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Greensky Hill Indian United Methodist Church wants all of our neighbors to know
- especially our LGBTQIA2S+ members, family, & friends -
that we see all the people and we welcome all as beloved children of God. All.
This is the Easter Season! Easter is not just one day of proclaiming that life and love are more powerful than death and hatred, but a whole “week of weeks,” as we call it–seven more weeks of daring to dance our dances with hope and passion. So let us continue our praise! Series design/original music © Worship Design Studio, used with permission. Songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, Sarah Sheaffer’s, "A Story for All Ages," and music by Sharon Osterhouse and Jessica Dominic.
"The sun’s in my heart…" sang Gene Kelly as he danced in the rain. Our colorful umbrellas today and for the rest of the Easter season over the next 8 weeks will remind us that we are called to dance our dances of freedom for all the world to see–even and perhaps especially in times of great difficulty. During this season, we will dare to dance again! Dances of hope. Dances of justice. Dances of love. Worship series design and original music © Worship Design Studio, used with permission.
"As we head into Holy Week, we integrate our beliefs and actions for the health of the whole. We know there will still be pain, but we also know love will win.” Worship includes a greeting from Bishop Bard, songs & prayers in Anishinaabemowin & English, Pastor Sarah’s time for children, Pastor Sharon's music, a message about healing from toxic power, and young Wren & Roen's version of Amazing Grace in Anishinaabemowin. Series design/original music © Worship Design Studio, used with permission.
Remembering Christ's final evening in the Upper Room, Bishop Bard calls upon us to open ourselves to God, acknowledging where we have fallen short, and trusting that God loves us – wholly and completely. © 2021 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. MICHIGAN AREA OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.
This meditative service faces the crucifixion through art from around the world, accompanied only by piano and scripture texts from Isaiah and John. May this worship bring the forgiveness and freedom God shares with us, so that we may share it in solidarity with the world Christ came to disturb and save. © 2021 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. MICHIGAN AREA OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.
You are invited to have olive oil and a towel nearby, dim the lights, light a candle, and experience this service on the largest screen you have. You may also want to pause the video in between movements, if you want to take more time. Holy Week Meditation and Rituals of Anointing © www.worshipdesignstudio.com. Used with permission.
This morning’s gathering focuses on two sources of life: light and water, remembering the Epiphany of the Lord (when wise humans from a faraway place and tradition brought gifts to The Promised One) and the Baptism of the Lord (when Jesus humbled himself to be baptized in the wilderness). Enjoy an Epiphany carol, songs/prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, Pastor Sarah's children's message, a message from Mk 1 and Mt 2, and a Prayer Walk with a song from the Drum Voices of Greensky Hill.
How do we love people who do terrible things? What if those people are our neighbors and family members? Let's think about that together this Sunday, 1/17, in the light of Epiphany. Rev. Jonathan Mays leads our online worship service, including songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, Pastor Sarah's children's message, ideas and actions from John 1:43-51, and prayers for healing, peace, and comfort and for anti-racism.
So, how does Jesus fish? The Anishinaabemowin word, “gnaadamaadimi” and Robin Wall Kimmerer’s essay about the Serviceberry helps us think about that together in the light of Epiphany. Rev. Jonathan Mays leads worship, including songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, Pastor Sarah's children's message, ideas and actions from Mark 1:14-20, an anti-racism prayer, and prayers for healing, peace, and comfort.
For victims of colonialism, these are questions of survival: "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?" At Greensky Hill, we not only welcome the hard questions. We embrace them (and, more important, the people who ask them)! Rev. Jonathan Mays leads worship, including songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, ideas and actions from Mark 1:21-28, Pastor Sarah's children's message, an anti-racism prayer, and prayers for healing, peace, and comfort.
I wonder if Mister Rogers was thinking about the unnamed woman who got a second chance at life and immediately nourished others, when he said, "What changes the world? The only thing that ever really changes the world is when somebody gets the idea that love can abound and can be shared." Rev. Jonathan Mays leads our online worship service, including songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, Pastor Sarah's children's message, a Love Feast, and ideas and actions from Mark 1:29-39.
