It’s officially the last day of summer vacation. Tomorrow big backpacks, buses, crossing guards, and all the other signs that schools are back in session will be on full display here in Flemington. Continue reading “Identifying Marks”
I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at images coming out of Houston and surrounding areas, images of flooding and destruction and of the thousands of people whose lives have been turned upside down. Ordinary neighborhood streets have become canals where a combination of professionals and volunteers are working to ferry trapped people to safety. Continue reading “Don’t Look Away”
As 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.”
Forgetfulness is a part of life. The more we see, learn, and experience, the more stuff gets… pushed aside and left behind. The sacrament of Holy Communion speaks to this reality every month. Continue reading “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Psalm 34:8”
I 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,
Greetings 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”
Our church is getting a new pastor this Sunday, July 2nd.
We invite everyone to come hear Pastor Ben Lee’s first message for us at 9:30AM, then stick around for brunch and meet his wife, Melissa, and their four children.
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.