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We Would Like You To Know —

1.  At this time, due to decreasing Coronavirus rates, the United Methodists Churches of our Illinois Great Rivers Conference are worshiping in face-to-face worship services. On May 14, 2021, the Illinois Great Rivers Conference announce a significant relaxation in safety standards in harmony with recent announcements by the CDC and the Illinois State Department of Public Health. You can read more about these changes below.

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

Choice #1: You are welcome to attend live, Face-to-Face worship at Kinmundy United Methodist Church at 9 am Sunday morning OR at Wesley, 10:45 Sunday morning.

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 for those who are unvaccinated or concerned about safety. 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.
Pastor Dave intends to continue providing an online service on into the future.

Choice #4: You can also click on the links 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. Pastor Dave intends to continue provide this on into the future.

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 CURRENT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS (August 26, 2021):

The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Governor announced Thursday (8/26/21) a state-wide mandate beginning on Monday Aug. 30, that all people wear face masks while with non-household members in public indoor spaces. … As much as we’d like it be otherwise, COVID-19 is still a danger to our congregations and communities. As disciples of Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, Christians are called to model the highest standards of care for others, especially those who are at higher risk of becoming sick. 

We
– Encourage you to wear a mask while inside the church building
– Encourage you to spread out, as social distance protects everyone.
– Worship is prerecorded, so if you are feeling cautious or not feeling well, you can watch on your computer, tablet or smartphone by clicking on the link on the church Facebook page or the church blog at www.kinmundychurch.org—top right corner.
– Will continue to send the bulletin and a transcript of the sermon by US mail each Monday to those who request it. We can also provide you with a DVD of the prerecorded service to watch on your TV at home, if you request it.

OTHER GUIDELINES
Unvaccinated people who have been potentially exposed should
i) isolate for 14 days OR
ii) isolate for 7 days after exposure and after receiving a negative test result (test
must occur on day 5 or later) in accordance with CDC guidelines:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

Fully vaccinated people do not need to isolate after a possible exposure but should
do so immediately if they begin to experience any COVID-19 symptoms:
 Fever over 100° F.
 Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
 Cough
 Chills
 Fatigue
 Muscle or body pain
 Headache
 New loss of taste or smell
 Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
 Sore throat
 Congestion or runny nose

Maintain 3-6 feet of social distance between yourself and non-household members. Give everyone more space if you are speaking loudly or singing indoors.

Our communities need encouragement, hope, and love. Give everyone an extra amount of care, forgiveness, and grace. People are weary and heart-sick with the weight of COVID-19. Everyone is having to make difficult decisions and weigh complex risk-reduction strategies for themselves and others. Allow some extra grace for everyone. Listen and encourage before judging and attacking. Our successful witness as Christians is mostly about how we treat people, especially the people we encounter outside of our churches and ministries.

SOBER REALITIES:   Unvaccinated people may choose to wear masks for their own safety and the safety of other non-vaccinated people. Please do not crowd each other as we adjust to this change.  Physical distance is the most effective precaution against COVID!

It is possible but unlikely that a vaccinated person can get COVID. A vaccinated person with COVID is as contagious as anyone else, so some may choose to wear masks to protect others.  You can be contagious before you even know you are ill. Not everyone feels safe not wearing a mask—please be kind. We’ve had a tough year! Please pray for wisdom for our government leaders and a calm response throughout this current surge of the Delta variant.

INFORMATION ON PREVIOUS SAFETY PRECAUTIONS (May 23, 2021):

WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW … Due to your careful love for your neighbor, the State of Illinois is relaxing COVID restrictions in response to lower numbers. Please pray for wisdom for our leaders and a calm response throughout to the gradual lifting of restrictions.

On Friday May 14, 2021, Curtis Brown, Director of Connectional Ministries for the IGRC, issued an Update on Wearing Masks for the Illinois Great Rivers Conference to say: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has updated their safety guidance to state, “… fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting.” … This means that fully vaccinated people will not need to wear a face mask or physically distance in most of our churches during worship services, gatherings, and meetings, including while speaking and singing.” The IGRC recommends that churches should avoid creating special events, gatherings, or worship experiences only available to those who are already fully vaccinated. Our ministries are meant for all, and we need to be diligent in ensuring that an individual’s access to vaccination does not become a barrier for people’s full participation in the life of our churches.

Unvaccinated people may choose to wear masks for their own safety and the safety of other non-vaccinated people.

Additionally, some fully vaccinated people may wish to continue to wear masks out of an abundance of caution or in solidarity with children and other people who are not able to be vaccinated. Please do not crowd each other as we adjust to these changes.

