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We Would Like You To Know —

WORSHIP THIS WEEK …  six options:

1.  At this time, due to decreasing Coronavirus rates, the United Methodists Churches of our Illinois Great Rivers Conference are returning to face-to-face worship services WITH ALL NECESSARY SAFETY PRECAUTIONS.

2. YOU HAVE SIX CHOICES TO PARTICIPATE IN WORSHIP, depending on what you feel is necessary for your own safety and situation in this Coronavirus. We respect your decision.

Choice #1: You are welcome to attend live, Face-to-Face worship with all safety precautions at Kinmundy United Methodist Church at 9 am Sunday morning OR at Wesley, 10:45 Sunday morning. We social distance, wear a mask (or face shield) throughout the service, and do not sing hymns as safety precautions.

Choice #2: We broadcast the audio of the live service on your car’s FM radio, FM 87.9, to the parking lot at Kinmundy UMC at 9 am. This is a little safer than inside, a mask is not needed and you can sing your heart out. A bucket by the corner has bulletins in it. Just like a drive in, you can bring snacks and coffee.

Choice #3: Please click on the link at the blog post for this Sunday in the “Attend Worship at Home” category to watch the entire worship service as a video on your home computer, tablet or smartphone. Sermons and worship services for previous weeks are also available.
The same links will be provided on the Kinmundy Church Facebook page.

Choice #4: Please click on the link at the blog post of the day in the “Attend Worship at Home” category to have your own worship service experience, for whatever you are interested in. You can listen to the sermon on audio, pray the prayers, play YouTube versions of the hymns, and/or view the sermon slides with the sermon audio.

Choice #5: A copy of the “Worship at Home” service AND a sermon transcript will be emailed or sent by US Mail Monday to anyone who requests it. Call the church office at 547-7423 to subscribe. The transcript can also be read on the blog after 2 pm on Monday and used in your devotions through the week.

Choice #6: If you don’t have the internet and you would like to watch the worship video on DVD, please call the church office.

INFORMATION ON SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:

Regions 3 and 5 move to Phase 4 with no mitigations. (Marion County is in Region 5.)
— Churches may gather indoors for any purpose in groups of 50 and less
— Churches with larger rooms may gather indoor groups of up to 25% of the room capacity, but may not exceed 100 people in total
— Churches may gather out-of-doors in groups of any size with proper distancing and masks
— Children and youth ministry programs may occur
— Social distancing, face masks, and other precautions should be taken for all activities
— Churches should not practice group singing
— Church buildings may be open all kinds of groups and meetings of appropriate size, and all church staff and volunteers can regularly use the building
— Facemasks and social distancing are required.

We will continue to practice all safety measures recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health, as listed above.

If for some reason the Coronavirus pandemic restrictions are reissued, we will again take a temporary break.

We will also very carefully and kindly respect anyone who chooses to not attend worship at this time, whether it is because they wish to be safer or because they wish to avoid wearing a mask. We love you and support your personal decision, and look forward to seeing you again.

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If anyone wishes to have Communion please contact Pastor Dave and he will schedule a midweek morning or evening “socially distant” Communion Service at the church to serve you communion.

PASTOR DAVE intends to telephone all active members in the coming months, so don’t be surprised when your phone rings or there is a message on the answering machine from him! If you’d rather not wait, call the church office (547-7423) to let him know you would like a phone visit!

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SAFETY RULES FOR INSIDE, FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP –

The Kinmundy worship planning team met June 15, 2020, and made decisions for our return to worship in the sanctuary. (All interested were invited to attend that meeting.)   WE EXPECT THAT LIFE WILL REMAIN UNUSUAL (and require some inconvenience and discomfort) THROUGH THIS TIME and hopefully be back to normal by the fall of 2021.

Please remember that the full Coronavirus vaccine makes it likely that you can neither catch the virus or spread the virus; it is true herd immunity.

1. Six-foot minimum social distancing is identified by bulletins placed on pews, which are also marked with a verticle strip of green masking tape. Families can sit together but please maintain that distance with others, especially when moving about.

2. We will still broadcast the service on FM 87.9 so that people can attend in their cars, whether for reasons of safety or comfort (mask optional).

3. For safety, wearing a mask in the church sanctuary is mandatory; the virus is spread by the exhaled breath of people, and you can be contagious two weeks before you know it. Outside the church and in your car is a “mask optional” zone.  (If needed, we will attempt to create a mask optional zone within the church building.) The pastor has a mask for you if you need one!

4. If you are going to sneeze, please cover your mouth with a Kleenex. A box should be present at each seating spot.

5. The pastor will wear a face shield while preaching as “sermon virus” can spread over 20+ feet.

6. Please do not sing aloud in the sanctuary during hymns, as that widely spreads the virus. Humming along softly is OK. Singing outside and in your car is OK.

7. Groups under 50 can meet inside the church building with masks and social distance. We’ll let our bible studies and other groups decide if they wish to meet at the church this summer or wait until the fall. Meeting outside or elsewhere is OK.

8. We are not providing food but you can “bring your own beverage” to any meeting.

9. As United Methodists, we follow our Bishop’s recommendations, which are based on Illinois Department of Public Health safety guidelines. You can view them here:
Coming Back to the Heart of Worship
Phase 4 Guidelines
Phase 3 Guidelines

10.  Our goal is to provide the safest possible environment for inside worship at Kinmundy UMC and Wesley UMC, plus safe choices for our members to worship in this time of the coronavirus pandemic.  We will not compromise.

(This is why a mask or face shield is required to attend worship in the Kinmundy Church sanctuary.)

CURRENT REALITY: We do not feel the need to retreat as long as everyone present cooperates with all known safety precautions.

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KinmundyChurch.org: The Blog of the Kinmundy and Wesley United Methodist Churches, 308 E. 3rd St, Kinmundy, IL, 62854

AFTER CORONAVIRUS requirements cease, we will return to our normal schedule:
Worship at Kinmundy: 9 am Sunday. At Wesley: 10:45 Sunday.
Wednesday@Wesley Bible Study for both churches: 7 pm Wednesdays.

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Vision Statement: We are a functional family of God, where Jesus is Lord and people grow.
Mission Statement: “Every layperson is called to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20); every layperson is called to be missional.” (¶126, Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church)

The world has 2 needs and 2 kinds of people: People who need to become disciples
and disciples who need to become disciple-makers.
(T4T)

Kinmundy United Methodist Churches
308 3rd Street, Kinmundy, IL 62854
AFTER CORONAVIRUS CANCELATIONS, Worship at 9 am.  Please join us!        

Wesley United Methodist Church
3381 Kinoka Rd, Patoka, IL  62875
AFTER CORONAVIRUS CANCELATIONS, Worship at 10:45 am.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY:
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Weekday policy: if South Central public schools are closed because of bad weather,
church activities that day are postponed.
Be Safe!

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Sermon 4/11/2021: Easter Sunday Afternoon (Eastertide I)

At this time, due to Coronavirus concerns, many are not quite ready to return to face to face worship. If this includes you, please click on the link below to watch the entire worship service as a video on your home computer, tablet or smartphone:

Link to Video:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/535061080

Screencast-o-matic: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/crfQ3CVnY7B

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If you would prefer not to view the video, you’re welcome to use the links below to have a time of worship at home. (Just right click on the link to “open link in a new tab” to play each hymn or the sermon in a separate tab, and close that tab when finished.)

CALL TO WORSHIP: Please recommit your life to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord with the words of The Centering Prayer:

Lord Jesus, today I am far less than the person I want to be or can be with your help.
I ask today that you would be more and more the center of my life.
Guide me to all that is good, cleanse me from all that is not.
Teach me Your ways and form in me Your nature.
Help me to serve you in flow as I am gifted.
Help me to notice my neighbor and work through me to redeem my neighborhood.
I am a sinner; please be my Shepherd, my Savior and my Lord. Amen.

HYMN What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Alan Jackson – What A Friend We have In Jesus [with lyrics]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCV5t8wRBI8

(Just right click on the link to “open link in a new tab” to play each hymn or the sermon in a separate tab, and close that tab when finished.)

A TIME OF PRAYER (Testimonies, Joys & Concerns)

Congregational Prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

Please pray for yourself and your neighbors, lifting up your needs to God while giving thanks for answered prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

HYMN Be Still My Soul
Celtic Thunder – Be Still, My Soul (Lyrics)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RSyMGhsQ9I

(Just right click on the link to “open link in a new tab” to play each hymn or the sermon in a separate tab, and close that tab when finished.)

MOMENTS WITH THE CHILDREN – If you are blessed to have children with you, ask them what they are thankful for, and then thank God together!

GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS – these can be mailed to the church office.

MESSAGE: Easter Sunday Afternoon
Text: Luke 24:13-49, Psalm 23
Series: Building Bridges from Easter to Pentecost

Right-click, open in new tab to play … Sermon audioSermon slides as a PDF file.

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SERMON NOTES

Luke 24:13-49
13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cle’opas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning 23 and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. 28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, 29 but they constrained him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight. 34 who said, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Psalm 23:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want; 2 he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; 3 he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

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HYMN God Be with You Till We Meet Again
God Be With You Till We Meet Again Jim Reeves – MVL – roncobb1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIu86zHy0Lw

(Just right click on the link to “open link in a new tab” to play each hymn or the sermon in a separate tab, and close that tab when finished.)

BENEDICTION: Let us dedicate ourselves to the service of Jesus by joining in the Prayer of Saint Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy
O Divine Master, grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born to Eternal Life
Amen

(If you wish, you can listen to this prayer being sung:
Sarah McLachlan – Prayer of St. Francis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agPnMxp5Occ )

If you worship at home, please let us know so we can pray for you!

TRANSCRIPT

Life is difficult. This is one of the foundational teachings of religion. Buddhism puts it this way. “Life is suffering.” Murphy’s Law says that, “Whatever can go wrong will go wrong.” But every journey – and life is a journey – is going to hit some rough spots. Life is difficult. But you know what helps us with that? Jesus walks with us in the midst of every difficulty we encounter.

“It’s Friday,” we might say, “and Sunday’s coming.” But in the days between Friday and Sunday, there will be some difficulties. As the 23rd Psalm says it very, very plainly, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” and friends, that’s where we walk. But because Jesus walks with us, the 23rd Psalm says this: “I fear no evil, for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.”

