Resources for Pentecost +4
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter
Call to Worship
L: The earth shakes and the water quivers.
P: The wind whistles and the sun listens.
L: The beauty of creation mingles with the power of creation.
P: Awed in wonder and trembling with fear, we seek a safe place,
L: A place to voice our awe in song
P: And welcome God's love that conquers our fear.
Independence Day Sermon (USA):
Itís All about
a sermon based on Galatians 6:1-16
by Rev. Randy L Quinn
Last Sunday, we rose early and headed toward the Lake of the Ozarks
where Melissa attended camp from Sunday until Friday. When it was ďabout
time for church to start,Ē we began looking for a United Methodist
Church Ė and joined a congregation between here and there. (I wonít tell
you the name of the church or its particular location, but I did send a
letter to their pastor related to some of our experiences there.)
I was impressed by their vision and mission statement Ė which were both
printed on the cover of their bulletin:
Name UMC is a light in the darkness for those who are non-churched,
once-churched and badly churched. We offer culturally relevant worship
services to engage the heart, soul and mind. If you feel that God has
given up on you, or you have given up on God, just give us 1 hour of
your life on Sunday morning. We will help you reconnect and get back on
the right path.
Name UMC makes disciples through connecting people to God and neighbor.
It probably says more about me than it does about them, but I liked what
I read. I also liked the statement of faith they used in worship:
Itís not about me, itís about God.
Itís not about us, itís about them.
Itís not about here, itís about there.
Itís not about my needs, itís about their needs.
Itís not about now, itís about eternity.
Let me also tell you that I have spoken with several visitors here over
the past few years and have been glad to hear how many have felt
welcomed and included. Unlike the church we visited last week, you know
how to welcome visitors....Subscribers:
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