We will continue to practice all safety measures recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health, as listed above. As a United Methodist Church, we do not wish to discriminate against unvaccinated persons, or require more from them than what we ask of vaccinated persons.

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.

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.

You may read the complete text of Dr Curtis Brown’s Update on Wearing Masks for the Illinois Great Rivers Conference by clicking here.

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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
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308 3rd Street, Kinmundy, IL 62854
Worship Sunday mornings at 9 am.  Please join us!        

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3381 Kinoka Rd, Patoka, IL  62875
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Weekday policy: if South Central public schools are closed because of bad weather,
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Sermon October 17, 2021: You Do Not Have, Because You Do Not Ask (Pentecost 21)

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If you prefer to worship at home at this time or simply wish to listen to the service or sermon again, 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/634024795

Screencast-o-matic: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cr6D0ZVX5z1

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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 WESLEY COVENANT PRAYER:

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

HYMN O How I Love Jesus
or
Gaither Vocal Band – You Are My All in All With Canon in D [Live]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDZZ0-F5EKk

(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 − Reinhold Niebuhr

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference … living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; taking this world as it is and 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.

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 Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God (3vv) [with lyrics for congregations]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFxZeY2D5tc

(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: You Do Not Have, Because You Do Not Ask
Text: James 4:1-10, Galatians 5:13-14
Series: Doers of the Word

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

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SERMON NOTES

James 4:1 What causes wars, and what causes fightings among you? Is it not your passions that are at war in your members? 2 You desire and do not have; so you kill. And you covet and cannot obtain; so you fight and wage war. You do not have, because you do not ask.

3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. 4 Unfaithful creatures! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you suppose it is in vain that the scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit which he has made to dwell in us”? 6 But he gives more grace; therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind. 9 Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to dejection. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.

Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants of one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

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HYMN Beneath the Cross of Jesus
or
Gaither Vocal Band – He Touched Me [Live]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m–ptwd_iI

(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: Please recommit your life to the service of Jesus as Lord with the words of The Prayer of St 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

All Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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

TRANSCRIPT

You do not have … because you do not ask. This week’s sermon from James 4 is almost part two of last week’s because conflict and difficulty that we feel is quite often the result of bad information and bad knowledge that gets us all stirred up about something that’s not true.

Let me tell you something that to me is great and marvelous news. This little saying by W. Edwards Deming: “Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.” Now, let that sink in. “Every system,” and God created the world out of systems, “is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.” Now, what that means is – if you’re getting a result that you don’t like – it’s built into the system. It’s not a matter of chaos. It’s not a matter of little demons tinkering. It’s not a matter of bad luck or that you’ve broken a mirror, or spilled the salt. There’s something that happens that causes that bad result.

And if you change what you’re doing, if you change what is happening, the results will change.

Every system by which I live my life is perfectly designed to cause me to be 75 pounds overweight! And if I want to change that, all I need to do is change something in the system. And changes will happen.

You see, all of our problems, all of my problems, are built-in. And, therefore, I have some control. I am not helpless. I am not hopeless. I have some control.

Now the root of conflicts, as we talked about last week, is bad knowledge comes in and we believe it and it stirs us all up and we get upset. If you are going to change the system in which you live, you cannot let bad knowledge guide you. If you are going to change the system you live in, you need good knowledge – in other words, you need the truth. Because if you don’t have the truth, any decision you make, any action you take, is very likely to have what they call unintended consequences, which other people call bad luck. You need to know the truth to make a change that’s going to fix the problem.

Now, whatever it is that you’re upset about, whatever it is that you’re in conflict about, let me avoid that because I sure don’t want to stir anybody up. Let me tell you about my problems. And here’s my problem: There’s too much sugar in my life.

In 2003, I discovered I was a type two diabetic. And the result of too much sugar over too many years is type two diabetes. So here’s the reason or the logical system:

If it’s true that every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets, and if I get bad consequences, then it’s possible for me to adjust the system for different results. Because here is the truth, when you make a change, something else changes, but God help us if we make the wrong change! You can drive down the interstate highway and you can close your eyes and turn this way and that way … it’ll change. But if you’re trying to drive with your eyes closed, the change probably won’t be what you want!

If I understand the truth about this illness of diabetes, I’ll be able to make decisions that will lead to a better life and better changes. So let me explain something to you that you may not know about insulin. The picture on the screen that you’re looking at happens to be a mountain in Japan where the snowfall is so deep that the snowplows literally pile it up on the side in walls this high. And when I look at this picture, it seems to me that that’s the blood moving through my arteries. On either side of it, those are walls of fat because we all know that obesity does influence diabetes.

