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Worship – August 9, 2020


Worship – August 2, 2020

The Cape of Storms to Cape of Good Hope
I can still recall a geography lesson from elementary school in which we learned that the southernmost point of Africa is a point which for centuries has experienced tremendous storms. For many years no one even knew what lay beyond that cape, for no ship attempting to round that point had ever returned to tell the tale. Among the ancients, it was known as the “Cape of Storms,” and for good reason.
But then a Portuguese explorer in the sixteenth century, Vasco De Gama, successfully sailed around that very point and found beyond the wild raging storms, a great calm sea, and beyond that, the shores of India. The name of that cape was changed from the Cape of Storms to the Cape of Good Hope.
Until Jesus Christ rose from the dead, death had been the cape of storms on which all hopes of life beyond had been wrecked. No one knew what lay beyond that point until, on Easter morning, those ancient visions of Isaiah became the victory of Jesus over our last great enemy. Suddenly, like those ancient explorers, we can see beyond the storm to the hope of heaven and eternal life with the Father. More than that, we dare to believe that we shall experience in our own human lives exactly what the Son of God experienced in his, for the risen Christ says to us, “Because I live, you shall live also.” This is the heart of the Easter faith. The Easter faith is the anchor of hope for all that believe.
Yes, we will endure storms in our lives. There is another story about a man on a cruise ship who was frightened as the ship slowly sailed through a dense fog. Every few minutes the ship’s horn would sound the warning to prevent a deadly collision. The passenger made his way to the front of the ship and saw the Captain of the ship on the bridge guiding his vessel through the fog. Knowing the faultless reputation of this captain, the passenger felt a calm assurance. Like that passenger, we must allow Christ to guide us. When we do, there is this calm assurance.
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Preparing for Worship
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Tenth Sunday After Pentecost
SCRIPTURE LESSON: Matthew 14: 22-33
MESSAGE: “Water Walking with Jesus”
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Youth Sunday School Class Participates
In UMW Reading Program!
Thank You, Cody, Dani, Grayson, and Jessica!
Can you guess who has a count of 25 books read for McCormick UMW’s participation in the UMW Reading Program? It’s our Youth Sunday School Class! There are youth books included in the program, and the three young readers in the home of Trely and Gary Wolfe – Cody, Dani, and Grayson – along with Trely – have participated in a group reading of 5 books! Add to that 5 books read by Jessica Kidd, and you get a total of 25 books! The books the class has read are as follows: Deep In The Sahara, I Am A Bear (who lives in the city!), The Water Walker, Before We Eat: From Farm to Table, and The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch. One of the mission focuses of United Methodist Women is children, so UMW units are encouraged to include them in the Reading Program as well as in other activities, especially mission projects.
Hopefully, some of our ladies have been taking advantage of our “quieter” days this summer by reading to participate in this program. To qualify as a Reading Program participant in Program I, you only have to read a total of 5 books (one book in each of the 5 categories on the Reading Program Book List).  Click on this: 2020 Reading Program Book List to see a partial listing of books for this year.  Click on this: Reader Participation Form to print off a copy and log in names of books read.  For a complete listing of books, see In addition to the books listed for 2020, books from 2015 – 2019 Reading Programs can be read as well, and you can check the UMW website and indicate the year of the Reading Program you are seeking.
The UMW Reading Program ends soon – August 31! All participants who qualify will receive certificates for their participation. So, start reading and complete your form! THANK YOU!
On August 2, Nels blessed two quilts that will be delivered in the next two weeks. These quilts are now in the Fellowship Hall and everyone is welcome to come, tie a knot, and pray for Maggie and Claudia. If you are not able to come to the church, please include Maggie and Claudia in your daily prayers.
Thank you to our very special Prayers and Quilts mission group for the beautiful prayer quilts.
Don and Carol Tummons arranged the one for Claudia Wesley as her cancer has returned and has spread. Claudia is asking for prayers for herself and her family as she once again draws on her faith for promises of healing and restoration.
Lindy Stahlman arranged for a quilt for her sister in law, Maggie. Maggie’s cancer has also returned and she asks for strength and healing prayers, peace and gentleness in the hearts of her family.
Let’s all keep Maggie, Claudia and their loved ones in our prayers.
First Tuesday
Stephen Ministry Corner
August 2020
The power of touch. It is a powerful thing.
According to a devotion I recently read, the Bible has something like ten references to Jesus touching people and fifteen references to people touching Jesus. When Jesus initiated the touch it was often to heal … and when people wanted to touch Jesus, it was usually because they wanted to feel his power and, hopefully, be healed.
I think all animal species know the power of touch … it has the capacity to heal, encourage and impart love. When consensual, it connects us to each other and makes us feel valued and cherished. Touch can … actually … activate biochemicals in our brain that make us feel happier and healthier.
Suddenly … COVID-19 enters our lives. Touching is limited … and with masks even the ‘touch’ of a smile is limited. The devotional called it “skin hunger” and it is, I think, one of the worse results of the virus. I miss handshakes, hugs, fist pumps, pats on the back, holding hands during prayer, communion, small group gatherings, even family gatherings for some of us … I do so pray that the vaccines in testing are SUCCESSFUL!! SOON!!
And so how do we deal with our new normal (besides praying that it isn’t normal forever)?
One tool is the telephone … and talking to friends and loved ones often. Need more?
Stephen Ministry would like to help … by keeping in touch with you at least weekly. Many of our Stephen Ministers are already doing that with their Care Receivers … but we have the capacity and the desire to talk with many more of you.
Start by calling Pastor Nels or one of the Stephen Leaders (Beverly Western, Sundee Luedecke, Ronnie Kidd, Don Tummons) through the church office at 864-852-2394. We look forward to hearing from you.
Bridges make connections – such as us to our destinations, computer networks, gaps in our teeth – so it makes sense to think of kindness as a bridge that connects us with one another.
All you have to do is look online to find a Bridge of Kindness, Kindness Bridge, and other similar sites that connect those in need – especially during the pandemic – to resources that can help them.
In Pastor Nels’ recent message entitled “Bridge By Jesus”, he described the “Bridge of Faith” that is accessible to us as Christians who live in the knowledge that God is always with us through the connection of His Son Jesus and His Holy Spirit.
As Pastor Nels reminded us through the words of the popular song, “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”, the Bridge By Jesus (or Bridge of Faith) can bring us through difficult times.
In the words of another popular song, “Love Can Build A Bridge”, we learn that love can connect our hearts because “when we stand together, it’s our finest hour” – that love comes from our relationship with Jesus Christ, our Great Connector!
As you read the kindness entries below that were received this week, you sense that their writers have definitely made the connection of their own Bridge of Kindness:
I was walking toward Sam’s entrance when a man told me there were no carts in there. He said, “Take mine, I will wipe it down for you” and he pulled out a few wipes and cleaned the cart for me! I smiled the whole time I was shopping!
It’s heart- warming when small children give us a lesson in kindness – like a toddler who, when asked by an elderly gentleman to share his lollipop, held it out to give to him – quite a sacrifice for one so young!
Have you seen God today? If you see God at work this week, there are two ways you can share what you saw!
1) Be a blessing to others by sharing your Act of Kindness (no names please) on our website, or use this link! Then check back each week to learn how others are passing on acts of kindness! The link is
2) There is a Kindness box in the library on the window sill, along with paper and pencil. Share your God-Wink, perhaps someone else will be inspired!

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