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We Would Like You To Know —

WORSHIP THIS WEEK …  six options:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INFORMATION ON SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY:
PLEASE CHECK THE CHURCH FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION!

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

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Sermon 5/02/2021: Resurrection Instructions: Matthew 28 (Eastertide IV)

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

Link to Video:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/544101717

Screencast-o-matic: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/crhnVwVeEs0

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

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

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

HYMN 348 Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
Softly and Tenderly – Anne Murray (worship video with lyrics)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w572Nk__-34

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

A TIME OF PRAYER (Testimonies, Joys & Concerns)

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

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

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

HYMN 618 Let Us Break Bread Together
J.D. Sumner, The Stamps Quartet – Let Us Break Bread Together [Live]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QoolEJe6a0

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

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

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

MESSAGE: Resurrection Instructions: Matthew 28
Text: Matthew 28:7-10, 16-20: Philippians 3:9-10
Series: Building Bridges from Easter to Pentecost

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

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SERMON NOTES

Philippians 3:9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, based on law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith; 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,

Matthew 28:7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. Lo, I have told you.” 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Hail!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”

Phil 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

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HYMN 572 Pass It On
PASS IT ON | WITH LYRICS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYA_ym0C0E4

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

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

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

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

TRANSCRIPT

Resurrection Instructions: As Philippians 3:10 says, Paul’s goal, among others, is that I may know Him, Jesus Christ, and the power of His resurrection.

Think for a moment: who taught you how to tie your shoes?

My father was teaching me, and I was determined to do it my way. He finally laid his hands over my hands to stop me. And he said, “If you try to do it your way, you’re going to wind up in trouble.” A few minutes later, he didn’t lay his hand on my hand. He slapped my hands and told me to stop and do it the right way. You see, somebody is supposed to show you how to tie your shoes. You are not supposed to figure it out yourself.

Somebody is supposed to show you how to ride a bike. You are not supposed to learn it all by yourself.

Someone is supposed to teach you how to read, not simply hand you a book and tell you you’re on your own.

But what’s become common today because we are busier and busier and busier, and I’m talking about a century’s worth of being too busy, is we expect children, we expect other people, to figure out how to do things that are important without any help.

And it’s kind of amazing how many of them succeed in some way. They read a book and learn how to do something. My brother says that no matter what it is you want to learn how to do, there will be a video on YouTube about how to do it. (You have to hope that the video will be correct because there’s a lot of stuff on YouTube that’s just simply wrong!)

But we have a problem today that comes because we expect people to wing it through life … to figure out how to do everything on their own and without help, and it’s led to plenty of problems. Who teaches you how to do what’s truly important?

And now that we’re adults, we still need help. That’s not always in the area of information that we need help. There’s a whole lot of us that know a lot about things, but we don’t know how to do things right. We’re talking about the how. And it’s the same way for the Christian life because someone is supposed to teach you. Someone is supposed to teach me how to do what Jesus wants us to do.

I’m 66 years old. And the memory that I have for most of my life is I had to figure it out all by myself. Part of that’s my fault. But if I had my life to live over again, one thing that I would change is I would look for a teacher to show me how.

That’s good advice. Paul writes these words, “Finally, brethren,” it’s Philippians 4:8, “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” No matter what goal you might wish to set for your life, no matter what you might hope for would be better or different either in your life or in the life of someone you care about, whatever hope you have, whatever plan you might have, it will be a better plan if you find a teacher and draw from their life how to do the thing that you hope to do. Otherwise, just like your shoes, life could easily be all tied up in knots and very difficult to repair.

On Resurrection Day, on Easter Sunday, Jesus told the women, “Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he, Jesus, has risen from the dead and behold, he is going before you to Galilee. And there you will see him.” Lo, I have told you.” They have been given their instructions. It’s time to go to Galilee.

Think for a moment, what is Galilee for these disciples? What is Galilee for you and I? Where is your Galilee?

So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said Hail or Hello, and they came up and took hold of his feet and worshipped him. And then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brother to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

Did you hear that? Tell them to go to Galilee. Do you think they did? They did not.

Hasn’t that been the problem with the church for all time? Hasn’t that been the problem with followers of Jesus for all time? Jesus says, “Go to Galilee,” and they stay right there in Jerusalem. Who knows why?

And so Jesus, instead of meeting everyone in Galilee, has to begin to speak to the disciples individually to tell them what they need to do because they missed the chance to obey and meet him in Galilee.

Now, it says that when they went to Galilee, to a particular hill– we don’t know which hill. There were many hills where Jesus taught his disciples, but perhaps it is one like this.

This is a hillside in Galilee. Galilee is the fruitful part of Israel. More crops, less desert.

Galilee is the home to the disciples. It’s where they’re from, where their families live, where their neighbors are, where they worked.

Galilee is where they walked these roads with Jesus and followed him. And he gave them instructions, and they learned how to obey him.

So now they’re back on familiar territory, they’re back in Galilee. And when they saw him, they worshipped him. But some doubted. They are still less than perfect, just like we are.

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” You know what that means? When Jesus says to do something, there is no one, there’s no political figure, there’s no religious expert, there’s no scholar, who has the right to contradict the teachings of Jesus. “All authority in heaven on earth has been given to me.” This is what we say whenever we say, “Jesus is Lord” – so now that you understand who the boss is, here are your instructions.

“Go, therefore,” Jesus tells his disciples, “And make disciples of all nations.” And he simply assumes that they understand what to do, where they could go.

Well, remember “Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. And love your–“ what? Neighbor as yourself.”

Where you go is to your neighbor. Now, your neighbor might be someone who is in your family. It might be a family friend. It might be someone you have fun with, you play games, you go to ballgames, might be someone you work with or volunteer with, might actually literally be someone who lives down the street, might be someone you see on church on Sunday. But the first part of making disciples is to go to your neighbor.

When your neighbor wants to follow Jesus, they need to be baptized.

And then comes the last part– teaching them as you have an opportunity to observe all that I have demanded of you.

You see, Jesus has given instructions to people. And the way the great commission ties up loose ends is for us to teach other people what Jesus wants them to do. They are not supposed to learn all by themselves.

And not only that, we’re not teaching about knowledge. We’re not only sharing information. Jesus did not tell us to go explain everything to everybody. What Jesus wants is to be able to observe – to see people doing what he asked them to do. In other words, if a camera can’t see it, you’re probably not following the instructions, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.