The valley of the shadow of death is a symbolic reality. Every single one of us has some sort of valley like that we have traveled through. But it’s also the name that is given to a particular path in Israel, from Jerusalem down to Jericho, the narrow little valley that you see in the picture on the screen. The walls hem you in from both sides, and there are caves. And in those caves, there might be wild animals, predators that would attack sheep. In those caves, there might be robbers that would attack people, just as the man who was helped by the Good Samaritan was attacked and left for dead. You see, there are times when it can get very narrow in that valley of the shadow of death. Life is difficult. Yet Jesus walks with us. And as Jesus walks with us, Jesus comforts us and guides us.

Today, we’re looking at the scripture that talks about the walk to Emmaus, and Jesus very plainly and explicitly uses the Bible to comfort these two followers and uses the Bible to guide them in what they need to do. Jesus is going to help us in this difficult time, but it’s helpful for us to understand that as we go from Fridays to Easter Sundays, Jesus is going to use the Bible to help us stay on the right path.

And finally, because Jesus walks with us, there is a wisdom from above. If you’ve ever tried to find your way through a garden maze, you can’t see except what’s just in front of you. But God sees everything, and if Jesus walks with us, we are guided by a wisdom from above.

And we’re guided to a destination, and the way between here and there follows God’s path, follows to God’s destination. Again, the 23rd Psalm puts it this way. “The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the right path and paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” If we turn to Jesus who walks with us, Jesus will guide us through the maze of life, confusing and painful, though it may be at times, toward the place that we want to be and that God wants us to be. There is a wisdom from above that guides us on the journey.

The time is Easter Sunday, afternoon on Easter Sunday, and in Luke 24, it says That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem and talking with each other about all these things that had happened, Palm Sunday in the triumphal entry, all the activities of Holy Week, the death of Jesus upon the cross. They were talking about it all. And while they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near them and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.

We might wonder just a little bit about how is it that they couldn’t recognize Jesus? Well, please remember, eyeglasses were not invented at that time. When I take my glasses off, I’m actually legally blind. I don’t know how well the disciples could see, but they did not recognize the man who was walking with them.

And he said to them, “What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?” Jesus asked them a question. And suddenly they’re standing still. It says, “And they stood still looking sad.”

What the disciples were feeling after Jesus died upon the cross was grief. They had a certain hope, they had a certain picture in their minds of what was going to happen. They had left behind their children, their families to travel these roads with Jesus because they had a very specific hope. And when Jesus died upon the cross, that hope was dashed into a million pieces.

There are four steps as survivors adjust to grief. The first step is to accept the reality that the way things were before is lost and is gone forever.

And when we experience a loss like that, then there’s pain. You can’t avoid it, you can’t skip it. Pain is longer or shorter for different people. But they are going to stand there still and look sad because that’s what it means to go through pain. It stops us from moving forward.

And they stood still looking sad. Verse 18, “Then one of them named Cleopas, answered him, are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” And notice, again, verse 19, Jesus responds with a question. He wants to keep them talking about what they know and what they feel. That’s what we need to do in a time of grief. Keep talking. Keep being aware of what you know and what you feel. Verse 19, and he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet, mighty indeed, and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death and crucified.”

Then notice verse 21, which is where they identify the hope that was destroyed on Good Friday. They identify the loss for which they are grieving. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. To set the people free. To end the Roman dictatorial oppression of their nation. This was their greatest hope … that they had lost.

“Yes, and besides all of this, it is now the third day since this happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning. They did not find his body. And they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it, just as the women had said. But him they did not see.” In our time of grief, when life is difficult, there’s always something that seems to confuse and fill our environment with chaos. What could this possibly mean? What could this mean?

Luke 24:25, “And he said to them … now it’s time for Jesus to speak.” And he said to them, “Oh, foolish man and slow of heart, to believe all that the prophets have spoken.” Take a look at verse 26. Was it not necessary?

Do you know the most horrible part of grief and loss? The feeling that nothing has any meaning, that harm comes to us without any purpose, without any reason, as if God has no influence on this world. And Jesus speaks directly to that feeling of grief with these words.

Verse 26, “Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?” And in beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself.

Recovering from grief requires us to make a turn in our life, to change our ways, to change our path, to change our destination, to change our hope. That’s what allows us to take the next two steps … to adjust to life without the hope that we had before, the people that we were with before, the dreams that we had before. We need to adjust to this new life where they’re not present and then continue to move forward and reinvest in what God makes possible, reinvest in this new life, whatever that means, this new reality.

And when Jesus explains to us how to adjust, when Jesus explains to us how to live this new life, when Jesus explains to us how to move into the future with confidence and hope and faith, Jesus will use the scripture to explain why all this pain, this suffering, this loss, this confusion, this fear, this sorrow, he will use the scripture to explain why it’s necessary.

Verse 28, So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained Him saying, “Stay with us for it is toward evening and the day is now spent, far spent. And in fact, soon the sun would go down. And this road at night when the robbers came out was extremely hazardous and dangerous to travel. “It’s not safe to travel at night. Stay with us,” they pleaded with their new friend.

So He went in to stay with them. And when He was at table with them, He took bread and blessed and broke it and He gave it to them. And as He did that act, so familiar, so similar to His action in distributing the body and blood as he called it on Maundy Thursday, it says in verse 31, their eyes were opened and they recognized Him. And in that moment, He vanished out of their sight. Verse 32, then they said to each other, did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the scriptures.

The holy scripture has a great influence upon our hearts and mind to change us and make us ready for what we need to do in this new reality. And all of a sudden, it doesn’t matter how dangerous it might be. Verse 33, “And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem, and they found the 11 gathered together. And those who were with them who said, “The Lord has risen indeed and has appeared to Simon. And then they told what had happened on the road and how it was known to them in the breaking of the bread.”

You see, as Jesus was explaining the Scripture to them, as His words sank into their minds and gave them a new perspective, as His words sunk into their hearts and gave them new hope, as they said, “Did not our hearts burn within us when He talked to us on the road while He opened to us the Scriptures,” Jesus brought about a resurrection in their hearts that we need to experience in our hearts.

You see, there is a wisdom from above. If you look at a garden maze like you see in the picture in front of you, as you’re walking through it, you can’t see which way to go. But God looks down upon us from above and sees how everything fits together. God has a higher perspective than you and I do.

We might be confused by this coronavirus. We might think it horrible how we have to behave in order not only for us to be safe, but our neighbors and others we love to be safe. We may be filled with confusion and uncertainty about what should be done. But God has no confusion because God sees our world from a higher perspective.

And if you want to see the world the way God sees it, you will find that perspective in the pages of the Bible. You will find that perspective available to you because it is revealed in the Bible. In this time between the times, our churches are beginning at Easter to figure out what we need to do to come out of our safe places and begin to do what we’ve done before.

But I’ll be honest with you friends, we don’t need to do anything different today than what is described that we should do in the pages of the Bible. And if you and I are reading the Bible, we’ll begin to understand what God wants for us right now and in the days to come. It is revealed in the Bible, everything we should say, everything we should do, who we should say it to, who we should do it with. It’s Easter now but summer’s coming. And everything you and I need to do between now and summer arriving, everything we need to do after summer is here, you will find it in the pages of the Bible.

Because everything Jesus told us to do, we should still be doing.

Every way that Jesus described how the Church should function in the Bible, that is still how the Church should function today.

There is wisdom from above, and if you study the Bible, you will learn that perspective. Because Jesus comforts and guides us by using the Bible. How do we keep each other safe? How do we bring life back into our communities? Jesus guides us by using the Bible.

I’m not certain how you might feel about a celebrity pastor, Joel Osteen, but there is one thing that I deeply admire. And that’s in the church that he pastors, where multiple services on a weekend will reach tens of thousands of people, it’s my understanding that in every one of these worship services, their call to worship is something they say together. People hold up their Bible, and they say these words,

“This is my Bible. I am what it says I am. I can do what it says I can do. Today, I will be taught the word of God. I boldly confess: my mind is alert, my heart is receptive, I will never be the same. I’m about to receive the incorruptible, indestructible, ever-living seed of the word of God.” What does that mean? The truth that you will find within the Bible will grow within your heart and mind like a seed. It goes on to say, “I will never be the same. Never, never, never. I will never be the same. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Friends, if this is your Bible – if you read it, if you learn it, if you live it – it will change your life and it will change our world and we will never be the same. We will be resurrected Easter people following Jesus today.

When Jesus guides us, Jesus uses the Bible to guide us.

When Jesus comforts us when life is difficult, Jesus uses the Bible to comfort us.

And life is difficult, but Jesus walks with us. As the 23 Psalm says, thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies. Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Please pray with me. Lord Jesus, thank you for the words of the 23 Plasm. Thank you for the words of Luke 24. Thank you, Lord, for all the other words that we find within the word of God that guide us and comfort us. Lord, help us to take these words into our hearts and minds so that they might grow within us like seeds until we are filled with the good fruit of the word of God in our lives.
Lord, we know that life is difficult. This past year has been difficult. This past month has been difficult. Lord, for some of us this last week has been very, very difficult.
But we know, Lord, that your word leads to a better life because you speak of green pastures and still waters. You speak of how our souls will be restored. You speak of a table in the presence of our enemies. You speak of cups that overflow. You remind us that goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives and that we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Lord, I pray that you’ll remind us that your word will teach us how best to live. And so, Lord, in this Easter season, may it be a season that is designed and crafted by us according to the blueprint that you have laid out in the words of Jesus Christ that still comfort us and still guide us today. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ! Amen.

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION: Let’s have a conversation! Please reflect upon the questions below as you consider the material presented above. In a comment, share your thoughts and additional questions. What would you like to know?

What grabbed your attention?
What is the human need or problem?
What questions do you have about any quotes provided?
Does the Bible say anything about this?
What solutions do you see for the problem?
What specifically could we begin to do to make a change?

Additional Resources
Kinmundy United Methodist Church is located at 308 E. Third Street, Kinmundy, IL 62854. Worship begins at 9 am Sundays. The building is handicap accessible.
Wesley United Methodist Church is located at 3381 Kinoka Road, Patoka, IL 62875 in the country between Kinmundy and Patoka. Worship begins at 10.45 am Sundays.
VISION: We are a functional family of God, where Jesus is Lord and people grow.
MISSION: Every layperson is called to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20); every layperson is called to be missional. (¶126 of the 2016 Book of Discipline)
Paradigm: There are two kinds of people in this world: people who need to become disciples and disciples who need to become disciple makers.
 

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OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — April 11 – April 18

OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — April 11 – April 18

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR PASTORS: David Kueker, our Superintendent, Carol Lakota Eastin, and our Bishop, Frank Beard. If you need Pastor Dave for prayer, please call or text his cell phone, 618-780-0151, or email at dkueker@yahoo.com. Or on Facebook as David Oliver Kueker.