But there are a couple of things you may not be aware of, first of all, your digestive system breaks down everything you eat. It breaks it down into all the individual components. When you eat a pickle, cucumbers don’t begin to form elsewhere on your body because everything’s broken down, but we have this impression in our mind– in fact, there is a saying about it: a moment on the lips, an eternity on the hips. We have this impression that when we eat fat, it goes right into the bloodstream and goes to fat around the belly or wherever. That’s not true. Everything you eat is broken down into its components, and carbohydrates are broken down into their components, different kinds of sugar.

And insulin has two tasks. The first one is that insulin has the task of facilitating what scientists call diffusion across a membrane. Every cell in your body is right next to a blood vessel and every cell in your body has a membrane and insulin helps that membrane open up to let sugar in, okay? And it diffuses until there’s a balance, 50% outside, 50% inside. But if the blood sugar in your bloodstream is too high, there’s too much sugar inside the cells.

We have another assumption that’s incorrect, which is that these cells are empty of sugar. They are not. They’re overflowing, just like the bloodstream And you see insulin doesn’t have any place to put that extra sugar, but insulin has one other job that it does. Insulin converts blood sugar into fat.

See all of this? (pats belly) It’s from all those doughnuts. Insulin converts blood sugar into fat. And if your blood sugar is too high, there are only two places it can go: into the cell until the cell is full, and the rest of it all gets turned into fat. And if your blood sugar is high, your body keeps putting more and more insulin in the blood, and there’s nothing much it can do except turn all that blood sugar into fat.

And so the fat cells around your belly, they grow as big as they can. They max out. Where does your body put the fat when the fat cells are full? It puts it in your liver. It puts it inside of other organs in your body, and it puts it in your pancreas. And eventually, your liver gets clogged with all this fat. And your pancreas gets clogged with all this fat. And unfortunately, when the pancreas is clogged, it can’t make more insulin. So you have to inject yourself with insulin and that insulin goes to work, and it looks at your bloodstream, and it says “there’s too much sugar here. I got to turn it into fat.” And everything gets worse.

You know something that is almost a miracle? If you have bariatric surgery – that’s where they staple your stomach, where they take out part of your stomach – it is an almost instant and complete cure for diabetes. Scientifically proven, it always cures diabetes.

And you know what? Within a couple of weeks of fewer calories (due to the surgery), your body starts to use up the fat that’s in the liver, uses it up first, starts to use up the fat in the pancreas, uses that up first, and before there’s any loss out here (pats belly), the diabetes disappears.

There’s not sugar coming in as before. The problem with my diabetes is not that the sugar isn’t going into cells. The problem is that too much of it is coming into my mouth. And as far as I know, that’s good information.

So now let’s apply it to what James is saying in chapter four. What causes wars and what causes fightings among you? What causes conflict and arguments? What causes all this stress? Is it not your passion? Your excess negative emotions that are at war in your members, and there, it’s not members of the church, it’s members of your body. The stress you feel is literally creating a war in your body. You desire, verse two, and do not have. Now, what decisions are you going to make to change the system? Here’s what James points out is a mistake on our part: So you kill. And you covet, which is another word for envy. You covet and can not obtain, you can not get what you want, so you fight and you wage war.

There are Ten Commandments. The final one is thou shalt not covet. Now, do you know what coveting is? Coveting is, “I want that brand new Lexus. And my neighbor has a Lexus, and so I’m mad at my neighbor.” That’s envy. And it’s possible that your envy might cause you to pray, “Lord, I want a Lexus too.” But you know what coveting is? Coveting is, “Lord, I want his Lexus, and I want him to drive my old jalopy. I want to take something away from other people so that they suffer and I have what they want.” And you see, here’s the problem. James says that’s the cause for conflict, that’s the cause for stress. But the reason that you don’t have is because you don’t ask.

But there’s another problem with this. It’s not just a matter that you do not have because you do not ask. Because you see, here’s my problem: It’s that I want all those éclairs without the consequences of all of those éclairs. And there’s a particular problem, James goes on to talk about it with regard to praying: “Lord, let me eat all of the éclairs I want without any negative consequences.” That’s an example of “spending it on our lusts.”

And God says, “That’s not how I made the world to work.” Because you see, in our prayers frequently this is where we go, “You ask and do not receive.” James says, “Because you ask wrongly. You ask in a wrong way to spend it on your passions.”

