Dear Messiah family,
Last evening, I met with a couple in preparation for their marriage. I’ve been invited to perform their wedding, and I will help them prepare for that. But more important is preparation for marriage. Our session last evening focused on family. We looked at the kinds of values that were present in their families of origin, and then I said to them, “You have an amazing opportunity to claim the kind of family that you want to be.” What are your family values? Whether there are one, two, three or more persons in your family, you have family values. Often these values are not intentional but they are clearly identifiable when someone from outside your family gets acquainted with your family. But you can actually be proactive and even claim that starting today these will be our values. What are your family values?
When God sent Jesus into the world, it was to form relationships that became a movement that became a family that is called the church. This month in worship, we are looking at five family values of this movement that Jesus initiated. I believe these are the same five values that define Messiah Church. So far, we’ve looked at BELONGING. In a world where people are increasingly isolated, Jesus asks us to be the place where everyone belongs. Last week, we looked at SERVING. God has gifted each person through the Holy Spirit for a purpose. We need everyone because everyone has a gift – to do something!
And this Sunday, we look at GIVING which is powered by an attitude of generosity. We will focus on an encounter that Jesus had with someone that gets to the heart of who we really are. If you would like to read ahead, the story is found in Mark 10:16-22. We will welcome a new member at the 8:45 service.
Last Sunday, Sarabeth duNeui, principal at Oakwood, thanked us for our partnership that is entering its third year. We distributed names of teachers and staff at Oakwood Elementary, inviting you to send a note to a specific person and begin praying for that person in preparation for the start of the school year. There are cards available the next two Sundays. I’m hoping we will shower the teachers and staff with our encouragement and prayers by the time they arrive on Monday, August 26.
Every week there is ministry happening in our building that goes unseen by most of us. Let me mention two things from the past week. We hosted a dinner on Tuesday evening where the families of Bloom could spend time with each other and with families of Messiah. It was a wonderful evening. I give thanks for all who made this possible. We also hosted a Parent’s Morning Out for three mornings where children had a wonderful time of planned activities that also became a blessing to parents who were set free for three hours each morning. I give thanks for our children’s ministry that made this possible. And it is really all of you who make such things possible. It’s being Messiah family. I love being the pastor of this church. Thank you.
I hope you can be with us for worship this Sunday – in person or online.
In Christ’s love,
Please Pray with Me
Gracious God, we pray for the Holy Spirit to break through and renew Messiah United Methodist Church, unleashing a fearless, Spirit-led congregation! Empower our pastors, leaders, and everyone who walks through our doors with the contagious, miraculous, saving message of Jesus. Boldly use each of us, without limits, to reach new people and heal a broken world. Create in us a joyful heart for all that You are doing in and through us to change lives and transform the world. We pray in the precious and powerful name of Jesus. Amen.
Join Us on Sunday
Traditions Worship: 8:45 am | Journey Worship: 10:30 am
Worship Online: Live stream of our Traditions service at 8:45 am and Journey contemporary worship service at 10:30 am every Sunday morning. Prior Sunday broadcasts are available on demand all week at your convenience.