Next Sermon Series:
Revelation The book of Revelation is very mysterious, fascinating, and scary. It has a message for the church of today though. The first three chapters are essentially Christ’s “prescriptions” for the 7 churches of Asia Minor. Our new sermon series will focus on this as we work on our own prescriptions to make us the Church that God has created us to be!
Sermons series called “Christ’s Letters to Seven Churches and Our Five Prescriptions” April 12 “Christ in the Midst of His Church” Revelation 1:9-20 April 19 “Counsel to the Churches in Ephesus and Pergamos” Revelation 2:1-7, 12-17 April 26 “Counsel to the Churches in Thyatira, Sardis, and Laodicea” Revelation 2:18-3:6, 14-22 May 3 “Affirmation of Churches in Smyrna and Philadelphia” Revelation 2:8-11; 3:7-13 May 10 “Praise in the Throne Room of Heaven” Revelation 4:1-11 May 17 “Victory Over Satan and All God’s Enemies” Revelation 12:7-11 May 24 “Our Heavenly Home” Revelation 21:1-8
An All-Church Study will also be on the Book of Revelation. We will be using the book Encounters with God: Revelation by Henry Blackaby, who also wrote Experiencing God. Books for this study can be purchased from the church office or on Wednesday Night as part of Wednesday Nights with Grace.
Stemming the Tide of Random Acts of Mass Violence in America Four members of our church narrowly escaped injury but were badly shaken by the bombing in Boston as they participated in the Marathon. Also shaken were parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting who were there to take part in the closing ceremonies. They were victims of random acts of mass violence twice in less than six months.
Enough is enough. We can no longer sit by and wait for congress to act. We cannot sit by and wait for Homeland Security or the F.B.I. to solve this. We need not feel powerless to do anything about it. We are not powerless. We can make personal choices which, in time, I believe can stem the tide of violence in this country.
My Pledge to Stem the Tide of Violence:
#1: Just turn it off- I will refuse to feed my slightest human fascination with crime, violence, or the macabre. I refuse to watch or take part in anything that sensationalizes violence, death, or crime.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
#2: Pray-I pledge to pray daily for peace and healing in our nation. I will ask God to make me an instrument of peace and healing within my sphere of influence.
”You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” John 15:16
#3. Support-I pledge to support through my involvement and or financial investment local organizations which help children and youth gain esteem and the values of love, respect, honor, and community. (This could be anything from volunteering to help at a local school, or with the scouts, 4-H, soccer, little league; to donating money to fund programming for children and youth at local community centers aimed at keeping kids from slipping through the cracks.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven,” Matthew 5:14-16.
Will you join me in taking this pledge? My goal is to garner 4000 names on the list of people willing to make this personal pledge to stem the tide of violence in our nation by the end of the year? If you will stand with me on this and are willing for your name to appear on the list, just email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org . Simply put “My Pledge to Stem the Tide of Violence” in the subject line and type your name in the email. Please forward this to everyone on your list.
Your email address will not be used for any other solicitations from Grace UMC. However, you may be contacted with additional information on the “Pledge to Stem the Violence” campaign.
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GOD IS GOOD…ALL THE TIME!