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“CORONA BLIZZARD POLICY” – all Kinmundy and Wesley United Methodist Church activities, including worship, will not meet until children return to school. Our church has a policy that if the schools close because it is unsafe for children to be out, church activities will be canceled that day because it is likewise unsafe for the elderly to be out. On Sunday, 3-15-2020, our Church Council met and decided that we should apply this same policy during the current Coronavirus concern to church activities. On 3-20-2020, following the requests by the President, our Governor and our Bishop, we added public worship. We will still “Worship at Home” with links to new, recorded sermons by our pastor each week – see these in the column to the right under Attend “Worship at Home”. Committees are authorized to make necessary decisions digitally, meeting via email, online and by conference call.

According to the most recent statement from our Governor, it looks like our first service back together could be the first Sunday in June, Lord willing.

We will, of course, follow the instructions of our Bishop and governing authorities.

Links to “Worship at Home with Pastor Dave Kueker” will appear in the list at right by 9 am Sunday morning. You are welcome to participate at any time you wish and as often as you like. Prayer needs will be listed on a Facebook post on the church Facebook page, on the Pastor’s personal Facebook page and on a post in the “Attend Worship at Home” section.

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AFTER CORONAVIRUS CANCELATIONS 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.

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Weekday policy: if South Central public schools are closed because of bad weather,
church activities that day are postponed.
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Sermon 05/24/20: Fear and Grief and Faith (Eastertide V)

WORSHIP AT HOME for 5/24/20. If illness or travel prevented you from joining us for worship Sunday, or if you would like to experience the worship again, you’re welcome to use the links below to have a time of worship at home. (Just right click on the link to play each hymn or the sermon in a new tab, and close that tab when finished.)

CALL TO WORSHIP: Our call to worship is to pray the Wesley Covenant Prayer:
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 Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (Live At Studio C, Gaither Studios)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5_5MB-btCk&list=RDaCDuOXjKUks&index=43

A TIME OF PRAYER (Testimonies, Joys & Concerns)

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.

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 Cynthia Clawson – Softly and Tenderly [Live]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_6s6lRPPBQ&list=PLrQ_9CjH0M3DrNKFiJwWMcXeunA0lU-NB&index=18

MOMENTS WITH THE CHILDREN
GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS

MESSAGE: Fear and Grief and Faith
Matthew 5:1-5
Pastor David O. Kueker
Series: Worship In Place
Right-click, open in new tab to play … Sermon audioSermon slides as a PDF file.

HYMN He Touched Me (Live At Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, SC/2018)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzWNOEbRM2M&list=RDaCDuOXjKUks&index=20

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 (A transcript may be posted when it is available.)

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 Raod, 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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Sermon 05/17/20: Cleansed By The Word (Eastertide IV)

WORSHIP AT HOME for 5/17/20. If illness or travel prevented you from joining us for worship Sunday, or if you would like to experience the worship again, you’re welcome to use the links below to have a time of worship at home. (Just right click on the link to play each hymn or the sermon in a new tab, and close that tab when finished.)

The songs sung today are partially or entirely drawn from bible verses.

CALL TO WORSHIP: Our call to worship is to pray the Wesley Covenant Prayer:
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 Seek Ye First – Maranatha Singers – (Matthew 6:33, Matthew 7:7)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HniSUB3Qh0

A TIME OF PRAYER (Testimonies, Joys & Concerns)

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.

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 Maranatha Singers – Thy Word [with lyrics] Psalm 119:105
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npWJZwgmKMo

MOMENTS WITH THE CHILDREN
If you are blessed to have children in your presence this morning, take a moment to listen to them and give thanks for what they are thankful for this morning.

GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Special Music: Psalm 63:1-5 Song “I Will Bless You While I Live” (Esther Mui)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oyC8489kZY&list=PL_7-AulSMg_QCtuSRSNjvFD2S-uBgAF5m&index=31

MESSAGE: Cleansed By The Word
John 15:3, 7; 8:30-34; Matt 28:19-20
Pastor David O. Kueker
Series: Worship In Place
Right-click, open in new tab to play … Sermon audioSermon slides as a PDF file.

HYMN As The Deer – Maranatha Singers (With Lyrics) – Psalm 42:1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVQmZCK4Fiw

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 )

The photo by Ryk Neethling entitled “Open Bible with Pen” is from Flickr Creative Commons.

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

TRANSCRIPT

Good morning, friends. In the past few weeks since we’ve not been able to have worship at the church building, we’ve been talking about how we can do worship at home and specifically how can we take what we do in the church building on Sunday morning and bring it home so that we actually have a church in the home. It’s all right if there’s one person attending that church, maybe two or three. But if we can’t have church in the church building, let’s figure out a way to have church at home.

And we’ve been talking about how you find your place in that church in the home, how we do music at that church in the home, how we begin with a call to worship and surrender our life to Christ in the home. But today, I want to talk to you about something that keeps me very happy and keeps me very busy. I want to talk about how you have a sermon in your home. If you worship at home, where will the sermon come from?

Well, obviously I’m providing a sermon that you can listen to over the internet and in fact, everything you need to worship at home is provided. But let’s just imagine that you had to provide the sermon because in the worship in your home, honestly, the sermon comes from you. How exactly will you preach a sermon to yourself? What goes into a sermon and how do you prepare that message from God when you are the one talking to yourself? You’re both the preacher and the congregation.

Well, let me segue to something else first on the way to answering that question. One of the realities of being a human being is that we get lost. People get confused. It’s a part of being human to lose our way, to not know where we are, to not understand where we’re going, to not understand how to get there from here. It’s a part of being human to be lost.

So we want to start with the question, What’s the problem? There are problems that you and I struggle with. There may be someone we know and we think their life is perfect. Well, they have no problems. But that’s not me. That’s probably not you.

A man came to a New York City pastor, very famous preacher, and said, “I’m so tired of all the problems that everybody is struggling with. I would just like to spend the day someplace where there are no problems.” The pastors said, “Well, I know such a place.” And he and the man got on the subway and they went all the way out to the end of the line and the pastor got off the train and said to the man, “Here you go. Here’s a place where no one has a problem.” And there they were in one of the largest cemeteries in New York City.

If you have a problem, it means that you’re alive. If you have a problem, it means that you’re a human being if you. If you have a problem today and can name it, it means that you’re an honest person. What’s the problem? Because once we understand the problem, we’re going to bring that problem as a prayer to the problem solver, to Jesus Christ. So what’s the problem?

Back in about 2009, my problem was that when I wanted to go someplace, I would print the road directions off of Yahoo Maps. I’d set that printed sheet of paper on the passenger seat next to me and I would consult it as I was driving. And I was in Chicago at the time and I needed to go to a particular Walmart on my way to a particular restaurant and I printed out the instructions … and all of a sudden, I found something out. It’s not possible to drive in dangerous big city traffic and read the small print on a sheet of paper. I actually drove past the Walmart about six different times before I realized that it wasn’t actually on the street where Yahoo sent me. It was on a side street, facing a side street. But I finally got to the Walmart, thank God.

I looked at the Yahoo directions and I just simply took those pieces of paper and tore them into many small pieces. I went into Walmart and I bought what I needed but I also went down to the counter and I bought a GPS. I have never regretted spending the money that day and they weren’t that cheap in 2009. I never regretted spending the money to get a GPS. Because if I’m in the big city, all I have to do is take the GPS then I press a couple of things on the screen and all of a sudden, this impatient, irritating woman is telling me to turn right or turn left or turn back around and sometimes she just mutters under her breath over and over again, “Recalculating, recalculating, recalculating.” But that voice that I hear in the car sends me where I want to go.

What’s the problem? Friends, for this life that we have to live, we need ourselves a GPS. We need that voice that gives us instructions, that gives us directions on which way to go. You and I know that as Christian people, we get our directions out of the bible. God has answers for our human problems in the bible. But as I’m driving down a busy street, it’s hard for me to flip through the bible and find the exact verse that speaks to the situation that I’m struggling with. I need something like a GPS version of the bible to where I hear a voice repeating the scripture to me that applies to the problem I’m dealing with. And we might call that being guided by the Holy Spirit. Jesus said that the job of the Holy Spirit was going to be to remind us of things that Jesus had said (John 14:26). So if we have some form of spiritual GPS, it would be the Holy Spirit interrupting us to remind us of something that the Bible says so that we can, right here, right now, do what the Bible asks us to do. We need a version of the Bible that talks to us the way a GPS talks to a person.