Prayer Request From Jesus: Matthew 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Please Pray For God To Bless Our “Care Card Ministry” Person Of The Week –
Barbara Shanafelt

Please Pray For God To Bless These People For Special Needs –
K Shirley Miller – Returned to her home Thursday from Odin Care Center
Jane Heinzmann – At home recovering from surgery last Friday. Ken reports she is resting comfortably.
K Marie Dickerson – Home from hospital, will see her doctor soon.
K Gerri Molina – Transferred from St John’s in Springfield Friday to Doctors Nursing Center. She is
feeling much better. She will have therapy to regain her strength.

Please Pray For God To Bless These People With Ongoing Needs –
Pauline (Diss) Burgess, Molly Monical, Brad Brimberry, Shirley Miller, Russell Kilby, John Holzhauer, David Mendenhall (Steve Wilkin’s friend), Helen Sullivan, Aaron Guerrettaz (Jo Williams’ nephew, Jim & Nancy Guerrettaz’s son), Erica Fox, Kay Feather Lydick, Caitlin Engel (Julie Jones’ cousin), Quinten Butts, Barbara Shanafelt, Haven Mueller, Mike Donoho, Brenton Connor, Kayley Wilhelm, Larry & Dolores Johnson (Kim’s Parents), Nancy Weeks-Lafenhagen

Please Pray For God To Bless Our Military Families –
Sgt Rusty & Nicole (Nolan, Michael, Lydia) Robb – Member of the Presidential Helicopter Squardron.
Navy Lieutenant Commander Jason Montgomery – Serving on aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.
(He is back from Iran and is at home in Washington.)

Please Pray For Those Grieving For –
— David Owens, of Alma
— Wesley Warren “Wheels” Hunter, 14 years old from Salem
— Owen Austin, 2-day old Grandson of Steve & Linda Shoots
— Tom Gura
— Dale Henke

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THIS WEEK’S CHURCH CALENDAR – April 11-18, 2021

THIS WEEK’S CHURCH CALENDAR &
WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW —
April 11 – April 18, 2021

Sun 4/11
9:00 am …FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC in sanctuary, Drive-In listening (FM 87.9) on the parking lot or WATCH Pastor Dave’s video of the entire worship service at kinmundychurch.org
10:45 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Wesley UMC

5 pm – Pastor attends District Superintendency Meeting

Mon 4/12
6.30 pm 5 pm – Pastor attends District Ministry Team Meeting

Tues 4/13
6:00-8:00 pm … WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY

Wed 4/14
9:00-11:00 am … WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY

11:00 am … NO WEEKLY PRAYER Meeting and communion in Fellowship Hall THIS WEEK

 — ...  PASTOR’S SABBATH DAY (2nd COVID shot)

Fri 4/16
6:00 pm … FOOD PANTRY— Volunteers needed for Bagging

Sat 4/17
9:00-10:00 am … FOOD PANTRY — Volunteers needed for Distribution

Sun 4/18
9:00 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC

10:45 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Wesley UMC

Safety precautions in short – We social distance and wear a mask (or face shield) throughout the service as safety precautions.

We Would Like You To Know —

Upcoming Meetings –
Monday, May 24 … 700 pm … Ad Council Meeting
(Most committees will have a meeting between now and Mother’s Day.)
If you would like to attend any meeting from home by phone or over the Internet, please let Pastor Dave know or call Vervadene in the church office.

  1. PASTOR DAVE will continue providing a video of an entire worship service on the Internet for you to watch at home each week throughout the Spring. We will still mail a transcript of the sermon with the bulletin and make a DVD for those who request it.
  2. WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY: Beth Moore’s Jesus, The One and Only. Classes meet on Tuesday from 6 – 8 pm OR Wednesday from 9 – 11 am. Contact Kim Kueker if you would like to attend.
  3. PRAYER MEETING AND COMMUNION will not meet this week as Pastor Dave and Kim are getting their 2nd COVID Vaccine shot this day. The Pastor’s Sabbath Day has been moved to Wednesday, in case of a reaction. (Worth it!)
  4. “It’s Easter … Summer’s coming!”
    Teams of three or more, plus the pastor, are forming to plan our return to all church activities. (Rule of Three: if we don’t have three people willing to help, we will assume that it is not God’s timing for us to bring back that activity just yet.)
    Every one of us is called to do some kind of work for Jesus. What interests, inspires or excites you that your church could be doing? What would you like to see happen in your church?
    TEAMS with three or more helpers, active and working now:
    All church committees –
    Twilight Circle
    The FELLOWSHIP MEAL TEAM is already planning fellowship & potlucks for later this Spring.
    The HEALTH & SAFETY TEAM advises the Pastor and makes decisions on needed safety precautions for worship and all church activities.
    IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP with any of these teams or to start one to bring back a new or former church activity, let the pastor know.
  5. QUESTION & SUGGESTION BOX — The pastor has ordered a question & suggestion box which will sit on the table in front of Vervadene’s desk. Your question & suggestion can be anonymous, but if you sign it we can ask you questions if more information is needed and work together with you more quickly to get things done
  6. OUR PRAYER FAMILIES for this week — Members & Friends –
    K Barbie Ambuehl; Garrett Ambuehl.
    K David Bookhout family; Barth, Kate & children, Tristen, Ashley & children, Phil & Linny Meador.
    W Brad & Mary Brimberry; Adam.
    K Shirley Brinkley
  7. 27 Kaskaskia District United Methodist Women and one guest, U.M.W. Conference President Sue Conner met at the Kinmundy United Methodist Church, Thursday, April 8.
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Sermon 4/04/2021: “Were You There?” (Easter Sunday)

At this time, due to Coronavirus concerns, many are not quite ready to return to face to face worship. If this includes you, please click on the link below to watch the entire worship service as a video on your home computer, tablet or smartphone:

Link to Video:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/532726788

Screencast-o-matic: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/crffcxVVRQS

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If you would prefer not to view the video, you’re welcome to use the links below to have a time of worship at home. (Just right click on the link to “open link in a new tab” to play each hymn or the sermon in a separate tab, and close that tab when finished.)

CALL TO WORSHIP: Please recommit your life to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord with the words of The Centering Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, today I am far less than the person I want to be or can be with your help. 
I ask today that you would be more and more the center of my life. 
Guide me to all that is good, cleanse me from all that is not. 
Teach me Your ways and form in me Your nature. 
Help me to serve you in flow as I am gifted. 
Help me to notice my neighbor and work through me to redeem my neighborhood. 
I am a sinner; please be my Shepherd, my Savior and my Lord. Amen.

HYMN Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
Christ The Lord Is Risen Today (with lyrics) performed by Hymns Triumphant Performers.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9khJXoL9QGk

(Just right click on the link to “open link in a new tab” to play each hymn or the sermon in a separate tab, and close that tab when finished.)

A TIME OF PRAYER (Testimonies, Joys & Concerns)

Congregational Prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

Please pray for yourself and your neighbors, lifting up your needs to God while giving thanks for answered prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

HYMN Because He Lives
Because He Lives (Lyric/Live At The Cove Billy Graham Training Center, Asheville, NC/2001)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKaRk1qpR4o

(Just right click on the link to “open link in a new tab” to play each hymn or the sermon in a separate tab, and close that tab when finished.)

MOMENTS WITH THE CHILDREN – If you are blessed to have children with you, ask them what they are thankful for, and then thank God together!

GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS – these can be mailed to the church office.

MESSAGE: “Were You There?”
Text: Mark 8:29-32, Mark 16:1-8
Series: Building Bridges from Easter to Pentecost

Right-click, open in new tab to play … Sermon audioSermon slides as a PDF file.

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SERMON NOTES

Mark 8:29 And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 30 And he charged them to tell no one about him. 31 And he began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly.

Mark 16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3 And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” 4 And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; –it was very large. 5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. 6 And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.” 8 And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to any one, for they were afraid.

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HYMN He Lives
He Lives with Lyrics performed by Alan Jackson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6G8F8UzuSGE

(Just right click on the link to “open link in a new tab” to play each hymn or the sermon in a separate tab, and close that tab when finished.)

BENEDICTION: Let us dedicate ourselves to the service of Jesus by joining in the Prayer of Saint Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy
O Divine Master, grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born to Eternal Life
Amen

(If you wish, you can listen to this prayer being sung:
Sarah McLachlan – Prayer of St. Francis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agPnMxp5Occ )

If you worship at home, please let us know so we can pray for you!

TRANSCRIPT

Hey, man, were you there? You remember that beautiful gospel hymn, Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they nailed him to a tree?
Were you there when the sun refused to shine?
Were you there when they laid him in the grave?
Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?


Certainly, this was an emotional moment in the lives of the disciples. An emotional moment in the lives of every follower of Jesus who can imagine themselves standing there watching as Jesus died upon the cross.

It’s quite a wonderful thing that you and I know the end of the story. I’m sure if you’re as old as I am you remember when the movie ET came out. You remember the difficulties that ET had in our world? You remember when ET got sick and all the doctors came crowding around to try to save his life. I still remember that scene in the movie being so emotionally wrenching that it caused me to tremble, tremble, tremble. But you see, I know how that story ends. I’m so thankful that there’s a happy ending to that story. And you know something when I watch it now, I don’t tremble. I don’t tremble very much at all, because I know how the story ends.
Friends, all too often, I think it’s the truth that we wind up having an Easter that, although it’s only three days after we remember Jesus dying on the cross, so many of us celebrate an Easter which seems almost disconnected from the day Jesus died. Disconnected to the point where there’s no likelihood that we could tremble at all. And in fact, while it is a day of great joy and rejoicing …

If we connect the death on the cross, death on the cross, with the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday, there are still going to be some aspect of trembling. Were you there when they crucified my Lord? If you have a healthy imagination and can imagine yourself being there I think it will cause you to tremble, tremble, and tremble even if you are rejoicing.

We’re coming up, you see, on an anniversary for me and my family. It was a year ago at this time, a year ago that Kim and I were in quarantine for COVID. Quarantine was lifted for me on Monday, April 6th. That’s a year ago tomorrow. The following Friday, I was having a little bit of difficulty breathing, just enough of a concern to make it worthwhile to go to the emergency room. And so I went to the emergency room in Mount Vernon on Friday. I really felt just fine. But they did a CAT scan and they found something wrong. There was a saddle pulmonary embolism. Now, a pulmonary embolism is a blood clot in the lung, but the saddle pulmonary embolism isn’t quite in the lungs yet. The aorta comes out of the heart and it divides to go to two lungs. And in that place where it divides, a very large blood clot had formed. Part of it was hanging into one side, ready to slide into one lung. The other part of it was hanging on the other side. And if they had broken loose, I would have been in a world of hurt.