“Lord, I want a Lexus. I want my neighbor’s Lexus. I want my neighbor to have to drive my jalopy. In fact, I want a Lexus for all of my relatives, every single one of them, including my daughter, who doesn’t even have a license yet.” You’re asking for what is beyond any limit of reason. You’re asking to spend it on your passions, on your lust, on your greed. And those prayers will not be successful.

James explains why in verse four, “Unfaithful creatures! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God … and what’s the world, all of the eclairs you want?” Or do you suppose that it’s in vain that the scripture says jealousy over the spirit which he has made to dwell in us, but he gives more grace, therefore, it says God opposes the proud… Remember, that’s all the Lexuses that you want. But he gives grace to the humble. Humble prayers will be prayers that are answered.

Therefore, James says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands you sinners and purify your hearts you men of double mind.” This is what it means to humble yourself. “Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to dejection. Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.”

You see, if you genuinely need something, like a cure for diabetes, that is a prayer that God will answer. But if I pray prayers that basically say, “Lord, make the rules of creation not apply to me. Let me have all the eclairs that I want without any negative consequences” … it’s an act of defiance. It’s an act of arrogance and pride. It’s a change made in the system that will not lead to good results. What does that mean?

Well, let’s take a look at this because here’s the reality about temptation. James says, “Resist the devil.” And we have this impression of the devil as this great, mighty powerful, frightening figure. And you know something? I don’t like being frightened. I do not watch scary movies! Some people like scary movies, but not me. I do not like being frightened.

But here’s what James says, “Just resist the devil.” You have bad knowledge about the devil. You have mistaken ideas about the devil. All you need to do is resist. Why? Because the devil requires your consent to win. The devil requires your cooperation to win. The devil requires you to give in to temptation to win. And you see, you do not need to give in. You do not need to surrender to the devil.

Because if you do, if you yield to that temptation and consume too many éclairs or alcohol or something else, if you give in to that temptation to believe that you can drive 95 miles an hour through downtown Salem and never get caught, eventually, things will turn out badly. Maybe not the first time. It’s built-in. But you do not need to surrender to temptation recognize temptation for what it is: it’s a bad deal. It’s a bad deal. The benefit you get is quite often no benefit at all but it’s a moment of pleasure, and long term, the consequences of all those éclairs start to pile up.

Some of you are old enough to remember these commercials where Bert Lahr dresses up like the devil, and he holds that potato chip in his hand and he looks at you and he says, “I bet you can’t eat just one.” How many of you found out that he always wins that bet? I did try it once, to eat just one. It lasted a couple of minutes.

But you see, that’s the problem with temptation. It fools you into taking a bad deal. The problem that I have with temptation is not only the éclairs which are wonderful, but all anybody has to do for me to make a temptation almost impossible to refuse is to put a little sign up next to all those éclairs that says, “Free eclairs today!” Or “All you can eat for one dollar!” It’s awfully hard not to surrender to that temptation!

But you know something? I still wind up going back to the all-you-can-eat buffet. And I still find myself walking out of the restaurant saying to myself that was not a wise decision.

One of the best things for my health would be if nothing was ever on sale, and the price for everything was 10 times more than they’re charging now! But see, that’s what it means to pray for something: to spend it on your passion, on your temptation, on your luck, to fuel an addiction, to get away with bad behavior. It’s not a good choice for us.

But if we humble ourselves, if we are willing to surrender, we will find that God will help us in our time of need.

I don’t know if you have the privilege of knowing someone who is what we call a recovering alcoholic. I don’t know if you’re aware of this thing called the 12 Steps, which has helped millions of people to give up alcoholism, to give up narcotics addiction, to give up all kinds of terrible behaviors. But if you do, quite frequently, they will tell you about the power of the 12 steps.

What you may not know, however, is the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are actually, originally from a religious group that was brought into that movement.

And not only that, the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous is actually a process of religious conversion. Because one of the things that alcoholics found out 70, 80, 90 years ago was one of the few things that could help them to stop this behavior was a religious conversion. And built into those 12 steps, friends, there’s a religious conversion that perhaps might help you and I, but particularly in the first three steps.

Here’s the first step. We admit it that we were powerless over _____. (Blank.) Whatever it is. Éclairs. Other people might have that power, but we just don’t. And because we can’t help it because we’re powerless, whether we’re overwhelmed by temptation or whether we give in to it too easily, whatever it is because we’re powerless, our lives have become unmanageable, full of chaos, full of craziness. And you see, that’s the first surrender – to admit that you have a problem. No matter what the problem is, the first step to humble yourself is to admit that you have a problem.