I’ve looked through some instruction manuals in my life. I don’t start with the instruction manual. I always try to wing it. I always try to figure it out on my own, but I have a confidence that I can pick up and instruction manual if I have to and go to the exact page that tells me how to do the thing that I need to do.

Now, here’s the problem: the bible isn’t like that. The Bible isn’t like an instruction manual. The Bible is as if God took each individual sentence in the instruction manual and just scrambled it up, moved one instruction to Genesis and the next one to Psalms and the next one to the book of Matthew and the next one to the book of 1 John and then we’re back to the book of Proverbs. The instructions are mixed up.

And I can imagine in my mind an angel coming up to God and saying, “God, why did you create such a scrambled instruction manual?” And I likewise can imagine God telling the angel, “If I put the instructions in the book like this, that way they’ll have to read it all. And not only will they need to read all of it, they’ll need to become familiar with it all and they’ll need to spend time thinking about it all. And they’ll need to ask me what it means and they’ll need to take time to listen to me.”

And God might go on to say, “They’ll need to take time to decide what to do, thinking over the options, listening to the Holy Spirit.” Finally, I think God could say to the angel, “It will be obvious who is a reader of my word and who is not.” Wouldn’t it be great to have a Bible where our familiarity with it allowed it to speak to us? And we could bounce from one part to another because it would be in our head, not just on the page. The Bible would be in our head. The Bible would be in our heart. And it would just like that. It would remind us of what we needed to know when we needed to know it.

Let’s go back to my being lost in Chicago. What’s the problem? The problem of my being lost in Chicago is that I needed clear directions that were easy to follow that would take me where I needed to go.

So that’s the first question, but what are some other questions that would help us to understand the Bible? On the back of your church bulletin for many years now, there’s been a list of three questions, they’re called the S.O.W. Questions. The first S.O.W. Question is, “What does it say?” The second question is, “What does it say that I need to obey?” Because some Bible verses give us information and other Bible verses give us instruction. And the final question, “Who needs to hear this?” It might be you, it might be me that needs to hear this, but it might be somebody else we know. And we do missionary work when we bring a verse from the Bible to someone who needs to hear it.

And the way they use these questions on the mission field– this is how they do Bible study in tribes and cultures where no one can read. They take each verse and someone, usually, a child who might be going to school, a child will read one verse out loud and then they’ll ask these three questions, they’ll go verse by verse by verse and understand each verse thoroughly.

Here’s an example, John 15. John 15 is the chapter in the Bible where Jesus talks about abiding in Me and the benefits of that. John 15:3, Jesus says to His disciples, “You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you.” You are already made clean. Now, that’s not clean as in the sense of washing your hands because this is the chapter where it talks about the gardener pruning the vines in the vineyard. Jesus says, “I am the vine and you are the branches and the Father’s the gardener and he’s going to prune you.”

Let me remind you of a pet peeve. You’ve heard me say this before. A lot of preachers will talk about these verses and they’ll talk about how when pruning happens, it’s so horribly painful.

Let me ask you to think with me just for a minute. With pruning, God takes the sheers. God takes away the excess. God takes away what you don’t need or want. Pruning is a little bit like waking up the next morning and finding that you are 100 pounds lighter because God did all the heavy lifting. Any pain is in the past, but God took care of it.

Now, John 15:3, “You are already made clean … clean. That word in Greek that’s translated made clean, literally means – you’ve guessed it – pruned. It is the verses of the Bible that prune us. It is the verses of the Bible that take away what leads us astray. It is the verses of the Bible that clear out the garbage that we don’t need in our life. “You are already made clean,” Jesus says, “by the word which I have spoken to you.” And not only that, take a look down at the seventh verse. Jesus says, “If you abide in me,” and he goes on to say, “my words abide in you,” look at this next beautiful promise, “ask whatever you will, and it shall be done to you.”

When you let the Bible clean you out, prune you of what you don’t want or need, straighten your life out, when you let the Bible take up a place to where it dwells inside of you, it abides inside of you, guess what happens? All of a sudden, your prayers become very powerful to change the lives of people all around you, and to change your life, too. That’s what it says.

What does it say that I need to obey? Well, obviously, I need to let the word come into my life. I need to let it do its work to prune me and clean me up. I need to let it stay in my life and keep doing that work, and then my prayers are going to start to be answered. Friends, that’s something.

The third question, Who needs to hear this? I need to hear this, and I’m probably not the only one. The word of God, the verses of the Bible have a powerful effect to clean up our lives.

The next example comes from John chapter eight. Let’s read from the beginning of the 30th verse, “As he spoke thus, many believed in him. Jesus then said to the Jews who believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples.'” What does this verse say? We don’t have a relationship with God’s word that’s occasional. We don’t want to have a relationship with God’s word that means that we pick it up once a month, we pick it up once a week, even picking it up on Sunday. We want to have a continual relationship with God’s word because that’s how we will know that we’re truly disciples.

I’ll be a little risky here, I’ll be a little dangerous! If you don’t have a continual relationship with God’s word, you don’t meet this definition that Jesus gave of what it means to be a disciple. You may be a wonderful Christian, you may be a holy person, you may be a moral person, but if you want to be a disciple, you will have a continuing relationship … a relationship with everything that Jesus said, because it’s going to work on you.

The very next verse talks about one way that it works on you. Verse 32, “You will know the truth.” God’s word reveals the truth to us no matter how confusing and crazy the world around us can get to be. Right now, the greatest frustration many of us have is the reality of fake news. All kinds of information that stirs us up, gets us really upset and goes on all day long.

Here’s the recipe for dealing with fake news, friends. This statement that somebody makes – does it match up with what Jesus said in the Bible? Because you know if it matches up with what Jesus said in the Bible, it’s far more likely to be true than if you can’t find a single Bible verse that supports what someone is suggesting. Not only that, in Verse 34 Jesus says that, “If you don’t know the truth, it’s really easy to commit sin, it’s really easy to make a mistake, and it’s really easy to commit sin to the point where you’re a slave of sin.” What sets us free are the verses of the Bible.

Oh, by the way, we talked in John Chapter 15 about how we need to abide in Jesus, and how Jesus’ words need to abide in us? Here’s the interesting thing. You know that word continue? It’s the same Greek word. “If you abide in my word”, Jesus says.

“What does it say that I need to obey?” You need to find some way to bring the Bible into your daily life. To put it in your head, to put it in your hearts. So that just like a GPS, when you’re tempted to take the wrong turn, it will tell you to turn around. That’s what it means to abide in the word.

Who needs to hear this? I need to hear this. You probably need to hear this. And you and I aren’t the only ones.

One more example, in Matthew Chapter 28, Verse 20, the very last verse in the Book of Matthew, the verse that sort of sums up everything. The disciples have been following Jesus and he’s been instructing them. He’s been giving them instructions. And they’re supposed to listen to his words, to go through them repeatedly, to remember them. And here in the 20th verse, you find these words. “You’re supposed to be teaching them, the new disciples, the new people, all that I, Jesus, have commanded you.” If you want to help people become disciples … if you want to help people turn their lives around. If you want to help people be born again and start a new life, they need the scripture. They need to be taught, not to know, not discuss, but to observe and live all that Jesus commanded them. That’s what it says.

Now, what does it say that I need to obey? I am a part of Jesus, giving these instructions to people around me. First, I follow those commands myself, but I teach them to others.

Who needs to hear this? I do, because the word in your heart wasn’t put there to stay. God’s word is not really fulfilled until you are willing to give it away. So how do we put the word our hearts? How do we put the word in our minds?

Ancient Benedictine monks had a spiritual discipline that they called Lectio Divina. The words Lectio Divina in Latin literally mean Divine Reading. But when you look a little bit closer at the practice, it actually means A Divine Reading.

Please understand who these monks were. Some of them were priests who knew how to read, but most of them were illiterate, unable to read, laboring folks. They would work with the animals in the monastery herd. They would milk the cows. They would work on the monastery farm to grow food. They were common working people, and they did not know how to read. But during the meals, as they ate their food, one of the monks who knew how to read would read to them from the scriptures and sometimes from other spiritual books.