Pulmonary emboli are deadly things. And of course, the doctor in the emergency room at Mount Vernon knew exactly what to do. He ordered a helicopter and I got my first helicopter ride. In the helicopter, there’s a bench where you lay down across where the windows are. And they took me to the Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana, because I was going to need open chest surgery. They would open up my chest, they would open up the aorta where the blood clot was, and they would put tubes into the blood clot and surgically inject blood thinner over a period of several hours in the hope of saving my life. It was a bad ride. Got to the hospital. It was so good to lay down in a bed that wasn’t moving, that wasn’t shaky.

And the doctor came in to explain to me the procedure and he said, “But you know something, Mr. Kueker, we have a problem.” And I asked the doctor, “What’s the problem?” And he said, “Well, you don’t really seem to be as sick as you should be if you’re having this type of problem. So I don’t think we’re going to do the surgery right now. We’re going to wait and see how you do overnight.” This was my Good Friday.

Now, one of the big problems with COVID, of course, is it’s an infection and your body begins to fight the infection. Your immune system begins to fight the infection, and because your immune system is very anxious, very afraid, it can overdo it. One of the ways the immune system overdoes it is what’s called a cytokine storm. The immune system martials so many resources to fight the infection of the virus that your immune system causes harm to your health. And in fact, they suspect that quite a few of the deaths related to COVID are because of this immune system overreaction.

And this is what I was concerned about on my Good Friday, and I had a unique way of dealing with it. I preached a sermon to myself. The sermon is a very famous sermon. It’s called Sunday’s Coming. It was written and preached by SM Lockridge, a Black pastor from San Diego. I think it is one of the most beautiful things in the English language.

And the preacher begins simply saying to himself, again and again, it’s Friday. And he’s describing everything that happens to Jesus on Friday. About how the evil people are grinning and other people are sinning. And Christ is being taken to the cross because, you see, he says that’s what Friday’s like. It’s just Friday. That’s the way Fridays are. But he begins to slowly remind the people that even though it’s Friday, Sunday’s coming.

And so from the moment of the diagnosis, I found myself just simply quietly saying to myself, again and again, it’s Friday. These kinds of things happen on a Friday. Bad things happen on a Friday. Well, for people of faith, people of hope, we know that Sunday’s coming. And so I calmed myself in the hospital in Mount Vernon, this is just a Friday, like what Jesus went through. I calmed myself on the helicopter, this is just a Friday. When I got to the hospital in Evansville, I kept saying to myself, it’s Friday. No surprises here. This is the kind of thing that happens on Friday. But Sunday’s coming. Easter’s coming. God’s power cannot be denied. God’s love cannot be prevented. And in this way, I calmed myself through what could have been an extremely frightening experience.

And if I had allowed my anxiety to spiral out of control, and if I had allowed my fear to become the Lord of my life, it’s very possible that my body would have gone into overreaction. And it could be true that my own fear would cost me my life. But I just kept reminding myself, it’s a Friday, things like this happen on a Friday. All I have to do is wait for God to take care of it. And Easter Sunday’s coming.

I think it’s a miracle, but, it’s always a blessing when the doctor looks at you and says you don’t look as sick as you ought to be. It’s quite a blessing when the doctor says that the surgery that they flew you over here to get might not be needed because you’re healthier than you ought to be. And the doctor says, “We’ll take another look at it tomorrow,” and I just nodded and I kept thinking to myself, this is Friday. This is the kind of thing that happens on a Friday. The next day, I said to myself, it’s a Saturday. This is the kind of thing that happens on a Saturday.” And on Sunday, the doctor came in and said, “Mr. Kueker, we just don’t really think it’s necessary to do this surgery, we just think it’s a greater risk to do it than to give you blood thinner and send you home.”

And I said, “It’s Sunday. Do I get to go home on Easter Sunday?” And he said, “No, you’ll go home on Monday.” And that was fine with me. This is what happens when you say it’s Friday, but Sunday is coming. So they sent me home with pills that I took for six months, and then I was to go back and see how much of the blood clot was still there.

And just think about that for a minute, folks. Any minute, that blood clot could have ended my life. But over the next six months, I just kept saying in different ways, it’s Friday and I kept calm, took the medicine religiously and I kept on trusting God. We went for the CAT scan after six months. Wouldn’t you know it, the blood clot was completely dissolved and gone? And it felt to me like that was a little bit like Easter.

But our family didn’t get to celebrate Easter last year. We’re going to have to celebrate it this year, but this is true for any Friday in which you may find yourself. God still loves you. God is still watching over you. And the answers to your prayers is this: Sunday’s coming. Now, all of a sudden, that Sunday is here.

Jesus predicted it very clearly. Mark, chapter eight. He began to teach them that the son of man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priest and the scribes and be killed. And after three days, rise again. And He said this plainly.

Not just to the disciples, He called the crowd all around them and told every single person in the crowd, verse 32, he said this plainly, “I am going to rise again.” There’s going to be a Friday, but he predicted that there would also be a Sunday.

But when that Friday came, did anyone remember what Jesus had said? Mark 16, :1, this is Mark’s account of what happened on the day of Resurrection, “And when the Sabbath was past,” Saturday, “Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week,” Sunday, “they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?'” Their focus is still on what happened on Friday. Their focus is still on Christ buried in the grave and what they needed to do to take care of him. Their focus was still on Friday.
And when they reach the tomb, “And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back. It was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side dressed in a white robe, and they were amazed.” The Greek word amazed there can be translated as astonished. It can also be translated as terrified. Certainly, this was not anything they had expected. Verse 6, “And he said to them, ‘Do not be amazed.'” Or you could say, “Do not be afraid. Do not be terrified.” “You seek Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. He has risen. He is not here. See the place where they laid him.”
Verse seven, now they get some instructions, “But go tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him. As he told you.” The angel gives them very clear instructions. You need to get everyone headed to Galilee, and that’s where they’ll see Jesus. Verse 8, “And they went out and fled from the tomb for trembling and astonishment had come upon them.” Did they follow the instructions given by the angel? Here’s what Mark says, “And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.”

You see, for the angel, it was Easter Sunday. He knew that Jesus had risen from the dead. In fact, he told the women exactly that. Jesus had told them long ago, “I’m going to rise again.” But they still had the fear and the terror of Friday and it says that they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. Fear and trembling and terrified, they ran away. This is the first account of the resurrection.

Now, there’s more and we’ll look at that in the weeks to come because we want to learn what they learned about how to live with the help and guidance of the resurrected Christ.

But here’s the very beginning. And it’s not very wonderful. They said nothing to anyone for they were afraid. After this, Jesus began to appear to others one at a time and in small groups to reassure them that he was indeed alive. It may have been the plan that he would meet them in Galilee, but they needed him now. Mary Magdalene first and then others. He needed to appear to them in their hour of need and help them to believe in the resurrection. Friends, sometimes after we’ve gone through a Friday, we find that we need the living presence of the Lord Jesus Christ to help us to not be afraid, to help us to keep on and carry on, to help us to move forward. We need the real Jesus Christ to speak to us.
An angel won’t do. Women bearing testimony won’t do. We actually need Jesus. Because Jesus can reach our hearts in a way that no one else can. They needed Jesus to tell them, they needed Jesus to help them. You and I also may need a direct encounter with the living Jesus to help us to move from our Fridays, days that feel like we’re dying on a cross, to help us to move from those days into the days of Easter, days when we feel like we are rising to walk in newness of life. We need Jesus to help us. And no one else would do.

Now, I think that I saved my own life by reminding myself that this was just a Friday. But Friday wasn’t the end of the story, because I knew whatever the problem was, my reaction to the problem could be much more harmful to me than the problem itself. You see when we take the problem and we multiply it by our reaction, we get three times, five times, ten times worse of a problem because our anxiety does not help us. And fear is not our friend.

What’s interesting is they have this repeatedly in the resurrection appearances, the very first words that Jesus says are fear not. Remember the angel, the angel said, “Don’t be terrified.” Don’t be terrified. And in fact – they have counted it – there’s 365 different places in the entire Bible where God tells people not to be afraid. It’s only Friday. Don’t be afraid. It’s only Friday. Sunday’s coming. And, of course, Easter is exactly that Sunday.
You and I know that there will be trouble and sorrows in this world. This life we live today, this place we live today, it is the valley of the shadow of death, a phrase from the 23rd Psalm. But we are not alone in that valley because our shepherd is with us.

But it’s only Friday, and you have to be patient. You have to be faithful. You have to practice wise habits as you live through all the Fridays toward a new day that is coming.

It is so exciting to be Easter in 2021 because the world is coming back.
Our church has been open for worship since last May when we met on the parking lot. But everything else is getting more and more open too. But it’s still Friday a little bit. The coronavirus is still out there. We still need to wear a mask to protect ourselves, but even more to protect others. We still have to socially distance just like that little picture of matches there, the match that pulls itself away from those on fire protects everyone else down from the line. To the extent that it’s still Friday, we still have to socially distance, although restrictions are easing.
And one reason why restrictions are easing is because many of you are getting a vaccine. You tell me, “I had my first shot.” You tell me, “I had my second shot.” You tell me, “In a few weeks, I’ll be seeing my grandchildren.”

Friends, it’s not quite Sunday yet for the coronavirus. But the time is moving on for God to set us free. But as we go forward, please don’t let your frustrations rule your emotions. Please don’t let your fears control your feelings. Please stay calm. Please hang on to your faith.
And whether you quote my sermons or some other sermon or something you’ve seen in a book or on Facebook or whether you have a hymn that you sing that calms your heart, keep reminding yourself, “It’s only Friday.” You can get through this Friday. Certainly, it is not as bad as the Friday that Jesus went through for our sakes. But keep calm and calmly continue to believe in Jesus. And know in your heart that the Sunday is coming where we won’t have to put up with this sort of thing anymore. We have the faith to go the distance.

Please pray with me.
Lord Jesus, some of us have the patience of a two-year-old. If we’re lucky, we can last five minutes. Some of us have the faith of a more mature person, and we can get through 50 minutes, maybe five hours. Some of us, Lord, are so calm, we can patiently endure five days or five months. When we’ve been dealing with this pandemic for so long, our patience is just about used up.
On the other hand, Lord, maybe we’re fortunate that it’s become somewhat of a habit. Just a few more days, just a few more months, let the scientists work. Let the medicine work. Let the vaccine work. Let God work. And, Lord, we’ll hear each other and we’ll get through this. So here we are on Easter of 2021 knowing that we’re getting closer and closer to being set free from the restrictions brought to us as individuals, brought to our church by this pandemic.
And so, Lord, I pray that you bless the hearts and minds and spirits of all of us. Give us the patience we need. Give us the commitment to follow through. Give us the wisdom to know what to do. And, Lord, we look forward to the resurrection of your church. We look forward to a new beginning and new life in this nation. We look forward to all of us being free to live and enjoy our lives safe from harm and worry about this pandemic. And so we pray these things with faith, Lord Jesus, and ask you to live among us and bring your will to pass. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION: Let’s have a conversation! Please reflect upon the questions below as you consider the material presented above. In a comment, share your thoughts and additional questions. What would you like to know?

