Monday, March 12, 2018

No Fooling Around – You're Invited

April 1st
Easter Worship
10:30 a.m.


Faith UMC annual Palm Sunday Dinner will be hosted by the UMW on March 25th beginning at 11:30 a.m. (following worship).
UMW will provide the ham, potatoes, drinks and table service. Please bring your favorite side dish to share with others (potluck).
Meals can be delivered to local shuts-ins if the church office is notified of the name and address by noon on March 23rd.
Everyone is invited for this time of fellowship and food. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Lent Defined

From The United Methodist Book Of Worship
“Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday.    Lent comes from the Anglo–Saxon word lencten, which means "spring."   The season is a preparation for celebrating Easter.  Historically, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by converts and then became a time for penance by all Christians. The First Sunday describes Jesus' temptation by Satan; and the Sixth Sunday (Passion/Palm Sunday), Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem and Christ's subsequent passion and death.  Because Sundays are always little Easters, the spirit of Lent should be tempered with joyful expectation of the Resurrection.”

“The Great Three Days—sometimes called the Triduum or Pasch—from sunset Holy Thursday through sunset Easter Day are the climax of Lent and a bridge into the Easter season. These days proclaim the mystery of Jesus Christ's passion, death, and resurrection.  During these days, the community journeys with Jesus from the upper room, to the cross, to the tomb, and to the garden on Easter Day.”

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Drive Through -- Ash Wednesday

"Ashes To Go"
Faith United Methodist Church is on a mission--helping people make time for religion.
The church will host  "Ashes To Go" on Ash Wednesday allowing people of all faiths to drive into the church's covered driveway and receive an ash marking and a short blessing. All are invited to drive through from 11 a.m to 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14.

"People will be able to pull into our covered driveway and have ashes placed on their forehead or hand, share prayer concerns, receive a prayer and be sent on their way," Rev. Alan Gager said.
Some think this drive through option allows Christians to take a short cut on a sacred day that is about self-sacrificing. However, Rev. Gager believes, “The church should meet people where they are; folks shouldn't have to always feel they have to come into the church to meet the presence of God.”   

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the holy season of Lent, a 40-day period leading up to Easter. The day is significant for Christians, because unlike some other religions whose followers publically display their faith, Christians aren't so easily identified. However, on Ash Wednesday, a ash cross on the foreheads identifies people as Christian to neighbors and coworkers. It's one of the only days Christians make a public show of their religious identity.

Rev. Gager believes Christians may receive ashes at any church on Ash Wednesday---“the invitation to participate in ‘Ashes To Go’ is open to everyone. Rain or snow we will be outside waiting for you at the corner of 30th and Severance streets.”

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Upcoming Sermons

February 18  “This is a Real Mess”
Luke 18:9-14--Pharisee & Tax Collector
Things are not right for all of us.  Jesus uses this parable to explain what is necessary to make things right again.
February 25   “Who Left This Mess?”
Luke 19:1-10--Zacchaeus
Our idolatry has made a mess around us and in us.  But like Jesus seeking out Zaccheus, God keeps seeking us out.  Even before we’re ready.  A gracious relationship awaits us.
March 4   “Bless This Mess”
John 5:1-15--Man at the Pool
Sometimes we’d prefer God to simply bless our mess.  It would be easier than actually changing.  But justifying grace doesn’t settle for cheap results.  It seeks full transformation.  First, we need to see our lives for what they are.  Like the man at the pool, we are asked to participate in our own healing.
March 11   “No Messing Around”
John 3:1-21--Nicodemus
Nicodemus struggles.  Grace is not a divine tidiness project.  It insists on nothing less than new life.  And while new birth can be uncomfortable, ‘at-one-ment’ with God is 
the heart of our restoration project.
March 18    “Address This Mess”
Luke 10:38-42--Martha & Mary
God is present with us.  Actively restoring.  Inviting us even closer.  Like these sisters, we can learn to sit at the feet of Jesus.  And find our ourselves perfected in divine love.
March 25    Palm to Passion Sunday
Selected scripture from Luke 19-23
This week starts in Halleluiah! and ends in the death—Just to show the depths to which divine love is willing to go on our behalf.
March 30   Good Friday
Scripture:  John 18:1-19:42
Meditative worship with a reading of the Passion Story from John.

Friday, December 29, 2017

2018 Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions to God
John Wesley, Methodism's founder, liked to do a special service on New Year's Day.
It was a service of re-dedication to God,
sort of like renewing your New Year's resolution to God.
The prayer below is drawn from Wesley's Renewal Service.
What would happen if you prayed it every day for a year?

Wesley Covenant Prayer
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
Exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O Glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Christmas Eve Schedule

 Morning Worship 
10:30 a.m.
Emphasizing the 4th Sunday of Advent
 Christmas Eve Service
7:30 p.m.
Emphasizing the birth narrative and candlelight service