Now, these were not people who could memorize entire chapters of the Bible. They didn’t know how to read. But what they would do is that they would listen sentence by sentence, verse by verse, and all of a sudden, a verse would be said. And it would be like bells would chime. It would be like God would say to their heart, “This is the verse that I want you to pay attention to.” And, of course, then they would ask themselves, “What does it say? What does it say that I need to obey? What problem does it address?” And they would take time with that one phrase, that one verse. It really didn’t matter whether they meditated on it for an hour, for a whole day, for a whole month. They had heard from God what was supposed to be their agenda.

Lectio Divina as words in Latin also literally means A Divine Selection. We need to listen for our own personal verse. We need to listen for this specific thing that God is wanting to say to us.

Now, we need to read the Bible in context because the only way we’re going to hear it all is if we read it all. We want to read the Bible in context. We want to read it a chapter at a time. But when it’s time for us to think, we want to focus in on one particular verse that we feel in our hearts God is telling us, “Pay attention to this.” We need to focus on one particular verse that our mind wants to understand. And then as the day goes on, we think it over. We take our hoe and go out in the garden and weed the garden, but while we are weeding, in our minds, we’re saying that phrase from the Bible over and over.

And in this way, these Benedictine monks would memorize the Bible but one verse at a time. They were not in a hurry. They had heard from God, and what they heard was the solution to the problems they were dealing with, “There’s something about this verse.” And so they would think it over and over and over and over until they had drawn out of it every little bit of nutrition for the soul that was to be found there.

And then it’s time for the next verse.

Friends, I want to suggest to you, this is how we allow the Word to dwell in us, how we continue in it, how we let it abide to us. Pick up the Bible and open it to a chapter and look for one verse, maybe two, maybe three, because God’s in charge of this. Not me. But look for one verse that you feel is what God is saying to you today.

And then think it over and think it over and think it over until you feel that you understand it. Ask it these questions. The Bible can be questioned because God wants to give you an answer to your questions. And I’d also just simply like to say this as well if you’re stumped, I, as your pastor, would love to hear your questions. Put them on Facebook. Call me on the phone. Text my phone. Send me an email. However you want to communicate with me! If there’s a question and you don’t know the answer, ask me. I would love to be involved in understanding a verse of the Bible with you.

Please pray with me. Lord Jesus, you said that our prayers would be answered if we took time to abide in your Word. You said that you would show us right from wrong if we took time to abide in your Word. You said that you would set us free and that we would be your disciples as we listen to your words and sought to obey them. I pray, Lord, that as we have worship at home, that you would help us to be taught by your Holy Spirit through your holy Word and it would dwell richly both in our hearts and minds, and 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 Raod, 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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Prayer Needs for Sunday 5-10-20 (as of Saturday evening):

Prayer Needs for Sunday 5-10-20 (as of Saturday evening):

“WORSHIP AT HOME” for Sunday 5/10/20 will be available tomorrow morning at https://kinmundychurch.org/2020/05/sermon-05-10-20-listen-for-your-neighbors-knock-mothers-day-eastertide-iii/

Prayer needs for today include:

– Janice Eischens reports that her brother Dan Cheatum is still at Doctor’s Nursing Home for physical and respiratory therapy.

– Louise Cheatum is doing well but would be blessed by a friendly phone call – early afternoons and evenings are the best time. Please remember to let it ring for a long time as it can take a long time for Louise to get to the phone.

– Mike Pannell is home, still has a chest tube. Feeling a little better.

– Cathy Marble, Brittany and Brandon Sauter’s aunt, waiting for biopsy results after major surgery to learn if she will need chemo or radiation treatment or both.

– John Holzhauer, Janice Wink’s brother, is waiting for another PET scan to be scheduled to check out new spot.

Thank you for your prayers!
Please feel free to add additional prayers and updates in the comments.

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Sermon 05/10/20: Listen For Your Neighbor’s Knock (Mother’s Day/Eastertide III)

WORSHIP AT HOME for 5/03/20. If illness or travel prevented you from joining us for worship Sunday, or if you would like to experience the worship again, you’re welcome to use the links below to have a time of worship at home. (Just right click on the link to play each hymn or the sermon in a new tab, and close that tab when finished.)

CALL TO WORSHIP: Our call to worship is to pray the Wesley Covenant Prayer:
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 Celine Dion – A Mother’s Prayer (Lyrics)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYGnB28fdDo

A TIME OF PRAYER (Testimonies, Joys & Concerns)

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.

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 Alisa Turner – My Prayer For You (Official Lyric Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj_0pvIGkks

MOMENTS WITH THE CHILDREN
If you are blessed to have children in your presence this morning, take a moment to listen to them and give thanks for what they are thankful for this morning.

GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Special Music: JJ Heller – Hand To Hold (Official Music Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n88EHf_ocoQ

MESSAGE: Listen For Your Neighbor’s Knock
Pastor David O. Kueker
Right-click, open in new tab to play … Sermon audioSermon slides as a PDF file.

HYMN SOW MERCY – Gaither vocal band (Lyrics)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoTtf5MzTOI

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

Good morning friends! Well, it is now Mother’s Day. And we’ve been in the midst of this quarantine since St. Patrick’s Day.

I’d like to remind everyone of what happened the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day. The city of Chicago decided to postpone their famous parade. The city of Chicago decided to postpone dyeing the Chicago River green. The city of Chicago asked people to stay home because the coronavirus was just getting started.

But part of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations was at least 10 of what is called a bar crawl. People buy tickets to go from one bar to another and the bar crawls were not canceled. And they offered no refunds to people who bought tickets. And so the city was full of people in the streets at a time when they were asked to protect other citizens by staying home. And in case you didn’t know that, that’s why the order was issued the next day that all restaurants needed to close, all bars needed to close, because people who were asked to stay home we’re not willing to do so.

And as a result, sometimes we feel like we’re stuck behind a fence. We’ve been told to stay home. To stop going out. We’re in quarantine, so to speak, although we call it “shelter in place.” And that stirs up a lot of emotions in us.

One of those emotions is what is called FOMO. FOMO is a abbreviation that stands for the “fear of missing out.” If it’s St. Patrick’s Day and a whole bunch of people are going to have a big party on the street and in Wrigleyville, well, I’ve got to go there because I have a fear of missing out.

So much of advertising, so much of media, stirs us up to be afraid that we are going to miss something important. And the end result of that is we are running from one thing to another, busy, busy, busy and never coming to a halt. Well, the quarantine brings all of that to an instant halt. We used to go and go and go and now we just stop. Our crazy, busy, hectic lifestyle has been put on pause. And for a lot of people that becomes very uncomfortable because busyness is a favorite way to avoid dealing with things that we don’t want to deal with. Busy is a favorite way for people to be in denial, to avoid their faults, to even avoid awareness of their problems. But when you’re asked to shelter in place, when you can’t keep running from one exciting thing to another, you’re no longer able to hide from what you’d like to pretend is not a problem.

A lot of things have changed while we’ve been sheltering in place. There’s a picture on the screen of a little boy who is obviously in Little League. What you may not know is the coach of his Little League team is his father, and his grandfather, who coached his own son in Little League, is the one who took the picture. This little boy isn’t able to play Little League this year. And some of us might be aware of a fear of missing out relating to that. But consider that in the shelter in place situation, a dad who is always busy and always going, maybe having to travel related to work … Suddenly, dad is home. Suddenly, dad has much more time to spend with his son. Suddenly, dad and his son, perhaps, play a lot more baseball than they would have if the Little League was happening.

We have to wonder what our children will remember when they’re older. Twenty years from now, forty years from now, perhaps when they have their own grown children, what will they remember when they’re old about the spring when mom and dad all of a sudden had lots and lots of time to spend with them? Well, sheltering in place is not always easy, but it’s something that we’re likely to remember.

