First Steps – September 26, 2022

“Get through it to get to it”—Admiral Barry Black (Chaplain to the US Senate).

Some things in life can’t be dodged, avoided, or sidetracked for they must be faced.  It has been my experience that when faced with those decisions or circumstances it is better to reach a place of resolve and journey forward step by step.  Unfortunately, people mistake the slow process of one step at a time with inertia.  They are worlds apart.  Although the process is slow, one step at a time is still moving forward.

The Israelite leader, Moses, would agree.  After leading the Children of Israel out of Egypt he was faced with the Red Sea (Exodus 14).  Some wanted to return to Egypt resulting in slavery.  Others wanted to sit still and do nothing.  However, God told Moses to journey forward.  Step by step, little by little, they pressed.  With each step, they faced different obstacles, one by one, until eventually, they saw the boundary of the Promise Land.  

Sometimes one must get through it to get to it.  What is promised is not the number of steps traveled or the length of time it takes to reach the end, but that God will be with you throughout the journey. Remember this for it is a great blessing.

I remind you of this because you might be in a situation that looks daunting and insurmountable.  Don’t run from it.  Resolve yourself to the journey before you and trust that God will be with you every step along the way.  

This Week’s Readings:
*Monday – James 4
*Tuesday – James 5
*Wednesday – 1 Peter 1
*Thursday – 1 Peter 2
*Friday – 1 Peter 3

Prayer Requests:
*Teachers, students, and parents coping with anxiety.
*Heal those who are sick and protect those who are not.
*Comfort those who are grieving and in distress.
*Wisdom for our leaders as they navigate through uncertain times.
*Guidance for those seeking to find their way.
*Continued Growth Inside and Outside the Walls of St. Paul UMC.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.” – Philippians 4:6

Announcements with Jess – for the week of September 25th!

Mary Lou is out, hopefully relaxing, so Mrs. Jess (our Director of Children’s Ministry) is stepping in to give you the announcements!

Family Night Suppers = Picky Eaters Contest = Corniest Person at St. Paul! Bring your best cornbread for our Picky Eaters Contest, judged by the Youth! You may be crowned the Corniest Person at St Paul. This happens THIS WEDNESDAY!! Just bring your cornbread and we will put it in the contest!

St. Paul for All 2022 is October 23rd and the focus is on alleviating hunger – globally and locally. The global arm is “Rise Up For Hunger”, where food will go to nations in need. RIGHT NOW, OUR FOCUS IS ON WYNNTON NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORK! The local arm is “Pack the Trailer, Pack the Shelves”, where we are asking. for donations of non-perishable food items (lists are in your bulletin, online and on social media) to pack the Boy Scout trailer. These donations will be delivered on 10/23 to Wynnton Neighborhood Network. Sign ups for volunteering are coming soon! Please reach out to Tammy Reynolds at or call the church office with your questions.

St. Paul’s Charge Conference will be held on Monday, September 26, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. in room M232. Per the UMC Book of Discipline – The primary responsibilities of the charge conference in the annual meeting shall be to review and evaluate the total mission and ministry of the church.
All members of the Administrative Council and of the church are invited to attend, no reservation needed. Please come join us and hear about what our church has done this church year!

We hold a current license from
Church Streaming and Podcast License
License Number: CSPL055770

Additional License from One License #A-714141 and CCLI #2035791

Sunday Morning Worship – LIVE Stream

Order of Worship
Sunday, September 18, 2022
11:00 AM Traditional Worship

The Chiming of the Hour
The Welcome & Announcements – Mrs. Jess Stanley
The Choral Call to Worship: “Be Joyful”
The Prelude: “Air and Variations” by W. Inglot
The Cross and Flame Come to the Altar
The Hymn of Celebration: “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” (verses 1, 4, 6)
The Affirmation of Faith
The Gloria Patri
The Acolyte Recognition & Consecration Service -Rev. Dr. Shane Green
The Pastoral Prayer with The Lord’s Prayer – Mrs. Jess Stanley
The Offertory Prayer
The Offertory: “Rhosymedre” by R. Vaughn Williams
The Doxology
The Scripture Lesson: Luke 9:18-27
The Passing of the Peace
The Welcome & Registration of Attendance
The Children are Dismissed to Children’s Church
The Anthem: “It Is Well With My Soul” by arr. J. N. Beck
The Sermon: “Who Do You Say I Am?” – Rev. Dr. P. Shane Green and Rev. John Fugh, Jr.
The Hymn of Consecration: “O Jesus, I Have Promised” No. 396
The Cross and Flame Go Before Us into the World
The Benediction and Choral Response: “Go Now in Peace”
The Postlude: “Two Intonations” – G. Gabrieli

Sunday Morning Worship – LIVE Stream

September18, 2022
Contemporary Worship Service
“Who Do You Say I Am?” – Rev. Dr. Shane Green & Rev. John Fugh, Jr
Scripture: Luke 9:18-27
Featuring The Praise Band, with Jake Hess, III

September 18, 2022 – “Who Do You Say I Am?” – Rev. Dr. Shane Green and Rev. John Fugh, Jr.

Worship (SPUMCColumbus)
Worship (SPUMCColumbus)
September 18, 2022 - "Who Do You Say I Am?" - Rev. Dr. Shane Green and Rev. John Fugh, Jr.

Traditional Worship Service/Luke 7:11-23

Picky Eaters Contest – A Special Announcement for September 28th!

We will soon have, the first ever “Picky Eater Contest”! On September 28th, cook your BEST CORNBREAD recipe and bring it to FAMILY NIGHT SUPPER on the last Wednesday of the month.

The youth (some of the pickiest eaters around) will taste and select a winner. Winner gets crowned as the “corniest person at St. Paul”! Please reach out to Laura Marvets with your questions:

We hold a current license from
Church Streaming and Podcast License
License Number: CSPL055770

Additional License from One License #A-714141 and CCLI #2035791