Delivered By
Rev. Dr. Douglas Ralston, Sr. Pastor
Delivered On
June 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Mark 4:26-34

*Closing Hymn "Hymn of Promise” 707


Benediction (Unison)


We have gathered together as God's family, and now we leave this place knowing that the bonds of holy love keep us bound together. May Christ's love for us and all the world flow through our living, so that the world will know we are one and that God's Spirit always goes with us to all the world. Amen.


Postlude “Victory Through Faith” Lani Smith

An asterisk * is an invitation to rise in body or in spirit

Assistive Listening Systems are available. See ushers for assistance.



Rec. 2018

Week of

June 10


Per week






Annual Budget












$ 46,104.00








Attendance, June 10



Christian Education





Ushers: Gerry & Janice Baynai, Phyllis Weaver, Amy Lester.


Liturgist: Lenora Whitecotton


Booth Operators: Dave Hiske, Ray Yee, Betty Hiske


Rev. Dr. Douglas Ralston, Sr. Pastor

Rev. Grace Ann Beebe, Deacon

Cheryl Lentner, Youth Director

Karen Johnson, Pianist

Jon Ream, Custodian

Ted Hayman, Technology Coordinator

Rachel Murdock, Summer Intern

Emma Hawkinson, Nursery Attendant

Karin Hiske, Administrative Assistant

Stephanie Bell, Director of Music

Sandy Strall, Organist

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United Methodist Church




June 17, 2018




Office: 734-671-5211 Fax: 734-671-5


Prelude “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” William Runyan


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Call to Worship:


Leader: We gather as God's people:
All: To seek direction in the living of our lives.
Leader: We gather as God's people:
All: To be still and hear what God would have us do.
Leader: We gather as God's people:
All: To be renewed, restored and recreated.
Leader: We rejoice that we are God's people:
All: To serve, to love and to sing God's praise.



*Opening Hymn “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy” 121


1st Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 16:4-7 CEB


Samuel did what the Lord instructed. When he came to Bethlehem, the city elders came to meet him. They were shaking with fear. “Do you come in peace?” they asked. “Yes,” Samuel answered. “I’ve come to make a sacrifice to the Lord. Now make yourselves holy, then come with me to the sacrifice.” Samuel made Jesse and his sons holy and invited them to the sacrifice as well. When they arrived, Samuel looked at Eliab and thought, that must be the Lord’s anointed right in front. But the Lord said to Samuel, “Have no regard for his appearance or stature, because I haven’t selected him. God doesn’t look at things like humans do. Humans see only what is visible to the eyes, but the Lord sees into the heart.”



Children’s Moment


Song for the Children “Go Now in Peace”

(The children are dismissed to one room Sunday school as we sing)


Special Music:

Time of Prayer

Sharing of Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer



The Lord’s Prayer


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.


Presentation of Tithes and Offerings

Prayer of Dedication

Offertory “He That Believeth” Bertha Frick


*Hymn "Faith, While Trees Are Still in Blossom" 508


2nd Scripture Reading: Mark 4:26-34 CEB


Then Jesus said, “This is what God’s kingdom is like. It’s as though someone scatters seed on the ground, then sleeps and wakes night and day. The seed sprouts and grows, but the farmer doesn’t know how. The earth produces crops all by itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full head of grain. Whenever the crop is ready, the farmer goes out to cut the grain because it’s harvest time.” He continued, “What’s a good image for God’s kingdom? What parable can I use to explain it? Consider a mustard seed. When scattered on the ground, it’s the smallest of all the seeds on the earth; but when it’s planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all vegetable plants. It produces such large branches that the birds in the sky are able to nest in its shade” With many such parables he continued to give them the word, as much as they were able to hear. He spoke to them only in parables, then explained everything to his disciples when he was alone with them.


Message: Just a Little Thing