Enews: Sunday, January 31, 2021

Dear Friend,

 

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
“The awe of God is the beginning of wisdom.” This is a phrase repeated throughout Wisdom literature, especially in Psalms and Proverbs. All too often, human beings like to reign in God, to claim to know how God works through our own human understanding. Jesus’ questions about the Sabbath, or calling out unclean spirits, spoke to the people of a new understanding of how God was at work-a “new authority.” However, God often spoke to the people throughout the Bible in new ways-raising up prophets, inspiring the sages of old who taught about the awe, or fear, of God. God is beyond our understanding, and our attempts to place limits on what God can do or act often fail-and sometimes, others are excluded, marginalized, and oppressed by our attempts to limit our understanding of God. Paul warned against this in the church in Corinth. Nonetheless, God manages to show us God’s works despite human beings attempts, and human beings go in waves of understanding God is doing something new.

READINGS :

Moses promises that God will raise up a prophet for Israel like him, but warns that the people will be held accountable for whether they listen to that prophet.

Though idols are nothing, if eating meat sacrificed to an idol causes a brother or sister to stumble, we should rather not eat. Rather than knowledge, which creates pride, we should seek love, which builds up.

As Jesus teaches in the synagogue in Capernaum, the people are amazed at him. When he casts out a demon, they are staggered and the news about him spreads throughout the entire region.

Prayer of Brokenness
Almighty One, we confess that we have placed limits on You. We’ve tried to fit you into a box of theology, a box of polity and rules, a box of limited human understanding. You’ve broken the world, even the universe, open to us again and again, but still we try to be gatekeepers. O forgive us, our human, faulty selves, for not listening to You, for not comprehending, for not simply sitting in Wisdom’s understanding and contemplating Your teaching.
Forgive our selfish impulses to try to reign You in and put harmful limitations on others. Call us into Your deeper ways of understanding, and may we truly love one another and love You, for this is what You have commanded. In the name of Wisdom, in the name of Jesus, in the name of the Spirit among us, we pray all things. Amen.

 
Help us staying connected through our prayer….
Please email Jennifer with any of your Prayer Requests, including joys & concerns. Thank you!

Black History Month
Monday, February 1 st
Staff Meeting @ 7pm
Tuesday, February 2 nd –
Confirmation Hour @ 3:30pm
Leadership Team meeting @ 7pm
Wednesday, February 3 rd
Study- “Short Stories by Jesus; The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi’ – 6:45pm
Thursday, February 4 th
Music Rehearsals & Video Recording
Sunday, February 7 th
Christian Formation Hour on ZOOM at 8:45am – “What is the Bible”
Children’s Hour on ZOOM at 9:15am
Worship Online at 10:00am-

Friends,
At our last Charge Conference (church annual meeting) last year we presented a Nominations Report for 2021. However, not all names were included as some of the committees needed to designate a liaison to another committee for example from Staff/Pastor Parish to Finance & Stewardship and so on. Plus, there were changes in leadership in the United Methodist Women. So, here is the full leadership chart for our congregation.

Please be fully aware, we are functioning on an interim basis as a new structure will take place in the fall, remember we began this process in 2019. Nominations & Leadership Development Team will be inviting the congregation for conversation and input. Please stay tuned and watch out for days and zoom invites. Please see full report here.

Thank you.
God’s blessings
Pastor Luis

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