Thursday, May 30, 2019
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Saturday, May 25, 2019
An educator from the Alliance Biblique de Côte d'Ivoire conducts a public health lesson on AIDS in the sanctuary at Jerusalem Parish United Methodist Church in Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire in this November 2008 file photo. Preventive education is among the topics that will be discussed during the United Methodist Global HIV/AIDS Committee West Africa Summit May 19-21 in Abidjan. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
May 16, 2019 | UMNS
A 2017 report jointly published by UNICEF and UNAIDS, showed that West and Central Africa lagged behind in HIV prevention and treatment for children and adolescents. In 2016, an estimated 60,000 children were newly infected with HIV in West and Central Africa, with the highest number among those aged 15 to 19 years.
In addition, the use of life-saving antiretroviral therapy among children living with HIV is the lowest in the world, the report said, because of the limited capacity to perform the tests needed for early infant diagnosis of HIV.
The West Africa summit was proposed by Patrick Abro, a United Methodist missionary in Congo who served on the Global AIDS Committee from 2008 to 2016. Previous educational forums sponsored by the committee have taken place in East Africa (Nairobi), the Philippines (Manila) and the United States (Indianapolis).
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Thursday, May 23, 2019
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Easter Egg (1): Thomas
27-28 Apr 2019, Christ Mountain Top, Easter 2
Praying the Psalm, Psalm 118.14-29 (19-29 at 6:00 and 10:45)
Children, Acts 5.17-42, with Easter eggs
Message, John 20.19-31
Mission Moment, EarthKeeper pastor saves turtles
At a carnival event in our front lawn, a guest, mother of a young child enjoying the bounce house, remarked, “I’m not really into religion. What kind of a church are you?” There are a lot of potential answers to that question, but I did not know anything about this person except the lead – not into religion. How would you respond?
· “We’re United Methodist.” But, she’s not religious.
· “We do a lot with kids and families.” But that’s obvious from the nature of the event and does nothing to address her reservations.
· “I’m not religious either.” Of course, once people know you are a pastor, they will struggle to believe that. Unless they’ve played soccer with you. Then it’s like, “You’re a pastor?! Do you throw elbows when you preach?”
Do you appeal to the mom in her? Do you appeal to the skeptic? Or do you just put it all out there? Over the years, I’ve tried on a number of different answers. On this day, I didn’t have time to reflect. I just reacted: “We’re just all about Jesus.”
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Friday, May 17, 2019
Thursday, May 16, 2019
The Rev. Paula Napier lost her 32-year-old son, Lincoln Nutter, to a drug overdose in June 2018. Napier, who pastors Canaan United Methodist Church in Charleston, W.Va., says she lives in the midst of the opioid crisis. “I think people need to know it hits everybody,” she said.
April 30, 2019 | CHARLESTON, W.Va.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Monday, May 13, 2019
(The rest of the message was not recorded.)
4-5 May 2019, Christ Mountain Top, Easter 3; Lord’s Table
Praying the Psalm, Revelation 5.11-14 (read within hymn on Sunday and responsively on Saturday)
Children, Acts 9.1-20
Message, John 21.1-25
Mission Moment, None
All about Jesus –
It is the Lord! (3x, Bruner, 1204, 1210)
Revelation (3x) – showed himself (2x in 21.1); appeared (21.14)
Fishing story, “hooked on Jesus”
Two images for ministry – (Hoskyns in Bruner, 1225)
Fishing – emphasizing evangelizing with the Word
Shepherding – feeding with the Word
Three fold question: Do you love me?
Using 2 different Greek words
Three fold response: You know that you love me.
Using 2 different Greek words
Last week, Jesus appears when the church gathers.
Don’t be absent, Thomas, or you’ll miss out
This week, Jesus appears when the church is at work (real jobs)
Ash Wednesday on the road?
Unsplit net – (Bruner, 1213-1214, 1219-1221)
church unity and diversity, the struggles of the UMC
can we here at Christ Church stay together and stay focused on our mission?
