Response to Covid 19

March 24, 2020
Dear Massillon Epworth Family, I hope that you are all staying safe and healthy during this time.
Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton have mandated no gatherings of more than 50 people and strongly encouraged none above 10, as well as closing and restricting businesses. Painful as it is, we are suspending in-person worship to save lives. We do not know how long this will need to last in order to protect others from this highly contagious virus that is more deadly to some than others. We will continue to LiveStream the service on the church’s Facebook page, Epworth United Methodist Church. We are also trying to post the service to the church’s webpage at
We know that members are facing income loss from either job loss or stock market loss. Please continue to send in your offerings as you are able. The church’s regular expenses continue throughout this time and we need your offerings to meet our expenses. These offerings make a huge a difference. We urge people to be faithful in giving and prudent in spending. You can mail in your offerings (3061 Lincoln Way, NW, Massillon, 44647), or drop them off at the church during office hours. We are currently researching electronic giving and will provide further information once we have it. We must care for people first. We are closely monitoring our church bank balances.
Our Day Care has been granted a temporary pandemic license and we are monitoring daily whether they will be able to remain open. We are currently operating with a reduced staff and a reduced number of children.
Until further notice, Frances will continue to work in the church office Monday-Thursday 9 am to noon.
If you need to contact Pastor Les, please reach out to him by one of the following methods:
Email:; Cell Phone: 330.284.6531; Home Phone: 330.938.7704.
To be honest, we don’t know what will be asked of us in the coming days. We will all have to adapt to the changes we can’t yet foresee – and we will do so knowing that God both cares for us and will provide what we need.
In Christ’s Love,
Nate Lockwood
Church Council Chair

Weekly Liturgy

July 5, 2020
(Fifth Sunday After Pentecost)
Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:25-30

The Prelude


Birthdays and Announcement

*Call to Worship:
Leader: When we consider God’s laws; they seem like a heavy yoke with
which we are burdened.
People: We are reminded that Jesus invited us to take his yoke, which is light
and easy to bear.
Leader: Jesus comes in fulfillment of the law, giving us grace when the law would
condemn us.
People: We are burdened with sin, and come to Christ, that he may lead us
into the joy of salvation.

*Opening Hymn “God Hath Spoken by the Prophets” UMH # 108

Opening Prayer
You know our frustration, Father: We want to be righteous, but we are possessed by sin. Forgive us when our human nature makes it so difficult for us to express the righteousness we desire. Help us to depend more on Christ to enable us to live the life of the Spirit, so that we may not continue with our minds controlled by our human nature. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

A Time to Share Joys and Concerns

Prayer Hymn “Spirit of the Living God” UMH # 393

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Special Music

Children’s Chat

Special Music

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings


The Prayer of Dedication

Hymn of Preparation “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy” UMH # 340

Scripture Lessons: Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:25-30

Sermon: “WHO WILL RESCUE ME?” Rev Les Peine

*Hymn of Dedication “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” UMH # 400


*Parting Chorus “America the Beautiful” UMH # 696