Romans 8:23-25. Hope is “to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true.” (see Merriam-Webster) Is that really what hope is for us as followers in the way of Jesus? How do we hold on to hope when things seem bad, personally or in the world? This Sunday we will explore hope together in worship!
We need some help and thought some of you might be interested! As you know we bought a new-to-us worship building and its adjacent house (the “Mission House”). We are working on the getting the house ready for meals and events which involves us doing some painting. Would you be willing to spend some time in the next couple of weeks painting? You can help us get ready for mission and ministry in our new setting! Sign up on Sunday or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Luke 17:5-6. In one of Paul’s best-known passages about Love (1 Corinthians 13), he concludes his remarks by telling us that “now faith, hope, and love remain; these three virtues must characterize our lives. The greatest of these is love.” These three virtues must characterize our lives. This week is the first of three weeks about these virtues; we begin with a consideration of faith. What is faith? Can we get more? Find out Sunday!
Some folks have been asking me over the last year this question: Have we bought a new church yet? My initial response (at least in my head) is that one cannot “buy” a church; we are the Church. However, I knew what folks meant and that in various ways all of us were expressing our uncertainty about what the future would hold, whether we would find our way into the future that God might have for us. Sometimes the question arose of whether or not selling had been God’s will or not. I am absolutely certain for a variety of reasons that we needed to make the change, that God was in all of that.
So on we looked and PRAYED. There was a lot of praying going on. Recently (early August), we saw a piece of property that is all of 500 feet from where we were before. On September 30, after due diligence and more prayer and discerning, we closed on the property and on October 3 we had our first annual meeting (called “Charge Conference” in United Methodist circles) in the worship space!
We are now working on getting the space and its adjacent house (I’m calling it our “Mission House”) ready for us move in, hopefully by the beginning of December (for Christmas!). It’s not quite ready for open houses yet but we will keep you up to date on what is happening!
Keep praying and imagining what God might have in store for us!
Ecclesiastes 3:9-13. We’ve looked at all kinds of beauty though certainly not exhaustively- beauty in a painting, in music, in the work of our hands. What is beauty? How will we find it and enjoy it? What do you think beauty is? This Sunday’s assignment, should you chose to accept it, it to bring something of beauty to worship. You cannot fail at this assignment for, at the very least, you will bring yourself! However, if you’d like to bring something special or beautiful, do it. I won’t call on you to talk about it in worship; just bring whatever it is with you.
Genesis 2:4-9. I have to admit I changed up the Bible passage for this week. I was working with a passage from Jeremiah about the potter and the clay (God as the potter) when I thought about this beautiful passage about God’s hands-on shaping of humanity in the second chapter of Genesis. This week we will talk about beauty in the act of creation and not just the Big Beginnings but in the everyday ways we “shape” pieces of our lives; we are co-creators with God! Join us in considering how “fearfully and wonderfully” we are made and how we share with God in the ongoing process of making!