Hey did you just raise your hand to join this choir and commit to the requirements? We have reached Chapter 10 of our study book. We have covered Eight Beatitudes being “The Sermon on The Mount”, by Jesus Christ. Yet, Jesus continued his sermon’s talking points with the following?
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12 (NIV))
Come on join in and Sing and Shine! “From the rising of the sun to its setting The name of the Lord is to be praised (with awe-inspired reverence) Psalm 113:3 Amp.
“Capital Caring received a beautiful donation of dozens of poinsettias throughout our Adler Center for Caring in honor of Mary Grace Henry and the care she received. Thanks to her friends and family for brightening the holiday season of everyone at the Adler Center.”
Margaret Galles…Resource Development Coordinator…Capital Caring’s Adler Center for Caring on the Van Metre Campus…24419 Millstream Drive…Aldie, VA 20105
MG’s Memorial garden being established at the Adler Center is a 🦋butterfly garden🦋 for others to pause, reflect, meditate and pray. Thanks to all that gave either financially, prayers and time to serve. A beautifully legacy to honor Mary Grace Henry. As my sister shared of this kindness as well as MG’s piano story, This is Christmas. The Merriest of Christmas to All!
My dear friend of NC posted this story of her church on FB. I xxx’s out the name of churches. Why, because we are seeing this often in many places. It happened to our church. We had our glory days of what we loved as church much like described here. This makes some of us wonder how to define today’s church? Changes all around us. How do we move forward?
“Today is a day that we’ve known for sometime was inevitable, and today was that sad day! We had our last regular Sunday worship service at xxx UMC! The reason: Too few people! One questions why oh why? Did we fail God? Did we not do enough? I’m sure the answer to those questions, at times, has to be a resounding yes! On the other hand, is it a sign of the times in which we’re living? That too, has to be answered yes. Church attendance in our nation is way down and many churches are closing. The members are older, with few or no young people. We have one 17 year old and the next youngest are 60 plus!
We have watched young family members move away, members die, and members just leave!
We see many people in our community not attending church anywhere or anytime? little children playing in the yard on Sunday morning!
If there ever was a time we all need to be in Church, it is now!
The UM Conference gave us two choices: close the doors and go our separate ways, or merge with another Church.
We are blessed in that we have a Sister Church, xxx with whom we share our minister. The official merger will not take place for a while, but we decided that it is in the interest of both congregations to begin worshipping together, and that will begin next Sunday.
We look forward to worshipping and serving with our new Church family! We are excited about the new opportunities we will have to worship and serve while promoting God’s Kingdom here on earth!
TO God be the Glory!”
“Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8, NRSV
“Today, the questions in the church are different. In the church, as in much of life, “Who benefits?” is more important than the validity of certain beliefs. So the primary question becomes, “How can the church benefit me?” For this reason we see persons “shopping’ for congregations that can provide the most.” – Joe E. Pennel Jr. “God, Cornbread, and Elvis”
Pastor Pennel also states, “AS TIME PASSES, questions change. Back in the 1960s when I became a pastor, the primary faith question was, “Is it true?” College students, teachers, scientists, and others wanted to know the truth as presented by Christianity. Study groups, classes, conferences, and conversations went on and on about the convictions and claims of Christianity. …”
When we read the Word of God it spans thousands of years. When we read the words and opinion of Pastor Pennel he snapshots maybe 60 years or less. It sounds like we are facing a church that has veered in dangerous waters in less than 60 years. This type of thinking and reporting really gets my attention. My question that’s looking for an answer. Does either church, ‘the back in the 60’s or ‘the now church’ either model the church of over 2,000 years ago? If so, in what way?
Just seems so soothing and healing to recall Words that heal and not harm. The Psalmist give us many but today in the USA this Psalm sings loudly in my heart!🎼✝️❣️
133:1 “How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!
133:2 It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes.
133:3 It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For there the LORD ordained his blessing, life forevermore.”