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CRFUMC Worship Info for 7.2.23 (One Service at 8:30 a.m.)

It’s Sneaker Sunday!

July 2nd Sneaker Sunday! One Worship Service Outdoors at 8:30 a.m. In honor of Pastor Matt’s July birthday and his first complete year at CRFUMC, we are suggesting congregants wear their favorite sneakers to church.

CRFUMC Worship Experiences for 7.2.23

Liturgical Week: 5th Sunday After Pentecost

Liturgical Color: Red

Current Sermon Series

Sermon Title: Amazing Grace: The Grace of God

Sermon Text: Titus 2:11-14

Thank you for joining us in worship today.

  • If you are new to us, please fill out a Thank You for Joining Us! Card.

  • If you have a prayer request you can fill out the prayer request card and turn them in when the plates are passed during the offering. These cards can be found in the pews.

  • You can let us know you are joining us in worship and any prayer request by going to this site on your smartphone: or by scanning the QR code on the front of the bulletin.

  • You can also register in person at the back of the Sanctuary.

  • During the offering time you can give online with the QR code or with the link You can also drop an offering in the offering plates as they come by.

  • Are you interested in becoming a part of the Castle Rock FUMC family? Please speak to Pastors to find out when you would like to join our Church Family.


Opening Music Band

Welcome and Greeting

Welcome to Worship with us here at Castle Rock FUMC. Our Mission is to share the light and love of God within our community and beyond. One of the ways we live into our mission is that in worship we connect to one another and to how God is speaking to us through, prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. Let us connect to one another by greeting each other.

Music “Who Am I” by Casting Crowns Band

Opportunities for Linking into Our Church

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You can give online with the QR code or with the link

Offering Music “Grace” By U2 Band

Time of Prayer Led by Rev. Sarah Steidtmann

Music Duet “Amazing Grace”Sung by Nancy and Lois

We Hear The Word Proclaimed

Scripture Reading: Titus 2:11-14

Scripture Reading Response

Pastor: The Scriptures of Faith for the people of faith. All Thanks be to God, Amen.

Sermon Title: "Amazing Grace: The Grace of God”

Given by Rev. Matt Franks

Hymn of Response: Amazing Grace UMH 378

1. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost,

but now am found; was blind, but now I see.

6. When we've been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we've no less days to

sing God's praise than when we'd first begun.

Service of Holy Communion

Adapted from A Communion Prayer for Independence Weekend by Dr. Marcia McFee!

Invitation to The Lord’s Table

Prayer of Confession

Leader: For all the ways we colonize each other with expectations, beliefs, judgments, and our own fear…

All: God, in your mercy, forgive and transform.

Leader: For all the ways we squander right relationship grabbing to “have” more while some go without…

All: God, in your mercy, forgive and transform.

Leader For all the ways we abuse our freedom

engaging hateful speech towards those not on “our” side…

All: God, in your mercy, forgive and transform.

Leader: For all the ways we deny equality deeming some “in” and others “out…”

All: God, in your mercy, forgive and transform.

Words of Assurance

Leader: Freedom, O freedom! O freedom, freedom is coming, O yes I know… Jesus said, “I have come to set the prisoner free.” No matter what binds you this day, freedom is yours through new life in Christ. In the name of him who came to loose the chains, you are forgiven.

All: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven, set free. Glory to God! Amen!!

The Great Thanksgiving

Leader: The Liberating God be with you!!

All: And also with you!

Leader: Lift up your hearts with joy!!

All: We lift them up to God!!

Leader: Let us give praise to the Author of Freedom!!

All: It is right to give our thanks and praise!

Leader: It is right, and a good and holy thing! to give our praise to you this day, Liberator of all Humankind. You unleashed your creative power and a world blossomed. You bestowed upon every living thing life and breath, color and movement. No matter how many battles we wage within and between ourselves and against you, your promise, vision, and gift of peace and abundance continues.

And so we lift up our voices in celebration of You!!

All: Holy, holy, holy are You!

We join all the prophets and saints!

All: Heaven and earth are full of your glory!

We join the parade of justice!!

All: Blessed are they who come in the name of the Lord!!

Leader: We add our cries and exclamations!!

All: Hosanna in the highest!

Leader: Holy are you and blessed is your son, Jesus. To those who were imprisoned by status, law, illness, poverty, gender, age, disease, he said, “your belief has set you free. You are a child of God.”

He invited disciples, friends and strangers alike to his tables.

(Life The Bread)

He proclaimed God’s grace to all with whom he broke bread.

(Lift The Cup)

He proclaimed God’s love to all with whom he shared the cup. And he told us to remember:

All: freedom has come, and freedom is coming!

Leader: Holy Spirit, transform this meal and transform this body so that we might be free to love without condition,

invite without hesitance, go without reservation,

and proclaim your freedom to all the world Let the people say,

All: “Amen!”

Come and Receive Holy Communion

Closing Words

During this time, we invite you to stand as you are able

and hold hands with your neighbor as you feel comfortable.

Closing Music


The Sunday Link for the Week of June 25th 2023

Hospitality Team Meeting: July 12th at 6:30 p.m.

If you are interested in serving on either one of these teams please show up to the meeting and if you cannot make it email Matt at

Outreach Team Meeting: July 13th at 6:30 p.m.

Little Library News: The Little Library has been refreshed and invites you to “escape into reading” this summer with beach reads, mysteries, and some new fiction titles. If you’ve recently read something enjoyable and would like to pass it along, please consider adding it to the shelf. (Reminder: please do not bring more than one book at a time.)

Church Grounds Mowing: With the summer months upon us we need people to assist with mowing the Church grounds. If you are interested, we will have a signup sheet located at the welcome desk.

