Hello and welcome to the First United Methodist Church here in Carrollton, Ohio. You’re probably wondering what we mean by our slogan “Following Jesus…Sharing His Love”. Well, we’re a group of ordinary and imperfect people who agree that this is the simplest way to describe what a Christian ought to do. It’s not always easy and none of us get it right all the time, but it’s a journey we choose to take. And there’s a place waiting for you right here, so come and take this life-long journey with us.
Carrollton First UMC is located at 253 South Lisbon Street, Carrollton, Ohio 44615
Contact us by phone: 330-627-7671 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternative Contemporary Worship Service Updates:
UPCOMING EVENTS for the bridge
Please pray and invite!
January 24 Worship 6 p.m. @ Fairgrounds
Feb. 14 Valentine Dinner 6 p.m. @ Fairgrounds
Feb. 22 Worship 10 a.m. @ Fairgrounds
March 7 Square/Line Dance (Evening) @ Fairgrounds
March 22 Worship 10 a.m. @ Fairgrounds
April 3 Good Friday Service @ Fairgrounds
January 25, 2015 - Third Sunday after the Epiphany
First Scripture Lesson: Psalm 139:13-16
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
Gospel Lesson: Luke 15:11-24
The Parable of the Lost Son
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.