Now, there are experts – so-called experts – who will say, “This command was given to the 11 disciples standing on the hill. It’s not for you or me. It’s for the church to obey.”

Friends, we need to take the bible literally whenever we can. Jesus told them to observe every single command including the Great Commission. This is for all of us, not just the religious experts — every command including this one.

And here’s the problem. Who taught you how to do this – to make disciples?

Now, I’ve been asking this question since I went to do my doctoral work back in the year 2000. Who taught you how to do this? In the universal answer in workshops that I’ve led and online classes that I’ve taught is, “Oh, my gosh. No one has taught me how to do this.”

And the response is, “Well, it’s no reason then that the church doesn’t do this very well you’ve been left to learn how to read without a teacher. You’ve been left to try to do your best.”

But the reality is, just as the picture shows the Holy Spirit descending on every disciple, and then it flows out from every disciple to every other disciple, the truth that Jesus Christ has taught us flows into our hearts and minds. And when we take time to interact with other people, when there’s an opportunity, which, again, God provides, you’ll be able to share that truth because the person you’re with will in some way need it or ask a question.

But the main thing I want to say today is someone needs to teach you. And how they teach you will be how you teach others.

So the first part of the lesson. Every week we pray this prayer because you have a neighbor. This is what we do when we go. It’s as simple as this. Every week we pray, Lord, help me to notice my neighbor. And the minute you notice your neighbor, instead of being too busy to pay attention, you will realize, my neighbor needs my prayers, my neighbor is having a problem. And then you just need to do what you feel in your heart is the right thing to do, because what’s the command? To love your neighbor. And God will use that to work through you, to redeem and change and bless your neighborhood, whatever neighborhood that is.

So how do we go? We simply notice the people that God puts in front of us and respond as a Christian would. Now, every other command of Jesus is a nuance of that, is a variation of that, can help you to do it more wisely and accurately, but that’s basically it. When you interact with someone else, look for an opportunity to obey Jesus Christ.

Here’s another part of how. This has to do with the teaching, how to observe the commands of Jesus. In education, they call this scaffolding. We have some teachers in our midst – you probably know a lot more about this than I do! Some people also talk about it with regard to coaching.

But when you’re going to teach someone how to do something, the very first thing is you do it, you model it, and they watch. And then they try it, and you explain, and then they watch you, and then they try it. But the first part is I do and you watch.

But then it moves into the middle part, we do and we learn from doing it together.

In the very first part of the gospels, Jesus said to them, follow me, that’s always the first commandment, and he took them around Galilee, and he showed them what to do. But when you get to Matthew chapter 10, he sends them out. We do it. You cannot learn how to swim without getting into the pool. A basketball team cannot learn how to play together unless they play together. The church cannot be what the church needs to be unless we begin to interact with each other, learning how to do what Jesus wants us to do!

And now, they’re standing on that high hill in Galilee. And Jesus says to them, in essence, “We are now at the time to where you’re going to do, and I’m going to watch.” Jesus has given them the recipe. Here are the instructions for what you’re going to do. Here are the ingredients, the things that you do it with, the main one of which is taking time to notice your neighbor. Now, you go do them, and I’ll watch you. And I’ll let you know how to adjust what you do.

Friends, this is an instruction on how to live in the power of the resurrection. We need to figure out how we are going to do it, but I think I’ve tried to present it in as simple a way as possible. If you will notice the people around you, God will give you an opportunity to bless them. And at the right time, if you’re familiar with the words of Jesus, God will give you the opportunity to share what Jesus says. And that may completely change someone’s life, because what you’re saying as you notice your neighbors, “See what I do? Now, let’s do it together!”

Because people need a teacher. They cannot learn how to follow Jesus all by themselves. They cannot learn how to pray all by themselves. They cannot learn how to read the Bible all by themselves.

Now, there’s has to be at least one person who says, “Pastor Dave, isn’t that teaching your job?” Why, yes, it is. But here’s the problem. If the only chance I had to teach you is a sermon, how long do you want that sermon to be?

I want to tell you, we could start with Matthew 1:1 and go all the way till Wednesday, all night long! But if we’re going to have shorter sermons, then we’re going to have to have other times that we sit down and talk.

And I want to make a commitment to you. You call me. You let me know. I’ll meet you anywhere at any time to talk about how we can do what Jesus wants us to do. I will do that.

Please pray with me. Lord Jesus, whether the pastor teaches us, the Sunday school teacher teaches us, the Bible study leader teaches us, thank you. Thank you so much for people who gave of themselves so that we could turn and find the Lord. Thank you so much, Lord Jesus, for putting people in our way, people who noticed us when we were struggling, people who checked up on us to make sure that things were better, people who prayed for us, and we knew it, because, Lord, we’re here in church today because of people like that. Lord, help us to understand that it’s your wish that just as someone was like that for us, we can learn how to be like that for someone else! Because, Lord, you go with us. You were always there to guide us. Lord, help us not just to be hearers of your word, but also doers. Help us to be those who follow these resurrection instructions from Matthew 28. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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

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

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

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OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — May 2 – May 9

OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — May 2 – May 9

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

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

Please Pray For God To Bless Our “Care Card Ministry” Person Of The Week –
K Helen Sullivan

Please Pray For God To Bless These People For Special Needs –
K Gerri Molina – Transferred to St John’s hospital in Springfield on Tuesday. Co2 levels were high but are a little better now. Please keep the prayers coming.

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

Please Pray For God To Bless Our Military Families –
Sgt Rusty & Nicole (Nolan, Michael, Lydia) Robb – Member of the Presidential Helicopter Squardron.
Navy Lieutenant Commander Jason Montgomery – Serving on aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.

Please Pray For Those Grieving For –
Edna Whitt Farina, mother of 7 children, including Ralph Whitt, Jean Alwardt & Jenni Heiens of Farina.

Special Prayers for our Bishop, Frank Beard, and healing from glaucoma. He will be on medical leave for 6 months starting July 1. Bishop Beard suffers from glaucoma and has lost 95 percent of his sight in his right eye and 80 percent of his sight in his left eye. The medical leave will allow him the time needed to work with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in caring for his sight and making necessary adjustments for future ministry.

