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Sep 8, 2019
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On Sunday, we looked at the story of Jesus, God in the flesh, who invites us to "Come and see." He invites us to walk with him, hang with him, be with him in life. In this context Jesus tells us the true story of God and of ourselves. The challenge is, will we believe and embrace Jesus' story of God and us? The way to being fully human and fully alive is indeed to embrace these truthful and life-giving stories of Jesus.
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  • Sep 8, 2019Available
    Sep 8, 2019
    Available
    On Sunday, we looked at the story of Jesus, God in the flesh, who invites us to "Come and see." He invites us to walk with him, hang with him, be with him in life. In this context Jesus tells us the true story of God and of ourselves. The challenge is, will we believe and embrace Jesus' story of God and us? The way to being fully human and fully alive is indeed to embrace these truthful and life-giving stories of Jesus.
  • Sep 1, 2019Excitement
    Sep 1, 2019
    Excitement
    Sunday concluded our Summer Series "Looking Forward." We ended on the high note of EXCITEMENT. God is a God who shows up in unexpected places and circumstances to do unexpected and amazing things on behalf of his people and mission. How do God's people respond to this? EXCITEMENT, "God has come to help his people!" Are your eyes, minds and hearts open to this work of God? Or, are you fixed only on the circumstances around you/us? Let's be praying for the Holy Spirit to open us to the new possibilities God is cultivating and inviting us to share in.
  • Aug 25, 2019Embassies of the Kingdom–Guest Speaker Mandy Fowler
    Aug 25, 2019
    Embassies of the Kingdom–Guest Speaker Mandy Fowler
    Kingdom embassies, making our lives, homes and relationships places where people encounter Jesus. This is actually incredible. God wants me/you to be a person through whom God becomes present, real and relevant to others. You/we through our day-to-day actions and interactions become the temple of God, the place where God dwells and is experienced. WOW! What a high calling and privilege we have as followers of Jesus. So let's intentionally invite the Holy Spirit to fill us anew each day this week. Let's sing in our hearts, "Here I am Lord," and freely offer ourselves to be vessels of our risen Lord. Let us examine our days and encounters to see if we have been faithful, confess and repent where we have stumbled, rejoice in grace that cleanses and empowers and rise up each day committed to being Christ's embassy to others.
  • Aug 18, 2019Fatigue
    Aug 18, 2019
    Fatigue
    On Sunday we listened to stories about fatigue. Sleeping disciples overcome with grief. A Martha Stewart of the New Testament feverishly working to create hospitality and in her fatigue complaining to Jesus about the lack of help. Grief and busyness...including church busyness can create weary, tired, bodies and souls. The answer? Sabbath resting. Sabbath is God's gift for renewal. How can you practice Sabbath rest this week? Is there something you can stop doing? Is there a relationship in need of renewal? It's okay to stop. It's okay to say, "No more." It's okay to say "yes" to rest and renewal.
  • Aug 11, 2019Failure
    Aug 11, 2019
    Failure
    Failure, not something we aspire to or want to admit. But the story of God's people is rife with failure and God's redemption. On Sunday, we looked at Peter's dramatic failure, his thrice denial of Jesus. One might expect that that event was the last time we'd hear about Peter for he would be cut from God's team. What we find though is a much larger story. This story reminds us that Christ CHOSE Peter, Christ CHALLENGED Peter, and Christ CALLED Peter to "Follow me." His story is our story as we too confess, "I have not loved you with all my heart nor my neighbor as myself."
  • Aug 4, 2019Fear
    Aug 4, 2019
    Fear
    On Sunday we heard the story of people frightened by change, fearful of what they might loose if God's preferred future happened for God's people. They sought to impede God's vision through ridicule and conspiracy theories. We can find ourselves in their shoes. When change happens, we fear what we might loose, position and status, familiar and favored things, even buildings and a sense of place.
  • Jul 28, 2019Questions
    Jul 28, 2019
    Questions
    God is at work all around us at all times. Will we see his work? Are our eyes open? Are we inviting the Holy Spirit to grow our capacity to "see"? This is the take away we ended on this Sunday. We ask God questions that arise from our anxieties. We ask God to fill in the blanks of life. God invites us to deep trust and dependency, to follow and to see his work unfolding all around us.
  • Jul 14, 2019Hope
    Jul 14, 2019
    Hope
    Biblical HOPE is rooted in the character and promises of God. Abram and Sarai are examples of this. They trusted and set out. They faltered and fell. They questioned and fussed. But always they came back to their need and ours to trust in the steadfast love of God and God's ability, as the Apostle Paul said, "To do more than we could ever ask or dream" (Ephesians 3:20).
  • Jul 7, 2019Vision
    Jul 7, 2019
    Vision
    In Nehemiah's story we find "trail markers" to help us develop a vision for our future. A Holy Disatisfaction with our "rubble." Time given to Serious Prayer. Are we at these points? Does our concern for the state of FUMC move us to intentional intercession for God's Spirit to breath life and vision into our Governance Board and Church family? Nehemiah took the next step. It was Risk-Taking but necessary. He begins to make requests of one in a position of influence who could open doors of possibilities. Lastlly Nehemiah goes to Jerusalem and cultivates Shared-Ownership of the vision God has given him.
  • Jun 30, 2019Growing Young
    Jun 30, 2019
    Growing Young
    This morning we welcomed Scott Schueler to worship and share a message with us.
  • Jun 23, 2019Urgency
    Jun 23, 2019
    Urgency
    On June 23 we looked at Israel's story of change and uncertainty. Much like them, Faith UMC has experienced change and uncertainty as our worshiping numbers have declined and our overall age has increased. For Israel and Faith UMC a sense of urgency begs us to Look Forward.
  • Jun 16, 2019Sent
    Jun 16, 2019
    Sent
    Jesus called us to life but in a challenging way. He sends us to our neighbors and co-workers, our friends and acquaintances. As Jesus-sent people we are to agents of liberation and life to these persons and groups. How is this possible? First we need to be a filled with the Spirit of Jesus - another name for the Holy Spirit. Begin each day inviting the Holy Spirit to fill you afresh. 2nd,as Jesus-sent people we share the words of Jesus. Ask the Spirit to give you an awareness for opportunities to share a word of encouragement, welcome, love, forgiveness, wisdom etc. 3rd, as Jesus-sent people we pray for opportunities to do the deeds of Jesus - kindness, compassion, justice. Pray, "Holy Spirit fill me today, give me opportunities to speak words, to act in ways that reflect Jesus and bless others. Amen."
  • Jun 9, 2019Empowered
    Jun 9, 2019
    Empowered
  • Jun 2, 2019The Power of Unity
    Jun 2, 2019
    The Power of Unity
    Guest speaker, Michael Milo