by Pastor Ron King
by Pastor Ron King
First, let me say, “Welcome” to our new web site. It’s been a long time coming — too long perhaps — but, I know it will be worth the wait. God’s web site — the voice of God speaking through the prophets — was down for almost 400 years before it was back up again. Can you imagine the whole nation of Israe… Read More
First, let me say, “Welcome” to our new web site. It’s been a long time coming — too long perhaps — but, I know it will be worth the wait.
God’s web site — the voice of God speaking through the prophets — was down for almost 400 years before it was back up again. Can you imagine the whole nation of Israel being off line from God for 400 years? Not a word, not an article — not one angelic or prophetic word for 400 years, and then — wham — all of a sudden God speaks and the web site is up and running again. Well, almost running. The system had powered up, but the hourglass of time just sat there on the screen spinning, waiting for Jesus to arrive and connect all of God’s people to life and the Spirit. After waiting 400 years to hear God speak again, it seems that Zechariah would get God’s first blog from an angel, but wouldn’t be able to tell anyone about it (Luke 1:20). They would have to wait a little longer.
It seems that the entire world is waiting for something. This is a difficult concept to grasp in a culture that has grown accustomed to instant everything. Having everything delivered almost immediately and on demand has lessened our ability to grasp the concept of patience and wait for much of anything. Waiting has become a lost art. We grow impatient if things aren’t right there when we want them. Each year, we look for faster access to everything, from downloading capabilities to service in restaurants. And each year, the industry delivers.
And then there was a pandemic. A small thing that had and still has an overwhelming impact on the lives of everyone. But what if … . Now, there’s an interesting lead in to a question that may not have an answer. What if we all had to take another look at waiting as an opportunity to seek and wait for God’s presence among us? What if this pandemic was really an invitation to wait? What if it was an invitation for everyone to step back, stop being so impatient, but a time to regain the art of waiting — waiting to hear from God; waiting to reconnect beyond the superficial relationships that sometimes became a real part of our lives; waiting to renegotiate friendships, to understand death and grieving, waiting to understand that there is more to life than our constant rushing to get more of things we don’t really need.
What if this pandemic was a signal that our love for one another is more important than waiting for the packages to arrive by Amazon, waiting for that incessant little spinning hour glass to remove itself from our visual display screens, waiting for our friends to text us, pinterest us, facebook us, instagram us — what if all of that time of waiting became what it once was? — a time to listen for the voice of God in the silence of waiting. What if our waiting became a more productive process of reflecting on the hopes that we have, and of turning those hopes into reality; of making the world a place where peace was more than just a byword; of offering genuine love — love wrapped up in the genuine acceptance of others, and joy; a contentment and hospitality of Spirit that comes from a place of a true wish to be present with others.
Those are all wonderful thoughts to ponder in our waiting. There are other things to wait for. We could be waiting for each of us to become more understanding of one another — waiting for those ideal times of peace — a peace that surpasses all understanding to become a reality. As it is right now, we’re forced to wait for wars to end, abuse to stop, violence to be over, justice to be equal for all, sicknesses to be cured, lives to be valued, relationships to be authentic, etc. Maybe that’s a part of the waiting, too.
The United Methodist Church is experiencing another painful leg on their journey toward faithfulness. In this age and time, we (the United Methodist Church local church units) have determined to either remain a part of the United Methodist Church, or to disaffiliate over the issue of sexual and gender identification and th… Read More
The United Methodist Church is experiencing another painful leg on their journey toward faithfulness. In this age and time, we (the United Methodist Church local church units) have determined to either remain a part of the United Methodist Church, or to disaffiliate over the issue of sexual and gender identification and the acceptance of these individuals who claim their identity as LGBTQI persons of sacred worth. With the changing speed of communication, these issues race across the globe, becoming viral as some point to the demise of the United Methodist Church. However, I’m not sure this is the case. This is not the first time issues of disaffiliation have been a part of United Methodist Church history.
History would prove that the church has had disaffiliations in its past. Another denomination formed because of the church’s refusal to allow equality at the altar of Christ over the issue of prayer. That dispute resulted in Richard Allen choosing to disaffiliate and take with him other persons of African heritage who felt disenfranchised from the Methodist Episcopal Church to form the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Another issue of disaffiliation occurred over the issue of slavery. One faction of the Methodist Episcopal Church disaffiliated from the other and became two churches. One became the Methodist Episcopal Church North and the other became the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Some members of the church held that the enslavement of any of God’s people was “incompatible with the Christian teaching or the Bible”. (I don’t believe the language of The Book of Discipline of the Methodist Episcopal Church reflected these words). The other faction (ME South) felt that slavery was an acceptable practice and social construct.
