Thursday, October 27, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Monday, October 24, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Call to worship, Psalm 25.11-22
Children, Acts 12.1-17
Message, Acts 6.1-7
Two weeks ago, we introduced this series of messages on the spiritual practices that help us walk with God. Last week, the focus was on the LIFE of Worship; this week, we look at the Community of FRIENDS. Next week, we’ll examine the PURPOSE of Mission. We’ll wrap it all up on October 30 with an invitation to step out on new adventures, to follow the trail blazed by Jesus and the great cloud of witnesses, and to leave a few blazes of our own for those who come after us.
The white blaze that we show is from the Appalachian Trail, the “AT”, that Steve Ross is hiking. He told me about the tradition of “Trail Magic” – unexpected kindness and friendship encountered along the way. This is one of those stories:
VIDEO – Steve Ross
Theme Scripture for the series:
Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,
and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,
looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith,
who for the sake of the joy that was set before him
endured the cross, disregarding its shame,
and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider him, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.
from Hebrews 12:1-3
We are made for connection, for friendship. Yet, we struggle with it. I had a friend in college who told me about a class assignment in which he had to list his best friends, and he named me among them. The problem was … he wasn’t one of my best friends. Awkward.
We want to make friends, but we feel lonely. Two’s company, three’s a crowd … so we blend into the background in a larger group and remain friendless because we haven’t found the right person with whom to connect. None of us want to be a third wheel, but we don’t want to be solo either.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016
By the communications director for Mission Central ... reminding me of living in South Carolina for college during Hurricane Hugo. Keep those affected by this storm in your prayers, support Mission Central and The United Methodist Committee on Relief's disaster relief efforts. And, read the full story on their site.