During all of this time, I’ve been thinking about a famous quote from the French philosopher and mathematician, Blaise Pascal. He said hundreds of years ago that “all of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” I think that’s true because shelter in place has all of a sudden caused us to sit quietly. Maybe not alone, but close to it.
We’re not exactly alone because, unlike people several centuries ago, we’ve got cellphones; we’ve got the internet. On the internet, there are all kinds of online games. We’ve got Netflix and dozens of other providers of television shows and movies that we can watch for free. One hundred cable TV channels filled with reruns. Even if you didn’t have any of that media, you have, in the closet, the game of Monopoly. Or Scrabble. You have cards to play gin rummy or solitaire. And if that’s not your cup of tea, you can go out in the backyard and play tag or hide and go seek.

I’m still sure that children today during the shelter in place said the same thing that I said when I was their age, “Mom, there’s nothing to do.” And of course, if you grow up in a small town or on a farm, the automatic answer to that is, “Well, let me find you something to do.” So we quickly learn not to say that, but maybe during shelter in place there’s been a lot less to keep us busy than there used to be.

And in fact, with regard to the church, our busyness has come to a stop as well. Church is a relationship but everything we used to do about church has been called to halt. And now, we’re in our home, and we have to do it all ourselves. But even if we don’t go to the church building, church is a relationship that’s still happening, because you and I, in our homes, we are still connected to God. God is still with us. And the commandment from Matthew 22:37 is also still in effect. We are still called to love the Lord our God with all of our hearts and with all of our soul and with all of our mind and with all of our strength, even though no one is playing the organ, even though the choir isn’t singing, even though the preacher isn’t standing behind the pulpit to preach a sermon.
Now that the church is in our home, it kind of falls to us, and we are still connected to God through prayer. God is still available to us, and we are still connected. And that’s not all.

Church is a relationship because we still have a relationship with all of our neighbors. Look at all of our neighbors in this picture on the screen. The second commandment that Jesus gives us is to love our neighbor as ourself. And Jesus goes on to say, “There’s no other commandment greater than these.” Friends, we may not be able to go down to church to spend time with our neighbors, but they are still our neighbors. They are not forgotten.

If you’re able to be on Facebook, in fact, you’ll be reminded about all kinds of things happening in the life of your neighbors. I have a good friend in another town who decided to take her family around the world, and she would announce on Facebook every night: “Today, we’re going to Mexico because we’re eating Mexican food.” Or “Today, we’re going to France because we’re eating French food.” And they would travel all around the world without leaving their home because they’d be eating those meals and they would be telling everyone what they’re doing. We are still aware of what’s happening in the lives of our neighbors. The human tendency to tell stories and to gossip, the grapevine is still alive and with us. And not only that, we are still connected to our friends from Church, whenever we take a minute to pray.

When we stop to pray, God reminds us about our neighbors, the people we know from our church. These people are not forgotten. And as we pray for them, it causes the connection that we have with them to strengthen. All of humanity’s problems stem from a human inability to sit quietly in a room alone. But if you take time to spend time with God alone, it will be very fruitful for you. In the quiet, God will speak to you. If you stop paying attention to everything else and turn and pay attention to God, you will learn things about God that you never imagined. You will learn things about yourself that you never imagined. Not only that, God will help you to face your fears. God will help you to deal with your problems. And God can help you solve them when you take time to pray. For the first time in your life, you have plenty of time to pray. And as you pray, you’re still connected to God. Don’t waste this opportunity for spiritual growth and spiritual transformation.

Last week, we talked about how to pray in a time of quarantine, and I suggested to everyone what I like to call listening prayer. Listening prayer is when we come to a stop, just like when we shelter in place, but during that time we just sit with God, and we listen. Now, if your mind is hyperactive– the minute I start listening to God, I start remembering all kinds of things I need to remember. I start remembering all kinds of things I need to do. I keep remembering all kinds of ideas that I need to write down for the next sermon. It’s odd how the minute I stop to listen, God begins to speak and I begin to be reminded of things that are important for me to know.

I also talked last week about how in our prayers we should take a walk around our neighborhood. You’re supposed to love your neighbor as yourself. One of the ways to do that is to understand that you are a part of four neighborhoods. First of all, there’s the neighborhood of your family. And you ought to take a minute to go through your family tree and pray for the various people who are a part of your family. There’s the neighborhood of what we’re interested in that involves our hobbies, whatever we’re curious and interested about. And that’s also the place where our church friends have their neighborhood. They’re in the neighborhood of people we spend time with. There’s also the neighborhood of servanthood, which is where we work. And perhaps we’re retired, and we work as a volunteer. And finally, there’s the literal neighborhood of people who live in houses around our house.

And I suggested that as you went through these names, it would be really wise for you to make a list of them. It would be really wise for you to make a note along with the names of any needs for prayer that you’re aware of, because it’s easy to forget how we need to pray, and who needs our prayers. We need to write this down, because as we listen to God, if we write down what we want to remember, it will always be there for us to consult. If you keep a prayer list, if you keep it up to date, if you notice what God is doing and make notes about that in your prayer list, your prayers will always be ready for the next step. Our prayers and the commandment of Jesus call for us to notice our neighbors — not to turn our backs on them, but to pay attention and be aware of what’s happening in their life. When you think about it, that has a lot to do with being a mother.

And of course, today is Mother’s Day. How do you recognize a mother? Napoleon was once asked how you recognize a good soldier, and Napoleon said, “They’re the ones who march toward the sound of the cannons.” Well, how do you recognize a mother? Well, when there’s some mothering to be done, mothers move toward doing what is needed. That can take on all kinds of shapes and forms in our society today, but a mother knows when it’s time, for example, for a diaper change, and she will move toward that chore instead of ignoring it. That’s how you recognize a mother. A mother will recognize when it’s time for a bottle. And mothers move toward that need. And mothers move toward that need even when it’s in the middle of the night.

I had the privilege of raising three sons, and I would remember that midnight cry. I remember when the “baby alarm” would go off in the middle of the night, the child announcing that it’s time for dinner. And I’ll be honest with you, there were times that I literally just pretended to be asleep until a mother got up to do the actual job. Other times, being a light sleeper, I just got up and took my turn, because that’s the way it is with bottles. They’re an equal opportunity meal for a child.

But when the alarm goes off in the middle of the night, how you recognize a mother is they move toward what needs to be done. That’s what mothers do. And you know the commandment of Jesus for us to love our neighbor as ourself? We also need to love our littlest neighbor. We need to love the most fragile neighbor. We need to love that little baby. And in time, they’ll sleep through the night and maybe so will we. But when it’s needful, how you recognize a mother is they move toward what needs to be done. We need to listen for the cry of our neighbor. We need to listen for a knock at the door.

The picture on the screen is a picture of staff Sergeant Charity Lee Vest. She is a part of the 87th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, and she is holding this little baby, whose name is Arlo, at his home. She was sitting down to dinner with her own family on October 24, 2017, when suddenly there was a knock on the door. Her neighbor was there, calling for her help. Their 14-month-old son was unresponsive, laying on the grass in the front yard. And this little 14-month-old boy needed medical attention. Staff Sgt. Charity Lee Vest heard the knock, answered the call, ran across the street, and did CPR until the ambulance came. She saved this little boy’s life. And she was able to do that because when the knock came at her door, she answered the call.

Sometimes God is going to knock on your door in the form of a neighbor. Sometimes God is going to wake you up maybe even in the middle of the night for your neighbor’s sake because your neighbor needs you. Sometimes it’ll be a literal knock at the door, but sometimes it will be God knocking on the door of your heart because you’ll be reading through the list of your neighbors and as you are praying, you will somehow know that you are needed, you will somehow know that you need to reach out with your hand and take the hand of your neighbor and help them through whatever it is. Because something isn’t right.

The commandment’s very clear. We need to love our neighbor as ourselves. And sometimes all that’s needed for love to happen is for us to remember them and pray for them. But sometimes, there will be a knock at the door or there will be some cry that we’ll hear in our hearts and we’ll just know that something isn’t right and that we need to be a part of God helping them make it right. And that’s when we get up from the dinner table. That’s when we get out of that warm and comfortable bed and we walk down the hallway to do God’s will because that’s what’s right.

It’s Mother’s Day. Maybe your children are completely grown and live across the country. Well, it doesn’t matter. You’re still a mother, you’re still a father, you’re still a neighbor. You still have a heart that hears people knocking at your door. God, if you’re willing, God is going to send you to help your neighbor. And I hope that when you hear that call, you’ll step out to do God’s will and help because that’s what Christians do. That’s what Christians do. They love their neighbor, not just in hopes and wishes and prayers, but they love their neighbor with deeds when deeds are what God needs.

