Announcements

WELLSPRING UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

1997 – 2020

ORDER OF CLOSING WORSHIP

June 21, 2020

 (*) indicates where we invite you to stand as you are able.

THE CHURCH GATHERS

PRELUDE               “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty”             Heber & Dykes

WELCOME       

                       

SPECIAL GREETING FROM Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar       

Rev. Megan Stowe, District Superintendent

*CALL TO WORSHIP        Psalm 150 with Response 1                                  UMH #862

    Response:    Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Christ is risen!

    Leader:           Praise the Lord!  Praise God in his sanctuary;

    People:           praise God in his might firmament!

    Leader:        Praise God for his mighty deeds;

    People:        praise God for his exceeding greatness!

    Leader:        Praise God with trumpet sound;

    People:        praise God with lute and harp!

    Leader:        Praise God with tambourine and dance;

    People:        praise God with strings and pipe!

    Leader:        Praise God with sounding cymbals;                                      1

    People:        Praise God with loud clashing cymbals!

    Leader:        Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!

    People:        Praise the Lord!

    Response:    Alleluia!  Alleluia! Christ is risen!       

*OPENING SONG              “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”                 UMH #89

    1.     Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love;

        hearts unfold like flowers before thee, opening to the sun above.

        Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away.

        Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!

  1.     All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heaven reflect thy             rays,

        stars and angels sing around thee, center of unbroken praise.

        Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,

        chanting bird and flowing fountain, call us to rejoice in thee.

  1.     Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest,

        wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!

        Thou our Father, Christ our brother, all who live in love are thine;

        teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.

  1.     Mortals, join the mighty chorus which the morning stars began;

        love divine is reigning o’er us, binding all within its span.

        Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife;

        joyful music leads us sunward, in the triumph song of life.

*OPENING PRAYER  (unison)         Taken from John 17: Jesus’ prayer for believers        Gracious God, Jesus prayed for his disciples, and he prayed also     for those who believe in Christ as Savior through their message with     the result that all believers may be one.  Jesus prayed, “Father just as     you are in me and I am in you.  May they also be in us so that the     world may believe you have sent me.”  We have received the glory that     you gave Christ, that we may be one with Christ as he and you are one.      We are still working on becoming unified so that the world knows you     love everyone.  

        Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, we know     you, and we understand that you have sent us and are sending us into     the world that we may love you and the world the way that you love     Christ and love us.  By your power we will continue to make you     known to others in order that the love you have for us may be in them     and that Christ may be in them also.

        O Everlasting God and Father of us all, we give you all the praise     and glory with thanksgiving for our faith and the years we have     shared that faith together and we pray in the name of Jesus the     Christ.  Amen.                                                                            2

THE CHURCH LISTENS

SCRIPTURE    Gospel – Acts 1:1-8

    The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and     teach,  2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He trough the Holy Spirit     had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,  3 to whom He     also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being     seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the     kingdom of God.  4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded     them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father,     “which”, He said, “you have heard from Me;  5 for John truly baptized with water,     but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”  6     Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You     at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”  7 And He said to them, “It is not for     you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.  8     But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you     shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the     end of the earth.”

    Leader:     This is the Word of the Lord.

    People:     Thanks be to God.

MEDITATION                            “Power for New Things”            Pastor Nancy R. Allen

*INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP HYMN 

                                                 “Open My Eyes That I May See”                   UMH #454

    1.    Open my eyes, that I may see glimpses of truth thou hast for me

        place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me               free.

        Silently now I wait for thee, ready, my God, thy will to see,

        Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!

  1. Open my ears that I may hear voices of truth thou sendest clear;

        And while the wavenotes fall on my hear, everything false will                       disappear.

        Silently now I wait for thee, ready, my God, thy will to see.

        Open my ears, illumine me, Spirit divine.

  1.     Open my mouth, and let me bear gladly the warm truth 

            everywhere;

        Open my heart and let me prepare love with thy children thus to                 share.

        Silently, now I wait for thee, ready, my God, thy will to see.

        Open my heart, illumine me, Spirit divine!



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THE CHURCH RESPONDS

LITANY OF THANKSGIVING                                                        Floyd Harrison

    Leader:     Blessed be the name of God, whose Word has long been proclaimed                     within this hallowed place.

