Tag: worship

5 Chestnut Avenue, Dansville, NY 14437

May 15, 2022

Rev. Jeri Kober – Pastor           Sharon Wolf – Liturgist

Please stand physically or in spirit as you are able.


Gathering Music                                             Doris Hedges

Welcome                                                   Pastor Jeri Kober

✞Opening Hymn  “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”     #89

Bringing in the Light of Christ          Tabitha Derrenbacher

                                                                         Elly Komula


✞Call to Worship (congregation responds in bold)

 As the sun rises in the morning,

    let all creation worship God.

 From the highest mountains to the deepest seas,

    let all creation proclaim the name of the Lord,

    for God alone is worthy to be praised.

God alone makes all things new.

   All praise, glory, and honor be yours, forever

✞ Opening Prayer (unison)                              Sharon Wolf

Gracious and loving God,

    you meet us where we are.

We gather together from many walks of life,

    but we are unified as one heart

    in the body of Christ.

In our time of worship,

   open our ears to hear your voice;

   open our eyes to see your glory;

   open our minds to receive your word;

   open our hearts to perceive your presence.


    Anthem                                         The Resurrection Choir

    Children’s Message

    Children may be excuse for junior church



    This morning we welcome Timothy McLaughlin and 

    Grace Brown into our congregation.


    Old Testament         Genesis 9:1-5                  Pastor Jeri

                                     Leviticus 11:1-8              Pastor Jeri       

    New Testament        Acts 11:1-18                Sharon Wolf

    Leader: This is the Word of God for the people of God.

    People: Thanks be to God.

    Message             Game Changers!” 



    ✞Doxology                                                                   #95

    ✞Presentation of our Tithes and our Offerings

    ✞Prayer of Dedication 


    Announcements, Joys and Concerns

    Pastoral Prayer 

    Lord’s Prayer (back side of bulletin)

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. 


✞Closing Hymn   “This Is My Father’s World”           # 144  


✞Departing Music

Children are welcome in worship! Sometimes they wiggle and make noise but all in all, their laughter fills the air with joy and their presence lifts the spirits. They are a gift from God, valued, welcomed and loved here!

WELCOME to the Dansville United Methodist Church.  As we gather to worship in the name of Jesus, we extend a special welcome to all our guest, and hope you will worship with us often. We are glad you are here today!

Coffee Hour ~ When: Last Sunday of each month at 10 am!

Come join us for fellowship, laughter, smiles, cookies and coffee! Oh, and Tea too!


United Methodist Church

Church Office: (585) 335-5354

Pastor Jeri Kober: (585) 766-7108

Pastor’s Email: Jerikober24@gmail.com

Church email: DansvilleSpartaCenterUMCS@gmail.com

Website: www.DansvilleSpartaCenterUMCS.org

What to Expect

Dansville Sanctuary

Dansville UMC Sanctuary

Sunday Worship

You will experience a traditional worship service at both churches.  You will be welcomed by one of our friendly greeters who will offer you a program, which is commonly called a “church bulletin.”  The church bulletin will guide you through the service, including the Call to Worship, *when to stand, hymn numbers and the order of events.

A typical worship service will usually include time for people to greet each other, a opening greeting and call to worship, hymns, special music, silent prayer and meditation, a children’s message (Young Disciples Time), church announcements, opportunity to share joys and concerns, an offering, the Lord’s Prayer, pastoral prayer, scripture readings, the sermon, and a closing prayer. 

CommunionHoly Communion
 is usually served the first Sunday of each month. The table of Holy Communion is Christ’s table, not the table of The United Methodist Church or of the local congregation. Communion is open to anyone who seeks to respond to Christ’s love and to lead a new life of peace and love. All are invited to celebrate communion, but you can choose whether or not you wish to participate. (Source: UMC.org, the official online ministry of The United Methodist Church)  We use bread and grape juice for communion elements at Dansville and Sparta Center United Methodist Churches.  Gluten free bread is offered for those with special dietary needs.

The sacrament of Holy Communion is available for men and women who are home bound or living in nursing homes.  Please contact our church office to request a personal sacrament of Holy Communion for yourself or a loved one.


The Dansville United Methodist Church is fully accessible, including the sanctuary, fellowship hall, office, Sunday School rooms and restrooms. Use the elevator located off the fellowship hall for access to the second floor sanctuary.

