God is.

We are.

In spite of our fumbles and because of God's grace, we are not

daunted by the troubles of this age, nor are we fearful of what is to come.

We do not bless God for our wealth, our health or for our feeble wisdom.

We bless God that God is, that we are and that his promise and love shall be with

us when time itself shall be no more.


- Peter Gomes

American preacher and theologian,

the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard Divinity School

and Pusey Minister at Harvard's Memorial Church




- Gathering into worship - 


*Those that are able are invited to stand


Welcome and Announcements


Opening Scripture                                                                           Deuteronomy 30:15-20


Visual Call to Worship                Now Choose


*Hymn                                             “Trust and Obey”                                              UMH #467


*Opening Prayer


- Reflecting on God’s word –


*Kids Song                                          “Stop and Go”                                              *See Screen


Children’s Sermon                                                                        


Scripture                                                                                                         1 Corinthians 3:1-9


Message                                God Gives the Growth                     Rev. Kelly J. Smith


Prayer Hymn                            “Make Me a Servant” (x2)                                TFWS #2176


Silent Prayer / Pastoral Prayer / Lord’s Prayer

            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.


- Sharing our blessings -


Offering Prayer

God of all creation, the offering we bring to your altar this day is the fruit of our labors; and we want to bring you the best we have. No harvest comes from us alone but starts in your goodness; and many have contributed to every good gift we bring. Working together in your fields, generous God, we pray that our gifts might be used to bless others who hunger for connection with you. We pray in the name of Christ, our savior and redeemer. Amen.


Offering our Gifts and Tithes


- Taking the Word to the World -


*Hymn                                 “Forth in Thy Name, O Lord” (Verses 1-3)              UMH #438




*Hymn                                   “Forth in Thy Name, O Lord” (Verse 4)                 UMH #438










South Avenue and Mifflin Avenue Churches make up the WILKINSBURG CHARGE. 

Not only do we “share” Pastor Kelly, we work together to do ministry in our community and with each other.

South Avenue Church worships Sundays at 10am

Mifflin Avenue worships Sundays at 11:15am

Folks are encouraged to attend whichever worship service is most convenient for them.










Our goal is to be a welcoming and inclusive

church for all people.




905 Mifflin Avenue


Pastor: Rev. Kelly Smith




February 16, 2020