At the Cottage Grove United Methodist Church we dedicate ourselves to Worship God, Love People, Train Disciples, and Serve the Community.  We are a caring church that partners with the others to open its doors to serve the community.  We would love to meet you and get to know you.  Come worship with us!


We are an active church with about 35 in worship.   A Guatemalan Evangelical Church meets in our building to worship in their native Mam Mayan language. A non profit Christian FNP has an office in our building.  We reach out to all people and want to share our love of the Lord with you.


Reverend Craig Pesti-Strobel  is the pastor of the Cottage Grove United Methodist Church.  He also serves as the pastor of the Junction City United Methodist Church in Junction City, OR.

Because of this shared arrangement, Pastor Craig alternates Sundays between the two churches. He will be in residence in Cottage Grove on the following Sundays.

January 5 and 19, February 2 and 16, March 1, 15 and 29, April 12 and 26, May 10 and 24, June 7 and 21.

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May 10, 2020

“Truth is the Foundation Stone”

Words of Welcome

Today, let us continue to lay this foundation stone in our lives and in our families, as we come to Him in worship.

Opening Song            “Come to Me”(Christopher Grundy)

Laying the Foundation                 1 Peter 2:2-10  (NRSV)

Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built[a] into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture:

“See, I am laying in Zion a stone,
    a cornerstone chosen and precious;
and whoever believes in him[b] will not be put to shame.”

To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,

“The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the very head of the corner,”


“A stone that makes them stumble,
    and a rock that makes them fall.”

They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people,[c] in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

10 Once you were not a people,
    but now you are God’s people;
once you had not received mercy,
    but now you have received mercy.

Silence and Centering Prayer                                 

Liturgist: Let us pause for a moment of centering in silence, allowing these words sink deeply into the depths of our being.


Psalm Meditation        Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16              Read bold print

In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;
    do not let me ever be put to shame;
    in your righteousness deliver me
Incline your ear to me;
    rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
    a strong fortress to save me.

You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
    for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,
take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
    for you are my refuge.
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
    you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

My times are in your hand;
    deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
Let your face shine upon your servant;
    save me in your steadfast love.

Moment for Formation                                     Pastor Craig

Song                “Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation”

Scripture Reading                John 14:1-7 (NRSV)

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Sermon               “Truth is the Foundation Stone”       Pastor Craig

Song          “What Does the Lord Require of You?”   (Strathdee)

Prayers for Our World and One Another

Let us enter now into a time of prayer for one another and for our world. We will do what is called a Bidding Prayer. I will open, and then I will bid your prayers based around various categories. During the silence after each category is bid, I invite you to add your own prayers, either aloud or in silence. I will then close with a prayer, then the Lord’s Prayer. Let us be in prayer.


Let us pray now for all who are ill, in hospital or at home, especially those affected by cancer or COVID-19.


Let us pray now for all medical and emergency services personnel who are responding to the best of their abilities with the resources that they have at hand.


Let us pray now for all those who are hungry or food insecure, and for all community and religious efforts to provide food and shelter.


Let us pray for the leaders of nations around the world, not only regarding their response to this pandemic, but also that they may do everything possible to assure the health and welfare of their citizens.


Let us pray for our friends, family, and neighbors for their health and well-being.


Let us also express our thanks to God for the expressions of love and caring that we have witnessed in our families, communities, and world.


Let us express our gratitude for life and the myriad things that gladden our hearts.


These prayers, spoken aloud or in silence, we lift into the universal embrace of the One who is Love, and we make them in the name of the One who showed us what Love looks like in the flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord, and we now join our voices in the prayer he taught us, saying:

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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen

Prayer Response        “Leaning In” (by Christopher Grundy)


Closing Song    “Happy the Home When God Is There”


May the Lord bless you and keep you,

May the Lord unbind you and set you free.

May the Lord shine light upon your path,

And illuminate the Way of Christ before you.



May 3rd, 2020

April 26, 2020

April 19, 2020

A Service of Doubt, Faith, and Surprise

Easter Sunday

Palm/Passion Sunday
April 5, 2020
“From Cheers to Jeers”

Previous Sunday Services are Below.

A Service of Our Longing for Healing and Togetherness


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