Please pray with me. Lord Jesus, everyone lives at a different address. Every one of us has a different assortment of neighbors. Every one of us has different family members, different friends. We have different places that we work. We have literal neighbors and houses all around us. Sometimes we don’t even know their name. That doesn’t mean that we can’t pray for them. And that doesn’t mean that we can’t be ready to do what God needs done. When we hear — whether it’s in our heart and soul, whether it’s a knock on the door or the ringing of a phone — are we willing to do what God needs done? And so Lord, I pray that you bless our hearts and what we feel and want, but also bless our deeds that they might benefit all the neighbors all around us. And 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 Raod, 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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Eileen Garrett – Funeral Message – 05/05/2020

Eileen Garrett was laid to rest today at Sandy Branch Cemetery with a service at 1 pm, May 5, 2020.

Pastor David Kueker preached a message on John 14:1-6:

1 “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.

You can listen to the message by clicking on the link below.
You can download the message by right-clicking and selecting “Save link as …”

Funeral Message for Eileen Garrett 05 05 2020

Eileen’s obituary:

Eileen Garrett passed away on April 26, 2020 at the age of 92. She was born on April 19, 1928, in Galton, Illinois to Harry and Gladys Eagan. She was raised and lived most of her life in Kinmundy, Illinois. She married Charles W. “Bill” Garrett on December 4, 1947. Eileen assisted Bill on the family farm until they retired. She loved sewing, crocheting and painting as a hobby after retirement. She was an avid reader and loved tending to her flowerbeds. Eileen was a member of the Wesley Methodist Church. She was an amazing woman of faith with a very kind heart.

Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and daughter: Lori Denise Garrett, and siblings: Marceline Cross, Tiona Blair, John Eagan, Jim Eagan, Noah Eagan, Opal Zimmer and Ralph Eagan.

She is survived by her three daughters:
Marla Crouse of Centralia, Illinois,
Becky Short (Steve) of Georgetown, Texas, and
Glenda Hunter (Garry) of Salem, Illinois;
Grandchildren: Michelle Pittsley (Steven), Dan Crouse, Abby Ray (Randy), Garrett Hunter (Carri), April Hill (Bob) and Dane Hunter;
Great-grandchildren: Val Kendrick, Phoebe Garrett, Eleanor Crouse, Houston Ray, Celeste Ray, Carley Hunter, Brenna Hunter, Aden Hill and Silas Hill;

Brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Floyd and Helen Garrett; along with many nieces and nephews.

Private graveside services will be held at Sandy Branch Cemetery in Kinmundy. A memorial service will be planned and announced at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the Wesley Methodist Church or the Sandy Branch Cemetery and can be left at Crouse Funeral Home who is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at CrouseFH.com or on the funeral homes Facebook page.

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Prayer Needs for Sunday 5-3-20 (as of Saturday evening):

Prayer Needs for Sunday 5-3-20 (as of Saturday evening):
“WORSHIP AT HOME” for Sunday 5/3/20 will be available tomorrow morning at https://kinmundychurch.org/2020/05/sermon-05-03-20-praying-in-place-eastertide-iii/


Prayer needs for today include:
My Cousin in law Cindy (Mrs. Steve) Kueker reported this at 10 pm Friday night: Want to let family and friends hear it from me. I am at the emergency room. Been having trouble breathing. So at this time, I am being tested for COVID19. I have a fever of 100.4, chest x-ray has been done. Now we wait for the results. I love everyone.

GRIEF OF THE DAY … I regret to inform you of the death Sunday afternoon 4/26/20 of Eileen Garrett. Eileen was a patient at Crossroads Hospital in Mt Vernon, struggling with sepsis and positive for COVID19. She rallied but became weaker in the night early Sunday morning. Plans were made to bring her home with hospice, perhaps on Monday, but she did not survive.You can read her obituary here: https://www.crousefh.com/obituary/beulah-garrett

– Gerri Molina reports that Leslie Randall’s uncle Mike Pannell is still in the hospital in Springfield with a small improvement.

– Janice Eischens reports that her brother Dan Cheatum is still at Doctor’s Nursing Home for physical and respiratory therapy.
– Louise Cheatum is doing well but would be blessed by a friendly phone call – early afternoons and evenings are the best time. Please remember to let it ring for a long time as it can take a long time for Louise to get to the phone.

David Kueker was released by his doctor to return to work last Tuesday morning, two weeks after his discharge from the hospital on April 13. Please pray for recovering strength and for the blood thinner to safely dissolve his two clots (right thigh and pulmonary emboli). He is fine, in no pain or discomfort, and is being spoiled by Kim.

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Sermon 05/03/20: Praying In Place (Eastertide III)

WORSHIP AT HOME for 5/03/20. If illness or travel prevented you from joining us for worship Sunday, or if you would like to experience the worship again, you’re welcome to use the links below to have a time of worship at home. (Just right click on the link to play each hymn or the sermon in a new tab, and close that tab when finished.)

CALL TO WORSHIP: Our call to worship is to pray the Wesley Covenant Prayer:
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 I Need Thee Every Hour by Fernando Ortega
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZIMDcgrF-Q

A TIME OF PRAYER (Testimonies, Joys & Concerns)

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.

Please pray for yourself and your neighbors, lifting up your needs to God while giving thanks for answered prayer. (Current prayer lists are on this blog, the prayer chain and on the church Facebook page.)

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 Michael W Smith – (This Is The Air I) Breathe w/lyrics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbQSniiHOps
(One of my favorite songs about the experience of prayer – Pastor Dave)

MOMENTS WITH THE CHILDREN
GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS

MESSAGE: Praying In Place: My Prayer Lists
Pastor David O. Kueker
Series: Praying In Place: My Prayer Lists
Right-click, open in new tab to play … Sermon audio Sermon slides as a PDF file.

HYMN Precious Lord Take My Hand / Just A Closer Walk With Thee – Selah (lyrics)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsOtd8NfQpo

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 ————————————————————-

Good morning, friends. We are now worshiping away from the church building. As we talked about last week, God is now being worshiped in a new church in every home. A worship service that you lead in your home. Last week we talked about the various steps that are a part of worship at home. The first one is to come to your place and to arrive on time because worship happens in a place and time.

This past week, I’ve been putting different contemporary Christian songs, the 40 most popular songs on Facebook, so that you can be aware of the most popular music being sung in churches around the United States. And I’ve asked you to let music bless your heart. Music is always a part of worship because music touches our feelings.

And when we’re in our place and when worship is happening, then we next need to learn how to “pray in place” as we “shelter in place.” How do we pray in the church that meets in our home?

I like to introduce you to Rosalind Rinker, who wrote a very famous book called Conversational Prayer in 1959. And she talked about an experience of praying at the seminary where she attended, and it goes like this:

“We were all together on our knees in the same room. Each with love for the other and each with a common purpose. But I began to realize that we were each making a little speech to the Lord when our turn came.

They were in a prayer meeting. They were taking turns praying for each other. What Rosalind Rinker realized was that rather than simply praying from her heart, she was as she put it, making a little speech to the Lord.

She goes on to say, “I know we were supposed to pray silently with the one who was praying out loud, but when we all covered the same ground, well, I found that I was trying to think how I could start my prayer with more colorful words. How I could put more action into my prayer. How I could make it sound more spiritual, and how I could take hold of the promises with more faith than the others. I wanted to word my prayer differently from the persons who had prayed before me, and make it sound more important and interesting.”

That’s the problem with prayers in most church buildings on Sunday morning; they sound scripted, they sound like a performance. They’re meant to be colorful, and active, and full of turns of phrase that grab our attention. They are like little speeches to God, but in the church in your home, God doesn’t need someone to make speeches to him. Sometimes the prayers that are prayed in a church building are little speeches for the audience and really aren’t meant to be communication with God at all. But in the church, in your home, the prayer is supposed to be communication between you and God.

As Rosalind Rinker says, instead of each of us making a prayer speech to him, let’s talk things over with him back and forth, including him in it as we do when we have a conversation.

