Prayer- Generous God, remind us that every day we answer the question, “Who do you say I am?” by the words we speak, the actions we take, the gifts we offer, and the witness of our lives! Take this offering we give and let it be dedicated to that proclamation, and more than these, that when Christ asks that question to our hearts, our response will not be heresy but personal witness! We pray boldly in the name of our Rock and our Redeemer, Messiah, son of the Living God! Amen.
(Based on Mark 8:27-38. For the sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Prayer from UM Foundation Faith and Money September Resources, Offertory prayer for September 16: used with permission)
Scripture for Sunday
Scripture Lesson James 3:1-12 p. 981, NRSV
Scripture Lesson: Mark 8:27-38 p. 820, NRSV
Sermon: “Setting Our Minds Rightly” Pastor David Nicol
Lector: Linda Mosley
Acolytes: Owen Clement and Garrett Miller
Greeter: Walter Travis
Ushers: Warren Chatto and Stephen Mockler
Nursery Helper: Barbara Miller
Counters: Earl Lee and Jay Willey
Fellowship: Memorials Committee
Ellingwood’s Wood Corner:
September 16-Kelly Santiago
September 23-Paul Rich
September 30-Linda Mosley
Please pray for the following:
• Pembroke Lori Lynch
• Penobscot Deanna West
• People’s Baileyville Harbor Mitchell III and Elizabeth Bailey Mitchell
• People’s Greenville Jct. Marilyn Rohdin
Office hours are:
Tuesdays from 8 am to 11 am
Wednesdays and Thursdays 8 am to 2 pm
Evening prayer service is held each Wednesday at 6:30 pm to 7 pm.
The “Breathing under Water” group meets Wednesday evenings after evening prayer from 7 pm to 8:30 pm in the choir room through October 24.
“Thanks so much to all who helped make Mess Fest such a success,” wrote Elizabeth Clark.
Our new Bishop, Bishop Devadhar will be visiting the Northern Maine district on Monday, September 17. The clergy will meet in the afternoon and clergy and laity will have a chance to meet the new bishop in the early evening. The meeting will be held at Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church.
Admin Council will meet Sunday, September 16 at 11:30 am in the church library. Agenda item: clergy compensation.
Finance Committee will meet Wednesday, September 19 at 7 pm in the church library.
Outreach Committee will meet Sunday, September 23 at 11:30 am in the church library.
The youth groups will meet Sunday, September 23 from 5-7 pm.
This year’s charge conference will be Sunday, September 30. HHUMC’s SPRC will meet at 9 am, worship at 10 am, and charge conference at 11:30 am. Ellingwood’s Corner PPRC will meet at 2:30 pm and the charge conference will be held at 3:30 pm. Please save this date.
Needs of Our Neighbors from Linda Mosley, Lay Leader
Labor Day has come and gone and we note the unofficial end of summer and an array of emotions. While we may delight in our spectacular New England colors and crisp clear air; others worry over how to fill the oil tank, buy back to school shoes and still provide healthy hot meals at the end of the day. Seniors may breathe easier without the humidity but wonder how the snow will get shoveled, how to balance the need for food, fuel and medicine. Sadly, these are the realities for some of our neighbors that we don’t even know. This brings to mind the story of the woman who humbly believed that she would be healed by just touching Jesus’ cloak and she was, with a full measure of love! How can we individually and as a church family bring about healing?
As you go about your back to school or weekly grocery shopping; pick up an extra can or two of soup or tuna, a box of cereal or pasta, some unsweetened canned fruit or some toothpaste for the Food Cupboard. Such small acts truly do make a difference and bring about healing in simple way. September is the month that HHUMC is scheduled to assist the Hampden Neighborhood Food Cupboard; please be as generous as you are able and bring those items with you to church each Sunday this month.
Hampden Neighborhood Food Cupboard Needs Our Help in September:
Laundry Detergent Dish Soap
Hot Cereal Juice Cold Cereal Coffee Pancake Mix
Canned Soups Spaghetti Sauce Pasta
Powdered Milk Evaporated Milk
Peanut Butter Jellies and Jams Canned Meat
Canned Beans Macaroni and Cheese
Health and Beauty Products Soap baby wipes
Tooth Paste Toilet Paper Diapers size 4-6