We had originally planned this trip for July, but with the heat and unpredictable storms we are moving it to early September. The staff at Lauritzen Gardens assures us that this is a great time to visit with many beautiful fall flowers, etc. Tentatively we will plan on September 6th. Remember the cost is only $20 including transportation. A sign-up sheet will be available at the Church.
I have been thinking a lot about what the word“Church” really means. When I look at Webster’s dictionary it says, “a building for public andespecially Christian worship.” In another place it says, “the clerical profession, considered the church as a possible career”. If that is the church then we aremissing the boat. The church, as the children’s saying goes, “Is not a building, not a steeple.” So then, what is the Church? “It’s the people.” It is you and I and all anywhere to believe that “we are saved by the grace of God through Jesus Christ”
Now, it is true that we often say, “Let’s go to Church,” or “What Church should we attend?” What most of us really mean by that is “Let’s go to worship.” Yet, to me the Church is a feeding placeand a gathering place. We come to be in fellowship with other believers and seekers. We come to be encouraged or even at times, convicted. But the Church is you and I. The real church happens beyond Sunday morning. The Church is feeding the hungry, clothing those who lack, helping those in a tough place. Church happens in the mall, in the grocery store and wherever we are. Come Sunday to be fedthen let’s “Go ye into all the world,” and our little corner of the world. See you Sunday and bring a friend to worship.
In 1965 Jackie DeShannon sang, “What the world needs now is love sweet love. It’s the only thing there’s just too little of. No, not just for some butfor everyone….” When she recorded that song we were in some pretty tough times in the country.Vietnam was on everyone’s mind. There wereprotestors on every corner it seemed. People were burning flags, spitting on returning soldiers and much more.
The intent of this article is not to focus on the1960’s but to draw some parallels today.
Today, we see school shootings going rampant. According to a CNN report issued May 25 this year there has been one school shooting every week this year. Why? What is the cause of all this? This is more than a race issue. It has more to do with theDeShannon recording than anything else. “What the world needs now is love, sweet love………foreveryone.
Bishop Michael Curry, a name not known by many until he preached his amazing sermon at the Royal wedding, said simply but powerfully “Love is theonly way!” “What the world needs now is love not just for some but for everyone.”
In Matthew 22 we hear, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The fact is, some folks are not easy to like, let alone love but it is not an option. If thisworld is ever going to find it’s way out of thedarkness we have to love ALL people not just thosewho love us. We love “because He first loved us.” Love, “it’s the only thing there’s just too little of.”
When making a choice between food on the table and diapers, food wins out. Here is how we can help: when you find a great deal on more inexpensive diapers buy a package and donate it to the church for our new diaper giveaway ministry.
Diapers will be available at our monthly community meals or between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday’s.
Worship in the Park
June 17 – 10:00 a.m.We will worship our Lord with music, scripture, message, prayers and our offering to God. PLUS we will have burgers and hotdogs following worship.
A day at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha
Price: $20 per person
The price includes transportation in a 15 passenger van and your admission into the gardens. For an additional $3 you can take a narrated tram tour of the 100 acres. Reserve your seats soon.
The event will take place in July and the exact date will be announced with the next two weeks.
A NIGHT AT THE BALLPARK
Tuesday, July 17 6:45PM
Tickets are just $10.00 which includes a hotdog and a soft drink. Reserve your spot now. It is best to pay Pastor Ray by Sunday, June 24 and then we will purchase all the tickets as a block. Lakeview will also be recognized during the game.
With the assistance of the Blue River District we will be launching a new ministry with our Spanish speaking friends. In Lincoln there are approximately 81,000 Spanish speaking persons but not one United Methodist Church with this ministy.
We will heavily depend upon our Lay Leader, Nestor Perez for his leadership. There are still a few details to be taken care of, but this is an exciting opportunity as we reach out in the name of Jesus Christ.
The format of each service will include singing, prayers and a devotion followed by a time of fellowship.
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We will honor our 2018 High School graduates during morning worship. Come and help us celebrate.
Congratulations to Hunter Arpan, Xochitl Perez, and Antonio Walker
We will also have a special celebration during worship to help us remember that all gave some, but some gave all.
You have probably noticed that the colors on the altar and pulpit change throughout the year. There is white, purple, green and red. Every season in the liturgical year is significant. The colors mark Jesus birth, his suffering, his resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. I love all the seasons, but I have to confess that Pentecost is one of my favorites. The Christian holiday of Pentecost, is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter and marks the descent of the Holy Spirit onApostles and other disciples.
When the Holy Spirit came upon these persons they began to speak in a strange tongue (language) but people from all languages heard them in their owntongue. How can this be? It is because God’slanguage is a universal language of love, forgiveness, healing and purpose of mission. When the Spirit came some thought the disciples weredrunk, but they were, in fact, “drunk” as you will onthe love and grace of God through Jesus Christ.
You may have heard of those who “speak in tongues.” Some say it is not legitimate, butscripture says it is. Of course, we are also told that there must be someone to interpret. I believe in a universal language that not everyone understands. That language is the language of love, peace and forgiveness.
In writing to the Corinthians theApostle Paul said it best, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self- seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
Dusty Springfield once sang, “What the world needsnow is love, sweet love. Not just for some, but foreveryone.” It starts with you and I.
As I sat down to write this article, I have to admit I am feeling somewhat stressed. Preparing for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and two services on Easter reminds me of my favorite Bible verse which is Psalm 46:10. That verse simply, yet powerfully, says, “Be still and know that I am God.” In other words, God has this. God is in control when we are not. There are many things which need to be done and the stress level begins to rise. It’s then we hear those words to simply be still. God is God and we are not.
In Luke 10 we read that Jesus entered a certain village that he often visited. There were two sisters there, one name Mary and one Martha. Mary was anxious to listen to Jesus’ teaching and about all the things that had happened. She wanted to catch up. Martha on the other hand was distracted by all that needed to be done to accommodate Jesus and those with him. For one thing, that group could eat a lot of food and it wasn’t going to cook itself. So, Martha went out and filed her complaint with Jesus saying, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” Now, Jesus is never rude, but He is direct and to the point. So he replied, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the better part.” It’s not that Mary didn’t care. It’s certainly not that Jesus didn’t care, because he does. He cares for each of us, but sometimes reminds us to put first things first.
Certainly, there are things we all have to do. Yes, I still need to prepare for those services. You still have to take care of those things that demand your time and attention. There are things that demand our time. We have to fulfill our obligations. But remember the words of the Psalmist, “Be still and know that I am God.”