I’ll tell you a little secret. I never ever, ever write out the prayers I pray on a Sunday morning. I never plan them out in advance. I never take time even to think about what needs to be prayed about, because I don’t ever want to “make a little speech to God” as if God needs a little speech from me. I always simply want to speak from my heart to God who is already listening and caring about me.

Well, if we don’t make little speeches, how do we pray? Rosalind Rinker suggests that our prayers should be more like conversations with God.

And I had the privilege when I was 17 years old to actually attend a workshop that she led in conversational prayer at a very large Southern Baptist church in Champaign, Illinois, where I was a high school student. And that day she taught us that there were four basic prayers. And so when you have your conversation with God, I’m going to assume that in one form or another, in your own words, you will pray these four basic prayers.

The first basic prayer is this, Jesus is here.
Matthew 22:37 says, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. And what that means is that the love you have for God, if it’s from the heart, is going to be emotional. And the love you have for God, if it’s with all your soul, is going to be honest and clear. And the love you have for God, if it’s with all your mind, is going to involve thinking and thinking things through.
One of the things we understand when we realize that Jesus is here is that we see what God is doing. Everything of great beauty tells us that Jesus is here. It’s almost like the footprints of God. We can see that he’s prepared this thing of beauty for us to appreciate. It might be a field of flowers. It might be a sunset or a sunrise. It might be anything else that just gives us a deep sense of beauty, that the world is made as it should be made, and that we are under the loving care of a God who is here and with us now. Jesus is here. That’s the first prayer.

The second prayer is thank you, because when you see something beautiful, when you become aware that there’s a reason, that there’s evidence that God loves us, that God is kind and good and caring, don’t you just want to say thank you?

A beautiful meal is on the table. Don’t you just want to say thank you? If we truly love God with all of our heart, it’s emotional, with all of our soul, with an honesty that comes from the depths of who we are, if we really love God with all of our mind such that we see clearly and understand the world around us, we’re going to be saying thank you again and again and again.

As it says in Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

And we’re going to be able to when we see everything around us clearly, with all of our hearts, all of our souls, all of our minds. So when we pray these two prayers, Jesus is here, and thank you, we’re expressing our love for God.

There’s two other basic prayers. The third one is, “Help me, Lord.” This was very difficult in the workshop. “Help me, Lord,” was something that people found a great difficulty praying.

Here’s the odd thing, if you’re in a circle with 12 other people, 12 other adults, in this case me as a 17-year-old high school student and 11 other adult women, highly educated, very intelligent, professionally dressed, in a workshop with over 300 other women, the one thing that would embarrass them to no end was to pray for something where they needed help.

They were willing to pray out loud all day long for somebody else, but all of a sudden, it became real. All of a sudden, it was deeply vulnerable for them to say, “Help me, Lord, with this problem I’m having.”

Jesus often gave instructions to people with regard to their healing. To one, he would say, “Go and wash in the pool of Siloam.” To another, he would say, “Go to the priest and give the priest evidence that you’ve been healed.” And they would discover, as they were on the way, the healing would happen. As they were on the way to do what Jesus told them to do, what they had prayed for came to pass.

Brothers and sisters, I’m mostly fearful. If Jesus Christ looked you or I in the eye and said, “You’re going to be healed, but the first thing you need to do is go ask 12 other people to pray for you. Tell them all about your problem and let them pray for you, and you will be healed” … I’m not sure that many of us would have the bravery to speak honestly about the sort of prayer that we need.

The second half of the great commandment, Matthew 22:39 says this: And a second (a second commandment) is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But all too often, we hide our deepest, most honest needs from other people. Sometimes, we’re more willing to speak of them to strangers than the people we’re closest to.

But if we are going to love our neighbor as ourself, if we’re actually going to love ourselves, when it’s time for us to have a conversational prayer, we’re going to be honest with God and bare our hearts, open up or souls, and tell the truth about where we need help. Help me, Lord. And then people around us begin to pray in agreement with our prayer. And there’s a verse that talks about how if we agree, that our prayers will be answered: Matthew 18:19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. Love yourself; ask for what you need in prayer.

The fourth prayer goes along with the same commandment. It’s about loving your neighbor in a balanced way with yourself. The second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. And with this prayer, we get onto comfortable territory because we’re not exposing our deepest needs, but we are exposing our compassion and our caring. This prayer is, “Help my brother, Lord, with,” or maybe it’s “Help my sister, Lord, with what she’s struggling with.” In the picture in the slides, there is a group of young people in a circle. They’ve gathered on a cold wintery day in the big city, and they’re going to be giving out warm clothing to people living on the streets.

But before they begin this task, they make a circle, they join hands, and they pray for their neighbors whom they’re about to help. That’s the strangest thing about this pandemic. You and I can’t stand next to our neighbors. We’re not supposed to walk up to our neighbors. We’re not supposed to interact with our neighbors because we don’t want to give our neighbors the coronavirus. We don’t want to give them the burden of knowing that we became infected because of them. And so, we’ve created an artificial separation for an artificial period of time toward many of the things that we would do that would show that we loved someone else, that we loved our neighbor.

We’re not allowed to do these acts of kindness in this brief period of time. But the one thing we are allowed to do for our neighbor, still, is to pray for them. And bring their concerns, their broken hearts, their difficulties, before the Lord Jesus Christ. We can still pray for our neighbor. And so, when you pray in place, in the church, in your home, whether you’re praying by yourself or as a part of your whole family praying, please keep these four basic prayers in mind, “Jesus is here. Thank you, Lord. Help me, Lord. Help my brother, help my sister, Lord.”

Those are the prayers that we pray when we pray in place. Let’s take a minute to review. We’re talking about spiritual disciplines which happen when we worship in the home. And there’s a list of them on the screen. You can count them down on your fingertips if you wish. The first one is to show up in our places at the proper time. You have a place to worship and a time to worship. And what makes it worship is that when we get there, we renew our commitment to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Later on, we’re going to talk about the spiritual discipline of being still. We’re going to talk about the way the Bible guides us.

But the thing that happens, underlying every activity in our worship, is that we are praying. And it’s the same thing when we pray in place. It’s the same thing when we pray in our homes.

And one other spiritual discipline is that we keep a journal as we pray.

But your chair time, your time to worship in your own home fills you up spiritually, and equips you for everything that lies ahead.

There’s a form of prayer called listening prayer. And, in fact, Ralph Neighbour likes to call prayer “going into the listening room”. We’re willing to tell God what we think. We’re willing to tell God about our ideas. But sometimes we just need to sit with God and listen. What makes it a conversation is that, in between the things that we say, there’s just a little bit of quiet and a little bit of listening time for God to get a word in edgewise.

You might experiment with this some time by just setting a timer. Not a kitchen timer which will click, but something which is silent. Set it for 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15, 20, and just sit with God and listen.

And I can predict what will happen very, very clearly. You’ll remember something important. And you see, that’s why you have a prayer journal. Your prayer journal is open. You’ve got a pen or a pencil with you. You pick it up and you write down that important thing.

Maybe it’s not that important. You need to remember to buy some dog food. But it might be something that you need to do later that day and God will use this time and the silence to remind you. And then you go back to listening to God. Maybe, again, there’ll be some silence and perhaps you’ll come close to what we mean by being still. But I guarantee you, as you spend this time listening, whether it’s just a tiny fraction or perhaps even half the time or most of the time … as you listen to God, things will come to mind that you will want to remember.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “I made a mental note and lost it”? Well, as you listen to God, if there’s something you want to remember, take the time to write it down. You can type it. You could dictate it. But most people agree the pen moving across blank white paper is the most likely to not interrupt our prayer. Not interrupt our listening time. God is patient. There’s plenty of time to write things out by hand. But write down what you want to remember.

Write down what you believe that God wants you to remember, and keep track of your prayers because you can come back to your journal tomorrow and look what you wrote yesterday, and pray for it again. If a person is ill and they’re still ill tomorrow, you can pray for them again. But as God answers your prayers, write down what you want to remember God saying to you.

And one of the things, of course, that you’ll want to write down is your prayer list. I’ve had a lot of fun talking about the reality that you and I live in four neighborhoods. And, in fact, at times we’ve talked about prayer walking and about how we can literally walk through these neighborhoods praying for the people who live in them.