Sunday Bible Study for All People Starting June 11th at 11 a.m. Pastor Matt will lead a Bible Study utilizing the Curriculum Adult Bible Studies Summer 2023 you can find it on Amazon we will gather work through the lesson and be done by noon. If you have questions, please email Pastor Matt at

July 30th One Worship Service at 8:30 a.m. and Food and Fellowship after the service.

Reverend Sarah’s Monday night contemporary studies group will reconvene on July 24 (in person) and July 28 (on Zoom). The book discussed will be Undistracted: Capture Your Purpose. Rediscover Your Joy by Bob Goff. The author reassures readers that they can harness today's distractions, follow Jesus' example, and find focus, purpose, and joy. The signup sheet at the welcome desk on July 2.

In Person Sessions, Mondays July 24, 2023 to September 18 2023 6:30PM to 8:30.

Zoom Sessions, Fridays July 28 2023 to September 22 2023; 6:30PM to 8:30PM.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study (Tuesday’s, 9:30 -11 am) The group will not meet in July but will resume on August 1 and begin a news study based on Rabbi Jason Sobel’s Mysteries of the Messiah: unveiling divine connections from Genesis to today. Look for more details in the July newsletter. This group welcomes anyone who wishes to study Scripture, people, and events of the Bible up close.

Cell Phone Text Group: Join Pastor Matt’s Text Group this is to help communicate things like outdoor chapel and other important info. You can join it by clicking this link

2024 marks the 150th anniversary of the Methodist Church in Castle Rock.

A steering committee to begin planning our celebration will convene in September. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please sign up at the welcome center or contact Julie Bailey at We will need all kinds of talent and help from print materials, and publicity, researchers, special celebratory events,, teeshirt design, and locating former pastors.

Rev. Sarah will resume the Wednesday morning coffee time on Zoom on July 5will resume the first Wednesday in July.

The Bell Choir, under the leadership of Nancy Docksey, is adding names to those interested in being a part of this music ministry. If you haven’t yet signed up, contact her in person at the 10:45 service welcome time or by phone or text (303-877-9085).

Grocery Story Card Update: Currently we have over 50 families participating in this program. We receive about $450/quarter from King Soopers. Check the welcome center for directions for signing up for the first time with them. The Safeway Cards are now available. Contact the church office to pick one up.. We have received approximately $250/quarter from Safeway. There is no dollar amount on them this time so folks will just pick up a card and head to Safeway to load the amount they choose to have on it . NOTE: You may use the money you have remaining on the old card, but you will not be able to reload it.

Church Directory Update for those with paper copies: We know there might be errors or missing info. If you want those changed please let Pastor Matt know so that we can adjust those. They will update the data in the app about a week after adjusted. As for the printed version, we are discerning a way to best let you know of changes that is protective of information.

Digital Photo Directory: To view the directory online, go to and follow the prompts under “Sign In” to “Create a login now.” Please remember, you must confirm your email address before you can sign in. There is also a free mobile app available for download at the Apple® App store in iTunes®, Google Play™ store and the Amazon Fire App Store. Simply search for “Instant Church Directory” to get the download. You will need to use your email address as listed in our directory to create a log-in the first time you use the directory online and via the mobile app. If you want to add your picture or make changes please email Pastor Matt

Event Reminders:

• July 2: Sneaker Sunday; “wear your sneakers to church” day. One Worship Service at 8:30 a.m.

• July 12: Hospitality Team, 6:30 pm

• July 13: Outreach Team, 6:30 p[m

• July 24: Rev. Sarah’s in-person group resumes; Undistracted: Capture Your Purpose. Rediscover Your Joy by Bob Goff.

• July 28: Rev. Sarah’s Zoom group resumes

• July 30: One Worship Service at 8:30 a.m. and Food and Fellowship after the service.

• August 1: Tuesday morning Bible Study resumes with their study of Jason Sobel’s Mysteries of the Messiah

Zoom Sessions:

• Stephen Ministry Supervision meets the second and fourth Thursdays at 6:30 pm

• Rev. Sarah’s Contemporary Discussion Group, Zoom Sessions: Fridays at 6:30

• Coffee Time with Rev. Sarah, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.

Annual Conference Reflection by Bishop Karen (Click Here To Read)

For Prayer Requests go to:

The July newsletter is up on the website at

Putting our Faith Into Practice:

The Upper Room is Available on the

Welcome Center Desk

Daily Scripture Readings

Monday: Genesis 24:34-38,42-49,58-67

Tuesday: Psalm 45:10-17

Wednesday: Romans 7:15-25a

Thursday: Matthew 11:16-9,25-30

Friday: Titus 2:11-14

Quote of the Week

"Grace is the quiet strength that allows us to heal, to forgive, and to move forward with hope." - Sonia Sotomayor

Weekly Prayer

O Great Spirit, whose breath gives life to the world, and whose voice is heard in the soft breeze; We need your strength and wisdom. Cause us to walk in beauty. Give us the eyes ever to behold the red and purple sunset. Make us wise so that we may understand what you have taught us. Help us learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock. Make us always ready to come to you with clean hands and steady eyes, so when life fades, like the fading sunset, our hearts come to you without shame. Amen – Traditional Native American Prayer, UMCH #329

We Lift Up The Following People:

The Family of Joe Crenshaw

Donna Murray

Sarah McAneny

Jan and Bud Richter

Betty Grant

Maria Molieri (sister of Vince Molieri)

Garrett Humphrey (Pat Wood’s grandson)

Pat Branson

Susie Carbral (Rose Andrade’s sister)

The Family of Helen L. Sturdevant (She Passed Away on 6.22.23)


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