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Sharing Our Resources

The MessageEvery time I visit a church for the first time I see something surprising. If you have ever served as a trustee you will back me up on this: churches find creative solutions to challenges (sometimes in ways that leave future generations shaking their heads). We are adaptive and adaptable, adjusting to meet the needs of a community in a time and place. Above all else, our faithfulness drives us to be resourceful. Continue reading “Sharing Our Resources”

Sunday School is Back!

Sunday SchoolFor parents and those who have nieces, nephews, grandchildren, neighbors and more, the schedule for Sunday morning looks like this:

10:30AM: worship begins, all children present. Opening prayer, one hymn, scripture reading, and children’s message all take place with children to receive and participate.

10:45AM: Children follow Kim or other teachers downstairs to the one Sunday School room. There they will find two tables, one for younger children, and one for our bigger kids, where each will receive a lesson geared toward their learning level.

It is our hope that the children will be awakened to the gracious love of God and felt called to pass that on.

Joyful Noise

The 100th Psalm is a favorite of many, myself included. It’s short and memorable:

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

Worship the LORD with gladness;

come before him with joyful songs.

Know that the LORD is God.

It is he who made us, and we are his;

we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving

and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;

his faithfulness continues through all generations. (NIV)

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By your side I will seek other seas.

The MessageAs Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:18-20 (NIV) Continue reading “By your side I will seek other seas.”

Let it Rise

The MessageI have a bread machine that I like quite a bit. I dump in ingredients, push a button, and leave the room as it clangs and clatters. This is a very different sort of baking to what my great grandparents and their great grandparents would recognize. Still, if I look through the little window at the top of the machine after its initial kneading cycle, I can see something incredible happen: the tiny little packet of yeast I added, when given a little heat and time, causes this wet, gloppy mess to rise. Instead of dense, heavy teeth cracking bread we end up with something light, flaky and delicious.

Some people believe this short parable may be the most revolutionary of all Jesus’s teachings. God’s kingdom is like a small amount of yeast that mixes into a whole big mess of flour until “all of it was leavened.” The greatest movements of God in the world start small, with people not sure of themselves, their gifts, or anything else. And yet, when the Holy Spirit is in the mix, we all rise.

What gifts do you bring? How might they mix into this church, this community, and this world to help spread the Kingdom of God?

Prayer: Lord, help me to use what you’ve equipped me with to bless this world as you would have me do.

God’s Grace and Peace,

Pastor Ben

Sing Boldly

The MessageGreetings in the name of Jesus Christ!

Page vii in the United Methodist Hymnal relays “Directions for Singing” that come straight from John Wesley in 1761. They include admonitions to know and “sing all” the hymns contained within (can you imagine?) as well as other direct criticisms and instructions: “sing lustily and with good courage… beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep… sing modestly… do not bawl… sing in time… above all sing spiritually… have an eye to God in every word you sing.” Continue reading “Sing Boldly”