Let's walk together to a high mountain apart, by ourselves, and contemplate an experience that is at once terrifying and so overwhelmingly beautiful that you don't want it to end. Rev. Jonathan Mays leads our online service, including songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, Pastor Sarah's children's message, reflection on the mystery of the Transfiguration in Mark 9:2-9, an anti-racism prayer, and prayers for healing, peace, and comfort.
"Ash Wednesday is a time of naming brokenness. As we enter Lent, we enter into a season of healing and recovery that - as a first step - requires the naming of what has been shattered. We accept responsibility as disciples of Jesus to be the Body of Christ – a body of those who need healing and offer healing in the world. The promise of Jesus is that he is with us in our weariness and burdens." Worship series design and original music © Worship Design Studio, www.worshipdesignstudio.com/vessels
"Beach glass begins as something whole, yet discarded. As it's tumbled by the sea, it's broken and polished until it becomes a treasure. When brokenness enters our lives, Jesus reaches out to remind us that we are worthy of new life in the midst of hopelessness. In a year when pandemic has wreaked havoc on our world, we begin by affirming our journey to physical health." Worship series design and original music © Worship Design Studio, used with permission. www.worshipdesignstudio.com/vessels
“God gathers us as a beachcomber gathers and marvels at every precious surviving piece of beach glass she finds. We are never alone, we are never lost to the one who seeks humanity’s wholeness. We [are] the Body of Christ that knows we cannot be personally healed until we see the interconnected community as part of the process of healing...In a year of devastating loss of livelihood, we consider the economic health that reimagines status quo.” www.worshipdesignstudio.com/vessels
“This week we acknowledge the power of truth-telling.... There are stories that have shaped our lives, leaving us without the ability to see who we truly are in the eyes of God and leaving us without the ability to speak the depth of our stories of struggle. We focus on the importance of recovery of mental health, reclaiming our sense of who we are and being able to proclaim new redemptive stories of divine worth.” Worship series design/original music © Worship Design Studio, used w/ permission.
"We need a touch of inspiration to awaken us from our sleep, as we hear in one of this week’s healing stories. We also awaken to our agency to seek out the Divine Healer, reaching out to touch the power we know can restore our intellect and imagination. We emerge ready to re-engage with the world, seeking and seeing solutions, creating different pictures of life renewed just as a mosaic artist creates beauty from broken pieces of glass." Series/Music © Worship Design Studio, used w/ permission.
“As we consider the health of humanity, we cannot ignore the need to heal the very planet that sustains us.... We want to be 'saved' by something or someone else, but we discover this week that we are in the boat with the One who shows us our power to turn it around, to calm the storm. We protect the jewel that is our home, restoring something beautiful from scars of the past.” Worship series design/original music © Worship Design Studio, used w/ permission.
We remain a sanctuary of love in a setting of natural beauty.
We preserve a unique Native Heritage.
We invite people to experience community as sisters and brothers in Christ and empower people to serve all in need.
Our simple log church was built in the 1840's. Surrounded by trees marking the site of a long sacred meeting place, the church was constructed with large hewn logs notched at the corners and laid horizontally over a stone foundation. Much of the lumber used in the building was brought by canoe from Traverse City. Today the church continues to be an active, racially mixed congregation, some of whom are descendants of original worshipers.
When not practicing social distancing, we serve a free hot breakfast every Sunday at 9 a.m. and if you need extra food, we'll send you home with more. No strings attached! All are welcome at our free meals. If you're interested in worship or other church activities, you are more than welcome; however, you should never feel obligated. We also care for our community with United Methodist Women and Men's Club meetings, Grandmother Moon ceremonies, Bible Studies, children's ministry, water protector events, and other activities.
Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you'll feel welcome at Greensky Hill Indian United Methodist Church, where it's safe to ask the hard questions. We will leave no heart behind.
08484 Greensky Hill Rd, Charlevoix, Michigan 49720, United States
Rev. Jonathan David Mays, Pastor, (231) 459-8067
All are welcome here. Create community with us. Experience this week's worship service on our Home page and previous videos on our Archive page.
Join us in building a new neighborly normal. As we continue to love our neighbors "together apart," check our Facebook page for online worship every Sunday at 9:57 AM, followed by a Zoom Coffee Hour at 10:37-ish.