Today’s issues of disaffiliation seem to be around gender identity and gender equity, sexual identity, sexual orientation, and whether or not persons who identify as a part of the LGBTQI community are truly persons of sacred worth who share fully in the life of the church, or whether they deserve less that the full unmerited grace of God because of who they are created to be.
For years the Church has sought what would be a painful divorce from those it deemed less than worthy to be members of the body of Christ.” Separation whenever it occurs is painful. There is grief and loss on both sides. And yet the church will remain regardless of its seeming brokenness. It will be different but will continue to promote the love of Christ as it understands it. I guess it will always be that way until, as Scripture says, “…we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:13).
Mason Memorial Community Church (a United Methodist congregation) will observe World Communion Sunday on the first Sunday in October. It is a day to remember that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church and seeks to promote Christian unity across denominational lines. On this day, people join ecumenically with other Christian faiths and churches to celebrate and receive the sacrament of Holy Communion on that day.
In our congregation, the observance focuses the attention of United Methodists on the universal and inclusive nature of the church. Offerings collected in United Methodist churches on World Communion Sunday are used to fund scholarships for young scholars and seminarians. Donations equip racial and ethnic-minority students in the United States and international students to transform the church and communities. Half of the proceeds from the offering is for World Communion Sunday Scholars administered by the General Board of Global Ministries. The remaining half is to be used for the Ethnic Scholarship Program and the Ethnic In-Service Training Program, which are administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
Participate with Churches United for Justice in this hosted listening event to learn about the issues that are of concern to the residents in the Wyandotte County Community, Tuesday, October 11, 2022.
Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/8054145196?
The greatest personal spiritual event is to experience God. Join us for this sermon series as we delve into what it is to experience God in our lives.
October 2, 2022
Hebrews 4:14-16 “The Confident Christian”
October 9, 2022
Hebrews 11:1-6 “Touching the Reality of God”
October 16, 2022
Luke 15:11-32 “Coming to God When Life is Crazy”
October 23, 2022 “Counting on God”
Moving and living in a culture that expresses being ‘woke’ as a negative virtue of liberalism, perhaps needs to be revisited…. Read More
33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake.
Moving and living in a culture that expresses being ‘woke’ as a negative virtue of liberalism, perhaps needs to be revisited. Both in our scripture for today and Sunday’s scripture (Eph. 6:18) the admonition for God’s people is to “keep alert”, and to be awake. If we’re going to be ‘woke’ or awake, perhaps we should be remaining alert to those evils that tend to destroy us spiritually or awake to the presence of God’s love present around us. Whatever the circumstances, being awake (or woke) and alert to those spiritual dangers that compromise our relationship with God are of the highest priority.
Loving Christ, give me the wisdom and ability to remain alert and awake to those times when my spirit is being challenged by the world we live in.
Prayer (at times) seems like such a powerless form of protection. Yet, prayer is actually one of the most powerful weap… Read More
26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Prayer (at times) seems like such a powerless form of protection. Yet, prayer is actually one of the most powerful weapons to use when engaging in spiritual warfare. Sometimes we find ourselves unable to speak because we can't find ‘the Word of God’ or we’re unable to find just the right words to say. At times, life so overwhelms us that we find ourselves speechless. It’s at those times of weakness that the spiritual armor of prayer is our most potent offense and defense. The spirit is able to communicate with God in ways that we can’t in a language of groans too deep for words. It’s at those times God is able to hear our petitions even though we can’t articulate them with our mouths.
Holy God, teach me to rely more each day on prayer as a way to defend myself against those unseen spiritual enemies that seek to destroy me and my relationship with You.
We have all (at times) underestimated the power of God’s word. We sometimes believe that the more we say or the louder we sa… Read More
12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
We have all (at times) underestimated the power of God’s word. We sometimes believe that the more we say or the louder we say it will have the power to persuade people to believe and trust what we are saying. While at times we are comforted by other’s acceptance of what we say, we have in those moments been less likely to influence people. The danger that lies within is sometimes our willingness to distort God’s word to accomplish our purposes. Satan did it to Jesus in the wilderness. I’m convinced that we’re capable of doing it as well to achieve our purposes. But God’s word brings a power of its own to separate the truth from the lie, and the will of our flesh from the power and will of God’s Word.
