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Please remember to join us in Gayville for worship this Sunday (October 11) only at the Gayville Community Center

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- 10 AM for back parking lot...
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From the Pulpitt:

James 5:13-20

13-15 Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master. Believing-prayer will heal you, and Jesus will put you on your feet. And if you’ve sinned, you’ll be forgiven—healed inside and out.

16-18 Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with…

19-20 My dear friends, if you know people who have wandered off from God’s truth, don’t write them off. Go after them. Get them back and you will have rescued precious lives from destruction and prevented an epidemic of wandering away from God.                  

The Message (MSG)  Copyright © 1993 by Eugene H. Peterson


“Cha Chu Chi Prayers…”

by Rev. Rick Pittenger, Jr.

       “Out of the mouths of babes and princesses…

             Last weekend our daughter Kristen, was married to her Prince Matt…It was a wonderful day and a beautiful service.  Still, it was a bitter-sweet day and the only hurt was that our “Little Princess” is all grown up and so I pray for her and her husband to have as rich and full of a marriage and life as Becky and I are having.  I feel great!  So I sing! 

              The author of James seems to know this first hand as everyday needs are addressed in today’s Epistle Lesson.  For it envisions a community in which people suffer and pray, rejoice and sing, become sick and get well, sin and are forgiven.  Such a broad spectrum of activities that make up all of our weeks; people with all kinds of needs looking to their community of faith for help in the midst of hardships and celebrations all coming together as the body of Christ.

            Traditions come and go.  So too during a wedding.  There is the tradition of the groom not seeing the bride until she walks down the aisle.  There is the tradition of being walked down the aisle by a parent or parents.  The tradition of standing amidst your best friends and family of the wedding party.  There is that ceremonial first Kiss, the introduction of the bride and groom and then it’s off to the reception.  Once there there’s a toast made by the Best Man and the Maid or in her case the Matron of Honor.  I was told there is a toast by the bride’s father.  So, several weeks ago, my daughter asked if I knew what I was going to say.  Those of you that know me know that I often don’t know what I’m going to say and sometimes the words from my mouth surprise me as much as they do my congregants on Sunday mornings. 

            I had a script; but some of my best messages come from leaving that script for words of inspiration.  Such was the case in my toast.  I wanted to bring to life the memories I  had of our little “princess” and what made her into the beautiful bride she was to become.  So, I started with the story of when she was about two years old.  First I shared with the reception crowd of nearly 200 guests; that all of us have the ability to start family traditions in our families.  One of ours was nightly bedtime prayers.  So from a very early age we shared prayers at night, every single night of their lives. 

            We prayed the “Now I lay me down to sleep prayer…” but we changed it from my childhood, so instead of saying, “if I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take…”.  As a child I recall staying up many a night worrying about dying before I woke up in the morning… so thanks to some friends, the Roozen Family; we modified it to say… Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, Angels watch us through the night and wake me up in the morning light”… we went on from there.  Added kind of a Walton Family… “God bless Dad!”… and no matter where I was in the house, as they grew we couldn’t be at the doorway of each of our children so we’d stand in the hallways or wherever in the house and shout… “That’s ME!”; “God bless Mom!” and she’d shout, “That’s ME!” “Ryan!” “That’s ME!” “Brandon!” “That’s ME!” and finally “God Bless Kristen!” and she’d shout “That’s ME!” and then we’d go on in our prayer… “God bless all our grandpas, grandmas, Aunts, Uncles, cousins, neighbors and friends and everyone in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD… and then we usually would add after the Amen’s… an international flavor to our prayers… “CHA, CHU, CHI”… and I have no idea why but it stuck… and we said those prayers every night even through their high school years…

            I give you that background because I think it’s important for families to pray together.  “Families that pray together stay together…”  I share all that as the context of one of my earliest memories of my daughter’s theological foundation.

            She had fallen asleep on the living room when we lived in Harrisburg, SD.  Not quite 2 years old (a talker at about 15 months)…so I lifted her tiny body from the floor and walked her gingerly into her bedroom and laid her ever so gently in her crib so as not to wake her from her sleep.  I stood there in quietness as I said a silent prayer and then tiptoed to her doorway, just then I heard her lift her head up off the mattress and shout out in the dimly lit bedroom… “Prayers Daddy!”… and so I returned and we said prayers together.

            James tells us that… “The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with…”

            Yes, whether you’re two or 102 a person’s faith is something powerful to be reckoned with.  Finally, as our fall worship schedule is in full swing, it does us good as Christ’s body to remember James’s closing words from this passage we read on Sunday morning.

19-20 My dear friends, if you know people who have wandered off from God’s truth, don’t write them off. Go after them. Get them back and you will have rescued precious lives from destruction and prevented an epidemic of wandering away from God.

        This Sunday just happens to be WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY and so we pray for “everyone in the whole wide world”… CHA CHU CHI…



Contact Us  
First United Methodist Church
16 North Dakota Street
Vermillion, South Dakota 57069
Phone 605 624 2179
Mobile 605 929 7400
Regular Schedule  
  • 9:00 Adult Sunday School
  • 10:25 Worship (Worship is Blended) We begin with our Praise Band and transition into a more traditional worship. Our Worship uses multimedia as part of our worship! Come Join Us!
  • 11:30 Fellowship & Refreshments (Immediately following our worship service)
  • Welcome Table (All are welcome to serve and be served!)
    5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
  • 5:30 Youth Group and Meal
    5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
  • 5:30 Choir Practice
    5:30 PM to 6:15 PM
  • 7:30 Praise Band Practice: (We try and meet during the summer too!) We plan the Praise Band Music for Sunday's Gathering Music, etc. All are welcome!
    7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Friday Morning Book Study - breakfast is served to all who attend (free) AND GOOD!
    6:45 AM to 8:00 AM
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