Also, please consider joining us for our Zoom Worship Service at 10am on Sunday by clicking this link:
https://umcom.zoom.us/j/97309102821. Or, from a phone, dial: 1-301-715-8592, and enter the Meeting ID 973 0910 2821 when prompted.
Call to Worship (responsively)
One: Make a joyful nose to the Lord, all the lands!
Many: Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into God’s presence with singing!
One: Know that the Lord, who made us, is God.
Many: We are the Lord’s; we are the people of God, the sheep of God’s pasture.
One: Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving, and God’s courts with praise!
Many: Give thanks and bless God’s name!
One: For the Lord is good;
Many: God’s steadfast love endures forever; God’s faithfulness to all generations.
(Psalm 100, UMH Psalter, p. 821)
Opening Hymn Majesty, Worship His Majesty (176 UMH)
Shepherd of Israel, hear our prayer as your Son heard the plea of the criminal crucified with him. Gather into Christ's holy reign the broken, the sorrowing, and the sinner, that all may know wholeness, joy, and forgiveness. Amen. (Revised Common Lectionary Prayers)
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Refrain: On Christ the solid rock I stand! All other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand.
2) When darkness veils His lovely face I rest on His unchanging grace. In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil. His oath, His covenant, His blood, Supports me in the 'whelming flood. When all around my soul gives way He then is all my hope and stay. (Refrain)
3) When He shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in Him be found. Dressed in His righteousness alone, Faultless to stand before the throne. (Refrain)
Scripture Matthew 25:313-46 (Click for the NRSV translation)
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. Amen.
Joys, Concerns, & God Sightings
Continuing Prayers: Our Police; Baltimore; Our nation and world; The Syrian refugee crisis and Aleppo; Our homebound, Those effected by Covid-19--including medical staff, teachers, parents, children, those infected, etc.
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.
We know this is a tough time for everyone, but every little bit helps. Our preferred method of giving is by utilizing our online giving platform available with any of the green "Give" buttons located throughout our website. This is safe, secure, and gets the funds to us nearly instantly. Alternatively, you may mail your offerings to the church (3800 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211)--but there may be a delay in depositing. Lastly, please consider bringing your offerings when we resume meeting to "make up" the weeks missed. We appreciate your generosity as we seek to continue our mission and ministry throughout the community and world during this difficult time.
Doxology (94 UMH)
Prayer of Dedication
We present these gifts, O God, in the confidence that healing, hope, and wholeness will flourish through them and because of them. Amen. (W&S 107)
Closing Hymn Soon and Very Soon (706 UMH)--Stop at 2:04
UPDATE: We are worshiping remotely until further notice to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. If you have pastoral needs, please contact Pastor Bonnie directly (preferably through email or the website) so they can be addressed promptly. We have no office hours and all activities, including, but not limited to worship, Bible Study, Church Council, choir, and After School Programs are cancelled until the building re-opens, and will be on a modified schedule once we return.
Advent in a Bag and Christmas in a Bag PLUS Communion distribution will occur on Monday, November 23. Please join us in the church parking lot from 10-11am to pick up your bags, communion, and gifts! If you are unable to pick up your bag, please send a friend or neighbor. Thank you!
We are collecting new and gently used children's and adult small winter coats to support our partners at MIMA. Please contact Pastor Bonnie or Pastor Randy to arrange pick up or drop off--do not leave them outside the building. Thank you!
Please stay home and stay safe. If you need help getting reliable information, please reach out to Pastor Bonnie. She is getting informed and updated by Johns Hopkins staff and experts twice a week.
Masks are now required when in public across the state of Maryland. If you do not have a face covering (mask, scarf, bandanna, etc.) please email HampdenPastor@gmail.com for more information on getting a suitable covering.
Online Giving Go to our website (www.goodshepherdhampden.com) and click the green "Give" button to go to a secure website for your transactions. Or, download the secure, encrypted App Tithe.ly from the App Store or Google Play.
Contact Information We have tried to reach out to every regular attendee and member via telephone, text, and/or email. However, in many situations, we have incorrect contact information. Please be sure to *email* or call Pastor Bonnie ASAP so you do not miss any information. You should be receiving calls from both Pastor Bonnie and a member of our Church Council Leadership team regularly. If you are not, please let us know.