Almighty God, grant me the wisdom to rely on Your Holy word to help me discern Your will above mine, and Your truth above all other proposed truths.
Often today we find ourselves being led by what we see, or what we thought we saw, or what we hear, or thought we heard. The… Read More
Isaiah 11:3-4a, 5
3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
5 Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
Often today we find ourselves being led by what we see, or what we thought we saw, or what we hear, or thought we heard. There has always been a disconnect between what someone said, what someone meant, what we heard and what we understood in our hearing. That misunderstanding is what explains why two persons can see the same accident and supply two vastly different explanations of how it happened and often leads to unfair judgments. Perhaps it’s because everyone tends to tell the story that points people in the direction of favoring their particular truth. God tends to take a different view. Instead of discerning base on hearing, God’s understanding is based on what is right for the poor and God will be faithful to that.
Gracious God, help me to strengthen my spirit through a process of discerning what is righteous and fair, giving me the wisdom to know the difference between Your will and my preferences.
Suffering has never been one of the strongest human desires. It’s not something that appears in the top 10 of our ‘be like J… Read More
1 Peter 4:1-2
1 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.
Suffering has never been one of the strongest human desires. It’s not something that appears in the top 10 of our ‘be like Jesus’ to do list. And if we’re honest, we never put ourselves in a position of having to physically suffer for what we believe in. Our Scripture reminds us to “arm ourselves” mentally, or as is recorded in Philippians, “Have this same mind in you that was in Christ Jesus …”. One way to accomplish this is to always “having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness …”. There is no greater joy than having suffered for righteousness’ sake.
Loving God, empower me to arm myself with the same mind and thinking of Jesus that if I suffer, I will know that I suffered for the righteousness’ sake to glorify You.
We often live in a world where often physical and mental strength receive the highest praise. And yet, not very often is the… Read More
16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith — that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
We often live in a world where often physical and mental strength receive the highest praise. And yet, not very often is the idea of becoming spiritually strengthened promoted. Nevertheless, being spiritually strengthened is God’s recommended pursuit for those born of the Spirit of Christ. It’s not for the purpose of saying we are Spiritually strong, but for the ultimate purpose of understanding the love of Christ in all of its power. Knowing the full power of Christ and his love brings us to a deeper and more profound understanding of God.
Loving God, give me the wisdom to grow my spiritual muscles so that I may gain a greater understanding of You and Your love in Jesus Christ.
American Express Card once ran an advertisement created to help people understand that when unpredictable financial situations ari… Read More
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
American Express Card once ran an advertisement created to help people understand that when unpredictable financial situations arise American Express card can be relied on for that needed layer of financial security. Their catch phrase was, “American Express – Never leave home without it.” It is important to remember the necessity of carrying certain things with us when we leave home. Because we’ve come to depend so heavily on our mobile device, leaving home without it is a cause for panic with most people. If rain is in the forecast, an umbrella is a must for those who will be out in the environment. Yet, I’m not sure that we give the same amount of consideration to our care where spiritual matters are concerned. At times we take our faith for granted, accepting whatever truth is placed before us, sometimes going along with the crowd failing to discern what’s right from what’s popular.
Where our spiritual lives are concerned, God invites us to always be aware of the spiritual forces that represent a danger to us. So, like the encouragement to “never leave home without our American Express Card” We are encouraged to always be prepared for the world by putting on the full armor of God and never leaving home without it. The last thing God wants for us is to be hurt by unseen spiritual forces because we left home spiritually unprotected from those things that could compromise our relationship with God.
Almighty God, enable me to always be adorned in those spiritual safeguards You’ve provided for my safety so that I will always be able to stand strong against every evil scheme directed toward me.
Lives are touched and changed when the story about God is conveyed with integrity. It doesn’t matter about your background or what… Read More
17 But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy 18 they arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.” 21 And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach.
Now when the high priest came, and those who were with him, they called together the council, all the senate of the people of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.
Lives are touched and changed when the story about God is conveyed with integrity. It doesn’t matter about your background or what one might be going through. It is the story we tell others about “this life” — a life lived in relationship with God that seems to be the way to do evangelism. The power of belief comes from having heard the story. And to hear the story, its important for those of us who believe to tell our story. It may be the most convincing story of all.