What grabbed your attention?
What is the human need or problem?
What questions do you have about any quotes provided?
Does the Bible say anything about this?
What solutions do you see for the problem?
What specifically could we begin to do to make a change?

Additional Resources
Kinmundy United Methodist Church is located at 308 E. Third Street, Kinmundy, IL 62854. Worship begins at 9 am Sundays. The building is handicap accessible.
Wesley United Methodist Church is located at 3381 Kinoka Road, Patoka, IL 62875 in the country between Kinmundy and Patoka. Worship begins at 10.45 am Sundays.
VISION: We are a functional family of God, where Jesus is Lord and people grow.
MISSION: Every layperson is called to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20); every layperson is called to be missional. (¶126 of the 2016 Book of Discipline)
Paradigm: There are two kinds of people in this world: people who need to become disciples and disciples who need to become disciple makers.
 

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CHURCH CALENDAR & We Would Like You To Know April 4 – 11, 2021

CHURCH CALENDAR & We Would Like You To Know April 4 – April 11, 2021

THIS WEEK’S CHURCH CALENDAR

Sun 4/4
9:00 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC in the sanctuary, Drive-In listening (FM 87.9) on the parking lot or WATCH Pastor Dave’s video of the entire worship service at kinmundychurch.org
10:45 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Wesley UMC

Tues 4/6
— … PASTOR’S SABBATH DAY
6:00-8:00 pm … Women’s BIBLE STUDY

Wed 4/7
9:00-11:00 am … Women’sBIBLE STUDY
11:00 am … WEEKLY PRAYER Meeting and communion Fellowship Hall.
1:00-5:00 pm … PASTOR VOLUNTEERS at Kinmundy Public Library.

Thurs 4/8
9:00-12:00 pm … DISTRICT UMW SPRING meeting in Fellowship Hall.

Sun 4/11
9:00 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC
10:45 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Wesley UMC

We Would Like You To Know –

  1. PASTOR DAVE will continue providing a video of an entire worship service on the Internet for you to watch at home each week throughout the Spring. We will still mail a transcript of the sermon with the bulletin and make a DVD for those who request it.
  2. WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY: Beth Moore’s Jesus, The One and Only. This is a 6-session Bible study. Classes meet on Tuesday from 6 – 8 pm OR Wednesday from 9 – 11 am. Contact Kim if you would like to attend.
  3. PRAYER MEETING AND COMMUNION – Wednesdays at 11:00 am we will share needs for prayer and take communion in the Fellowship Hall. (We will social distance and wear masks.) After sharing our news and needs for prayer, Pastor Dave will lead us in taking Holy Communion. We will also fill out “Get Well” cards and sign them to be mailed to those we are praying for this week. If you would like to attend any meeting from home by phone or over the Internet, please let Pastor Dave know or call Vervadene in the church office.
  4. CHECK THE BULLETIN BOARD in the Fellowship Hall. There are new thank you notes from Missions requests that have been given by the Missions Committee at KUMC.
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OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — April 4 – April 11

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR PASTORS: David Kueker, our Superintendent, Carol Lakota Eastin, and our Bishop, Frank Beard. If you need Pastor Dave for prayer, please call or text his cell phone, 618-780-0151, or email at dkueker@yahoo.com. Or on Facebook as David Oliver Kueker.

Prayer Request From Jesus: Matthew 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Please Pray For God To Bless Our “Care Card Ministry” Person Of The Week –
Kay Lydick

Please Pray For God To Bless These People For Special Needs –
Jane Heinzmann – Had major surgery Friday at a hospital in St Louis.
Marie Dickerson – is in Flora hospital with pneumonia.
Pastor Dave – had severe vertigo last Thursday.
K Gerri Molina – transferred to St John’s in Springfield last Saturday. Oxygen & Carbon dioxide levels are not where they should be and still has pneumonia. Needs prayers to feel better and regain strength.

Please Pray For God To Bless These People With Ongoing Needs –
Pauline (Diss) Burgess, Molly Monical, Brad Brimberry, Shirley Miller, Russell Kilby, John Holzhauer, David Mendenhall (Steve Wilkin’s friend), Helen Sullivan, Aaron Guerrettaz (Jo Williams’ nephew, Jim & Nancy Guerrettaz’s son), Erica Fox, Kay Feather Lydick, Caitlin Engel (Julie Jones’ cousin), Quinten Butts, Barbara Shanafelt, Haven Mueller, Mike Donoho, Brenton Connor, Kayley Wilhelm, Larry & Dolores Johnson (Kim’s Parents), Nancy Weeks-Lafenhagen

Please Pray For God To Bless Our Military Families –
Sgt Rusty & Nicole (Nolan, Michael, Lydia) Robb – Member of the Presidential Helicopter Squardron.
Navy Lieutenant Commander Jason Montgomery – Serving on aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.
(He is back from Iran and is at home in Washington.)

Please Pray For Those Grieving For –
– Owen Austin, 2-day old Grandson of Steve & Linda Shoots
– Tom Gura
– Dale Henke
— Wayne Collmeyer, Waterloo, IL, Mike & Jo’s
daughter’s father-in-law
– Bill Hammond, Oklahoma, graduated K-A Class of 1975

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Sermon 3/28/2021: Nothing Is Wasted On Jesus (Lent VI – Palm Sunday)

At this time, due to Coronavirus concerns, many are not quite ready to return to face to face worship. If this includes you, please click on the link below to watch the entire worship service as a video on your home computer, tablet or smartphone:

Link to Video:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/529858438

Screencast-o-matic: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/creunoVVanq

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If you would prefer not to view the video, you’re welcome to use the links below to have a time of worship at home. (Just right click on the link to “open link in a new tab” to play each hymn or the sermon in a separate tab, and close that tab when finished.)

CALL TO WORSHIP: Please recommit your life to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord with the words of the Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition: 

I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
Exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O Glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

HYMN Majesty
Majesty by CRC Worship
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaRwD2Y7C0s

(Just right click on the link to “open link in a new tab” to play each hymn or the sermon in a separate tab, and close that tab when finished.)

A TIME OF PRAYER (Testimonies, Joys & Concerns)

Congregational Prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

Please pray for yourself and your neighbors, lifting up your needs to God while giving thanks for answered prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

HYMN O How I Love Jesus
Reba McEntire – Oh, How I Love Jesus (Official Lyric Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NShctvNERJk

(Just right click on the link to “open link in a new tab” to play each hymn or the sermon in a separate tab, and close that tab when finished.)

MOMENTS WITH THE CHILDREN – If you are blessed to have children with you, ask them what they are thankful for, and then thank God together!

GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS – these can be mailed to the church office.

MESSAGE: Nothing Is Wasted On Jesus.
Text: Mark 14:1-11, 18-19, John 12:1-8
Series: The Journey Through Lent To The Cross

Right-click, open in new tab to play … Sermon audioSermon slides as a PDF file.

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SERMON NOTES

Mark 14:1 It was now two days before the Passover and the feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth, and kill him; 2 for they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be a tumult of the people.”
3 And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. 4 But there were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment thus wasted? 5 For this ointment might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and given to the poor.” And they reproached her. 6 But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you will, you can do good to them; but you will not always have me. 8 She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burying. 9 And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”
10 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. 11 And when they heard it they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to betray him.

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HYMN Where He Leads Me
Where He Leads Me (I Can Hear My Saviour Calling)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9FqFC0WA-o

(Just right click on the link to “open link in a new tab” to play each hymn or the sermon in a separate tab, and close that tab when finished.)

BENEDICTION: Let us dedicate ourselves to the service of Jesus by joining in the Prayer of Saint Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy
O Divine Master, grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born to Eternal Life
Amen

(If you wish, you can listen to this prayer being sung:
Sarah McLachlan – Prayer of St. Francis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agPnMxp5Occ )

If you worship at home, please let us know so we can pray for you!

TRANSCRIPT

Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing is wasted on Jesus.

Let’s imagine that all of a sudden, you wake up. It’s the middle of the night. You can smell the smoke. Your house is on fire. And you become aware that your family is already outside and they’re calling to you. You only have a moment on your way through the house to the front door to grab what you treasure and to escape the flames. What do you take with you as you run out the door? What is the treasure that you can’t live without, the material thing that you won’t leave behind in the house? What is your treasure?

Jesus said in Matthew 6:19 about treasures in general, that we would not want to lay them up, store them up, pile them up, but he recommended that we lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven. And then in verse 21, he makes a very important point – for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. So where is your treasure? Or perhaps, we could say, what do you treasure?

We are talking about Palm Sunday and beginning the events of the week of Holy Week, leading up to the Cross and Easter. On Palm Sunday, Jesus rides a colt up the hill to the eastern gate of the temple.

And it is predicted in the Old Testament that this is the way the Messiah will arrive. When Jesus rides this colt up into the temple, the Romans have no idea what he’s doing. But every person with an understanding of Jewish history and tradition knows that he is saying, “I am the one you’ve been yearning for. I am the one you’ve been dreaming would come to you. I am the Messiah.” There’s no more confusion if you understand Jewish tradition. And all the people are laughing and rejoicing and they’re cutting branches off the palm trees to lay as a carpet on the road up the hill from the Kidron Valley. They’re taking off their cloaks and laying them down to be a carpet for the colt to ride upon because the king is coming, the Messiah is here.

Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth, has declared himself. And people are singing and shouting and praising God, “Hosanna. Hosanna in the highest.” It’s just about a perfect day. But of course, to the Pharisees, to the other Jewish leaders, this does not agree with what they think is proper. In fact, Jesus is not anyone special from their point of view. And so they bring criticism, especially even to the children for singing. And Jesus says to them, “If they were silent today, even the rocks would cry out. But see, that’s the way the world is. All too frequently, that’s the way the religious world is. All you have to do to be criticized and condemned is to speak your mind, to say anything clearly. And all of a sudden, all kinds of people rise up to tear you down because that’s the way the religious world works sometimes. All you need to do to be popular is to pretend that you’re what everyone wants. All you need to do to be unpopular is to tell people that they need to do something that they don’t want to do. All you need to do to be unpopular is to tell the truth because then people can’t be in denial or pretend that you agree with them.