The Sparta United Methodist Church offers full accessibility to the sanctuary, library/meeting room and nursery via the ramp on the east end of the church facing Route 256.  The fellowship hall is accessible from the ground-level door on the west side of the church facing Sparta Center Road. The restroom can be accessed from a separate outside entrance.  There are two restrooms.  One located off the dining room and another on the sanctuary level. Church members are available to provide further instruction and assistance upon request.

sc rampRamp to Sanctuary

sc fellowship enterDoor to Fellowship Hall



One Church Family – Two Churchesjesus sparta

Welcome!  We are two church families bound together with a shared love of Christ and each other.  We offer a loving community for you to use your God-given gifts for the Kingdom of Christ.  

Please join our family in one of our two churches.


Sparta Center United Methodist Church

Sparta United Methodist Church

“The Little White Church on the Hill”

Sunday School:  Not being held at the present time.

Worship Service: 9:30am


Click Here for the address and directions to Sparta Center UMC


Dansville United Methodist Church

Dansville United Methodist Church

“The Downtown Church”

 Sunday School: 10:15am

(Sept through June)

Worship Service: 11:00am

Note: Children will be excused from the Worship Service following Young Disciples Time to participate in Junior Church

Click Here for the address and directions to Dansville UMC


Saturday, August 31 (Balloon Festival Weekend)

Indoor Yard Sale 8 am – 3 pm
UMW – Bake Sale 9 am – 3 pm
Pulled Pork Sandwiches 11 am – 3 pm
Quilt Tickets 8 am – 3 pm

Saturday, August 31 (Balloon Festival Weekend)

Indoor Yard Sale 8 am – 3 pm
UMW – Bake Sale 9 am – 3 pm
Pulled Pork Sandwiches 11 am – 3 pm
Quilt Tickets 8 am – 3 pm


Our Faith Journey

What’s the bedrock of life for Christians? Is it Bible reading? Church participation? Prayer? Is it a belief that Jesus is God’s Son?

The foundation of Christian living is faith in Christ. Faith is the central loyalty that gives purpose and direction to our lives. Christian faith is grounding our lives in the living God as revealed especially in Jesus the Christ.

This faith does not happen overnight. It’s a journey. From birth to death we’re growing in faith. There are ups and downs — and sometimes long flat stretches where we seem to be stalled in our journey. But little by little, most of us deepen our relationship with God.

In part, this growth in faith is a gift. Through our participation in the community of faith, through our openness to God’s love, we receive this marvelous treasure. But faith is also a choice we make, an often difficult decision to put God and God’s reign first in our lives, no matter what the cost.

We cannot say that some people are “ahead” in the journey of faith and others “behind.” Faith is not something we possess by degrees. The journey is complex, different for each traveler and involving at least four intertwined pathways:


First and foremost, faith is trusting. To be a person of faith is to rely on God, to know that “the Lord is my shepherd” (Psalm 23). It’s to rest confidently in the power and care of the living, loving Lord who’s revealed in the Bible and in our own experience. Faith is to give ourselves to the movement of God’s Spirit in our lives and in our times, not knowing where it will lead.



Faith is also believing in someone. In the Apostle’s Creed, for example, we say, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” This is not the same as saying, “I believe that God the Father Almighty exists.” Rather, we’re confessing our confidence in God, our devoted loyalty, and our allegiance. Such belief may involve going beyond what we’re sure of and taking a “leap of faith.”



There’s more to faith than trusting and believing. Faith is more active, a matter of doing as well as being. So Jesus said to his first disciples, “Follow me.” To be faithful is to follow Jesus the Christ. It is to be one of his disciples, seeking to understand his will and his way — and to do it. Such discipleship is not an easy matter. Jesus said, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 16:24-25)



Christian faith is also a matter of hoping, of leaning into the future that God has promised. It’s living with the assurance that God is bringing in the time of shalom, God’s reign here on earth. As Easter people, we have a hope born of the Resurrection: God has already conquered sin and death, and the kingdom of love, righteousness, peace and justice is even now breaking in. To abide in hope is to watch and pray for God’s future and to join in the ministries through which it will be realized.


Surrounded by the love and encouragement of the community of believers, we persevere on the journey of faith, ever trusting, believing, following and hoping.


Source: UMC.org (Excerpted from The United Methodist Member’s Handbook, Revised and Expanded by George E. Koehler, pp. 62-63.)