Saturday, September 30, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017
Thursday, September 28, 2017
16-17 Sept 2017, Christ Mountain Top
Call to Worship, Psalm 130, p 848
Children, 1 John 1.5-10
Message, John 17.1-26, Romans 5.1-11
Creed, Nicene # 880 (after Scripture, prior to message)
Mission Moment: Angela McNally, shoes
Asking for and receiving God’s forgiveness
4 marks of the church
1. ONE, Unity … in freedom (Moltmann)
… the church
… the communion of saints (individuals) – Apostle’s C.
Justification of the ungodly
Boasting in our suffering
“in the truth; your word”
John’s gospel: “in the beginning was the Word” (1.1)
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (14.6)
On the personal side,
this word is the gospel word of pardon (justify)
“faithful and just to forgive us” (1Jn 1.9)
not about us being “right” because we know THE truth
about us being righteous (justify) and holy (sanctify)
On the global side,
this word is the gospel word to which we are consecrated –
as what Paul calls “ministers of reconciliation” (2Co 5)
as Jesus declares here,
“exactly as you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world” (Bruner trans 17.18, 1003)
Sanctified not for our own sake but for the world
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
September 22, 2017
"I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy."
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Grace to you in the name of Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace, Healer of our Brokenness and Hope of the World!
The great Afro-American Methodist pastor and gospel hymn writer, Charles Albert Tindley was revered for his preaching and musical gifts. Recently, because of the extent of the natural disasters experienced in Mexico, the Caribbean, the United States, and throughout the world, I have found myself thinking of his hymn, "Stand by Me." The words of the first and second stanza read:
"When the storms of life are raging, stand by me; when the storms of life are raging, stand by me. When the world is tossing me, like a ship upon the sea, thou who rulest wind and water, stand by me.
In the midst of tribulation, stand by me; in the midst of tribulation, stand by me. When the host of hell assail, and my strength begins to fail, thou who never lost a battle, stand by me."
Rev. Dr. Tindley's hymn is uplifting the desperate necessity of the presence of God in the storms of life. Too many people in too many places, have experienced overwhelming destruction from the recent natural disasters. Homes have been destroyed, property has been ruined, and most tragically a number of people have perished in these monstrous storms and earthquakes. Our hearts and prayers go to those who are directly affected by the catastrophes, their families, and communities.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Monday, September 25, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
9-10 Sept 2017, Christ Mountain Top
Call to Worship, Psalm 133
Children, Matthew 5.23-24
Message, John 17.1-26, Ephesians 4.1-7
Creed, Nicene # 880
Mission Moment: Hurricane relief
Childhood friendship – refusing to share friendship
Define ourselves by the group we are in
Define our groups by their borders, not their center
Marks of the church
John 17:20-23 I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Unity in Burundi
Hutu vs Tutsi, civil war ended in 2006
New violence brewing – disappearances, mass graves, 250K refugees
Church divided since 2005 – rival bishops, different factions
Aug 29 resolution to reconcile
Monday, September 18, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Collecting cleaning kits and kit ingredients now through Nov 19. These completed kits will hit the road on Sept 24. Thanks to everyone for these concrete expressions of love and compassion. Click for the complete kit directions and other hurricane responses.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Sorry, no video for this week.
Exodus and the Sacraments: Font (2)
2-3 Sept 2017, Christ Mountain Top
Call to Worship, Psalm 78, selections (Open Table only)
Children, John 19.18-37 (especially 33-34)
Message, Exodus 17.1-7
Mission Moment: Hurricane relief
Intro to this series of messages:
4 passages in Exodus that are the basis for extensive NT reflection on the sacraments – Table, Font, Table, Font
2 are part of the exodus proper (deliverance from Egypt)
2 are part of the wilderness experience
Admittedly, we will be reading these Exodus passages through the lens of the NT, not the way our Jewish friends read these passages.
This is “Font 2”
Paul puts this as part of the Lord’s Table
1 Corinthians 10:1-4 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 and all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.
Rabbinic tradition: Miriam – a mobile well that followed Israel
Water (of life) from a woman
Birth? Water breaking? John 3, “born of water & Spirit”
However, clearly read by Paul in sacramental way
Focus today is not on what we learn about baptism from this passage, but how we live a sacramental life
Israel doesn’t look very good here
But neither do the Corinthians, and often neither do we
1 Corinthians 10:12 So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Mark Soldier Wolf (left) and Nelson White Eagle are part of the visiting Northern Arapaho delegation at the former Carlisle Indian Industrial School.
BY JOHN W. COLEMAN
ALL CARLISLE GATHERING PHOTOS TAKEN BY CHARLES FOX / PHILLY.COM PHOTOGRAPHER
At the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., hidden behind the tall chain-link fences draped with black cloth and the signs that read, “Cemetery closed, please respect Native American privacy,” history was being made over the past week, and long-deferred dreams were coming true.
Two leaders of the Eastern PA Conference Committee on Native American Ministries (CoNAM) were involved in unprecedented Army efforts to dig up and repatriate buried remains of renamed Native children who died there over 130 years ago as students of the infamous, former Carlisle Indian Industrial School.
The burial there of Little Plume (aka Hayes Vanderbilt Friday), Little Chief (aka Dickens Nor), and Horse (aka Horace Washington), among nearly 200 others, is part of a dark, painful ongoing legacy of abduction, forced assimilation and reported abuse of more than 10,000 Native children and youth from nearly 50 tribes. Many of them were taken from their homes and brought to the former school from its opening in 1879 until its closing in 1918.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Friday, September 8, 2017
Bessie “Doll” Dodd was released from prison on June 27, 2016.
While she said she was “glad to get out of there” after 35 years of confinement, she added it was “the hardest thing to walk out of those gates and leave my church behind.”
The church Dodd is referring to is Grace Place United Methodist Church, one of two United Methodist Churches located inside U.S. prisons.
... Grace Place is pastored by Rev. Diane Harrison, who started the congregation in the face of many obstacles and setbacks, but has persevered and followed her congregation to its new location.
Dodd told the celebration crowd how "Pastor Diane" came into her life and “turned it upside down” by bringing her to Jesus Christ.
Even though she was physically in prison, Dodd said Grace Place and her new-found faith provided her another kind of “freedom” inside the walls of her prison home.
Dodd was baptized by Memphis Conference Bishop Bill McAlilly when he visited the prison in February, 2013. Click here to read story about McAlilly's visit.
Dodd said Grace Place became a place for her and other imprisoned women to go for worship, Bible study, exercise, craft classes and more. She called it her “home” and said, while choking with emotion, it “transformed” her life.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
26-27 August 2017, Christ Mountain Top
Call to Worship, Psalm 105.1-6, 37-45 (insert)
Children, John 6.1-13
Message, Exodus 16.2-30
Mission Moment: Inmates in Zimbabwe, learning to grow food
Message: (from hand-written notes)
Intro: reading through the NT lens
Equal (implication of the blood)
Eating has social and ethical implications
Social – holidays at grandma’s
Land, sprawl, more chemicals
New Testament context of the sacrament is a communal meal in homes.
Corinthians eating without “recognizing the body”
1. Eating together binds us in a circle/covenant of responsibility and care
Boy in Lesotho
John Howard Yoder, “shared poverty”
2. Daily bread comes with an expiration date
Weighing our plates
Enough is enough (rather than “more” is enough)
God-given, to slaves
Eucharist = “give thanks”
Real Presence of Jesus in the Table
Not just in the bread and cup but in the extended table to the poor (Yoder)
John Howard Yoder, Body Politic