So here’s Palm Sunday. Jesus comes into Jerusalem. It’s called the “triumphal entry” because it is a triumph – It is a day of triumph, but it’s also a day of criticism. Palm Sunday is also the beginning of the preparation for the Passover season because, beginning on Palm Sunday, six days in advance of the Passover, the Passover lambs were selected. The Passover lambs went through an inspection. And after the first inspection, oil was poured on their feet and this, of course, marked the fur. This, of course, marked the animal as being under consideration. Several days later, the final inspection happened, the approval of the Passover lamb, as I understand it. The lambs that were approved were marked by pouring oil on their heads. You can immediately tell which lambs were selected as Passover lambs by these markings. This begins six days before Passover.

And then something very interesting happens because, you see, there was one Passover lamb that was not marked in the proper way. There was one Passover lamb that was not anointed on the head with oil, as should have happened. But of course, Jesus knows that everything will work out.

We’re looking at several scriptures because we’re dealing with something that’s recorded in all four gospels. Mark 14:3, “And while He was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask.” There’s a picture of an alabaster flask to the right of the words I’m reading. It’s about five inches high. It is sealed by the fact that it is formed as a single piece, capturing the ointment of pure nard inside the vessel. Because once the vessel is broken, once the vessel is opened, the fragrance will begin to dissipate, decreasing the value of the ointment. And so, it is sealed in this tiny little flask small enough to carry in the hand, an alabaster flask.

Mark 14 says, “Of ointment of pure nard, very costly.” And this woman opened the flask in the only way that was possible. There was no lid. There was no cork. There was no screwtop. She literally had to break the top of the flask, permanently and irretrievably opening the container. And then, she took that ointment, that oil, that she poured all over the head of Jesus Christ.

It says in Mark, “Some who said to themselves indignantly, ‘Why was the ointment thus wasted?'” Matthew says it a little bit different. It names who was doing the complaining, who was doing the criticism. But when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?” Apparently, in their opinion, the ointment was wasted on Jesus. Back to Mark, verse 5, “For this ointment might have been sold for more than 300 denarii and given to the poor.” And they reproached her. They criticized her. They attacked her. “This ointment might have been sold for a year’s wages and given to the poor. That is a much more worthy use of this ointment rather than to waste it on Jesus.”

Verse 6, “But Jesus said, ‘Let her alone. Why do you trouble her?'” And he goes on to say, “She has done a beautiful thing to me, for you always have the poor with you. And whatever you will, you can do good to them, but you will not always have me.”

This is the form that the criticism takes. If somebody takes something that’s valuable and holds it up– say, for example, this $20 bill. And if they say, “I’m going to do something for God with this.” All of a sudden, people will come up with all kinds of other things that you should do.

There’s an old joke about some money that got mixed together at the bank. And the 1$ bills were mixed in with the $20 bills. And the $20 bills were talking about how they had gone to Las Vegas, how they had gone to beautiful restaurants, how they had gone on vacation and on great trips. And the $20 bills looked at the $1 bills where have you been? And the $1 bills say, “Well, we’ve been to the Baptist Church and the Methodist Church and the Catholic Church …”

And you see – that kind of criticism is the same sort of thing that was happening in our scripture today. A woman gave something valuable to Jesus. And the minute she stepped up — the minute she stepped up, instantly, there were people there to tell her that she should do something different with her money, not their money, with her money. And that human tendency is still with us.

Jesus is not saying that we should not help the poor. What he’s saying is, “If you want to see the poor helped, why don’t you take some money out of your pocket?” It’s not the time to criticize what someone else thinks we should do for Jesus. And of course, maybe $20 is okay. But when it gets to $60 or $80 or $100, all of a sudden, we’re starting to feel like, “Wow, that’s some real money there.” And we begin to wonder if we shouldn’t do something with it other than something Jesus would want. That’s a temptation that they’re dealt with.

But let’s just assume for a minute that Jesus is not lying. Let’s just assume for a minute that it’s not just Jesus’s attempt to make the woman feel better. He said, “She has done a beautiful thing for me.” What could that beautiful thing possibly have been?

Well, if you look back a little earlier, Mark, chapter 8, you remember when Peter started rebuking Jesus to tell him that this whole idea that he should die on the cross was nonsense. Jesus literally had to say, “Get behind me, Satan.” You see, it was the disciples that were criticizing the woman …. Sometimes, even the people closest to Jesus don’t reflect the opinions of Jesus. Sometimes, in fact, they reflect the opinions of Satan. Jesus said that explicitly in Mark, chapter 8. But it’s possible he might have said it here as well.

When someone else was generous, that’s not the time for us to be critical. They have felt God’s leading. They have been obedient. And we should not try to deflect them from doing what they believe to be God’s will. So let’s assume that Jesus is not lying. This is a beautiful thing. And the beautiful thing might just simply be this. This woman, in a way that Saint Peter could not, showed Jesus by her actions that she approved and understood and supported everything he was saying about dying on the cross. You have to wonder what it was like to be Jesus and feel that no one understood you or accepted you even the disciples.

But there’s another interesting thing that I learned this week. Mark 14:8, Jesus says, “She has done what she could. She has anointed my body beforehand for burying.” This week, I came across the references to the idea that the Passover lamb would be anointed by oil upon the head before sacrifice to identify that it truly was a proper sacrifice for the sins of the nation. I think what Jesus is saying here, if what I read this week is accurate, is that this woman poured the oil on Jesus’s head as a way of declaring that he was the lamb that takes away the sin of the world. And indeed, it is part of God’s plan for the cross, because as Jesus is dying on the cross for us, according to the Gospel of John, they are beginning to sacrifice the Passover lambs in the temple. And the Passover lamb, who is Jesus, is likewise being sacrificed at that exact moment.

So whether it’s one or the other or both, Jesus accepts the gift of the woman and says, “It’s a beautiful thing.” But the disciples don’t like it. You see, people will criticize and have contempt, or hold you in contempt, and they will also attempt to control what you give to Jesus, whether that’s in time, money, or leadership. Why are you doing that? Why are you wasting your time? And we just simply have to have the courage to say, “I feel that God has asked me to do that.” And it’s not a waste. It’s for Jesus. Nothing is wasted when we give it to Jesus Christ. It’s very likely this pure ointment of nard was this woman’s life savings. What she would live on in her retirement? It was possibly the only thing of value that she owned. But she felt that she was supposed to give it to Jesus, and so she did. Don’t let someone’s attitude keep you from following the inclinations of your heart and your spirit in terms of what you give to Jesus, whether that’s time or energy or money or service. It’s not a waste if it’s for Jesus.

And then Jesus goes on to make a promise on behalf of the woman, which we have not kept. “And truly, I say to you,” Jesus said, “wherever the gospel is preached,” that this is just that important. “Wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” We are supposed to tell everyone about how the woman gave her life savings for Jesus just a few days before he died on the cross. It’s not a waste. It’s for Jesus.

Now, John has a slightly different impression of what’s going on. He reveals that the ringleader in the criticism was Judas Iscariot. John 12:4, “But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples, he who was to betray him, said, ‘Why was this ointment not sold for 300 denarii?'” A denarii is the equivalent of a day’s working wage for a laborer. Now, they didn’t really have weekends back then, but that’s almost a year’s worth of salary, by the way, for us. “Why was this ointment not sold for 300 denarii and given to the poor?” But look at verse 6. “This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to take what was put into it.” In fact, we really ought to have some concern that out of all the 12 disciples that Judas was the one chosen to be the treasurer!

But there’s the motivation of Judas. It’s not really for the poor, it’s that if he can divert this generosity to something that he controls, it will benefit him. That’s something else that can draw you a lot of criticism … is that people feel envious that they are losing out because of your generosity.

Back to Matthew 26:14, “Then one of the 12, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priest.” This apparently is Judas’s response to being cheated out of that 300 denarii. He went to the chief priest, and he said, “What will you give me if I deliver him to you?” And they paid him 30 pieces of silver. That’s all it took for Judas to betray Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane in the dark. He was the one who was supposed to get close enough to Jesus to identify him to the soldiers so that he could be arrested … for 30 pieces of silver. And from that moment, Judas saw an opportunity to betray him. What a waste that was.

I found an interesting quote this week from Jürgen Moltmann, the German theologian. It’s in the context of a larger quote, which is on Facebook, if you’d want to look at it. He points out the symbol of the cross and the church, the symbol of the cross between two lit candles, the symbol of the cross and the church points to the God who is crucified, not between two candles on an altar, but “the God who was crucified” was crucified between two thieves, not in the church, but in the Place of the Skull, not on the church property, but outside where the outcasts belong, even outside the gates of the city. The death of God on the cross, the God who was crucified as a sign to those who are far away from the church. See how much you’re loved? For God so loved the world, that he sent his son. And so, the cross outside of the city gates, outside of the church, outside of any place that anyone would call holy, the place where Jesus died is a beacon to those who have no hope, but God’s love is calling them to come forward to experience grace and forgiveness.

There’s an old saying, “I asked Jesus how much he loved me. And wearing a crown of thorns, he spread his arms out on the cross and said, ‘This much,’ and he died.”

I can kind of imagine Jesus looking at me and saying, “David, that’s how much I love you. Now, how much do you love me?” And I think I would have to be honest, I would say, “Well, Lord, compared to you, it’s about this much. (Holding my hands about five inches apart.) Only about this much. Nowhere near what you deserve, but this much.”

And I thought in my imagination that perhaps Jesus would look at me and say, “David, that’s good, because it’s a little more than it was yesterday, a little more than it was last year. It’s a lot more than it was many, many, many years ago,” We’re constantly told how much Jesus loves us, but it’s not so often that we’re asked to tell Jesus how much we love him.

You see, you have to think to yourself, where is your treasure? Where is your treasure? Because if your treasure is Jesus Christ, you will come toward him, and you’ll find as you walk in the light, you’ll be continually cleansed of your sins. If Jesus Christ is your treasure, you’ll follow him and walk with him, and what he says will be important to you, and what he asks you to do will be important to you. If Jesus Christ is your treasure, even this little bit (holding my hands five inches apart), you’ll work hard to make it a little bit more because where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

So let’s just imagine that you had this alabaster flask in your hands, and you understood what it meant to be the Passover lamb and for the Passover lamb to be marked, and you understood, somehow, in your heart what would support and affirm Jesus in what he was doing. If you know who your treasure is, perhaps like this woman, you would not hesitate to break the jar, as the scent of the ointment fills the room, and give the most precious thing you have to Jesus. Because nothing is wasted, when we give it to Jesus.