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WEEKLY CHURCH CALENDAR — May 2 – May 9, 2021

WEEKLY CHURCH CALENDAR & WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW — May 2 – May 9, 2021

Sun 5/2
9:00 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC in sanctuary, Drive-In listening (FM 87.9) on the parking lot or WATCH Pastor Dave’s video of the entire worship service at kinmundychurch.org
10:45 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Wesley UMC

Tues 5/4
6:00-8:00 pm … WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
— … PASTOR’S SABBATH DAY

Wed 5/5
9:00-11:00 am … WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY

Sun 5/9
9:00 am .. FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC
10:45 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Wesley UMC

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

We Would Like You To Know —

  1. UPCOMING MEETINGS …
    Mon 5 24
    7:00 pm … Ad Council Meeting
    (Most committees will have a meeting between now and Mother’s Day.)
    If you would like to attend any meeting from home by phone or over the Internet, please let Pastor Dave know or call Vervadene in the church office.
  2. KIM KUEKER would like to create a video honoring Mothers & Grandmothers of Kinmundy & Wesley church members for Mother’s Day. You can bring photos to the church office or send them by email to Vervadene at Kumc11@outlook.com or attach a comment on the church facebook page. Please do this by Thursday morning, May 6.
  3. “IT’S EASTER … Summer’s coming!”
    Teams of three or more, plus the pastor, are forming to plan our return to all church activities. (Rule of Three: if we don’t have three people willing to help, we will assume that it is not God’s timing for us to bring back that activity just yet.)
    Every one of us is called to do some kind of work for Jesus. What interests, inspires or excites you that your church could be doing? What would you like to see happen in your church?
    TEAMS with three or more helpers, active and working now:
    All church committees
    Twilight Circle
    The FELLOWSHIP MEAL TEAM is already planning fellowship & potlucks for later this spring.
    The HEALTH & SAFETY TEAM advises the Pastor and makes decisions on needed safety precautions for worship and all church activities.
    IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP with any of these teams or to start one to bring back a new or former church activity, let the pastor know.
  4. OUR PRAYER FAMILIES for this week — Members & Friends –
    Wayne Bushue Family; Heather Bushue, Leah Blomberg, Austin,
    Aiden, Alivia; Matt & Carrie Bushue, Reese, Kayden.
    Jim Butts; Trever Butts
    Bryce Geiler Family
    Mike & Liz Gasperini
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Sermon 4/25/2021: Resurrection Instructions from Luke 24 (Eastertide IV)

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

Link to Video:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/541140261

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

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

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

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

HYMN 337 Only Trust Him
Only Trust Him with Lyrics by Alan Jackson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2pW71L6ymc

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

A TIME OF PRAYER (Testimonies, Joys & Concerns)

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

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

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

HYMN 462 Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus (Gerri Molina)
‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus – a capella by Acapeldridge
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCtQMiNlTKk

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

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

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

MESSAGE: Resurrection Instructions from Luke 24
Text: Luke 24:36-49, Philippians 3:9-10
Series: Building Bridges from Easter to Pentecost

Right-click, open in new tab to play … Sermon audioSermon slides as a PDF file.
Kinmundy UMC 9 am Audio … Wesley UMC 10:45 Audio

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SERMON NOTES

Philippians 3:9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, based on law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith; 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,

Luke 24:36 As they were saying this, Jesus himself stood among them. 37 But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 * [No text] 41 And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate before them.
44 Then he said to them, “These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high.”

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HYMN 600 Wonderful Words Of Life (Pat Hebron, Cathy Wilkins)
Allison Durham Speer, Wesley Pritchard, Sue Dodge, Larry Ford – Wonderful Words of Life [Live]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q499q89HOpM

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

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

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

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

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

TRANSCRIPT

Resurrection Instructions.

As Philippians 3:10 says, Paul’s goal, among others, is that “I may know Him,” Jesus Christ, “and the power of His resurrection.

Why are sermons too long? I can tell you in great honesty, as Sunday morning worship comes to a close, the first thing I do when everything is finished is I look to see how long the sermon was. And if it’s longer than it should be, I feel a sense of disappointment that I have failed the people of God. I have talked too long.

Why are sermons too long? Well, one reason is when the pastor attempts to communicate too much— and sometimes that’s my problem because I have more to share with you than will fit into the time that most people are able to listen.

In most larger churches, mega-churches, the sermon will be 45-minutes long, 50-minutes long, very long, basically, for two reasons. First of all, the pastors of these very large churches are such excellent preachers, they can hold your attention for 45 minutes.

But the other reason is because, in these churches, quite often, there’s no Sunday school. And so the sermon, in order to communicate the truth about the Bible, has become both a sermon and the Sunday school lesson. And that’s why it takes so long in these churches for the sermon to conclude. If sermons are going to be shorter, we need to offload some of the Bible teaching from the Sunday morning worship service.

That Bible teaching, that thinking about what the Scripture means, has to take place somewhere. Perhaps it takes place in Sunday school. Perhaps it takes place through your regular Bible study at home. Perhaps it takes place at a Wednesday night Bible study. But if the sermon is going to be shorter, the people of God will need to study the Bible outside of the Sunday morning worship service.

And so how do we do this? How do we share everything the Scripture has to say to us, everything the Scripture says that we need to hear? It occurred to me today as I was thinking about this that a good Sunday morning sermon is a little bit like sourdough starter, where when you’re making a loaf of bread, you put the starter into it, and it begins to work, and the dough begins to rise. A good Sunday morning sermon makes you curious enough about a scripture that you’ll take the Sunday morning bulletin home with you, and you’ll read the Scripture, which is listed on the back, and you’ll ask the questions there to deepen your understanding. A good sermon will make you curious and will cause you to think and to pray about the scripture. But if it’s a shorter sermon, all it can do is start the process of us understanding what Jesus wants us to do.

At this time, we’re talking about the time between the first Easter and the day of Pentecost when the church came out of hiding and into view. And I’m suggesting to you that we are in a time that’s just like that. We are getting ready to come out of hiding. We are getting ready to come out of sheltering in place. And everything that Jesus said to them after Easter is something that Jesus is saying to us today just as well. And something that will help us to come out of sheltering in place.

So let me simply make a few simple observations to help us to begin the process of trying to understand what Jesus is saying. “That I may know him,” Paul says, “and the power of his resurrection.” The goal for us in this time after Easter, just like for them in those early days, was to understand how to live their lives in the power of the resurrection, to understand how to know Jesus, and then share the truth about Jesus with others.

