THINGS ARE MINE SINCE I AM HIS!

          HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING?

Closing Hymn               “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”               FWS #2158

          I AM WEAK, BUT THOU ART STRONG;

          JESUS, KEEP ME FROM ALL WRONG;

          I’LL BE SATISFIED AS LONG

          AS I WALK, LET ME WALK CLOSE TO THEE.

          [Refrain]

         JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE,

          GRANT IT, JESUS, IS MY PLEA,

          DAILY WALKING CLOSE TO THEE:

          LET IT BE, DEAR LORD, LET IT BE.

          THROUGH THIS WORLD OF TOIL AND SNARES,

          IF I FALTER, LORD WHO CARES?

          WHO WITH ME MY BURDEN SHARES?

          NONE BUT THEE, DEAR LORD, NONE BUT THEE.

          [Refrain]

          WHEN THIS FEEBLE LIFE IS O’ER,

          TIME FOR ME WILL BE NO MORE;

          GUIDE ME GENTLY, SAFELY O’ER

          TO THY SHORE, DEAR LORD, TO THY SHORE.

          [Refrain]

Stay safe and healthy!

Blessings,

Rev. Jenn