But prayer walking right now doesn’t happen with actual footsteps. We no longer walk down the street and have conversations with people who are working in their yards, but we can still prayer walk spiritually through our neighborhoods. While I sit in my prayer chair, my prayer walk in each of these neighborhoods happens in my imagination.

I came across some interesting statistics today. I asked the question. How many people in the United States of America are not connected to the internet? And interestingly enough, that has actually been studied. The honest answer is that 10% of people in America are not connected to the internet. The internet has become normal for 90% of the people who live in our country. This encourages me because it means I can get on Facebook, and I can talk to my neighbors. I can get on Facebook and learn what somebody who lives 60 miles away is having for supper or watching on television. 90% of people are able to connect with each other, even when they’re quarantined, by interacting on Facebook.

Further beyond that same statistic though, I learned, was that 27% of people age 65 and over are not connected to the internet. That’s a lot of older people. Now, 73% of us are – I’m one of the 73%. But those older neighbors – if I’m going to have a relationship with them – I may have to do a little more than just be on the internet because that’s not how they’re connected. I bet we’re going to need to use the phone to stay in contact with those neighbors.

Well, the first neighborhood that we walk around in is the neighborhood of our family. And I have a picture here. It was actually taken a couple of years ago of my son in Austin, Texas, and his wife, and we’re sitting in Chevy’s in the Hubcap room. You can see those up on the ceiling there, and we’re enjoying some of the finest Tex-Mex food in the United States. You want to stay connected with your family.

Now here’s the ironic thing. Saturday afternoon I was putting a picture of a telephone on the slide because that’s the way we keep in contact. When we can’t actually physically visit, we call people on the phone, or like this picture of a marine, you visit with your family through Skype or Google Hangouts or one of these ways to where you see them through the internet on a screen.

And just as I was putting this picture in place, my phone rang and it was my son John. And his wife was out doing some things, so he was home with the kids and the girls were playing in the backyard. And then all of a sudden he says, “Hey, dad. Why don’t we do one of those camera calls?” And the software he uses is Google Hangouts. So, literally, a few seconds later, I was looking into the eyes of my granddaughter Demali and she was explaining to me about how they were fishing in the backyard. (What they were actually doing is learning how to cast.) And it was so amazing because no matter what she did, she always held the phone at the wrong angle. But there she is with the sky behind her. And after a little while, she let her sister, Lily, talk and I learned about how Lily just absolutely loves her sunglasses. We have some amazing ways to stay in touch with family and with people that we love even if they are 12 hours of driving away in Austin, Texas.

We really ought to pick up the phone and call – when we get the urge. I have a list of people in my family and when I pray or walk through the family neighborhood, I run my eyes down that list and I pray for each person, and if there’s a need for prayer I make a note of it so I can keep praying until God answers that prayer.

The second neighborhood that we’re involved in is one that’s a little bit more local. It’s the neighborhood of the people with whom we share common interests. That might be a particular ball team. It might be a hobby that we share. And so we get together with people and we talk to them and we interact with them and we do things with them. And you know something? People we know from the church fit in right here, too, because this is where we interact with our friends. The picture on the screen is a trip to Lambert’s. One of the nicest places in the world to have a pork steak, and I’m finishing one up there. But these are the people that we have fun with. They’re in our neighborhood. We need to pray for them. And I have a list of names and I run my eyes down through the names. And I pray for the people that are a part of my church neighborhood, a part of my friendship network. And I’ll lift them up, and sometimes when I’m listening to God, God will say to me, “You need to pick up the phone and call that person and find out how they are.”

It’s a good thing too. We need to stay connected even if we’re not allowed to be with each other face-to-face. And that might mean that we have to call someone on the phone. Now, 73% of the people might be there on Facebook. But it might be the friend that you most need to talk to is one that’s not connected in that way, but they probably have a phone!

The third neighborhood we have is what I call the servant neighborhood. It’s the place where we serve, where we work and volunteer. There are people we know because we work together. The library’s been closed to the public during this time of isolation, but I remember my friends that work with me as volunteers in the library. Other friends get together to get the food pantry ready. I remember them in prayer, too. It might be as you run your eye down, the list of people who were in this part of your neighborhood that you’ll feel the need to connect with them, but I’m sure you will feel the need to pray for them.

The fourth neighborhood that we’re a part of is the actual physical neighborhood of the people who live around our house, our actual “dictionary definition” neighbors. I have a list of their names, too. It helps me remember the names of children that are hard for me to remember, but I run my eyes down these names, and I pray for them. And if I’m aware of a situation, I pray “Help my brother, Lord, help my sister.” I pray for them.

Whatever it means to be the church in the home, it means that we are “praying in place”. A worship service that isn’t prayerful is little more than a performance like a TV show, or a play.

But when we pray for people, our worship comes alive. So think about this for the church in your home. Have a daily prayer place and time, and show up there and recommit your life with your own prayer of commitment or one of the ones that I suggested last week. Take some time to be still and listen to God. Have that time of listening prayer. And write what you learn in your journal because you won’t remember it tomorrow. You’ll want to pray for the same people and the same concerns tomorrow, so it’s good to write it down. It will help you to pray specifically for your self and pray specifically for your neighbors and sometimes when we pray, we’ll have this deep sense within us that we need to be in contact.

When the quarantine is lifted and we’re in better days, we’ll be able to be in contact by bringing a plate of cookies or perhaps some soup to someone who’s ill. We’ll be able to chat with people when you walk down the street and they are in their yard. We’ll be able to invite friends to join us in a restaurant, but we’re limited right now.

But I guarantee you if you dial their phone number, you’ll find that they’ll answer the phone. I had a seminary professor once whose favorite topic was time management, and he had a very simple way of doing things. He would dial a phone number and if no one answered – this was in the days before answering machines – he would just lay the phone on the desk and let it ring, two minutes, five minutes, ten minutes, and he was fond of saying that sometimes when a person picked up the phone, they might be out of breath but it never failed. If he let it ring long enough, somebody would answer it. If you take the time to phone your neighbor, and tell them that you’re praying for them, I promise you, they’ll answer the phone.

Let’s imagine you in that conversation with your neighbor. The minute they pick up the phone, it’s a party line. Mathew 18:20, Jesus gave us a beautiful promise. He said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

The minute the other person answers, Jesus becomes a part of that conversation, to bless them and help them, and to guide them. So when you, as a Christian who’s praying, call that other person on the phone, the minute they answer, you have brought Jesus into their presence. And so it may yet be that our prayers would connect us throughout all of our neighborhoods.

Please pray with me: Lord Jesus, help us to show up at the right place and time, with an open and a caring heart so that we can engage in true worship, which is prayer with you. Help us to pray and to understand as we pray, that Jesus is here, that there are so many reasons to be thankful, that we have needs and should ask others to pray for us, that others have needs and it’s a great blessing for us to pray for them. And the greatest blessing is that, as we are prompted by you to reach out and be in contact, you join in every conversation we have with the neighbor that we’re praying for. And so Lord, we pray that you bless us and bless all the people in our neighborhoods that you have given to us as friends and people to care for. And 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 Raod, 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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The Top 40 CCLI Countdown

WORSHIP AT HOME: The Digital Hymnal

DIGITAL HYMNAL OF THE DAY … as we consider how to “Worship at Home,” what hymnals can we use that will fill our “church at home” with beautiful, uplifting, and inspiring music?
I would like to suggest that YouTube could fulfill this task. For the next 40 days, we will do a “Top 40 Countdown” of the most popular and the most frequent worship songs in use in the USA, according to the CCLI list.

The song for today – #40:

One of the favorite segments on American Bandstand was “Rate a Record” – where teens would listen to a new song and give it a rating, as in “I give it an 8, because it’s got a beat and you can dance to it.”

As we learn to “Worship at Home” where will we find the music to lift our spirits and touch our hearts with emotion? Each day we will share a “new song” from the 40 most popular in the USA and ask you to rate it from 1-10 in three categories:
– How did it influence you emotionally?
– How did the words inspire you spiritually?
– Would you like to hear it in our worship service?

Please share your ratings and thoughts in the comments below, along with a YouTube link to other versions that you might prefer.

