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Welcome to on-line, at-home worship. During this cold and flu season and as concern of a possible pandemic grows, Melrose Chapel United Methodist Church will work to provide worship opportunities that will encourage health and wellness for all people.

March 15, 2020

Welcome & Announcements


Thank you for worshipping remotely with us.  This resource is meant to help the Melrose Chapel family share in worship even though we can't be together in person.  May you be blessed today and always.

Call to Worship

Lent calls us to journey, following Jesus wherever he leads us.

Lent calls us to the place where God covenants with us.
Lent calls us to worship together, to tell future generations the good news.

Lent calls us to practice justice, to bring God's hope to all people.

Lent calls us to faithful living, to trust the One who gives us life.

Lent calls each of us to take up our cross, to trust the One who bears it with us.
Lent calls us to journey with God.

Let us worship God, who walks with us, this and every day.

Opening Prayer


Loving God, you call us to turn away from our own selfish interests, to take up our cross, and to follow after You— to find our lives by giving them up to Your greater purpose. So we come before You this morning with open hearts and open hands, eager to hear Your Word, and eager to know Your will.  Through the power of Your Holy Spirit, move within us and among us as we worship and then send us back out into the world, to live and work as Your faithful disciples. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Lord, Amen.

Joys & Concerns


1. Prepare yourself for prayer by thinking through those who need your prayer focus and think about your own joys and concerns.

2. Sit with God and allow God into your mind and begin silently speaking your desires, hopes, and dreams.

3. Consider ending with the Lord's Prayer or other words that are upon your heart:


Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

If you have a prayer need that you would like to share, please consider submitting a prayer request here.  Please ensure that you have appropriate permission to submit the need.  If you need to speak with the pastor concerning this request, please indicate that in your request.

Tithes & Offering


Obviously there are no plates to pass. Please consider mailing in your gift or plan to add to your giving when you next visit us in person.  Ministries still go on whether we gather for worship or not.


Having said that, it isn't just about how we give, or what we give financially, it's about taking time to contemplate what it means to give more of ourselves to Christ.

Today's Message

We are now in our third message in our series "View from the Pew" and we're discovering how our agendas (and we do have them) sometimes conflict with Jesus' plans for us and for the world.  Our gospel text is Matthew 16:21-26.


Consider listening to the following songs/hymns that echo our message for today:

  • Just a Closer Walk with Thee

  • Change My Heart O God

  • I Have Decided to Follow Jesus


Blessings to all of you!  May we truly follow Jesus as he knows the true and perfect way.  This we ask and seek in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Amen!


How has God been speaking to you in the message and the songs?  Continue to open your heart and mind to God's will for you and for Melrose Chapel.  To God be the glory!