Our goal is no different. What’s next? Well, here’s the reality, friends. You have something to learn, and I do, too. We pray every Sunday morning: Guide me to all that is good. Cleanse me from all that is not. How does that happen? We let the Bible teach us what the truth is. In this prayer we ask Jesus, teach me Your ways, form in me Your nature. How does that happen? When we take the words of Jesus into our lives, they grow within us and they become a wonderful harvest of Jesus’s words and teachings.

So how will we be guided as we move out of Easter into a new time of activity in the church? What does Jesus want from us today? I want to suggest to you again that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. And what he wanted in the scripture back then described it very clearly. Those instructions he gave to them are instructions for us today as well.

So what did the disciples do? Well, Jesus appeared to them in different resurrection appearances. He gave them specific instructions. But then they went back to the Upper Room and they prayed together and they thought about what Jesus said. And they asked themselves, “What does this say? What does this mean? What does this say that I need to obey and who needs to hear this?” And they began to think together about what Jesus was saying. And as they spoke to each other, they were sharing their memories of their own personal experience of Jesus. When we went over here, when we went over there, Jesus said this, Jesus did that. They shared their testimonies with each other. We need to do the same thing.

They were reading in the Old Testament. We have the joy of reading in the New Testament. And they were quoting scripture and considering what that meant.

And in addition to that, they were asking questions not because they doubted, but because they wanted to understand what Jesus was saying more deeply. And they spent these forty-nine days in this kind of discussion. Friends, if you and I spent forty-nine days trying to understand what Jesus wants us to do, the entire world around us will completely change! What’s next? Understanding what Jesus wants us to do.

When you look at Luke 24, you find some very specific instructions. Luke 24:36, as they were saying this, Jesus himself stood among them, but they were startled and frightened and supposed that they saw a spirit. They thought that Jesus was a ghost. Verse 38 and he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do questionings arise in your heart?” See my hands and my feet that it is I myself; handle me, touch me and see. For a spirit, has not flesh and bones as you see that I have.

The reason these words are here is to remind us today of the very first Christian heresy, which is known by the name of Gnosticism. Based on Gentile understandings of spirituality and non-Jewish understandings of philosophy, they believed that the flesh was evil. They believed that human beings were trapped in a body and that the goal was to be set free from the body, to be entirely nothing, but spirit. So the Gnostics said that there was no such thing as the resurrection, but that when people saw Jesus, what they actually were seeing was his spirit, his ghost. And so these words are here to remind us of the truth of how they understood it. Even to the point of these next few verses, and while they still disbelieved for joy and wondered, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” Because, of course, a spirit doesn’t get hungry. A spirit doesn’t want to eat anything. A spirit is unable to take a piece of fish and lift it up and chew on it and eat it.

Verse 42, they gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it, and he ate it before them, proof that what the Gnostics were saying could not be true. Then he said to them – and here are the instructions from Luke – “These are my words, which I spoke to you while I was still with you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” As Jesus said to the two men walking on the road to Emmaus: Was it not necessary for the Christ to die? and he showed them in the scripture the reasons for everything that they were debating. Everything is explained in scripture.

Verse 45, please look at that. That’s our instruction for the day. Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures. Jesus Christ is able to open your mind to understand the scripture. Now, if you never open the Bible and never read it, you won’t be able to understand it, but that’s not because Jesus did not give you a mind to understand the scriptures guided by the Holy Spirit!

Verse 46. And Jesus said to them, “Thus it is written that the Christ should suffer and, on the third day, rise from the dead.” Everything that we need to know is explained in scripture. And therefore, verse 47, that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. When you understand the scripture, the next thing is to share your understanding of repentance and forgiveness of sins. And the preaching of these truths is to spread out from the center beginning from Jerusalem.

“You are witnesses of these things,” Jesus says. And, friends, you and I are too.

Verse 49. “And behold,” Jesus says, “I send the promise of my Father upon you, but stay in the city until you’re clothed with power from on high.”

These are the instructions for the disciples to live a resurrected life following the day of Easter. And they are also instructions for us because what’s in the Bible for Christians to do is still true for Christians like us today.

I want to ask you to consider this window. Wouldn’t it be lovely if you had a window that looked out into the world of the Bible? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you had a window in your house, and you could go to that window, and you could see what Jesus is doing? You could go to that window and understand what Jesus is saying. When you think about it, the scripture is a window into these days when Jesus was alive on this earth, teaching His disciples directly. And when we open the Bible, it’s a little bit like opening that window. We can see and hear and understand the world of the Bible, and we can see and hear and understand Jesus. Because Jesus is the one who opens our minds to understand the scriptures, and what we want to understand is this.

We want to draw a frame around what we are understanding so that what we understand is understood within a context of scripture. We want to let scripture be the boundaries for our understanding so that what we understand is within the boundaries of what scripture says. In addition to that, we want to understand within a hierarchy of scripture. If Jesus said it, then our understanding of Paul needs to agree with Jesus. If Jesus said it, our understanding of the prophets or the days of Moses is subordinate to the boundaries of what Jesus said. What Jesus said is the most valuable and important part of scripture for us to understand.

Because Jesus wants to open our minds to understand the scriptures so that we have a window, we have a world view which corresponds to the world view of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. A world view that desires that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name to all nations beginning from Jerusalem.

So if you think about it with regard to your own worldview and your own understanding of reality, in a sense, you have three windows. There’s the window that shows you a view of the Bible. There’s the window into your own mind and understanding that shows you what you understand. And then there’s the window that looks out on the world around you. And what a blessing it is if all three of these windows match up. Especially if they all match up with what the Bible says.

Unfortunately, some of us are so influenced by the world around us that our opinion about what’s going on just shifts from one thing to another to another, depending on who’s shouting at us. We need a worldview that is within the boundaries of scripture. And if what I understand in my mind, what I see out that window, doesn’t match up with what I see happening in the Bible as I’m reading it, I need to make adjustments in my own understanding. And then once my own understanding is adjusted to the Bible, I need to look out the window that shows the world around me. And if the world around me doesn’t show me the understanding of scripture, I need to adjust my understanding of the world around me because I want to live a life that is informed and supported and empowered by what Jesus taught us in the scripture.

