May 31 Service: Pentecost

Oconee Street UMC Online Service
May 31, 2020 • Pentecost

Prelude

“There’s a Meeting Here Tonight”
Arranged by Bob Gibson, Alex Hassilev and Glenn Yarbrough Perfomed by Cantus

Welcome

Pastor Elaine Puckett

Call to Worship / Pentecost with our Children

Maxine Easom with Jack, Matthew, Scarlett and Willa

Opening Hymn

“Skye Boat Song/Spirit of God”
Performed by Willkommen beim  Harvesters International Ministries e.V. Aachen

Scripture

Acts 2:1-21
Read by Brandon Laraeu

Anthem

“God’s Gonna Set This World On Fire” (African American Spiritual)
Performed by the Moses Hogan Chorale

Sermon

“If it’s not about love, it’s not about God”
Sermon by The Rev. Elaine Puckett

Prayer

A Prayer of Confession and Renunciation of White Supremacy
Responsive Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (multiple languages) Recited by Carla Dennis (German), Aaron Farnham (Spanish), Elsa Dennis (Tagalog), Sonya Collins (Brazilian Portuguese) and Janet Johnson (American Sign Language)

Closing Hymn

“Breathe on me, Breath of God”

Postlude

“Pentecostal Power” by Charlotte G. Homer and Charles H Gabriel
Performed by Maxine Easom

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May 17 Online Service

Oconee Street UMC Online Service
May 17, 2020

Prelude

“Eventide” by William H. Monk / Arrangement by Mark Hayes
Performed by Maxine Easom

Welcome

Pastor Elaine Puckett

Recognizing the Class of 2020

Special Presentation to Oconee Street UMC high school graduating seniors:
Colin Frick, Casey Pendley, Chandler Pendley and Sam Pennington

Invocation

Joe Dennis

Opening Hymn

“I Sing the Mighty Power of God” by Isaac Watts
Performed by Grace Community Church congregation (Sun Valley, California)

Reading

Psalm 66: 8-20
Joe Dennis

Gospel Reading

Mark 2: 1-12
The Rev. Elaine Puckett

Sermon

“Friends”
Sermon by The Rev. Elaine Puckett

Musical Reflection

“Count on Me” by Bruno Mars

Prayer

Joe Dennis

Closing Song

“Lean on Me” by Bill Withers
Performed by Straight No Chaser

Benediction

Benediction by Pastor Elaine Puckett

Postlude

“Abide With Me” by Henry Francis Lyte
Performed by Colleen Varan

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May 10 Service

Prelude

“There is a Balm in Gilead”
Traditional Spiritual
Performed by Maxine Easom

Welcome

Pastor Elaine Puckett

Announcement

George Miller

Invocation

Steve Frick

Opening Hymn

“A Mighty Fortress is Our God”
Performed by The Master’s Seminary Chorus
Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California

Reading: Psalm 40: 1-10

Steve Frick

Reading: Psalm 40: 11-17

Pastor Elaine Puckett

Anthem

“I Believe”
Song by Mark Miller / Performed by The Northern Lights Chorale

I believe in the sun even when it’s not shining.
I believe in love even when I don’t feel it.
I believe in God even when God is silent.

Sermon

“Sing a New Song”
Sermon by The Rev. Elaine Puckett

Musical Response to Sermon

“40”
Song by U2 / Performed by Angel Montoya

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
I will sing, sing a new song.
How long to sing this song.
He set my feet upon a rock, and made my footsteps firm
Many will see, many will see and fear
I will sing, sing a new song
How long to sing this song

Prayer

Steve Frick

Closing Hymn

“How Can I Keep from Singing”
Performed by Victoria Clark

My life flows on in endless song; above earth’s lamentation,
I hear the clear, though far-off hymn that hails a new creation.
No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that rock I’m clinging.
Since Lord is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?
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?
No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that rock I’m clinging.
Since Lord is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?

Benediction

Pastor Elaine Puckett

Postlude

“I Will Trust in the Lord” / African American Spiritual
Performed by Maxine Easom

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May 3 Service

Oconee Street United Methodist Church
May 3 Online Service

Prelude

“Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us”
Performed by Janet Frick

Welcome

Pastor Elaine Puckett

Announcement: Stay Connected!

Allison Floyd

Opening Prayer

Edwina Biron

Opening Hymn

“Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”
Grace Community Church (Sun Valley, California)

Psalter: Psalm 23

Edwina Biron

Anthem

“My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” arr. Virgil Thomson (1896-1989)
Performed by The Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

My Shepherd will supply my need, Jehovah is His name;
In pastures fresh He makes me feed, Beside the living stream.
He brings my wandering spirit back When I forsake His ways,
And leads me, for His mercy’s sake, In paths of truth and grace.

