1 Samuel 16 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." Samuel was sent by God to find a new king for Israel and in his search he looked at things that qualified the last person to be king....Keep Reading
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Morning Prayer of the One Who Already Feels Behind...
Jesus speaks of a world where your value isn’t based on what you can get but on what you give. A world where your value isn’t based on what you can gain for those on top of society but what you can do for those on the bottom of society. A world where value isn’t assigned based on what you do but what you do for....
For our next service project, Spirit and Life will be collecting specific items to be used in filling Cleaning Buckets which we will donate for hurricane relief. The buckets will be used by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to help victims of hurricanes in their effort to recover from the devastating effects of the storms. Last year, UMCOR exhausted their supply of these buckets due to the major hurricanes our country sustained....
Exodus 17 5 The Lord answered Moses, "Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink." So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel. Song: H...Keep Reading
Genesis 12 The Lord had said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you. 2 "I will make you into a great nation,and I will bless you;I will make your name great,and you will be a blessing.[a]3 I will bless those who bless you,and whoever curses you I will curse;and all peoples on earthwill be blessed through you."[...Keep Reading
This year during Lent, we are going to be offering mid-week online devotions. These devotions will consist of a piece of Scripture, a song, and a quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer'sDiscipleship. These will be available here on our blog and on Facebook, usually on noon on Wednesdays (although this week it is coming out on Thursday). Here on the blog we might include a bit mor...Keep Reading
Our adventures through the Bible series finds us with Moses this week. For our purposes we pick up Moses as a young man shepherding his father-in-law's livestock. He sees a bush that is on fire but the bush is not consumed by the flames. Thinking this is an oddity he goes over to investigate. Then he hears a voice coming from the burning bush: the voice of God. God tells ...Keep Reading
Another week, another adventure reading through the Bible. This week I read through the Joseph sequence of Genesis. Yes that' the guy who wears the amazing technicolor dream coat. It's another familiar story that I've read hundreds of times and yet a new detail caught my eye. Joseph was the youngest of his brothers. But Jacob/Israel, his father, loved him best. And his fa...Keep Reading
Bear with me as I share this story from my last church. One Sunday one of our 8th grade boys showed up to church wearing a suit and a tie. I was wearing jeans that day (dress jeans for those who understand that fashion) and the practice for the rest of the staff is to rarely wear a tie. This boy's appearance was a shock to us, many whom have known him his entire life. So t...Keep Reading
I’ve been a musician just about all of my life. At the age of six my father bought me a full drum set and required me to take lessons and practice every day, seven days a week for at least 30 minutes. I took lessons for three years and in that time probably never practiced for less than 90 minutes a day. Music was my sanctuary, even at age six. By the time I was ten year...Keep Reading
I have accepted a challenge from my Bishop calling me to read the whole Bible in 2017. Here is the first in a series of posts about my reflections from reading the Bible and the new insights the Holy Spirit is giving me....Keep Reading
Our Charge Conference is October 23rd at Dumfries UMC at 2 pm. But what is Charge Conference? And who can/should attend? Charge Conference is the annual meeting of the church. There are multiple layers of church governance in the United Methodist Church with the local church, or "charge," at the grassroots level. Churches are bounded within a District (for us the Alexand...Keep Reading