Today’s Prayer — Loving Christ, empower me to put aside whatever issues may prevent me from telling others the story of my life with You.
Having a story to tell doesn’t necessarily lead others to believe. It’s simply a reflection of the truth about our relations… Read More
24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” 25 He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 26 They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27 He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?”
Having a story to tell doesn’t necessarily lead others to believe. It’s simply a reflection of the truth about our relationship with God. There may be times when God’s activity in our lives simply goes beyond what others are able to believe. And yet, what others are able or willing to believe shouldn’t interfere with our willingness or ability to tell our story. Perhaps, it will be our story that might explain something that has occurred to them that they hadn’t thought about. Who knows how God will work?
Today’s Prayer — Holy and gracious God, empower me to continue telling others the story of my faith, regardless of how unusual my story might be to others.
Telling our story or finding God’s reality and presence in the midst of story isn’t new. God’s presence and activity in our… Read More
37 But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. 38 Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.”
Telling our story or finding God’s reality and presence in the midst of story isn’t new. God’s presence and activity in our lives and world has always been revealed in the stories of others. It’s reflected in the stories of saints of the past. Today, the continuing message of God to others is reliant upon our story and what we’ve experienced in our relationship with God. Our story is the most contemporary story we can tell of God’s reality.
Daily Prayer — Loving God, give me the courage and wisdom to continue to tell others of Your love through the experiences of the Bible and my story.
The very beginning of our faith journey begins with the story. And while it’s true that the story has been forthcoming for a… Read More
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
The very beginning of our faith journey begins with the story. And while it’s true that the story has been forthcoming for a long time, it was, in fact, John the Baptist who had the responsibility of being a verbal witness to the One who was coming into the world. John’s voice has been silent for a number of years, but not his story. His story has become our story to tell about the One who has not only come, but who is now raised and lives forever.
Daily Prayer — Almighty God, let me be faithful in my relationship to continue telling the story of how you came into my world that I might see you more clearly.
The story of Saul’s conversion is really a two part story. The first part tells of his encounter with Jesus Christ and being blinded. The second story… Read More
12 “And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, 13 came to me, and standing by me said to me, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight.’ And at that very hour I received my sight and saw him. 14 And he said, The God of our fathers appointed you to know his will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from his mouth; 15 for you will be a witness for him to everyone of what you have seen and heard. 16 And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’
The story of Saul’s conversion is really a two part story. The first part tells of his encounter with Jesus Christ and being blinded. The second story is about Ananias sharing the story of God in ways that connect him to Saul. Two different people — the same story of redemption. It’s possible that God can allow two people to share the same story of God’s reality in our world. Two people sharing the same story is a powerful witness to the reality of God.
Today, think of those who shared the same story of God in different ways ( example: John the Baptist and Jesus, Phillip and the Ethiopian eunuch, David and Jonathan).
Daily Prayer — Gracious God, enable me to see the connecting relationship between my story and those of others as a witness to Your presence in my life.
We often shy away from telling others about our relationship with God. It may be that we’re afraid that they won’t believe us. It… Read More
5 As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.
6 In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.
We often shy away from telling others about our relationship with God. It may be that we’re afraid that they won’t believe us. It may be that we’ll offend them with what we believe is true about God. Nevertheless, telling others our story is like sowing seeds of faith. We don’t know whether the seeds we plant will bring forth fruit. We don’t even know how we came to believe. What is true is that telling our story is one way to plant the seeds of faith in others. God will provide the increase.
· Have you ever shared your story of your relationship with God to anyone?
· How did they come to know and accept God because you shared your story?
Today’s Prayer — Loving God, empower me, when the world around me is caving in, to rely on a faith that cannot be seen except through my trust in You.
Jesus tells many stories about God through a form of storytelling called the parable. His efforts were an attempt to get people to… Read More
He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”
With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.
Jesus tells many stories about God through a form of storytelling called the parable. His efforts were an attempt to get people to see the everyday reality of God all around them — to allow them to connect to the reality of God through their everyday lives. Some people understood it. Some people didn’t. Perhaps because no one had endeavored to tell stories about God and their relationship with God in that way before. Perhaps it was because they refused to see God in the context of everyday events and images. And yet in all of these years, God hasn’t changed. Nor has our way of communicating and connecting others to the realities of God. Even in this twenty-first century context of experiencing the things about God, we endeavor to get people to see God and God’s truth through the telling of stories. Yes, we use the bible story. But the most powerful story we can tell is one in which we are the characters in the story we tell. It’s our story of our relationship with God that’s most likely to attract others to God’s truth.