So those are our instructions. We need to understand the scripture and apply it wisely in our life. And behold, Jesus gives one more instruction. Behold, He says, I send the promise to my Father upon you, but stay in the city until…

They weren’t supposed to run off. They weren’t supposed to be in a hurry. As we talked about last week, they needed to take some time to be still. And to hear the voice of God and to let the different things that Jesus was wanting to teach them connect together so that they would have a common, wise understanding. Stay in the city. And not only that, stay in the city because God is going to do something wonderful to help you preach that gospel of forgiveness for sin. God is going to empower you through the promised presence of the Holy Spirit.

And behold, Jesus says, I send the promise of my Father upon you, but stay in the city… It doesn’t say that you should stay in the city until June 1st, it doesn’t say that you should stay in the city till you get a college degree in the Bible. It does not say that you should stay in the city until you agree with what the pastor says … but it says that you need to stay in the city until you you are clothed with power from on high because God, the Holy Spirit, wants to live within God’s people. To help us to understand what Jesus is saying. To help us to understand what Jesus wants us to do. To guide us in what we say. To guide us in what we do.

And we need to stay until we feel that power from on high. There are some people who are in a hurry. And it’s hard for them to be still and wait until God says that it’s time to go. In the same way, there are some people who like being still so much (and the older I get, the more fond I am of my lazy boy recliner!) … There are some people who are so comfortable being still that when the spirit comes, they don’t get up and start to go.

But here’s the instruction from Jesus Christ. Everything is explained in scripture. So we need to understand it and we need to stay in this place of examining the scripture and understanding it until we feel the presence where we feel clothed with power from on high. You see they’re waiting between the days of Easter and Pentecost and we also are waiting between Easter and what comes ahead of us, perhaps in summer. We are waiting for God to fill us with power from on high to be the witnesses that God needs in our world today.


Please pray with me. Lord, Jesus, we know that we cannot understand the scripture if we do not open the Bible. But Lord, sometimes the Bible is difficult. I ask that you would help us to have the courage to do something that we know we can do … which is to open the Bible and read a verse of it every day. Indeed, Lord, to read a chapter but if we can’t get through a chapter, Lord, help us to read even one verse. To think about what it means. To ask questions. To ask you to explain it, perhaps to ask the pastor to explain it. To come to Bible study and ask questions and listen to answers. And then, Lord, we also pray that as you explain the scripture to us, that you would help us also to be aware of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, the comforter who guides us to serve you. Help us, Lord, in this time between the times to allow ourselves to take into ourselves the presence of the Holy Spirit and to not only be empowered, but Lord, to be aware of the power that is coming to be within us, that is ready to do your will and your work in this world. And so, Lord, we pray that you would help us to hear the instructions for living the resurrection that you have for us in Luke chapter 24. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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

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

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

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OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — April 25 – May 2

OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — April 25 – May 2

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

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

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

Please Pray For God To Bless These People For Special Needs –
K Suzanne (Hiestand) Garrett – health issues
K Duane Ambrose – fractured ribs are getting a little less painful each day.
K Gerri Molina – we have talked to Gerri briefly and she is getting stronger but needs continued prayers for her to gain strength to be able to come home.

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

Please Pray For God To Bless Our Military Families –
Sgt Rusty & Nicole (Nolan, Michael, Lydia) Robb – Member of the Presidential Helicopter Squadron.
Navy Lieutenant Commander Jason Montgomery – Serving on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.

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CHURCH CALENDAR & WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW April 25 – May 2, 2021

CHURCH CALENDAR & WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW April 25 – May 2, 2021

Sun 4/25
9:00 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC in sanctuary, Drive-In listening (FM 87.9) on the parking lot or WATCH Pastor Dave’s video of the entire worship service at kinmundychurch.org
10:45 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Wesley UMC

Tues 4/27
6:00-8:00 pm … WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
— … PASTOR’S SABBATH DAY

Wed 4/28
9:00-11:00 am … WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY

Sun 5/2
9:00 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC
10:45 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Wesley UMC
Safety precautions in short – We social distance and wear a mask (or face shield) throughout the service as safety precautions.

We Would Like You To Know —

  1. Upcoming Meetings …
    Mon 5/ 24
    7:00 pm … Ad Council Meeting
    (Most committees will have a meeting between now and Mother’s Day.)
    If you would like to attend any meeting from home by phone or over the Internet, please let Pastor Dave know or call Vervadene in the church office.
  2. THE UPPER ROOM issue, May – June is with your bulletin today. Enjoy reading it.
  3. “It’s Easter … Summer’s coming!”
    Teams of three or more, plus the pastor, are forming to plan our return to all church activities. (Rule of Three: if we don’t have three people willing to help, we will assume that it is not God’s timing for us to bring back that activity just yet.)
    Every one of us is called to do some kind of work for Jesus. What interests, inspires or excites you that your church could be doing? What would you like to see happen in your church?

    TEAMS with three or more helpers, active and working now:
    All church committees
    Twilight Circle
    The FELLOWSHIP MEAL TEAM is already planning fellowship & potlucks for later this Spring.
    The HEALTH & SAFETY TEAM advises the Pastor and makes decisions on needed safety precautions for worship and all church activities.
    IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP with any of these teams or to start one to bring back a new or former church activity, let the pastor know.
  4. The QUESTION & SUGGESTION BOX has arrived and will sit on the table in front of Vervadene’s desk. Your question or suggestion can be anonymous, but if you sign it we can ask you questions if more information is needed and work together with you more quickly to get things done.
  5. CHURCH LEADERS — Mailboxes are back in Vervadene’s office sitting on the cabinet at the West wall. Chairpersons of all committees and those in charge of our group activities please check your mailbox when you are here, just in case you have mail.
  6. OUR PRAYER FAMILIES for this week — Members & Friends
    K Glenn Doolen Family; Steve & Cathy Wilkins, Matt & Brooke Wilkins, Hayes, Emersyn; Kevin Wilkins; Steve & Jana Doolen; Andy & Emelita Doolen, Emmaria, Andrea, Glenn.
    K Charles Lee Ford Family; Melba Ford.
    K Steve & Erica Fox Family; Celeste, Emery; Regan, Ean.
    W Mac & Jo Garrett
  • Wednesdays at 11:00 am we will share needs for prayer and take communion in the Fellowship Hall. (We will social distance and wear masks.) After sharing our news and needs for prayer, Pastor Dave will lead us in taking Holy Communion. We will also fill out “Get Well” cards and sign them to be mailed to those we are praying for this week.
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Sermon 4/18/2021: Sheltering In Place After Easter (Eastertide II)

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

Link to Video:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/538184430

Screencast-o-matic: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/crfb0kVn7UO

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

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

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

HYMN 420 Breathe on Me Breath of God
Breathe on me, Breath of God
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ph-t8P2r_I

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

A TIME OF PRAYER (Testimonies, Joys & Concerns)

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

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

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

HYMN 177 He Is Lord
He is Lord with lyrics – Scott Riggan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBgESXUwKzY

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

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

MESSAGE: Sheltering In Place After Easter
Text: John 20:19-31
Series: Building Bridges from Easter to Pentecost

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SERMON NOTES

John 20:19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” 24 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

26 Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”

30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

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HYMN 467 Trust and Obey
Trust and Obey
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0S8Z-dMM40

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

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

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

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

TRANSCRIPT

Sheltering in place after Easter: Last year it was before Easter when the order came from the government for us to begin to shelter in place. It was time for us to be careful and to take action to keep each other safe.

