First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Live and Share God's Love



Come Worship With Us!

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2021 Breakthrough Prayer

Hello God, thank you for this day. 
It's 9:03 and we need your help..
Guide us by your Holy Spirit to reach new people,
Connect us all through Christ's love, and
Empower us to love and serve others..


8:00 a.m. Chapel
10:00 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary

Sermon Series

An old joke asks, “Why was Six afraid of Seven? Because Seven Eight (ate) Nine!” For September we will focus on chapters 7, 8, and 9 of the Gospel of Mark, as suggested by our common lectionary. The stories and words we will explore are ones that cause us to clutch our chests with concern. They evoke fears we all share when we or those we love are ill, afflicted, or challenged to our core. Join us in person or online as we find meaning in Jesus’ words in Mark 8:35 – “Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self.” (MSG)

Sunday, September 5

Mark 7:24-37

Sunday, September 12

Mark 8:27-38

Sunday, September 19

Mark 9:30-37

Sunday, September 26  

UMW Sunday
Margaret Getzin Preaching
“Rejoice, Renew, Reconnect”

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UM's and Holy Communion

The United Methodist Church recognizes two sacraments, baptism and communion. These two acts have a special place in the church because Jesus commanded them and participated in them. Through the years, Christians have used other sacramental acts to draw closer to God. While we do not recognize these others as sacraments, we participate in many of them.

The Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, and the Eucharist are all names for this sacrament celebrated by United Methodists. Each of these names highlights an aspect of this act of worship.

According to This Holy Mystery, The United Methodist Church’s official document on communion, “The Lord’s Supper reminds us that Jesus Christ is the host and that we participate at Christ’s invitation.… The term Holy Communion invites us to focus on the selfgiving of the Holy God which makes the sacrament an occasion of grace, and on the holiness of our communion with God and one another.… Eucharist, from the  Greek word for thanksgiving, reminds us that the sacrament is thanksgiving to God for the gifts of creation and salvation.”

Who can assist the pastor in communion?

Communion is one of the responsibilities and duties of a pastor. The pastor may "train deacons and lay members to serve the consecrated communion elements.” During worship "lay persons as well as other clergy may assist the pastor in giving the bread and cup.”

This Holy Mystery explains, "The Communion elements are consecrated and consumed in the context of the gathered congregation. The Table may be extended, in a timely manner, to include those unable to attend because of age, illness, or similar conditions. Laypeople may distribute the consecrated elements in the congregation and extend them to members who are unavoidably absent…."

Do United Methodists believe the communion elements actually become the body and blood of Christ?

This Holy Mystery says, “The Christian church has struggled through the centuries to understand just how Christ is present in the Eucharist. Arguments and divisions have occurred over the matter. The Wesleyan tradition affirms the reality of Christ's presence, although it does not claim to be able to explain it fully.… Our tradition asserts the real, personal, living presence of Jesus Christ. For United Methodists, the Lord's Supper is anchored in the life of the historical Jesus of Nazareth, but is not primarily a remembrance or memorial. We do not embrace the medieval doctrine of transubstantiation, though we do believe that the elements are essential tangible means through which God works. We understand the divine presence in temporal and relational terms.”

Why do we serve grape juice instead of wine for Holy Communion?

In the history of the church, wine has been the normal drink. In the 19th century, Methodists and other denominations were persuaded that unfermented juice was an important witness to the grace of God and of the churches’ resistance to the abuses of alcohol. The United Methodist Book of Worship explains, "Although the historic and ecumenical Christian practice has been to use wine, the use of unfermented grape juice by The United Methodist Church and its predecessors since the late nineteenth century expresses pastoral concern for recovering alcoholics, enables the participation of children and youth, and supports the church's witness of abstinence.

Can children take communion?

In The United Methodist Church, children are welcome to receive communion. Our Book of Worship explains, "All who intend to lead a Christian life, together with their children, are invited to receive the bread and cup.”

May a person who has not been baptized participate in Holy Communion?

Yes, our church does not seek to close God's Table, although the historic and normal order of the sacraments is baptism first – as birth into the family – and communion following, as continuing nurture at the family table.

Why Bother with Choirs?

Singing in Choir...

Provides a healthy creative and artistic balance to heavily data-based education.

Is therapeutic, giving singers the chance to momentarily put aside their other pressures and concerns.
Is an effective vehicle for developing faith using music and church history.
Develops poise under pressure.

Teaches the value of teamwork.

Develops young people’s sense of culture and sophistication by adding beauty and aesthetic depth to worship.

Teaches the value of careful preparation in reaching goals.

Teaches a sense of responsibility and setting priorities.

Provides the foundation for a lifetime enjoyment of music.

Gives members a sense of pride and self-worth by showing singers that their individual leadership, demeanor and discipline make a significant to the success of the group

Next Steps in Worship

From the Worship Design Team and Jen Marzu, COVID Safety Chair

We are grateful to offer worship in-person and appreciate everyone who has been fully vaccinated to make it safer to gather. We are gradually adding familiar elements to our worship services based on a combination of the latest research and sense of caution caused by COVID variants.There is no longer a reservation system, and fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask.

Ribbons will stay on the pews to help us practice physical
distancing. Beginning on July 11, here are the elements of our worship services and how we will both safely and joyfully practice them:

WELCOME – No handshakes or hugs yet, but we encourage friendly waves and greetings.

OPENING HYMN – We will sing two stanzas (and add more as it proves safe).
CREED – We will profess our faith together with a Christian creed about twice a month.
MIDDLE HYMN – We will wait and add this later as it proves safe.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE – We will resume in the fall if children can be vaccinated by then.

OFFERING – Instead of passing the plates, four ushers (two at the center and two on the sides) will hold the plates out for us to place our offerings and missional giving into them without touching it.

FRIENDSHIP PADS – We will encourage people to fill out the friendship pads and put them near the center aisle during the offering time (instead of during the Welcome time).

DOXOLOGY – We will sing a Doxology (“Praise God…”) after the Offering time.

COMMUNION – Communion servers will wear gloves and masks, place a piece of gluten-free bread in each person’s hand, and serve individual cups of grape juice. There will be pitchers on stands to dispose of your cups. Servers will come to anyone who cannot easily leave their seat.

EXIT – Instead of only exiting through the side door by the piano, people may also exit out the rear doors by the Narthex. Pastor Rebecca will greet people by the rear doors.
Communion Stewards: Paula Hauber, LaRae Horton and Dottie Nietert

Ushers and Greeters Needed

Now that we are back to in-person worship (thank God!), we are looking for a few people to fill out our Usher and Greeter monthly rotation. This would be an ideal opportunity for mentors and confirmands, or any- one who would like to have a more active role in wor- ship. Please contact the church office or let Mike Zahn, Dan or Jen Marzu, or Pastor Rebecca know that you are interested.


Your Offering...


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Growing Generous Givers. It’s another part of the MCCI resourcing initiative. What we do is look at First Church’s ways and talk about how we do things that encourage (or discourage) people from being active and involved in church, and about ways we can teach people to practice the kind of generosity that we are called to model in our lives as Christ-followers.)