Dear Messiah family,
This Sunday, we continue in our Soul Reset series. What is the soul, and how do you know if you have one? Just as the body has needs, so too the soul needs. We will examine a story from the life of the prophet Elijah to learn what the soul needs and how best to satisfy that need. If you’d like to read ahead, we will dig into 1 Kings 19.
Last week, I mentioned research from the Mayo Clinic on the restorative power of gratitude. If you would like to learn more about the research and specific practices of Dr. Amid Sood, you can look for The Mayo Clinic Handbook of Happiness. The practice that I have found most helpful is thinking of 5 persons that I’m grateful for and doing this the first thing in the morning before I even get out of bed. I think of that person and in my mind I try to send them prayerful feelings of gratitude. It is amazing what this simple practice does to fill my soul as I start the day.
Here are three additional practices that he suggests:
- Keep a gratitude journal. Write down quick notes of gratitude each day. They can be as simple as something funny one of your children did or a kind gesture from a stranger at the grocery store. Any positive thoughts or actions count, no matter how small.
- Use gratitude cues. Any new habit needs reminders, and cues are a great way to stay on course. Keep photos visible of things or people that make you happy. Post positive notes or inspirational quotes on the fridge or by your computer to reinforce feelings of gratitude.
- Make a gratitude jar. Keep an empty jar, scratch paper and a pen in an accessible place at home. Ask family members to write on a piece of paper one thing that they’re grateful for every day and drop it in the jar. Encourage them to be funny. During dinner or leisure time, take a few of the notes out of the jar and enjoy reading one another’s thoughts.
You might also find his TED Talk to be of interest. The goal is to make gratitude second nature and not something we have to think about. Living a life of gratitude is a Soul Reset.
On Monday, our nation pauses to remember the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the ongoing quest for racial justice and equality. To honor his life, we decided to focus on an act of service that all ages could do together. We recognize that not everyone has Monday as a holiday, but for those who are available, I hope you can join us in a two hour act of service at either 9:30 am or 2:30 pm. Click here for more information on the Feed My Starving Children location (Chanhassen) and to see who else is participating. I will be serving at 2:30 and hope as many as are able will join me.
There will be a screening of the documentary movie, No Small Matter, at Messiah on Tuesday, February 4 at 7 pm (gathering time at 6:30). This is a movie that highlights the importance of early childhood education and the child care crisis in our country. You will walk away understanding why we do what we do through Bloom. This is a free showing that will be followed by a panel discussion.
It appears the predicted winter storm has arrived. But we will be ready to welcome you for worship on Sunday morning. I hope you can join us either 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.