The disciples were doing the same thing, but not by order of their government, but because of fear for the Jewish rulers. Jesus had warned them that they would be persecuted. Jesus had warned them that the Jewish leaders that crucified him would come after them. And so when Jesus died upon the cross, their immediate concern was that they were next. And so they were in hiding on Saturday. They were in hiding on Sunday. They were in hiding when this confusing news came to them that the tomb was empty, that an angel said that he is risen, just as he said that Jesus was now alive. And they weren’t quite certain what to make of that news. So they remained in hiding because of the Jews.

All of humanity’s problems stem from a human being’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone. We don’t get into trouble if we just sit quietly. When we move around and do too many things, we can be caused by our fears and by our anxieties to act in ways that are cruel and hurtful to other people. In fact, there’s almost no harm that comes to people where there is not anxiety involved in some way. And that’s why good advice for the disciples, good advice for us this past year– Psalm 46:10a: Be still. Be still in the crazy times that make you so anxious, because if you be still you will come to know something very important. No matter how crazy the times are, God is still God. And it’s in being still that we come to let God be God, the Lord of all, and for anything that’s worthy, valuable, the solution for any sort of problem, you usually have to wait for that which is worth waiting for.

Sometimes a period of waiting is just a few moments. Sometimes, as it has been with this pandemic, it might take a whole year for the world to get over it. But thank God that is happening. And we’re getting closer to the time that we can come out of our place of being still. We can come out of our sheltering in place. We can begin to do what we have done before. We are almost ready. And in the same way, the disciples were still, waiting, sheltering in place after Easter because they would be in this place of waiting until the day of Pentecost.

Now, here’s why waiting is good, even if it’s very short, even if it’s a longer period. Rest is a weapon. Rest is what prepares us to fight the fight that may lie ahead. This little quote that’s on the right of the screen is– some people call it “a soldier’s creed.”

“A bad ride is better than a good run. Never run when you can walk. Never walk when you could stand. Never stand when you can sit. Never sit when you can lay down. Never lay down when you can sleep …” Because, as you accumulate energy through rest, you will be ready for whatever comes. This is one of the reasons why God instituted the commandment of the Sabbath day because, when you stop and come to a place of stillness, God can get a hold of you. God can get your attention. God can speak to you about what you’re doing that you should not do. God can speak to you about what you need to do, that you ought to do. God can aim you and direct you toward green pastures and still waters, a better life than life is today. Rest is not only a weapon. It is a way for us to adjust our focus on what God wants us to see. So I’d add to the soldier’s creed that never sit when you can kneel and pray through what is bothering you.

But what about Thomas? Well, Thomas has a lot of nicknames, Doubting Thomas is the main one. But really, there’s a lot more things we could call him. In this part of the scripture, John 20, he could be called Absent Thomas because, in John 20, verse 19, on the evening of that day, Easter Sunday, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were for the fear of the Jews, Thomas was absent. We don’t know where he was. We don’t know if he was running an errand to the grocery store. We don’t know if he went for a walk. We don’t know if he was watching a soccer game. We don’t know if he was walking toward Emmaus or some other thing. But we do know that Thomas was absent. And because Thomas was absent, he missed a miracle.

On the evening of that day, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands, “See the nail marks?” And he showed them his side where the spear hat gone in, to prove that it was him, not some ghost, not some figment of their imagination. And then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. I think so!

But Thomas wasn’t there. And the next time he got in touch with them, he was not a happy man. Verse 24, “Now, Thomas, one of the 12, called the twin, was the not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” And as you can imagine, they showed their happiness. But Thomas said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails and unless I place my finger in the mark of the nails and I place my hand in his side where the spear went in, I will not believe.” This is where the term Doubting Thomas comes from.

But make the connection, friends. If you’re Absent Thomas, you’re going to miss the miracle, and it’s pretty obvious that Doubting Thomas comes out of Absent Thomas. And so Thomas has these conditions. Now, let that sink in for just a moment. Jesus Christ, Lord of the universe, king of kings … “Oh, I’m not going to believe in you unless you jump through these hoops for me.” It doesn’t take us very long in life not to make conditions for our father or mother. It doesn’t take very long in life for us not to make these statements to schoolteachers or to bosses. “Unless you do this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this, well, I won’t believe.”

But that’s where Thomas was. His anxiety and his feelings were running everything. But eight days later, now, he’s not Absent Thomas. He’s Present Thomas. Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house and Thomas was with them and the doors were shut. But Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Same thing, no surprise, peace be with you.”

And then he turns to Demanding Thomas, Insisting Thomas, Protesting Thomas. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Put out your hand and place it in my side where the spear went in. Do not be faithless but believing.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God.” Now he’s Believing Thomas, and he’s no longer absent. Jesus said to him, “If you believe because you’ve seen me, blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” And friends, that’s you and me. We’ve not seen. We’ve not touched, but we believe. And we are not absent. We are here to say to Jesus Christ, “My Lord and my God.”

And then Jesus says something for us. Actually, it’s in the book. Verse 30, Now, Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in the book. But these are written— in fact, everything that’s written in this book is written so that you may believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and that believing you may have life in his name. For those of us who come hundreds of years later, my Lord and my God starts with the words in this book because they take root in our hearts like living seeds, and faith grows. If we feed our hearts the word of God, we will be able to say as Thomas did, my Lord and my God. And so, now, Thomas is no longer absent. He’s there in the Upper Room with the others.

