September 14th Stewardship Campaign
Welcome and Affirm; not, Welcome and Homogenate
#Facing Forward@40: Planning for Vitality
Week One: What does it mean to be vital?
The church's mission...drawn from Acts and Jesus' words in the gospels
Theme: Campaign kickoff means helping the church understand the importance of our facing forward with the full anticipation of resourcing our church for ministry. It begins with our understanding of vitality. Vitality being defined as the capacity for survival or for the continuation of a meaningful or purposeful existence. So what is our purposeful existence - making room for many in the kingdom of God thereby making discipleship for JC for the transformation of the world. Last week we talked about loving neighbor and that is the fulfillment of the love but how does that make us vital? It is about creating space emotionally, spiritually and physically for people to encounter love!
Scripture focus: God has already accepted us and we are not to challenge that but rather affirm that in one another. We will each stand before the Lord - that is enough. None of us need feel empowered to be judge and jury for another. In order for us to be vital in Carrollton, in 2014 we must be willing to be a people of affirmation and recognition of God at work in others so the we become encouragers not condemners. This is the original hope for this community forty years ago and this is still the hope for today as we face our future! We have to become a place where people are welcomed and affirmed!
Sermon Text: Romans 14:1-12
September 21st International Day of Peace
Why be a church?
Theme: Why are we a church? What does God expect?
We are a church because we are needed to bring God's goodness to the world. How do we know what God's goodness is? Malachi and Luke is very clear!
Feed the poor, welcome the alien, care for the outcast, etc. (Work in Crop Walk, Be the Church, Acts of Justice, Civil Disobedience for the greater good of humanity, Peace Pole)
5 ...I will draw near to you for judgment; I will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien, and do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts.
6 For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, have not perished. 7 Ever since the days of your ancestors you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. But you say, “How shall we return?”
8 Will anyone rob God? Yet you are robbing me! But you say, “How are we robbing you?” In your tithes and offerings! 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me—the whole nation of you! 10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing. 11 I will rebuke the locust[b] for you, so that it will not destroy the produce of your soil; and your vine in the field shall not be barren, says the LORD of hosts. 12 Then all nations will count you happy, for you will be a land of delight, says the LORD of hosts.
Sermon Text: Luke 4:16-21 (Not is lection)
September 28th Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Righteousness, Faithfulness and Suffering
Week Three: What are our resources? US! the members of HCUMC!
Each of us enters into our relationship with HCUMC by declaring that we will be faithful to Christ through HCUMC with our prayers, presence, gifts, serve and witness. We are the resources!!!!
We are the disciples that are sent to change the world - we we we !!!!!!We are called for a very specific purpose - to pursue God's upward call in Jesus Christ!
Philippians 3:4b-14We are called into relationship with God so that we can learn what it means to be loved by God. As we mature in this knowledge our faith grows and we work for a marriage of our humanity and our divinity. This is the work of faith - suffering is not in the traditional definition of a painful or imposed punishment but rather a denial of those things that really do not allow us to grow in our relationship (righteousness) with God. Letting go of the temporary to grasp for the eternal is what Paul is speaking of when he says we are to pursue God's upward Call in Jesus Christ!
Sermon Text: Philippians 3:4b-14 (Debbie this is from October 5th)