When I walk through the shades of death Thy presence is my stay;
One word of Thy supporting breath Drives all my fears away.
Thy hand, in sight of all my foes, Doth still my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows, Thine oil anoints my head.

The sure provisions of my God Attend me all my days;
O may Thy house be my abode, And all my work be praise!
There would I find a settled rest, While others go and come;
No more a stranger, nor a guest, But like a child at home.

Sermon

“Trust the Shepherd” by The Rev. Elaine Puckett

Response to Sermon

“Psalm 23” by Bobby McFerrin

Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer

Edwina Biron

Closing Hymn

Easter Alleluia by Marty Haugen
Performed by Conmigos Choir at St. Edward the Confessor, Bowie, Maryland

Refrain: Alleluia alleluia, alleluia!

Glory to God who does wondrous things
Let all the people God’s praises now sing,
All of creation in splendour shall ring: Alleluia! (refrain)

See how salvation for all has been won
Up from the grave our new life has begun
Life now perfected in Jesus, the Son: Alleluia! (refrain)

Now in our presence the Lord will appear,
Shine in the faces of all of us here,
Fill us with joy and cast out all our fear: Alleluia! (refrain)

Call us, Good Shepherd we listen for you
Wanting to see you in all that we do,
We would the gate of salvation pass through: Alleluia! (refrain)

Lord, we are open to all that you say,
Ready to listen and follow your way,
You are the potter and we are the clay: Alleluia! (refrain)

If we have love then we dwell in the Lord,
God will protect us from fire and sword
Fill us with love and the peace of his word:! Alleluia (refrain)

Benediction

Pastor Elaine Puckett

Postlude

“Take My Life and Let it Be” performed by Janet Frick

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April 26 Service

Oconee Street United Methodist Church
April 26 Online Service

Prelude

“Great Is Thy Faithfulness” by William M. Runyan, Arrangement by Gloria Roe
Performed by Maxine Easom

Welcome

Pastor Elaine Puckett

Youth Celebrations

Oconee Street UMC high school students

Missions & Outreach Update

Oconee Street UMC Missions & Outreach Committee

Call to Worship

Steve Williams

Opening Hymn

“O God, Our Help in Ages Past” by Isaac Watts
Performed by Grace Community Church

Psalter

Psalm 70, Read by Steven Williams

Old Testament Reading:

Told by Brandon Lareu

Sermon

“New York Strong” by The Rev. Elaine Puckett

Anthem

“Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?” by Craig Hella Johnson, Arrangement by Moses Hogan
Performed by Conspirare


Didn’t my lord deliver Daniel, deliver Daniel, deliver Daniel.
Didn’t my lord deliver Daniel, then why not every man.
He delivered Daniel from the lion’s den,
Jonah from the belly of the whale.
And the Hebrew children from the fiery furnace,
Then why not every man.
Didn’t my lord deliver Daniel, deliver Daniel, deliver Daniel.
Didn’t my lord deliver Daniel, then why not every man.
The wind blows east and the wind blows west
It blows like a judgement day
And every poor sinner that never did pray
Will be glad to pray that day
I set my foot on the Gospel ship and the ship began to sail.
It landed me over on Canaan’s shore and i’ll never come back no more.
Didn’t my lord deliver Daniel, deliver Daniel, deliver Daniel.
Didn’t my lord deliver Daniel, then why not every man
.

Prayer

Steven Williams

Closing Hymn

“Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” by Roar VBS Group Publishing

Benediction

Pastor Elaine Puckett

Postlude

“Sent Forth by God’s Blessing” Traditional Welsh Folk Melody,  Arrangement by Jason W. Krug
Performed by Maxine Easom

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April 19 Service

Oconee Street UMC Online Service
Online Service • April 19, 2020

Prelude

“There Is a Fountain” • Traditional American Melody
Arranged by Mark Hayes • Performed by Maxine Easom

Welcome

Pastor Elaine Puckett

Call to Worship

Sarah Sumners

Opening Hymn: “The Day of Resurrection”

Performed by the Gloucester Cathedral Choir

Psalms 19

Sarah Sumners

Gospel:

Pastor Elaine Puckett

Anthem: Resucitó (Kiko Argüello)

Performed by the Sancta Maria Choir

Resucitó, resucitó,
He rose, rose,
Aleluya, ¡Resucitó!
Hallelujah, He is risen!

La muerte,
Death,
Dónde está la muerte,
Where is death

Dónde está mi muerte,
Where is my death
Dónde su victoria.Where his victory?
Resucitó, ¡Aleluya!
He is risen, Hallelujah!

