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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”

Now Hiring

The Flemington United Methodist Church in Flemington, NJ is seeking to employ a full-time Director of Music to work with the pastor in selecting and playing music for Sunday worship services. The Director of Music will lead people of all ages in the congregation in music-making experiences so that they:

  • may grow in understanding the Christian faith and music’s role in that faith.
  • will develop and strengthen their relationship with God.
  • will become better equipped for daily living as faithful Christian disciples.
  • will gain basic music skills so that they may effectively serve the church as music leaders.

Continue reading “Now Hiring”