Every Sunday now, we are reading these words. It’s part of the Centering Prayer: “Help me to serve you as I’m gifted.” Thomas is now a believer. He’s now in the room, and he is someone who is in his heart saying these words to God, “Help me to serve you as I am gifted.”
And if you remember back to Mark, chapter eight, Jesus said to all of his followers, “If anyone would follow after me, let him or her take up their cross and follow me.”

And what is your cross? It’s not some suffering that you go through, like allergies or migraine headaches. Jesus’s cross benefited the entire world. Your cross, whatever it might be, will be some way that you benefit the people around you. Jesus called them your neighbors, and the command is for you to love your neighbor.

And however it is that God wants you to love your neighbor, God would not equip you with the skills that you needed to love your neighbor. Leslie’s cousin Barbara flies a plane into the wilderness of Alaska, but she’s a pilot, and she helps people who are sick. She’s a nurse. God will match up the mission that God has for you and give you the abilities that you need to do God’s will. One of the ways, then, for us to look and discover God’s will, seriously, is to look at the talents and gifts that we have, and whatever that is, ask God the question, “Lord, how can I use this for you?”

Now, friends, I’ll be honest with you. There are some people who are such beautiful singers that if they did not sing, it would almost be a sin. On the other hand, friends, there are some people who are such terrible singers that if they sing, it gets close to being a sin. I was in a Christian band once. The most beautiful part of the Christian band was that we did six-part harmony. And I did not know until I was transferred to another church and had left the band that whatever the sound man saw me coming up to the microphone to sing my part in the harmony, he had instructions from the others to turn my microphone down because … as good as my intentions were … I would always be just a tiny little bit off-key. And so they protected me from sinning by turning the volume down. Friends, there are some things you should not be doing, not because they’re bad but just because you don’t have the gift. And the smartest thing in the world for any of us to do is to get out of the way of everyone who has the gift, whatever it is, and let them get to work.

But also know, in all honesty, you might not have the gift that you envy in someone else. But God is not neglected you. There is something for you to do to bless God’s people that, quite often, nobody else can do. The word that the Apostle Paul uses for it is the body of Christ. The body of Christ has two arms. If the arm is trying to be a leg, the whole body of Christ has to get by on less than what it was designed to have. We need to figure out who we are and be who we are and do God’s work with all of our might so that we can have all the tools that we need to do God’s will.

So help me to serve you as I am gifted. You know what that means? It means that you have something to do. And here’s the problem. If I asked– now, by the way, this is in scripture. We know that scripture is true. First Corinthians, Chapter 12 says that to each is given the manifestation of God, a way that God works through that. No one is an exception. No one is an exception. So there’s no question that you have something to do.

But I would be honest with you. If I lined everybody up and spoke to them privately, can you tell me your spiritual gift? Can you tell me what God wants you to do? Most church members across the United States couldn’t tell me anything because this has not been a part of the preaching of their pastors. But I hope to be the exception. You’ve heard me say this many times. There’s something that you are supposed to do, and God has gifted you to do it. And part of my job is to help you come to know that and feel confident and able to do God’s will, to do the task that God has asked you to do.

There’s no retirement age on being a servant of God, and there’s no vacation. When most churchgoers throughout the United States of America don’t understand, deep down in their heart, that there is something that God wants them to do. And the only way for you to figure out what that is is to be still and let God tell you. You see, God will give you time to get ready. Now, bring that back to these days between Easter and Pentecost.

On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit will fall, multiple thousands will be baptized, and the church literally goes from 120 people praying in the Upper Room to multiple thousands of people. There is not going to be a lot of stillness after the day of Pentecost. Jesus built in the 49 days between the holiday of the Passover, Easter, and the Jewish holiday of Pentecost, which is coming. Jesus built in these seven weeks for them to pray and to get ready to do God’s will.

I was very blessed back in 1994 – when the bishop assigned me to be the pastor at Pawnee United Methodist Church. Pawnee is a rural village south of Springfield, Illinois, that’s become a bedroom community for people working in Springfield. And the little church there had about 125 people when I came, and when I arrived, they came up to me, and they asked, “What should I be doing?” And I said, “You need to tell me because God has a plan for you to be doing something.” And they said, “Well, I have some ideas,” or they said, “I have some ideas.”

And I said, “Well, let’s pray about that, because here’s the thing: if you have an idea and could find two other people who also think it’s a good idea and those two people, other people will help you make it happen, I think God has shown us that it’s time for us to do that. But if you have an idea and literally everyone you know thinks it’s stupid, that doesn’t mean it’s stupid. It means it’s not God’s time yet.

So I said, “Here’s my rule; I call it the rule of three.” Told them this in 1994. I said that when three of you know that God wants you to do something, I’ll back you. I don’t care what it is. I don’t care if everybody else thinks it’s crazy. But if you and two other people want to do it, we’ll find a way to test it out.

And you know something? They did some crazy things, but you know what else happened? Within three months, the attendance at church, after not changing for four years, went up 18% because the lay people got excited. There’s a study, a scientific study that says that every church grows, any church grows, no matter where it is, no matter what problems it faces, any church grows when one condition is met. And that one condition is this: the laity are excited about what is happening in their church. And when these people heard that what they felt God wanted them to do, that there would be a way for that to happen. They began to get excited, and their excitement began to draw people into the Church. Within a year, their attendance was 50% higher than when I arrived. After I left, the growth continued until they had doubled in size. But it all came back to — setting them free to do God’s will.

So I’m thinking that during this time between now and Pentecost, when — essentially, because we’ve let things lie fallow for a year — we can pray over and design the Church that we feel should happen in our midst. We have the freedom of doing something new. We have the freedom of doing the same old thing that we’ve always done before.

But here’s the test that I would like to ask us to think about because I think this is what they were doing in the Upper Room as they were praying. Let’s hear your ideas. About what a church should be. And let’s see if there are two helpers, who will help you make it happen. And then let’s take a step out in faith. And get excited.

We have this time, as coronavirus restrictions are easing, to pray. And to think about what we would want to be doing in the Church as of the day of Pentecost, 2021. What we would like to be a part of. And so I want to give to you the Rule of Three as something to think about. What is it that I am supposed to do? And who will help me?

Again, I will be your helper. And if you don’t know yet, it’s okay to continue to be still until you hear from God. But I want to assure you that if I have what I most want in my heart, this will be a Church to where what you want to see happen will be an important priority for us. Because what God wants, I think we want. It’s for every single person to be able to fulfill God’s will for their lives.