    People:     We give you thanks, O God.   

    Leader:     As generations have prayed their prayers and sung your praises here,                     your Spirit has blessed countless worshipers.

    People:     We give you thanks, O God.

    Leader:     We have celebrated the Lord’s Supper here and been nurtured by it                     through our journey in faith.

    People:     We give you thanks, O God.

    Leader:     We have rejoiced here as believers have confessed faith in Christ.

    People:     We give you thanks, O God.

    Leader:     Here we have baptized our children and mourned our dead.

    People:     We give you thanks, O God.

    Leader:     As new families have been created through marriage, we, our parents,                 and our children have vowed at this altar to love, honor, and cherish                     always.

    People:     We give you thanks, O God.

    Leader:     From within these walls many have gone out to serve you in the world.

    People:     We give you thanks, O God.

    Leader:     As we go now from this house into a further journey of faith,

    People:     We give you thanks, O God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.                      Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER

    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,     your will be done, on earth as in heaven.  Give us today our daily     bread.  Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.      Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.  For the     kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.  Amen.

SPECIAL MUSIC                    “I Love to Tell the Story”                      Hankey & Fischer

“Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”     Hoffman & Showalter 

Patrice Thibodeau and Floyd Harrison, singing

               

AN ORDER OF DISBANDING A CONGREGATION

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CHURCH                                                               Members

ROLL OF THE PASTORS                                                                        Pat Thibodeau



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DECLARATION OF PURPOSE                                                                Pastor Nancy

        The time has come for this congregation of Christ’s holy Church, under God’s     leadership, to disband and take leave of our place in the community of     Shrewsbury.

        This building has been shared with us by Trinity Episcopal Church for the     ministry of God’s Holy Word and Sacraments.

        It has provided refuge and comfort for God’s people.

        It has served well our holy faith.

        It is fitting, therefore, that we should take our leave of one another and of this     space, lifting up our hearts in thanksgiving for this common store of memories.

AN ORDER FOR DISBANDING A CONGREGATION            Rev. Megan Stowe

        This congregation named the Wellspring United Methodist Church of     Shrewsbury, was organized as a part of Christ’s holy Church and of The United     Methodist Church.

        It was God’s gift for a season.

        We are thankful for the many ways it has served the mission given to it by     Jesus Christ.

        It has accomplished its purpose.

        We declare that it is no longer a United Methodist congregation and is now     disbanded.

        But Christ’s holy Church is of God, and will be preserved to the end of time,     for     the conduct of worship and the due administration of God’s Word and     Sacraments, the maintenance of Christian fellowship and discipline, the     edification of believers, and the conversion of the world.

        We remain part of Christ’s ongoing Church, and as we scatter into other     congregations, we shall still be one with Christ, and one with each other, and one     in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at his     heavenly banquet.

SPECIAL MUSIC                              “Just As I Am”                             Elliott & Bradbury 

CLOSING PRAYER

    O God, as in your great goodness you have blessed the many     ministries carried on by this congregation in this building and in so     many other places, so, now and in the days and years to come, we     pray that you may greatly bless your many ministries in your ongoing     Church.  Bless those persons who have worshipped in this place and     will now be worshipping in other congregations and other places.  As     disciples of the risen Christ, may we be channels at all times of your     steadfast love; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.




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*CLOSING HYMN           “Blest Be the Tie That Binds”                    UMH #557

    1.    Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love;

        the fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.

    2.    Before our Father’s throne we pour our ardent prayers;

        our fears, our hopes, our aims are one, our comforts and our 

            cares.

    3.    We share each other’s woes, our mutual burdens bear;

        and often for each other flows the sympathizing tear.

    4.    When we asunder part, it gives us inward pain;

        but we shall still be joined in heart, and hope to meet again.

*BENEDICTION

*BENEDICTION RESPONSE        “Alleluia”                                                         Gatlin

    Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.  May all our alleluias when spoken and heard be heart-    felt thanks to thee, dear Lord, and not just lovely words;  and may each passing     moment ’til the ending of our days be filled to over-flowing with our never ending     praise.  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

























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