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Irene Chingwaru eats with two of her surviving children at Ngangu United Methodist Church in Ngangu, Zimbabwe, after Cyclone Idai ravaged the region in March. She and her husband lost two sons, ages 9 and 14, in the cyclone. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.
May 1, 2019 | NGANGU, Zimbabwe (UMNS)
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
20-21 Apr 2019, Christ Mountain Top, Easter
Scripture integrated into hymns:
Psalm 118.1-2, 14-24
1 Corinthians 15.19-26
Children, Acts 10.34-43, with Easter eggs
Message, Luke 24.1-12
Mission Moment, NONE
Years ago, an international student and Muslim in an English class I was teaching asked, “So, why do you call it GOOD?” I was introducing the customs and story of the season. She believed, as Islam teaches, that God took Jesus from the cross directly to heaven before death. To think that followers of Jesus would call the day of his brutal execution GOOD was mind-boggling for her. Yes, there is a lot about our faith that is mystery, that does not seem to make sense. Indeed, the women who came back from the empty tomb reporting their story to the Twelve were thought to be uttering “nonsense” (Luke 24.11).
Nonsense. This is where some folks would jump off and focus on demonstrating the reasonability of resurrection, particularly in the way the story is told. The canonical gospels do not do what other ancient texts do with a story.
Monday, May 6, 2019
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Friday, May 3, 2019
Praying the Psalms (8): “lift up the cup of salvation”
18 Apr 2019, Christ Mountain Top, Holy Thursday @Presbyterian Ch
John 13:1-17, 31b-35
NO video recording available
Hallel psalms, for Passover, 113-118, which we know Jesus sang in his last supper (Mt 26.30)
Ps 116 in the church has been associated with the Lord’s Table and Holy Thursday, particularly the language of “lift up the cup of salvation”
How do we read this as one of Jesus’ final prayers?
Pain and death in the moment of truth
“the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me”
“a power that invades life” (McCann, 1148)
I kept my faith, even when I said, “I am greatly afflicted” (116.10)
More literal, and I believe accurate:
I believed, therefore I said, “I am greatly afflicted” (NIV, KJV)
Quoted as “I believed, therefore I have spoken” in 1 Corinthians 4.13 to refer to the suffering we experience
Honesty about the pain is a statement of faith
But the pain does NOT have to define us
“the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me … then I called on the name of the LORD” (116.1-4)
“for you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. I walk before the LORD in the land of the living.” (116.8)
Sister Anna Eklund (right) and the Rev. Oscar Pöeld deliver provisions in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1921. Photo courtesy of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History
Story by Fedor Kim
The unique historical document – Journal of the Finland and Saint Petersburg mission conference 1908 – is kept in the Bishop’s office of the United Methodist Church in Eurasia in Moscow, Russia. You can read the report of district superintendent George Simons there. He shares the story of how God blesses the church development in Russia. From his report you may learn that Methodist people in Saint Petersburg had worship services in different languages – Russian, Finnish and Swedish and pastor Hyalmar Salmi could preach in all three languages.
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
13-14 Apr 2019, Christ Mountain Top, Palm Sunday
Praying the Psalm, Psalm 31
Children, Luke 19.28-40 (triumphal entry)
With folding of palm crosses
Message, Luke 23.33-49 (crucifixion)
Mission Moment, NONE
“Most prominent feature” Lurches from plea for help to expression of trust several times over (McCann, 800).
· Psalm 31:10-11 For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away. 11 I am the scorn of all my adversaries, a horror to my neighbors, an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me.
· Psalm 31:19 O how abundant is your goodness that you have laid up for those who fear you, and accomplished for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of everyone!
Deliver, rescue, save, redeem
Rock, refuge, stronghold, fortress
God as faithful (amen) and steadfast love (chesed)
Psalm 31:5 you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.
Psalm 31:7 I will exult and rejoice in your steadfast love
Trust vs mistrust, the first stage of development
If basic needs are not met during that first year, children learn mistrust rather than trust
Knowledge that we are loved so completely