Please, pray with me. Lord Jesus, we are so hesitant. When we get our change, we count the change. When we get the bill at the restaurant, we check and make sure the math is right. Even when we’re playing a game of solitaire, Lord, we are hesitant because we’re so afraid that we might accidentally make a mistake. But, Lord, help us to feel the love that we have for you in our heart, along with our gratitude for everything that you’ve done for us. Help us, Lord, to be aware of who you are and how we feel about you, so that if we have a chance to do something, whether it’s a little $1 thing or a medium-size $20 thing or, Lord, maybe it’s an alabaster jar, a year’s salary kind of thing, that we would not be hesitant when we hear the prompting of your spirit in our hearts to give something to you that would help you in your hour of need to do the Father’s will. We ask that in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION: Let’s have a conversation! Please reflect upon the questions below as you consider the material presented above. In a comment, share your thoughts and additional questions. What would you like to know?

What grabbed your attention?
What is the human need or problem?
What questions do you have about any quotes provided?
Does the Bible say anything about this?
What solutions do you see for the problem?
What specifically could we begin to do to make a change?

Additional Resources
Kinmundy United Methodist Church is located at 308 E. Third Street, Kinmundy, IL 62854. Worship begins at 9 am Sundays. The building is handicap accessible.
Wesley United Methodist Church is located at 3381 Kinoka Road, Patoka, IL 62875 in the country between Kinmundy and Patoka. Worship begins at 10.45 am Sundays.
VISION: We are a functional family of God, where Jesus is Lord and people grow.
MISSION: Every layperson is called to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20); every layperson is called to be missional. (¶126 of the 2016 Book of Discipline)
Paradigm: There are two kinds of people in this world: people who need to become disciples and disciples who need to become disciple makers.
 

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OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — March 28 – April 4

OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — March 28 – April 4

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR PASTORS: David Kueker, our Superintendent, Carol Lakota Eastin, and our Bishop, Frank Beard. If you need Pastor Dave for prayer, please call or text his cell phone, 618-780-0151, or email at dkueker@yahoo.com. Or on Facebook as David Oliver Kueker.

Prayer Request From Jesus: Matthew 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Please Pray For God To Bless Our “Care Card Ministry” Person Of The Week –
K Shirley Miller, Odin Care Center, 300 Green St, Odin, IL 62870

Please Pray For God To Bless These People For Special Needs –
K Gerri Molina – Entered Salem hospital Friday evening, has pneumonia.
K Jane Lowe – Doctor appointment on Thursday, doing much better.
Molly Monical – At Odin Care Center for therapy after having hip surgery. Connie Morris, & Alan Monical’s Mother.
Tom Gura – Has had major surgery. Please keep Tom in your prayers.
Pauline (Diss) Burgess – Having eye problems. Prayers for eyesight to get better.

Please Pray For God To Bless These People With Ongoing Needs –
Brad Brimberry, Shirley Miller, Russell Kilby, John Holzhauer, David Mendenhall (Steve Wilkin’s friend), Helen Sullivan, Aaron Guerrettaz (Jo Williams’ nephew, Jim & Nancy Guerrettaz’s son),
Erica Fox, Kay Feather Lydick, Caitlin Engel (Julie Jones’ cousin), Quinten Butts, Barbara Shanafelt, Haven Mueller, Mike Donoho, Brenton Connor, Kayley Wilhelm, Larry & Dolores Johnson (Kim’s Parents), Nancy Weeks-Lafenhagen

Please Pray For God To Bless Our Military Families –
Sergeant Rusty & Nicole (Nolan, Michael, Lydia) Robb – Member of the Presidential Helicopter Squardron.
Navy Lieutenant Commander Jason Montgomery – Serving on aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.
(He is back from Iran and is at home in Washington.)

Please Pray For Those Grieving For –
Wayne Collmeyer, Waterloo, IL, Mike & Jo’s daughter’s father-in-law
Bill Hammond, Oklahoma, graduated K-A Class of 1975
Gunner Joseph Sparling, infant grandson of Duane & Terri Hall

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CHURCH CALENDAR We Would Like You To Know March 28 – April 4, 2021

CHURCH CALENDAR We Would Like You To Know March 28 – April 4, 2021

THIS WEEK’S CHURCH CALENDAR

SUN 3/28 9:00 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC in sanctuary, Drive-In listening (FM 87.9) on the parking lot or WATCH Pastor Dave’s video of the entire worship service at kinmundychurch.org

10:45 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Wesley UMC

Mon 3/29
6:00 pm … TRUSTEE Meeting
7:00 pm … AD COUNCIL Meeting

Tues 3/30 — … PASTOR’S SABBATH DAY

Wed 3/31 — … PRAYER MEETING WILL NOT MEET THIS WEEK It is being replaced by Maundy Thursday Service.

1:00-5:00 pm … PASTOR VOLUNTEERS at Kinmundy Public Library.

Thurs 4/1 11:00 am … MAUNDY THURSDAY Service will be held in Fellowship Hall

Sun 4/4 9:00 am …
EASTER SUNDAY face-to-face worship at Kinmundy First UMC 10:45 am …
EASTER SUNDAY face-to-face at Wesley UMC

WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW …

1. UPCOMING COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Mon, March 29 6:00 pm … Trustee Meeting
Mon, March 29 7:00 pm … Ad Council Meeting

If you would like to attend any meeting from home by phone or over the Internet, please let Pastor Dave know or call Vervadene in the church office

2. PASTOR DAVE will continue providing a video of an entire worship service on the Internet for you to watch at home each week throughout the Spring. We will still mail a transcript of the sermon with the bulletin and make a DVD for those who request it.

3. MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE WILL BE HELD at 11:00 am Thursday, April 1, in the Fellowship Hall. (We will social distance and wear masks.) If you would like to attend the service from home by phone or over the Internet, please let Pastor Dave know or call Vervadene in the church office.

4. HELP WANTED … Pastor Dave would like to know if you are interested in helping with the planning as we restart our church programming this Spring.
THE FELLOWSHIP MEALS team will be planning picnics on the church parking lot – outdoor activities are VERY safe – as the weather warms up, plus the return of our monthly SALT gatherings (Senior Adults Lunching Together). The team will be making plans for how it will be safe to offer food, and what kinds of food as people gather.

OTHER TEAMS to plan for our returning to normal will be organizing soon. Please contact Pastor Dave if you would like to help

5. CHECK THE BULLETIN BOARD in the Fellowship Hall. There are new thank you notes from Missions requests that have been given by the Missions Committee at KUMC.

6. TWILIGHT CIRCLE met Thursday, March 25 at 1:00 pm at Gerri’s home. Easter baskets “for adults” were made. The monthly meeting schedule was discussed, as well as Mission requests needed and how they can help with this.

7.TWILIGHT CIRCLE will be presenting a “baby basket” to baby Kylie Ann Sauter, daughter of Branden & Sarah Sauter. Kylie is 2 months old.

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Sermon 3/21/2021: The Hour Has Come For Jesus To Be Glorified (Lent V)

At this time, due to Coronavirus concerns, many are not quite ready to return to face to face worship. If this includes you, please click on the link below to watch the entire worship service as a video on your home computer, tablet or smartphone:

Link to Video:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/526707979

Screencast-o-matic: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/creY05VVhnv

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If you would prefer not to view the video, you’re welcome to use the links below to have a time of worship at home. (Just right click on the link to “open link in a new tab” to play each hymn or the sermon in a separate tab, and close that tab when finished.)

CALL TO WORSHIP: Please recommit your life to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord with the words of the Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition: 

I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
Exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O Glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

HYMN 568 Christ for the World We Sing
Christ For The World We Sing – Church of Christ Singing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK38WWFCsjg

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A TIME OF PRAYER (Testimonies, Joys & Concerns)

Congregational Prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

Please pray for yourself and your neighbors, lifting up your needs to God while giving thanks for answered prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

HYMN 504 The Old Rugged Cross
The Old Rugged Cross Sandi Patti
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWYZLsjVhcw

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MOMENTS WITH THE CHILDREN – If you are blessed to have children with you, ask them what they are thankful for, and then thank God together!

GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS – these can be mailed to the church office.

MESSAGE: The Hour Has Come For Jesus To Be Glorified.
Text: John 12:20-33
Series: The Journey Through Lent To The Cross

Right-click, open in new tab to play … Sermon audioSermon slides as a PDF file.
(Apologies for the poor quality of the audio!)

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SERMON NOTES

John 12:20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. 21 So these came to Philip, who was from Beth-sa’ida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew went with Philip and they told Jesus. 23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If any one serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him.

27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify thy name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd standing by heard it and said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the ruler of this world be cast out; 32 and I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” 33 He said this to show by what death he was to die.

1 Corinthians 2:1 When I came to you, brethren, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God in lofty words or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

Mark 15:39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that he thus breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

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HYMN 298 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhvXOIVsRv4
or
The Wonderful Cross [with lyrics] – Chris Tomlin & Matt Redman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC1IllbwX4w

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BENEDICTION: Let us dedicate ourselves to the service of Jesus by joining in the Prayer of Saint Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy
O Divine Master, grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born to Eternal Life
Amen

(If you wish, you can listen to this prayer being sung:
Sarah McLachlan – Prayer of St. Francis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agPnMxp5Occ )

If you worship at home, please let us know so we can pray for you!

TRANSCRIPT

The hour has come. We’ve been talking about that since the beginning of Lent. The hour has come for us to understand that the kingdom of God is at hand. It’s time to repent and believe the good news. The hour has come for us to take up our cross and be more like Jesus. The hour has come for us to be aware that Jesus is the source for all that is good. And help us to find our way to God. The hour has come.

And in today’s scripture, the hour has come, Jesus says, for Him to be glorified.

What does it mean to be glorified? There’s a sign that sometimes you will see at various churches. These words are in Latin, ad majorem Dei gloriam. What those words literally mean is, for the greater glory of God. And what they mean is that everything we say, everything we do, everything we think, everything feel, everything we believe, may it bring greater glory to God.

In the very first church that I pastored when I returned to Illinois from seminary, there was a reminder of this in the pulpit. There was a little sign on a little strip of wood, right where, as you looked up from your notes for your sermon, your eyes would travel over that sign on your way to look at people.

Now since I was at that church in 1980, over 40 years ago, there has been redecoration, and it’s no longer there. But this is what that little sign said, “Sir, we would see Jesus.” And the meaning of that comes from the scripture for today. But the point of it all is that God will be glorified when, in the sermon, in the pastor, in the words that make up our worship, people see Jesus. People experience the presence of Jesus. People feel, hear, and are aware of Jesus. Sirs, we would see Jesus.