Gracias,
Thank you,
Sean dadas al Padre,
Be given to the Father,
Que nos pasó a Su Reino,
What happened to His Kingdom,

Donde se vive de Amor.
Where love is lived.
Resucitó, ¡Aleluya!
He is risen, Hallelujah!
Alegría,
Joy,

Alegría, hermanos,
Joy, brothers,
Que si hoy nos queremos,
That if we love each other today,
Resucitó, ¡Aleluya!
He is risen, Hallelujah!

Si con Él morimos,
If we die with Him,

Con Él vivimos,
We live with Him,
Con Él cantamos:
With Him we sing:
¡Aleluya!
Hallelujah!

Sermon

Pastor Elaine Puckett

Prayer

Sarah Sumners

Special Announcement

Carla Dennis

Closing

Elaine Puckett

Benediction

“Christ is Risen”
Performed by Amanda and Rick Martin

Postlude

“All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!” • Arr. James Ellor
Performed by Maxine Easom

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Easter Sunday Service

Oconee Street UMC Online Service
Easter Sunday • April 12, 2020

Welcome

Pastor Elaine Puckett

Call to Worship

Air by Georg Philipp Telemann
David Stanley, trumpet

Greeting

Joshua King & Laurie Norris

Opening Hymn

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia! 
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia! 
Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia! Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia! 
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia! Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia! 
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia! Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia! 
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia! Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia! 
Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia! Following our exalted Head, Alleluia! 
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia! Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia! 
Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia! Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia! 
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia! Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia! 
King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia! Everlasting life is this, Alleluia! 
Thee to know, thy power to prove, Alleluia! Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia! 

Psalter

Joshua King

Anthem

“Worthy is the Lamb That Was Slain” from Messiah by Georg Frederic Handel
Performed by The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Gospel Reading

Dr. Jodie Lyon

Sermon

Dr. Jodie Lyon

Apostle’s Creed

Prayer

Joshua King

Closing Hymn

“Christ is Risen”
Sung by the Choir and Congregation of First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

Benediction

Dr. Jodie Lyon
“God Be With You Till We Meet Again”
(Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Text: Jeremiah E. Rankin)
Performed by J.D. Burnett and Brandon Baker, tenors

Postlude

“Christ is Alive / Christ the Lord is Risen Today”
Performed by David Stanley, trumpet and Molly McClure Stanley, piano

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Online Service: April 5, 2020 • Palm Sunday

Oconee Street UMC Online Service
Palm Sunday • April 5, 2020

Welcome:

Pastor Elaine Puckett

Prelude:

Maxine Easom

Scripture — Luke 19:28-40:

Joe Dennis

Response:

Beth Gavrilles

Opening Hymn:

Park Central Presbyterian Church

Opening Prayer:

Beth Gavrilles

Anthem:

First Plymouth Choir, Lincoln Nebraska

Prayer for Illumination:

Pastor Elaine Puckett

Proclamation of the Passion Story (with hymns):

Pastor Elaine Puckett and The Rev. Richard Puckett

Closing Hymn:

Benediction:

Pastor Elaine Puckett
Westminster Choir of Westminster Choir College

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Service: March 15, 2020

March 15, 2020 • Third Sunday of Lent

Invocation:
The journey to Good Friday is fraught with danger;
The road to Jerusalem is difficult indeed.
Be among us, as we enter this story together
Help us to faithfully follow the rugged path that takes us home.

Opening Hymn: Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy

Performed by Fernando Ortego featuring Amy Grant

Psalter: Psalm 68: 1-8

May God arise, may his enemies be scattered;
    may his foes flee before him.
May you blow them away like smoke—
    as wax melts before the fire,
    may the wicked perish before God.
But may the righteous be glad
    and rejoice before God;
    may they be happy and joyful.

Sing to God, sing in praise of his name,
    extol him who rides on the clouds[b];
    rejoice before him—his name is the Lord.
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
    is God in his holy dwelling.
God sets the lonely in families,[c]
    he leads out the prisoners with singing;
    but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

When you, God, went out before your people,
    when you marched through the wilderness,[d]
the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain,
    before God, the One of Sinai,
    before God, the God of Israel.

Presentation of the Gospel: Luke 13: 1-9

Presentation of the Gospel: Luke 13: 1-9

Sermon: “Dangerous Decision”

The Rev. Elaine Puckett

Choral Response: “Just as I Am”

Performed by Alan Jackson

Just as I am without one plea,
But that thy blood was shed for me,
And that thou bidst me come to thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, and waiting not
to rid my soul of one dark blot.
To thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many conflicts, many doubts,
Fighting fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am, poor wretched, blind,
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea all I need in thee I find,
O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come!

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,
    for ever and ever. Amen.

Closing Hymn: “They’ll Know We are Christians by Our Love”

Performed by Carolyn Arends

Benediction (and homework):

Pastor Elaine Puckett

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