Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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When the five last members of North Grafton United Methodist Church in Massachusetts voted to close and sell their building four years ago, they had no idea what would happen.
Denominational officers told them, “We’re going to send you a planter,” said Sue Novia, 73, one of the last five at North Grafton UMC. “We thought, ‘What is a planter?’”
But Grafton-area residents are now embracing a fresh style of worship at the three-year-old church plant called Simple Church(link is external), a United Methodist congregation where 30 to 40 share the Lord’s Supper every Thursday over dinner. The church is also pioneering a revenue model that puts less strain on parishioners by generating income from a trade -- in this case, bread baking.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
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8-9 July 2017, Christ Mountain Top
Call to Worship, Psalm 99
Children, Matthew 22.15-22
Message, 1 Thessalonians 1
Vince Lombardi: Let’s get back to basics … This is a football.
Paul and his team spent only four weeks with the folks in Thessalonica before the riot forced them out of town. And they’ve fallen in love with them, with their authenticity, with the way they are real. We talk about spirituality here at Christ Church in terms of being “giving, faithful, and real”. It was the realness of these folks and their response to God that captured Paul’s heart.
Two towns and one riot later, Paul is in Athens. Timothy and Silas had stayed behind after the riot in Berea to give Paul’s last minute instructions to the new church there. It appears that, after finalizing details in Berea, Timothy went back to Thessalonica to handle details there and pass on Paul’s greeting and prayers.
Paul’s obviously gotten some good news from those folks and writes this letter with much tangible pleasure in the stories he’s heard.