Now, I believe that my sermons are good sermons. Yet, it would be far more of a benefit if you heard the words of Jesus. I believe that I’m a good pastor. But the glory to God would be far greater if in my words, in my sermons, you could see Jesus. If you could be more aware of Him. And that between the words that I say with my mouth, you would hear His words spoken into your heart. Because by now, we should realize the whole point with this is that everything that is of deep and lasting value is about Jesus. Jesus must be at the center of all you do, believe, and think, and see.

Here’s where that scripture comes from John 12. Now among those who went up to worship at the feast, one of the great feasts where people would come from all over the world to Jerusalem to worship at the temple, to be a part of the great religious festivals of Judaism, among those who went up to worship at the temple were some Greeks, were some people who were not Jewish. So these came to Philip. Philip was from Bethsaida in Galilee. He was from an area where there more Gentiles than in Jerusalem. So he was familiar with the Gentile culture. But these came to Phillip and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Not to see Philip, not to see the others, they wanted to see Jesus.

Philip went and told Andrew. And Andrew went with Philip and they told Jesus. Verse 23, “And Jesus answered them the hour has come.” There’s something significant about this moment when people who are not of the Jewish faith come … because they want to know more about Jesus. And that leads Jesus to name that hour as this, it’s time for the Son of Man to be glorified. What does that mean?

Jesus then said, verse 24, “Truly, truly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone. But if it dies, it bears no fruit. He who loves his life loses it. And he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternally.” I wonder if you thought about what it’s like for a seed to give life. You see, there’s a hard, outer coating that protects the seed. They found seeds in the pyramids. The coating is so hard and the protection is so durable that even after centuries, these seeds will still sprout. But in order for the seed to sprout, the coating has to break to release the life that’s inside. When there’s brokenness, what’s inside can come alive.

And so Jesus said, Verse 25, “He who loves his life loses it. If you protect yourself, life doesn’t come. But he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me. And where I am, there shall my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor you.” And so we follow Jesus. We say what he says and do what he does. And we serve him by being like him.

“Now is my soul troubled,” Jesus says, “And what shall I say, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No. For this purpose, I have come to this hour. Father, glorify thy name.” Remember that phrase, ad majorem gloriam dei? For the greater and growing glorifying of God. Then a voice came from Heaven, “I have glorified it. I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing by heard it and said that it had thundered. Others said an angel has spoken to Him. Verse 30, Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world. Now shall the ruler of this world be cast out.”

And then comes this amazing phrase, John 12:32, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself.” He said this to show by what death He wants to die. Jesus is like a seed, and for the life that is inside of Him to be released to bless us and to bless the whole world, He must be lifted up.

What they did, when they crucified someone, is they dug a post hole. And then they tied or nailed the person to the cross, lifted up the pole, and dropped it in the hole so that they would be up high where everyone could see them suffer. Crucifixion was referred to as lifting someone up, and everyone understood when He said this in verse 32, “I, when I am crucified, I will draw all men to myself.”

People had listened to Jesus. They drank the water He turned into wine at the wedding of Cana of Galilee. They saw the miracles of people being healed and set free. They had seen Jesus, but when He is lifted up on the cross, He is seen in a deeper and more powerful way.

In fact, if we take this verse seriously, the Jesus you see on the cross is the one that has the power to draw all people to Him. And when you see Him on the cross, now at that time, you can truly understand who Jesus is. You can truly see Jesus when you can see Him on the cross.

There are all kinds of people around the world who understand about Jesus. They know some of the story of Jesus. They understand some of the facts about His life. Perhaps they have read His sayings and His teachings, and have found them to be admirable. But at what point in time do we see Jesus in a way that changes our lives?

Back in 1969, Gabriel Setiloane, who was a Methodist theologian from Botswana in Africa wrote a poem about the incarnation, wrote a poem about people understanding Jesus and seeing him and the difference between seeing him and knowing about him – a very, very, long poem called I Am An African. And the first part of the poem talks about how in their days of darkness, they would worship various gods by various names because they didn’t know who to worship. They didn’t know how to worship. But they reached out toward God as best they could.

“For ages He eluded us, this Jesus of Bethlehem, Son of Man; Going first to Asia and to Europe, and the western sphere . . . . “Later on, He came, this Son of man; Like a child delayed He came to us.

And then in the middle of the poem, it shifts to talking about how Jesus came and here’s what it says. And here the theologian is talking about the white Jesus that was brought and taught by the white missionaries. And of course, all of the pictures that they had of Jesus was of a white Jesus. The poem goes onto say,

“The White Man brought Him. He was pale, and not the Sunburnt Son of the Desert.

They didn’t really recognize him as one of them. The poem says this, “As a child He came. A wee little babe wrapped in swaddling clothes. Ah, if only He had been like little Moses, lying Sun-scorched on the banks of the River of God We would have recognized Him. If he was brown like little Moses, we would have recognized him. In the basket helpless, abandoned by the river, we could have recognized him. So they learned about Jesus but didn’t really see Jesus.

The poem goes on to say, “He eludes us still, this Jesus, Son of Man. “…. And yet for us it is when He is on the cross, This Jesus of Nazareth, with holed hands and open side, like a beast at a sacrifice; When He is stripped naked like us, Browned and sweating water and blood in the heat of the sun,
Yet silent, that we cannot resist Him.”

You see, the cross is doing its work. They are drawn irresistibly to Jesus Christ when they see Jesus Christ on the cross. Here’s the most powerful part of the poem for me:

“How like us He is, this Jesus of Nazareth,
Beaten, tortured, imprisoned, spat upon, truncheoned …

What the poem talks about is something I can’t quite understand because I have not experienced that kind of suffering. I have not experienced that kind of torture that when they see Jesus on the cross, tortured and in great pain, they recognize that he is the son of God. In fact, the Roman centurion, after he died, looks up at him on the cross and says, “Truly, this was the son of God.” There’s something that we see when we see Jesus on the cross that reveals him to be the son of God.

How like us he is this Jesus of Nazareth, beaten, tortured, imprisoned, spat upon, truncheoned, denied by his own, and chased like a thief in the night, despised and rejected like a dog that has fleas for NO REASON.
No reason but that he was son of his father.

But for some reason, when we see the injustice done to Jesus, we become able to clearly recognize him.

“OR,” the theologian goes on to say, “. . . Was there a reason?
There was indeed . . .
As in that sheep or goat
we offer in sacrifice,
Quiet and uncomplaining.
Its blood falling to the ground to cleanse it, as us:
And making peace between us and our fathers long passed away.

And here, the theologian talks about all those years of sacrifice that when they see Jesus on the cross, they Jesus as the sacrifice for us all.

He is that lamb. His blood cleanses, not only us, not only the clan, not only the tribe, but all mankind: black and white and brown and red, all mankind.

“HO!” the theologian says in triumph, “. . . Jesus, Lord,
Son of Man and Son of God,
Make peace with your blood and sweat and suffering,
With God
– here he names some of the names of the old gods, trying to make peace with all the gods that human beings have ever worshipped, even gods that had no true existence. It’s time to make peace with blood and sweat and suffering. For the sins of mankind, our fathers and us, that standing in the same Sonship with all mankind and you … Together with you, we can pray to Him above: “FATHER, FORGIVE.”

The time has come for Jesus to be glorified. And when we see him on the cross we understand so deeply who he is and why he is who he is so that together with him we can pray to God above: “FATHER, FORGIVE.”

Have you seen Jesus in this way that draws all people?
Why did Jesus have to suffer? Someone might ask.
Here is the sad but true answer. We would not get it any other way. Only a suffering God can reach us and touch our hearts.

In the picture on the screen, you see a work of art by the painter Thomas Blackshear. It’s entitled ‘Forgiven’ where Jesus is holding and embracing a man and we think what a loving God. Very few people look closely enough to see in his right hand is a hammer and in his left hand is a nail. We would not get it any other way except to see a Jesus put on the cross by us in one way or another for our benefit.

God is wiser than we are but if we can see Jesus on the cross we are drawn to him So be it.

Jesus suffered for us but even more for those who do not know him yet … when the Gentiles are saying Sir, we want to see Jesus. What Jesus knows is that the word of who he is has spread beyond the people of Israel. The word of who he is has spread beyond the Jewish faith and now his love and mercy can flow out to the whole world.

Friends, your worst day is nothing like Jesus’ worst day. And on your worst day, if you can see him on the cross… for you and for me … I think it will give you a helpful perspective of his love for you and for all.

But if I am lifted up, Jesus says, I will draw all people to me.

1st Corinthians 2:1, Paul writes these words. When I came to you brethren, the people in Corinth, the shipping city in the nation of Greece one of the largest cities in the world at the time. When I came to you, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God and lofty words or wisdom. What Paul is saying is that when he came he did not bring ideas and concepts – even though those are good. But Paul made a decision, verse two, for I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

Why would Paul focus on that? Why would Paul ask us to focus on that? Well, to be honest, if the words of Jesus are true it’s because it works. Because when we see Jesus on the cross, when we truly can see him, when it sinks into our heart what it must have been like …

When we see Christ and him crucified he draws us to him so that we may find forgiveness and newness of life and the strength to do what in our hearts we most want to do … when we can see Jesus on the cross.

When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died
my richest gain I count but loss and pour contempt on all my pride.

Seeing Jesus on the cross will change everything. May we all see Jesus in this way. Let the word sink in. Let the truth take root like a seed and grow in our hearts. Amen.

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION: Let’s have a conversation! Please reflect upon the questions below as you consider the material presented above. In a comment, share your thoughts and additional questions. What would you like to know?

What grabbed your attention?
What is the human need or problem?
What questions do you have about any quotes provided?
Does the Bible say anything about this?
What solutions do you see for the problem?
What specifically could we begin to do to make a change?

Additional Resources
Kinmundy United Methodist Church is located at 308 E. Third Street, Kinmundy, IL 62854. Worship begins at 9 am Sundays. The building is handicap accessible.
Wesley United Methodist Church is located at 3381 Kinoka Road, Patoka, IL 62875 in the country between Kinmundy and Patoka. Worship begins at 10.45 am Sundays.
VISION: We are a functional family of God, where Jesus is Lord and people grow.
MISSION: Every layperson is called to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20); every layperson is called to be missional. (¶126 of the 2016 Book of Discipline)
Paradigm: There are two kinds of people in this world: people who need to become disciples and disciples who need to become disciple makers.
 

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