And we have to shelter in place a little bit longer. But when it’s time to come out of our shells and come out from under sheltering in place, we will be ready to act. Because during these days, we have been thinking. And you know, if you’re making plans to do something, you have a lot to think about. Lord, this thing, that we want to do, is it something that can’t be changed? Lord, is it something that should be changed? And if so, do I have the courage to try to change it?

Oh, this, by the way, is the original Serenity Prayer. Because when you think God is telling you to do something, you need to think it through and plan it out. God, give me the grace to accept the serenity, the things that cannot be changed. Give me the courage to change the things which should be changed. Lord, give me the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time. Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace. Taking as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is. Not as I would have it. Trusting that you will make all things right, if I surrender to your will. So that I may be reasonably happy in this life. And supremely happy with you forever in the next. Amen.

Thomas was absent, and he missed the miracle. But he came back, and there was still time to catch up. And he became a believer. He became a worker. He fulfilled God’s task. God’s will for him. As a result of being present with the others during the days between Easter and Pentecost, now in these days, between Easter and Pentecost, in 2021, we have the opportunity to be still. We have the opportunity to know that God is God. And we have the opportunity to ask God, “Lord, what do you want from me?” We have the opportunity for Jesus to ask us, “What do you need right now?” and for him to meet our needs. We have the opportunity to ask Jesus, “What do you need? From your servants?” And we have the opportunity to think through how that could happen.

Please pray with me. Lord Jesus, we are people who decided to follow here. And so we got up on Sunday morning, and we got dressed, and put on masks, and drove to Church, and we’re sitting six feet apart. And we are obeying all the rules that are designed for our safety. We are the obedient people. We are people who are willing to submit our own wishes to your wishes. But we now ask, during this time of stillness, during this time of preparation, during this time of becoming ready to emerge from the safety of sheltering in place. Lord, help us to understand what you are calling us to do. So that when the door of opportunity opens, your people will be ready. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
And all that I just said, friends

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

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

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

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OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — April 18 – April 25

OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — April 18 – April 25

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

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

Please Pray For God To Bless Our “Care Card Ministry” Person Of The Week –
K Louise Cheatum, Apt 107, Centralia Estates, 1916 E McCord St, Centralia, IL 62801

Please Pray For God To Bless These People For Special Needs –
K Hanna Goerke – Health Issues
Duane Ambrose – Fell on Tuesday, bruises and fractured ribs. Has been in St John’s hospital and came home Thursday. Their children are helping Marti take good care of him. Pray for pain relief.
K Marie Dickerson – Will see her doctor soon.
K Gerri Molina – Settled in at Doctors Nursing Center for therapy to regain her strength and come home.

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

Please Pray For God To Bless Our Military Families –
Sgt Rusty & Nicole (Nolan, Michael, Lydia) Robb – Member of the Presidential Helicopter Squadron.
Navy Lieutenant Commander Jason Montgomery – Serving on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.

Please Pray For Those Grieving For
— David Owens, of Alma
— Wesley Warren “Wheels” Hunter, 14 years old from Salem

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CHURCH CALENDAR April 18 – April 25, 2021

CHURCH CALENDAR April 18 – April 25, 2021

& WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW

Sun 4/18
9:00 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC in sanctuary, Drive-In listening (FM 87.9) on the parking lot or WATCH Pastor Dave’s video of the entire worship service at kinmundychurch.org
10:45 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Wesley UMC

Tues 4/20
6:00-8:00 pm … WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
— … PASTOR’S SABBATH DAY

Wed 4/21
9:00-11:00 am … WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
11:00 am … WEEKLY PRAYER Meeting and communion in Fellowship Hall.

Thurs 4/22
1:00 pm … TWILIGHT CIRCLE meets in Fellowship Hall. Patsy Hebron, hostess & devotions

Sun 4/25
9:00 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC
10:45 am … FACE-TO-FACE WORSHIP at Wesley UMC

We Would Like You To Know —
1. Upcoming Meetings …
Monday, May 24
7:00 pm … Ad Council Meeting
(Most committees will have a meeting between now and Mother’s Day.)
If you would like to attend any meeting from home by phone or over the Internet, please let Pastor Dave know or call Vervadene in the church office.

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

3. WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY: Beth Moore’s Jesus, The One and Only. Classes meet on Tuesday from 6 – 8 pm OR Wednesday from 9 – 11 am. Contact Kim Kueker if you would like to attend.

4. TWILIGHT CIRCLE will meet at 1:00 pm Thursday, April 22, in the Fellowship Hall. Patsy Hebron will be the hostess and have devotions.

5. “It’s Easter … Summer’s coming!”
Teams of three or more, plus the pastor, are forming to plan our return to all church activities. (Rule of Three: if we don’t have three people willing to help, we will assume that it is not God’s timing for us to bring back that activity just yet.)
Every one of us is called to do some kind of work for Jesus. What interests, inspires or excites you that your church could be doing? What would you like to see happen in your church?

TEAMS with three or more helpers, active and working now:
All church committees
Twilight Circle
The FELLOWSHIP MEAL TEAM is already planning fellowship & potlucks for later this Spring.
The HEALTH & SAFETY TEAM advises the Pastor and makes decisions on needed safety precautions for worship and all church activities.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP with any of these teams or to start one to bring back a new or former church activity, let the pastor know.

7. OUR PRAYER FAMILIES for this week — Members & Friends
K Quinten & Barb Butts
W Kelly & Jason Cavins; Allie, Emma
K Louise Cheatum
W Randy & Carol Comer family; Bill, Jamie, Krue Waggoner

8. QUESTION & SUGGESTION BOX It has arrived and will sit on the table in front of Vervadene’s desk. Your question or suggestion can be anonymous, but if you sign it we can ask you questions if more information is needed and work together with you more quickly to get things done.

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

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

Link to Video:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/535061080

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

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

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

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

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

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

A TIME OF PRAYER (Testimonies, Joys & Concerns)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SERMON NOTES

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

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

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HYMN God Be with You Till We Meet Again
God Be With You Till We Meet Again Jim Reeves – MVL – roncobb1
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BENEDICTION: Let us dedicate ourselves to the service of Jesus by joining in the Prayer of Saint Francis:

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

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Sarah McLachlan – Prayer of St. Francis
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TRANSCRIPT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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