Welcome to Living Water United Methodist Church Marion, Iowa
Welcome to Living Water United Methodist Church Marion, Iowa

We want to be your church! We invite you to join us! Our prayer is that you will enjoy the positive experience of God's presence and love in our activities at Living Water UMC. And we hope you have a good experience, tell your friends, and come back next Sunday!


Our Sunday worship consists of a one-hour contemporary worship service with Pastor Brian and music from the Living Water Praise Band and musical videos.  We have Sunday School for children after the prayer song.


We also provide tables and chairs in the back of the sanctuary for your comfort if you wish. We have crayons and coloring pages for children at the Information Booth. We also have a changing table for infants and high chairs for young children. The Nursery has lots of toys for infants and toddlers.

What to expect for Sunday worship:


Come as you are

  • Song of praise (stand if you're able)

  • Greeting and call to worship (stand if you're able)

  • Blessing one another (greet the person next to you)


Grow as you're led

  • Prayer Song; Prayer of the people and The Lord's Prayer*

  • Children's Song; (Sunday School in the Sunday School room)

  • Offering prayer (Offering your gift in the basket)

  • Proclaiming God's word (scripture reading)

  • Prayer for illumination

  • Sharing the Good News; sermon by Pastor Brian

  • Communion** on the first Sunday of the month; see below

Serve as you're able

  • Invitation to serve--song and benediction (end of service)


  • Please join us for snacks and fellowship after the service

  • Optional small group study (if scheduled)



** Communion is held the first Sunday of the month:

Holy communion is the Lord's table and is open to all who wish to come. No matter what you have done in the past, if you want Christ in your life, you are welcome at His table to take communion.

We serve communion by "intinction" which means you dip the bread into the grape juice. The musicians and support people are asked to receive communion first and then the ushers will signal each row to proceed to the front of the church sanctuary. [If you cannot stand, the pastor will come to your seat.]

Take a piece of bread from the pastor or church member who will say "Christ's body broken for you". Then dip the bread in the glass of grape juice and the pastor or a church member will say "The blood of Christ shed for you". You may say "Amen" (meaning Yes or This is True) and then return to your seat. You may use the kneeling benches after communion, if you wish, for a personal prayer.


What is Lent and Why Does It Last 40 Days?


Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring."


The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection.


In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.


Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter" and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.


What is Emmaus?


The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The program's approach seriously considers the model of Christ's servanthood and encourages Christ's disciples to act in ways appropriate to being "a servant of all."


The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with a 72-hour short course in Christianity, comprised of fifteen talks by lay and clergy on the themes of God's grace, disciplines of Christian discipleship, and what it means to be the church. The course is wrapped in prayer and meditation, special times of worship and daily celebration of Holy Communion. The "Emmaus community," made up of those who have attended an Emmaus weekend, support the 72-hour experience with a prayer vigil, by preparing and serving meals, and other acts of love and self-giving. The Emmaus Walk typically begins Thursday evening and concludes Sunday evening. Men and women attend separate weekends.

During and after the three days, Emmaus leaders encourage participants to meet regularly in small groups. The members of the small groups challenge and support one another in faithful living. Participants seek to Christianize their environments of family, job, and community through the ministry of their congregations. The three-day Emmaus experience and follow-up groups strengthen and renew Christian people as disciples of Jesus Christ and as active members of the body of Christ in mission to the world.
—from What Is Emmaus? Copyright The Upper Room

* The Lord's Prayer is recited at every service

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 sins as we forgive those who sin against us,
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory. Amen.


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