The “Top 40” Christian Worship songs are drawn from the CCLI list of songs actually sung in churches that emphasize contemporary Christian worship over the past 12 months.

40 Jesus Messiah Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carson, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves CCLI#: 5183443

39 This I Believe (The Creed) Ben Fielding, Matt Crocker CCLI#: 7018338

38 Goodness Of God Ben Fielding, Brian Johnson, Ed Cash, Jason Ingram, Jenn Johnson CCLI#: 7117726

37 Hosanna (Praise Is Rising) Brenton Brown, Paul Baloche CCLI#: 4662491

36 Here I Am To Worship Tim Hughes CCLI#: 3266032

35 Our God Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman CCLI#: 5677416

34 Stand In Your Love Ethan Hulse, Josh Baldwin, Mark Harris, Rita Springer CCLI#: 7107821

33 How Great Thou Art Stuart Wesley Keene Hine CCLI#: 14181

32 Open Up The Heavens Andi Rozier, James Macdonald, Jason Ingram, Meredith Andrews, Stuart Garrard CCLI#: 6304702

31 Mighty To Save Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan CCLI#: 4591782

30 Tremble Andres Figueroa, Hank Bentley, Mariah McManus, Mia Fieldes CCLI#: 7065049

29 Blessed Be Your Name Beth Redman, Matt Redman CCLI#: 3798438

28 Great Things Jonas Myrin, Phil Wickham CCLI#: 7111321

27 RESURRECTING Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Matthew Ntlele, Steven Furtick, Wade Joye CCLI#: 7051507

26 How Deep The Father’s Love For Us Stuart Townend CCLI#: 1558110

25 Death Was Arrested Adam Kersh, Brandon Coker, Heath Balltzglier, Paul Taylor Smith CCLI#: 7046448

24 Revelation Song Jennie Lee Riddle CCLI#: 4447960

23 Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) Chris Tomlin, John Newton, Louie Giglio CCLI#: 4768151

22 Do It Again Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Matt Redman, Steven Furtick CCLI#: 7067555

21 No Longer Slaves Brian Johnson, Joel Case, Jonathan David Helser CCLI#: 7030123

20 Cornerstone Edward Mote, Eric Liljero, Jonas Myrin, Reuben Morgan, William Batchelder Bradbury CCLI#: 6158927

19 Holy Spirit Bryan Torwalt, Katie Torwalt CCLI#: 6087919

18 How Great Is Our God Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves CCLI#: 4348399

17 King Of My Heart John Mark McMillan, Sarah McMillan CCLI#: 7046145

16 Lord I Need You Christy Nockels, Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Maher CCLI#: 5925687

15 O Praise The Name (Anástasis) Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher, Marty Sampson CCLI#: 7037787

14 In Christ Alone Keith Getty, Stuart Townend CCLI#: 3350395

13 O Come To The Altar Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, Wade Joye CCLI#: 7051511

12 Good Good Father Anthony Brown, Pat Barrett CCLI#: 7036612

11 Raise A Hallelujah Jake Stevens, Jonathan David Helser, Melissa Helser, Molly Skaggs CCLI#: 7119315

10 The Lion And The Lamb Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson, Leeland Mooring CCLI#: 7038281

9 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman CCLI#: 6016351

8 Glorious Day Jason Ingram, Jonathan Smith, Kristian Stanfill, Sean Curran CCLI#: 7081388

7 Reckless Love Caleb Culver, Cory Asbury, Ran Jackson CCLI#: 7089641

6 Great Are You Lord David Leonard, Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan CCLI#: 6460220

5 This Is Amazing Grace Jeremy Riddle, Josh Farro, Phil Wickham CCLI#: 6333821

4 What A Beautiful Name Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood CCLI#: 7068424

3 Living Hope Brian Johnson, Phil Wickham CCLI#: 7106807

2 Who You Say I Am Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan CCLI#: 7102401

1 Build My Life Brett Younker, Karl Martin, Kirby Kaple, Matt Redman, Pat Barrett CCLI#: 7070345

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?

SORCE: This list is from: CCLI Top 100 Worship Songs – December 2019,
http://bestnewworshipsongs.com/ccli-top-100-worship-songs-december-2019/

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 Raod, 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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THREE PRAYERS FOR SURRENDER

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.

The origin of the Centering Prayer is described in the message for Ash Wednesday, 2019. You can hear it here: https://kinmundychurch.org/2019/03/sermon-03-06-19-ash-wednesday-message-the-story-of-the-centering-prayer/

The Wesley Covenant Prayer:
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.

More information on this prayer can be found here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesley_Covenant_Service

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

More information on this prayer can be found here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayer_of_Saint_Francis

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

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Monday: Reflections on Yesterday’s Sermon 4/27/2020

Sermon 04/26/20: The Church In Your Home (Eastertide II)
https://kinmundychurch.org/2020/04/sermon-04-26-20-the-church-in-your-home-eastertide-ii/

On Sunday mornings we attend worship at the church and we hear a good sermon and hopefully feel the presence of God. But the practice of what is preached begins on Monday. The challenge is not to hear the faith but to live the faith that we hear.

Yesterday the sermon was about moving our public worship in a church building on Sunday into the church that meets in our homes during this time of pandemic and shelter in place. Usually on a Sunday all we have to do is show up on time in our place, and we are led into worship the way sheep are led forward by a shepherd.

Worship in the home requires us to lead ourselves forward.

What happens in public worship however can help us lead ourselves forward into worship in the church that meets in our home.

The first transferable reality is that each one of us has our spot, our pew, our place where we come to worship. In the same way, we need to pick a place for our worship in the home to happen.

The second transferable reality is that worship in the church building happens at a particular time. When we worship in the church that meets in our home, we need to have a time to show up for worship, some sort of structure to help us to be present rather than procrastinate. There are a number of suggestions to structure our spiritual disciplines with regard to time and place so that we take advantage of the opportunity to worship in our homes.

The first thing that happens in our worship in the church is that we surrender to God, turn our eyes upon Jesus, and turn our focus away from the world and all of its distractions. There are three prayers for surrender that we have found helpful to us in our worship at home. They are the Centering Prayer, the Wesley Covenant Prayer and the Prayer of Saint Francis. (You can view and print them here.) Surrender IS the purpose of the Call to Worship.

Please consider writing your own surrender prayers. If you find yourself pressed for time, the surrender is the important part. The phrase from The Lord’s Prayer, “Thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven,” is sufficient as the surrender prayer, as well as hundreds of other scriptures that might appeal to you. The important part is to take a moment to surrender to God. That’s when worship begins.

So when will your worship happen during the day? Here are some options.

Jesus took time to pray at the beginning of the day. First thing in the morning is always a good time.
Mark 1:35 And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed.

Psalm 1 suggests studying the Bible, God’s word in the morning in the evening, twice a day, as a certain method for excellent guidance in life.
Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

Benedictine monks quote Psalm 119 and pray seven times a day.
Psalm 119:164 Seven times a day I praise thee for thy righteous ordinances. 165 Great peace have those who love thy law; nothing can make them stumble.

The longer times are morning and evening, but every 3 hours they stop for prayer and to surrender. The Canonical Hours are:
Lauds (dawn; approximately 5 a.m.; often combined with Prime.)
Prime (early morning, the first hour of daylight, approximately 6 a.m.)
Terce (third hour, 9 a.m.)
Sext (sixth hour, noon)
Nones (ninth hour, 3 p.m.)
Vespers (sunset, approximately 6 p.m.)
Compline (end of the day before retiring)

For years, I have set my phone to chime these hours, from 9 am to 9 pm, to remind me to stop for a moment to pray and surrender what I am doing to God’s will. At times I would use the sound of a single knock, and Kim and I would smile and say that Jesus was at the door.

One of the most convenient ways to include surrender in your prayer life is to pray one of the surrender prayers before each meal. In Lent and Advent, we like to begin meals with the Centering Prayer at breakfast, the Wesley Covenant Prayer at lunch and conclude with the Prayer of Saint Francis at supper time.

What is the best place – or places – for you to worship in your home?

What is the best time – whether that is by the clock or an event like dinner – for you to worship in your home?

James 1:21-25 … receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who observes his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer that forgets but a doer that acts, he shall be blessed in his doing.

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