Gracious and eternal God, enable and empower me to tell my story of my relationship with You in such a way that others may see and understand You and Your Kingdom more clearly.
Judgment comes to us whether we want it or not. Perhaps it has already come when we face and accept the truth about ourselves. Truth has a… Read More
19 And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. 20 For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. 21 But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God."
Judgment comes to us whether we want it or not. Perhaps it has already come when we face and accept the truth about ourselves. Truth has an ability to cast a light of revelation about who we really are and what we are really about. Is there grace? Absolutely, but grace without a look into the mirror of truth is a grace forced to cover a multitude of sins unrealized. Allowing ourselves to look into the mirror of our own life is shows that God is responsible for any transformation.
Holy God, allow me to look without hesitation into the mirror of Your truth so that my life may witness to Your power to transform me through grace.
I would imagine that the greatest sadness we experience is the pain that comes our failure to please God, or to show God’s love to someone who needs i… Read More
23 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others. 24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel! 25 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may become clean.
I would imagine that the greatest sadness we experience is the pain that comes our failure to please God, or to show God’s love to someone who needs it because we’ve misjudged them. Perhaps the latter is the more painful because it usually means that we are now faced with the need to admit we were wrong. And yet it is that truth — admitting that we were wrong that shows we were willing to stand in the mirror of our own failings and see a God of grace.
Loving Christ, help me to stand without fear in the mirror of Your truth so that I may receive grace when I fall short and offer grace to others like me.
Being judgmental has been the immovable stain on who we are as Christians and people in general. It has led to us being labeled hypocrites, amon… Read More
1 Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. 2 You say, "We know that God's judgment on those who do such things is in accordance with truth." 3 Do you imagine, whoever you are, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God?
Being judgmental has been the immovable stain on who we are as Christians and people in general. It has led to us being labeled hypocrites, among other things. The fact that the word of God forbids us to judge has not stopped us. And yet, the truth is still there that for every finger we point at others, there are three of our own pointing back at us. Perhaps a deeper look into the mirror of our own lives would invite us to seek the kind of spiritual transformation that the Holy Spirit desires to do in us.
Loving Christ, lead me away from the criticism of others and move me deeper into the transformational relationship of self-understanding found in You.
When we are in the position of having to view sin and crime, we understand sin or crime to be a very targeted assessment. We see what others hav… Read More
7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." 8 And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus straightened up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" 11 She said, "No one, sir." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again."
When we are in the position of having to view sin and crime, we understand sin or crime to be a very targeted assessment. We see what others have done specifically and reason that we’ve never done anything as bad as the thing(s) they’ve done. We therefore judge that they must be guilty and we, more innocent than they. Christ, however, sees sin and judgment, not by a particular sin, but by the violation of the much narrower spiritual code of love and forgiveness. How the world would change if we saw others as God saw us in God’s mirror of grace.
Gracious and forgiving Christ, transform me so that I can only judge others if I, myself, can stand on my own record of righteousness.
There is something about looking in the mirror from time to time that is revealing. If we’re honest with ourselves, we can see where we’ve chang… Read More
9 For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; 10 but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.
There is something about looking in the mirror from time to time that is revealing. If we’re honest with ourselves, we can see where we’ve changed. We can also see where change has been slow. We can see where we’ve grown. We can also see where growth has been stunted. Our inability to see clearly what needs to be changed is, in some ways, due to our lack of total self-understanding. We don’t know why we do what we do? Fortunately, God does. And God will lead us into full transformation in God’s time and at God’s speed.
Loving God, empower me to see myself more clearly in Your mirror of truth so that I may come to a greater understanding of myself and others.
It’s not very often that we think of self-knowledge and understanding as critical to who we are. It’s possible to get post graduate education in… Read More
21 He said to them, "Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand? 22 For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. 23 Let anyone with ears to hear listen!"
It’s not very often that we think of self-knowledge and understanding as critical to who we are. It’s possible to get post graduate education in the world and never be compelled to examine who we really are. But the discovery of who we are as children of God isn’t meant to be hidden. It isn’t meant to be secret. It would benefit the entire world if we could admit that we fall short of the glory of God. If we don’t confess it, it will eventually become evident.
