Order of Worship: March 3rd



Candle Lighting

Call to Worship

Opening Songs

"Trust and Obey"

"The Old Rugged Cross"

Scripture Readings

Exodus 20:1-17

John 2:13-22

1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Unison Prayer

Lenten Song: "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross"

Message: "Right Worship"

Song: "O How He Loves You and Me"

Offering/Doxology/Offertory Prayer

Song: "Jesus, Name Above All Names"

Holy Communion

Song: "Change My Heart O God"

Prayers of the People/The Lord's Prayer

Closing Hymn: "Lord of the Dance"



(You are welcome to remain seated to listen to the postlude or depart). During worship, please follow the cues from the Praise Team up front to stand or sit.

This Week at Grace:


Bible Study 9am

Bell Rehearsal 1030am

Thursday: UWF planning meeting 10am

If you are planning to meet at Grace UMC, you need to call ahead or email the office to reserve space and to get your meeting on the church calendar. To adjust for heating needs, Pastor Jen MUST know if/when you are meeting.

Church Office Phone:


Grace Office Hours

Monday - Thursday

9 a.m. to noon


Online--available at


In-Person Worship Sunday--9am

Unison Prayer

Holy God, in Jesus Christ you have built for us an eternal house, a temple of righteousness, a place of gracious plenty for the hungry and abundant life for the poor in spirit. Fill us with zeal for the body of Christ. Overturn the tables of corruption and greed and upset the imbalance of injustice, so that we may worship you in spirit and truth; through Jesus Christ, who is risen indeed. Amen

Call to Worship

L: Come into this sacred space to worship God

P: whose teaching is perfect; whose directions are sure.

L: Come into this holy place to worship God

P: whose standards are right; whose commandment is clear; whose judgements are true.

L: Come with holy fear –to be given life, and made wise, to have your heart stirred and your eyes opened wide. Come — let us worship God.

ALL: Let the words of our mouths and the whispering of our hearts be according to your will, O God. Amen.

The Scriptures for next week are:

Numbers 21:4-9

Ephesians 2:1-10

John 3:14-21

Before worship, the page numbers for the scripture will be on the screens if you choose to read from the pew bibles. The reader may be reading from another translation. I would encourage you to listen as it is being read, and perhaps read the verses before service begins.

--Pastor Jen

We will be celebrating Communion this week. If you will be worshiping with us online form home, please gather your own bread and juice before service and share this time with us.

If you need or want Pastor Jen to bring communion to you at home, please call the office and that can be arranged.

Mission Giving for March

Our missional giving for March is the Lakes Area Food Shelf. Thank you very much for all that has been given already to this worthy cause.

Please make a note on your gift if you want it designated to the monthly

missions, thank you!

On Easter Sunday, any money given for mission will go to our Youth Group budget for their activities, and some will most likely be used in December when they adopt a local family for Christmas gifts.

Lenten Food Challenge

We will be collecting food/funds along with a number of churches from the area to benefit the Lakes Area Food Shelf. This will be a friendly competition once again beginning on Ash Wednesday and going through Palm Sunday.


2/11—General overview to get us started

2/18—peanut butter


3/3—canned meats and proteins

3/10—paper towel and toilet paper

3/17—wrap up and final offerings

3/24—blessing over the gifts

All women are welcome to attend a planning meeting for future gatherings in 2024 for our UWF.

Thursday, March 7th at 10am.

The newest Upper Room daily devotional is available for pick-up in the Narthex. This is a wonderful part of a time of prayer for many of us in the church.


The Art of Christianity

Come join the fun!

We will be having an informal discussion and review of Christianity expressed through art. This will be a visual presentation, open to opinions, thoughts, and individual interpretations. Snacks and beverages will be provided with a suggested donation of $5 to cover expenses.

There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex for planning purposes.

March 23rd, 11-2pm

With the warmer weather, you may be ready to start your Spring cleaning; as you do, please start to gather items to give to the church rummage sale. Soon we will have a space set-aside for you to bring items in.

Mark your calendars for the sale-- June 20th and 21st.

In the news,

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Upcoming Senior Series at Pine River UMC SR Series.


How to view our worship service online

1-go to our website at www.graceumcpequotlakes.org

2-Along the top of the page, you will see a tab of options.

--on the right is a tab that says "Sundays"

--choose the "Grace Church Livestream" option

--this will take you to a collection of our services by date, where you can choose the most recent service, or others that you may have missed; when you have clicked the one that you want to view, you should see an arrow to click to make it play. It may be necessary to adjust your volume, based on your own computer system.


The church office is open Monday through Thursday, 9am until noon. The building and office are closed on Fridays and Saturdays.

Church office phone: 218-568-5755

-- Church office (for all general inquiries and administrative/clerical duties)


 -- Pastor Jen Matthees – jenmatt20@gmail.com

-- Ann Hutchings-Congregational Care Assistant- graceumccare@gmail.com

If you have something that should be added to this newsletter from your group or mission, please speak with Pastor Jen or email the details to her at jenmatt20@gmail.com. The E-Grace is generally completed by noon on Thursdays, so articles need to be received by Thursday 10am at the very latest.

If you wish to connect with me directly and it is not an emergency, please know that I will respond as needed during pretty regular office hours. I am generally in the church on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from at least 10-1, call the office to be sure, as my weeks may vary. I check my emails frequently throughout the day, and this is the best way to contact me. Friday is my day off as needs allow.

-Pastor Jen

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Important note

If you are mailing something to the church, you must use our P.O. Box for the address. We do not receive mail at the church, and if you use the physical church address it will get returned and could delay your notices to us or offerings.

P.O. Box 276

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

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Contact Information

 Grace United Methodist Church 

29318 Patriot Ave - P.O. Box 276

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Phone: 218-568-5755

Email: graceumcpequotlakes@gmail.com

Website: www.graceumcpequotlakes.org