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Enews: Sunday, February 17, 2018

First United Methodist Church ENews Sunday, February 17 Dear Friend, How we choose to live has consequences. We have been given, in the Scriptures and in Christ’s example, a picture of the kind of life that brings about greater wholeness and joy for those who live it. But, we have also been given a picture […]

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Enews: Sunday, February 10, 2019

Dear Friend:To follow the call of God is not an easy one, but the wise perceive and understand God’s ways. God leads us away from the ways of the world that secure wealth and power. Instead, we are led into a deeper way of loving one another. We are taught a better way of life, […]

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Enews: Sunday, February 3, 2019

Dear Friend:Speaking truth to power is dangerous, but necessary. In our current time, it seems that so many powers are at work to silence others. When marginalized voices begin to speak up, and a chorus begins to grow-often the ones who are oppressed become seen as the problem that must be squelched, rather than the […]

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Enews: Sunday, January 27, 2019

  Jesus comes in the line of the prophets before him, proclaiming something new out of a very old tradition. Sometimes, we see Jesus as breaking from tradition, but throughout the history of the Bible, the prophets and priests were having to proclaim something new out of the old. The priest Ezra preached in the square […]

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ENews Sunday, January 20, 2019

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance SundayDear Friend,         In this season after the Epiphany, we continue to experience the ways Christ is revealed to the world, but also to us as followers of Christ. Where do we see the signs? What causes us to pause, and believe? Where do we hear God speaking out? What is […]

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Enews: Sunday, January 13, 2019

Baptism and beginnings: it’s both a wonderful and terrifying image. John the Baptizer was not a gentle man. He warned those gathering near him to bear fruit, to show inward transformation, before coming forward to be baptized. The purification by God is painful, because it strips away the parts of us that do not bear […]

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Enews: Sunday, January 6, 2019

FDear Friend,         We enter this new year on Epiphany, remembering how it was foreign visitors-outsiders-who saw that God was doing something new. Herod and all of Jerusalem were frightened. To them, this new king, this new understanding came out of nowhere. Even for the writer of Matthew’s gospel, the looking back to the Hebrew scriptures came […]

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Enews: Sunday, December 30th, 2018

One Worship Service at 10:00am in our SanctuaryDear Friend,         And so we jump from the manger to the Temple when Jesus is twelve years old. We’ll be going back to his childhood later, but in the meantime, we are faced with a Jesus who is very human – learning, debating, growing, looking rather like Samuel did […]

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Enews: Sunday, December 23, 2018

Dear Friend,          The last week of Advent returns us to the beginning of John’s story, as Mary, pregnant with Jesus, visits Elizabeth, and John leaps within his mother’s womb. Mary’s song is, of course, one of the highlights of the birth narratives, and carries a powerful justice-proclaiming message. In the waiting of Advent, it can be […]

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Enews: Sunday, December 16, 2018

Dear Friend,          The season of Advent reminds us of the time before Christ. John the Baptizer came to prepare the way for Christ, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The prophets also spoke of hope in their day for a people who had suffered, who had been led astray by religious leaders […]

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