Sunday Service 2-28-21

Weekly Invitation 

On Sunday morning we will be in our sanctuary on Zoom. 

We welcome Rev. Megan Stowe, our District Superintendent, to the service.

Rev Stowe will give the sermon.  Thank you to Rev. Megan, Heather, and Mark, for making this service possible. 

Please keep Pastor Peter & Joanne in your prayers.  Due to his health issues Pastor Peter has once retired. 

If you have questions or need to connect with a pastor, you may call the church office at 413-532-0500 and leave a message. You may also call Ann at 413-695-1212 or Mary Lou at 413-204-4683.    
     email Ann at   bagabones2@comcast.net   
     email the church at churchoffice@thesteepleinthefalls.org       
The church email is checked each morning and evening. 
My email is checked more often.
You are invited to the South Hadley Methodist Church Sunday worship service 10:00 a.m. on Zoom

Sunday Worship Service – South Hadley Methodist Church
Time: Feb. 28, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

NOTE: You will be muted upon entry to the service. You can un-mute yourself if you’d like to speak, such as during Joys and Concerns or other appropriate times. Be sure to mute yourself after speaking.

Click here to join Sunday morning’s service.

Meeting ID: 842 2381 2796

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Order of Worship for February 28, 2021
                          2nd Sunday of Lent

Prelude:   Prelude no. 2 by George Gershwin          Heather Reichgott
Hymn #297:  Beneath the Cross of Jesus
Call to Worship: 
   Leader:  From generation to generation, God calls to us.
   People:  Christ names us as God’s own people.
   Leader:  In hope and faith, God walks before us.
   People:  Christ calls us to pick up our cross and follow.
   Leader:  In covenant and love, God promises us grace.
   People:  Christ carries us forward into life anew.
Opening Prayer: God of glory, you are able to do what you promise: Grant us grace to grow strong in our faith that we may take up Jesus’ cross and receive his gift of life, through his death and resurrection. Amen.
Prayers this morning come from: “Season of Ash and Fire” by Blair Meeks and the Abingdon Worship Annual 2012.
Anthem (feel free to sing along!):   Long Long Journey    by Ken Medema
Joys & Concerns
Lord’s Prayer
Hymn #2159:  I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
Scripture: Mark 8:31-38
Sermon:  Following Jesus   Rev. Megan Stowe
Hymn #2130:  The Summons 
Benediction:  Christ has named you. God has claimed you. 
    The Spirit sends you forth. Go forth to be a blessing, 
    followers of Christ, children of the covenant. God in 
    peace, for God is with you both now and forevermore. Amen.
Closing Song:   I Will Change Your Name

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.

Click on the new Worship Page for ways to worship and stay connected

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