Enews: Sunday, November 17, 2019

First United Methodist Church ENews
Sunday, November 17
8:00am Worship in the Chapel
8:45am Christian Formation
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary
Dear Friend,

We await Christ’s return in our world and lives in a new way. We are not swayed by the stories of war and destruction, for they have been part of our stories for a long time. Instead, we are swayed by signs of hope, stories of faithfulness. We know that God hears our prayers, our cries for justice. And we know the time will come when God will make a new heaven and a new earth, when God will restore what has been taken from the oppressed and marginalized. God’s justice is restorative.
It is not easy, and it is painful for those who have privilege, but God’s justice restores God’s intention for creation and for all of us-that we might all have abundant life. To those who have, it is painful to give up, but to those who have gone without, it is good new worth rejoicing about.
Isaiah’s vision of a new heaven and new earth, a place where God dwells, and where all people enjoy prosperity, health, well-being and long life.
Paul admonishes the believers to be disciplined, to concentrate on their own work and do it well, and to ensure that they do not grow tired of doing what is right.

Jesus predicts the destruction of the temple, and warns his followers about the false messiahs, wars, and persecutions that they will have to face.
Almighty God, You are our judge. You are the one who knows who we are, what we are capable of, and what we have done. Forgive us where we have fallen short. Forgive us when we have not lived into Your ways of justice and mercy. Forgive us when we have fallen into the ways of the world that prop up systems of injustice. Forgive us when we unconsciously participate in in systemic sin, that destroys Your creation, harms people who are marginalized, and removes the basic human rights and dignity of others. Call us into repentance and reparation.
Call us into accountability for our ways. Lead us into the paths of healing and restoration. Help us to seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphans and others who are on the margins, and to plead for those who are in need. Remind us to participate in our civic government to make changes here and now, for the work we do for others is eternal work, O God. It is the commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves. Almighty God, lead us in right paths, for Your name’s sake. Amen.
10:00am Worship
Music:  Fusion
 Ushers:  Steve Anderson, Melanie Johnson, 
Amy ThorpeJeff Kaiser
Coffee And…:  Sandy and Shirley Wright

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Thank you.

Thursday November 14
6:30pm Aldersgate Ringers
7:15pm Chancel Choir
8:30pm Fusion
Friday, November 15
6:30pm ReDefine Game Night
Saturday, November 16
6:00pm 3rd Saturday
Sunday, November 17
9:00am Shepherding Team
Thursday November 21
6:30pm Aldersgate Ringers
7:15pm Chancel Choir
8:30pm Fusion

Our Advent Study Sunday’s in December $7.00 needed by this Sunday to order your book!
Just as Christmas can promise so much and often deliver so little, our own lives can seem bittersweet when we consider dreams we may have had that never came to pass. But, as George Bailey discovered in the classic Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life, it is never too late to re-evaluate our lives, to find so much to be thankful for, and to live again. This can also be a time to discover new hope in our relationship with God.
To Live Again is an original Advent course based on, and inspired by, It’s a Wonderful Life. In four weekly study sessions, structured around key scenes from the film, it explores the following themes:
* Hopes and Dreams
* When Life Doesn’t Go Our Way
* In the Dark Times
* The Right Perspective
Each section includes timing references for watching scenes from the movie on a DVD, questions for discussion in groups or for private reflection, activities and suggested prayers.


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