Gracious Christ, enable and encourage me to look into the mirror of Your truth and admit what soon becomes everyone’s reality — we all need Your grace.
What appears to be a disconnected model of philosophy for living actually translates into a meaningful model for the Christian life. It is, perh… Read More
37 "Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back." 39 He also told them a parable: "Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? 40 A disciple is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully qualified will be like the teacher. 41 Why do you see the speck in your neighbor's eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? 42 Or how can you say to your neighbor, "Friend, let me take out the speck in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor's eye.
What appears to be a disconnected model of philosophy for living actually translates into a meaningful model for the Christian life. It is, perhaps, because when we seek God‘s wisdom, we are ourselves blind to what God is trying to reveal to us. Or perhaps it’s because we, too, are prone to make errors in judgment without knowing another person’s story, hurting people and needing forgiveness when we meant no ill intent, or simply withholding a needed grace from someone because we’ve judged incorrectly. If we could all see through the eyes of Christ, these human typos could be eliminated from the human landscape. Life in the mirror is a unique invitation by God to enter into self-evaluation, but more importantly understanding of others. We so easily see what’s wrong with others and know all too well how to fix them. However, fixing ourselves is a greater problem. If we’d spend greater amounts of time trying to understand our weaknesses, we might have a deeper insight into another person’s weaknesses. True change happens when we have a greater understanding of ourselves after looking at ourselves in the mirror.
Holy and gracious God, give me the courage to look in the mirror that reflects my life and see where change is needed. Enable me to humbly submit to your transforming power so that I may be made anew in your image.
The Adult Ministries group at Mason Memorial Community Church is a spiritual group who’s goal is to help others grow to a mature faith in God while providing comradery and fellowship with the congregation. To be a focus point in our community, we select projects which will help the needs of others.
Some of the Adult Ministry’s projects/activities are as follows:
1. Sack lunches at the Willa Gill Center
2. Thanksgiving and/or Christmas Baskets
3. Angel tree gifts for children at Christmas
4. Parents Night Out which gives adults in the community and church time to fellowship along with Bible study and dinner. We also distribute Gospel/Bible tracts for discussion.
5. Sponsor an Annual Gospel Musical
6. Purchase gift cards for groceries & pharmaceuticals to help people in need in our congregation & community
7. Christmas caroling at nursing homes where our members reside The Adult Ministry group is always open to new ideas/suggestions and members. We embrace Matthew 9:37 “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few”.
The United Methodist Men’s ministry of our local church is a core group of men, partnering with their pastor, to invite and initiate spiritual growth opportunities for all men of the church. Everyone has different gifts, graces, and areas of interest. Therefore, opportunities for participation include diverse ministries of the church, such as
We encourage leading and participating on committees, teaching Sunday school classes, youth ministries, scouting, mentoring, and assisting in leading worship service. The focus is both inward and outward. Inward — concentrating on those who attend and participate in the ministries within the church, and outward — to all men, assisting them to engage in the process of spiritual growth.
Our mission is to support spiritual growth among men, helping men to mature as disciples as they encourage spiritual formation in others.
Our goal is to empower the ministry of Jesus Christ through men within our congregation as we seek to capture the vision of God for our church —
“to become a living example of Jesus Christ active in service to our community.”
Churches United for Justice is a diverse and growing coalition of 17 churches throughout Wyandotte County. Members of these local parishes in Wyandotte county have come together based on the biblical imperative to “… do justice, ff.” (Micah 6:8), as well as Jesus’ reminder that while giving to the church is good, people of faith should pay more attention to the weightier matters of faith, justice, mercy, and faithfulness. (Matthew 23:23). In each of these reflections, justice is seen as primary for the health of the community and personal relationships. Justice in a biblical sense is the quality of being fair and reasonable. This often requires systemic change within communities.
The faiths participating in Churches United for Justice include United Methodist, Baptist, Philadelphia Bible, Peace and Fellowship, Church of Christ and Episcopal. These faith communities have come together believing that justice is a primary issue of faith and is the foundation of healthy relationships that build community.
Our church’s faith community participation is and will be in conjunction with the organization’s effort to focus on the need for affordable housing and curbing violence in our community.
Lead Organizer: Amber Adams
Associate Organizer: Brett Eisenhauer
Team Leader: Karen Shepherd