July 12 Online Service

Oconee Street UMC Online Service
July 12, 2020


“Hymn of Praise” by Natalie Sleeth
Performed by Molly McClure Stanley, violin, and David Stanley, piano


Pastor Laura Patterson


JoBeth Allen

Opening Hymn

“We Know That Christ is Raised”
Performed by First Plymouth Church (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 43:18-21; 2 Corinthians 5:17

JoBeth Allen

Sermon: “New Things”

Pastor Laura Patterson


“You Are the New Day”
Written by John David, arranged by Peter Knight
Performed by The King’s Singers

You are the new day. You are the new day.
I will love you more than me and more than yesterday.
If you can but prove to me you are the new day.
Send the sun in time for dawn. Let the birds all hail the morning.
Love of life will urge me say, “You are the new day.”
When I lay me down at night, knowing we must pay.
Thoughts occur that this night might; Stay yesterday.
Thoughts that we as humans small could slow worlds and end it all.
Lie around me where they fall before the new day
One more day when time is running out for everyone;
Like a breath I knew would come I reach for the new day.
Hope is my philosophy; just needs days in which to be.
Love of life means hope for me. Borne on a new day.
You are the new day.

Prayer / The Lord’s Prayer

JoBeth Allen

Closing Hymn

“Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters”
Written by James Abbington
Performed by the Morgan State University Choir

Wash, O God, our sons and daughters where your cleansing waters flow.
Number them among your people. Bless as Christ blessed long ago.
Weave them garments bright and sparkling; Compass them with love and light.
Fill, anoint them, send your Spirit, Holy Dove and heart’s Delight.

We who bring them long for nurture; By your milk may we be fed.
Let us join your feast, partaking; Cup of blessing, living bread.
God, renew us, guide our footsteps; Free from sin and all its snares.
One with Christ in living, dying; By your Spirit, children, heirs

Oh, how deep your holy wisdom; Unimagined all your ways
To your name be glory, honor; With our lives we worship, praise
We your people stand before you, Water-washed and Spirit-born
By your grace our lives we offer; Re-create us; God, transform!


Pastor Laura Patterson


“Children’s Medley” by Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.
Performed by Maxine Easom

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Lenten Devotional: Thursday, March 19

by Hal Turner
March 19, 2015

I have been hesitant this year to volunteer for a devotional as my thoughts have been very chaotic lately.  It seems I am always in a personal or faith crisis.  After what once seemed a very real personal teen-aged encounter with Jesus, I have gone through life doubting that I was worthy of that Grace. People would tell me that my academic life made me incompatible with Jesus.  Understanding physics, chemistry and biology I had been tainted by knowledge that prevented me from believing in the Bible.  Then as I came out, I was told clearly that church law declared me incompatible with Jesus Christ.  (it still does, lol.)

Yes I still feel a overwhelming sense of rejection from God and the Church. But of course as a person with PTSD I will always feel an overwhelming sense of rejection.  It is a type of quicksand I find myself often stuck in. While searching for some deep insight to offer for a devotional I continue to find myself stuck in the mud.

One sound though occasionally echoes in my mind as a call to hope. The lyrics of an ancient psalm. A psalm of hope, renewal and freedom. So I offer those words as my devotional this lent.  If you know the tune sing this with me.

I waited patiently for the Lord.
He inclined and heard my cry.
He brought me up out of the pit.
Out of the mire and clay.
He set my feet upon the rock.
And made my footsteps firm.
Many  will see and many will see and fear
I will sing, sing a new song
Psalm 40 1-3 paraphrased
A song of Hope and Praise