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https://youtu.be/hXC29lb7mOM
At 10:00 a.m. the worship service will be live streamed.  This link to access 5/24 service is: 
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May 24, 2020 – Ascension
Prelude
Hymn 176:    Majesty
Duet:  Whispering Hope  

Greeting
Joys & Concerns
Prayer
Hymn 155:  All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
Scripture:  Ephesians 1:15-23
Sermon  
Hymn:  314  In the Garden
Announcements
Benediction
Closing Hymn:  The Trees of the Field
Postlude
Offering


Scripture & Words for Today’s Hymns
Majesty, Worship His Majesty Unto Jesus Be all Glory Honor And Praise
Majesty, Kingdom, Authority Flows From His Throne Unto His Own
His Anthem Raise
So Exalt, Lift Upon High The Name Of Jesus. Magnify Come Glorify
Christ, Jesus The King
Majesty, Worship His Majesty
Jesus Who Died, Now Glorified
King Of All Kings.
Whispering Hope
Like the faint dawn of the morning, Like the sweet freshness of dew,
Comes the dear whisper of Jesus, Comforting, tender and true.
Darkness gives way to the sunlight, While His voice falls on my ear;
Seasons of heaven’s refreshing, Call to new gladness and cheer.
Refrain:
Whispering hope, like the song of the angels,
Jesus, Thy love is sweet music to me.
Singing the song of forgiveness, Softly I hear in my soul,
Jesus has conquered forever Sin with its fearful control.
Whispering courage for warfare, Bending Thine ear when I pray;
Glorious, risen Redeemer, O how I praise Thee today! [Refrain]
Hope is an anchor to keep us, Holding both steadfast and sure;
Hope brings a wonderful cleansing, Thro’ His blood, making us pure.
Whispering hope of His coming, How my heart thrills at His Word!
O to be watching and waiting, Ready to welcome the Lord! [Refrain]
 
All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ name!
  Let angels prostrate fall,
  Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
 
And crown Him, crown Him,
  crown Him, crown Him;
  And crown Him Lord of all!
2
Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race,
  Ye ransomed from the fall,
  Ye ransomed from the fall,
Hail Him who saves you by His grace, [refrain]
3

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4
 
5
O that with yonder sacred throng
  We at His feet may fall,
  We at His feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song, [refrain]
 
In the Garden
 
I come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear falling on my ear, The Son of God discloses
And He walks with me and He talks with me, And He tells me I am his own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there, None other has ever known

.He speaks, and the sound of his voice is so sweet The birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He give to me Within my heart is ringing.
And He walks with me and He talks with me, And He tells me I am his own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there, None other has ever known
 
I stay in the garden with him though the night around me be falling
But he bids me go; through the voice of woe his voice to me is calling [refrain]
Ephesians 1:15-23
15 Since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, this is the reason that 16 I don’t stop giving thanks to God for you when I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, will give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation that makes God known to you. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart will have enough light to see what is the hope of God’s call, what is the richness of God’s glorious inheritance among believers, 19 and what is the overwhelming greatness of God’s power that is working among us believers. This power is conferred by the energy of God’s powerful strength. 20 God’s power was at work in Christ when God raised him from the dead and sat him at God’s right side in the heavens, 21 far above every ruler and authority and power and angelic power, any power that might be named not only now but in the future. 22 God put everything under Christ’s feet and made him head of everything in the church, 23 which is his body. His body, the church, is the fullness of Christ, who fills everything in every way.

Message from Pastor Pete on Re-opening church services inside the sanctuary….

Some members are asking when we’ll resume having worship in our sanctuary.  The short answer is that we don’t know yet, but leaders of our congregation having been kicking around ideas on when and how.  Leaders of our New England Annual Conference held a webinar Wednesday evening to give us all some guidance about re-opening during the current phase. 

I’ll give you the main take-aways:
Singing indoors is not safe.
We shouldn’t be running fans or AC.  
It’s not safe to let people touch hymnals or offering plates.
Same goes for distributing Holy Communion.
All the surfaces that anyone might touch have to be wiped down with disinfectant between Sundays.
And of course we can’t pack people in too closely, so we have to make sure we stay within our state’s guideline, which in Massachusetts is 25% of the occupancy limit.     

With regard to that last bullet point: According to our official permit from the town, the building commissioner determined that the occupancy limit for our sanctuary is 250, so if we’re looking to restrict occupancy to 25% of that, we will have to start turning people away when 62 people are already present.  Something tells me we’re pretty safe there unless revival breaks out and people start pouring into churches.      

With regard to AC, some will disagree; I’m just reporting what they said.  People who know more about HVAC can discuss that and advise the trustees.  We can’t open the windows.     

Some people will say, “If we can’t even open up our hymnals and sing something, why bother being in the sanctuary at all?”      And other people have wondered who has the time and energy to wipe down all the pews every week.      So for the present, we’ll continue to have worship in the parking lot.  If the weather gets so warm that people don’t feel comfortable staying in their cars, some can bring chairs from home and set them up in the shade provided by the bushes and the pavilion in our playground area.     

And then sooner or later we’ll enter another phase of the re-opening, and we can figure out what to do then.

Here is a video of Easter Sunday service….

Here is a video of the Palm Sunday service…..

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Welcome to the South Hadley Methodist Church web site

We are located at 30 Carew Street, South Hadley, MA 01075

We are a reconciling congregation and all are welcome here!

We are a mission focused congregation. Please visit the missions page to learn more.

We also house the Neighbors Helping Neighbors food pantry.
Please visit their page on this website to learn more.

Regular Sunday Hours:

  • Church School — 9:00am – 10:00am
  • Worship Service — 10:00am – 11:00am