August 30 – Interactive Bulletin

“Decisions, Decisions, Decisions”

August 30, 2020

13th Sunday after Pentecost


L A T E S T   I N F O R M A T I O N

Children’s Ministry Updates  (INFO)

08/26 Visual Announcements & Worship Update  (Video) (PDF)

Good Shepherd Meeting Rooms   (Full List PDF)

Church Office: (630) 830-3003 / Pastor Cell: (312) 715-8752

Pastor Megan will be off Tuesday, 9/11 through Friday, 9/4. For urgent pastoral care needs during this time, please contact Pastor Avani Christian (630) 696-7817 or Chaplain Michael Rivera, Jr. (612) 735-8635‬


Bring a candle in your worship space to symbolize the light of Christ. Click on the links below to access the content for your worship-in-place experience. If you have difficulty accessing any of the content, please let Pastor Megan know.   T H E    P E A C E    O F    C H R I S T    B E    W I T H    Y O U.


Prelude (Video)…..….……………….Take Up Thy Cross….UMH #415

Listen and center yourself for worship. If you are so moved, sing or hum along.

Call to Worship     

There are so many directions in which we are being pulled.

We struggle and hope that we have chosen the right way.

Some of these paths are falsely enticing and others dangerous.

How can we know what to do?

Look to Jesus!  He will be your guide and Holy Spirit will guard your life.

I am going to follow Jesus.  He is the example of compassion, healing and hope.

  Opening Prayer

God of Mystery, we are constantly amazed by the depth and breadth of your love. Over and over again, you turn our expectations inside out and upside down. And still we don’t understand the radical nature of your grace. We play by our own rules of justice, even when it means excluding those we are called to love and defend. In our darkest moments, we doubt if we are worthy of your trust. God, help us remember that you give us all the tools we need; that through the solid foundation of your love, we find the strength to follow your call as true disciples of Jesus Christ. Surprise us again, O God. Surprise us again.

*Welcoming the Light of Christ

Light your candle to symbolize the light of Christ in the world, in your life, and in your space.

Opening Songs (Video with Captions)………………………………………..………………..………..……….Holy, Holy, Holy!………..UMH #64

        (Video with Lyrics)……………………………………………………………………………………..……………………The Stand

Passing of the Peace  If you are with others, Pass the Peace in ways that do not require physical contact. For ideas click here.

The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.

Centering Song (Video with Lyrics)….Where He Leads Me I Will Follow …..UMH #338

Gospel Reading (Video) (Audio) (Text)……………Matthew 16:21-28 CEB ……………………………..……Read by Tommy Sommer

 This is the Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.

Good News for Kids (Bible Lesson Song) (Coloring Page) (Full Lesson with Crafts)

To check out the Children’s Ministry Updates click here.

Song of Preparation (Video with Captions)………I Surrender All…UMH #354

Living in Faith Everyday (Video) (Audio) (Video with Auto Captions).… “Decisions, Decisions, Decisions”……Chaplain Michael Rivera, Jr.

Offertory (Audio)……………………………………….……. It Is Well With My Soul ……..…………..….….………Played by Tatiana Kuznetsov 

The ministries of Good Shepherd continue during this time of physical isolation. To give online click here. You can give by texting the dollar amount ($X.XX) to 630-364-4154. You will receive a registration link the first time. Every time after that just enter the dollar amount. You can also mail a check if you desire. If you would like an EFT form please contact the church office. Thank you for your giving.

5th Sunday Offering Appeal for United Voices for Children

Doxology (Text) (Instrumental Audio)………….Played by Tatiana Kuznetsov

Prayers of the People—10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

  • · Landline: Dial (312) 626-6799 and wait for the prompt that asks for the Meeting ID which is 924 624 201. Enter the passcode when prompted.    See information about the passcode below.
  • · Cellphone 1-touch/tap dialing: +13126266799,,924624201#. Enter the passcode when prompted. See details below.
  • · Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/924624201.
  • · Check your mail or email for the password. Password Hint: John 3:16. Check your email or mail for the passcode.                                             To request the code click here, contact us on Facebook Messenger, or call (312) 715-8752.
  • · Click here to send your requests during the week or goodshepherdbartlett@gmail.com or call (630) 830-3003.
  • If you have care needs, we have a Care Team ready to help! Contact the office or Pastor Megan’s cell: (312) 715-8752.

The Lord’s Prayer ~ Bishop Sally Dyck and the NIC Cabinet (Video) (Audio)

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.

*Following the Light of Christ

You can choose to either keep your candle burning throughout the day, or extinguish it as you sing/listen.

Closing Song (Video with Lyrics) ……..The Wonderful Cross

Benediction    Romans 15:5-16, 13. Amen. Amen. Amen.

Worship Resources Used: Ministry Matters, United Methodist Hymnal, United Methodist Book of Worship, Worship & Song

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