And here’s the second step and that’s to believe that God can help you with your problem. The way the second step expresses it is very, very clear. If you believe that God can help you, if you believe that God can take that crazy, unmanageable life and restore it to sanity … that’s another surrender. Because you see, there’s a whole lot of people who can admit they have a problem, and quite often that goes along with believing that God can’t help them. But you surrender when you realize that God can help you and you believe that.

And then the third step: to make a decision, to turn our will and our lives including the problem over to the care of God.

That surrender is a prayer that gets results.

So you see, your life is a system. It is perfectly designed to have all the success that you’re enjoying, but also built-in are all the problems that happen. But if you can admit that you have a problem and if you can believe that God can help you with that problem and if you can surrender by making a decision to turn your will and your life over to the care of God, God can help you to change the system in which you live.

Please pray with me. Lord, help us to believe in you. Help us to believe in you, even when we’re filled with despair. Help us to believe in you, Lord, to the point to where we’re able to do that thing that is so difficult, which is to admit to ourselves that we have a problem that is apparently beyond our ability to fix all on our own. Lord, we may be good, but we’re not that good! We may be wise, but we’re not that wise. We may be able to do a little, but find that we fall short and we cannot do enough.

But Lord, if we can admit that we have a problem, believe that you can help us, then we can make a decision to surrender and turn over our life, including all the problems to turn our life over to you and you can bring us through that valley of the shadow of death. You can bring us to green pastures and still waters. You can bring us to a place to where we say we shall not want. Because not only have our souls been restored to hold us, you have brought to us what we need. Lord, I pray that you will work in our lives as we struggle so that we will pray prayers that are answered and turn away from prayers that do not work. And I ask this in the name of Jesus. 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.

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

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OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE —October 17 – October 24

OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE —October 17 – October 24

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR PASTORS: David Kueker, our four Superintendents, and our Bishops, Frank Beard and Gregory Palmer. If you need Pastor Dave for prayer, please call or text his cell phone, 618-780-0151, or email him 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 Marie Dickerson

Please Pray For God To Bless These People For Special Needs –
K Gerri Molina – She was released from the hospital Thursday to return to the healthcare center, but upon arrival they could not get her oxygen numbers up, and there was some bleeding so they took her back to the hospital and did chest and lab tests and everything was ok. She is now back at Sellersburg Healthcare Center.
K Duane Ambrose – He is at home in care of hospice.
K Rick White -Taking radiation treatments.

Please Pray For God To Bless These People With Ongoing Needs –
Susan Smith, Gabina Lira, Bill Olden, Wayne Bushue, Kent Johnson, has broken leg (Kim’s brother), Mike Webster, April Mercer, Gene Simmons, Duane Ambrose, Marie Dickerson, Cindy Kueker (Pastor Dave’s cousin), Molly Monical, Russell Kilby, Shirley Miller, John Holzhauer, David Mendenhall (Steve Wilkin’s friend), Aaron Guerrettaz (Jo Williams’ nephew, Jim & Nancy Guerrettaz’s son), Caitlin Engel (Julie Jones’ cousin), Quinten Butts, Haven Mueller, Kayley Wilhelm, Larry & Dolores Johnson (Kim’s Parents)

Please Pray For God To Bless Our Military Families
Sgt Rusty & Nicole (Nolan, Michael, Lydia) Robb – US Embassy in Dublin, Ireland

Please Pray For Those Grieving For –
Velma Jean (Conant) Robb, K Class of 1942
Randy Meyer, K-A Class of 1982
Nick Carroll, Cary & Carla Henken’s son

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CHURCH SCHEDULE & EVENTS October 17 – 24, 2021

CHURCH SCHEDULE & EVENTS October 17 – 24, 2021

THIS WEEK’S CHURCH CALENDAR
Sun 10/17
9:00 am … WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC
10:15 am … GATHERING in Fellowship Hall for Coffee & Cookies
10:30 am … SUNDAY SCHOOL at Kinmundy First UMC
10:45 am … WORSHIP at Wesley UMC
2:00 pm .., CHURCH CONFERENCE Meeting at Patoka UMC

Mon 10/18 5:30 pm … HAND N’ HAND

Tues 10/19 — … PASTOR DAVE’S Sabbath Day

Wed 10/20 1-5 pm … PASTOR DAVE Volunteers at Kinmundy Library

Sun 10/24
9:00 am … WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC
10:45 am .. WORSHIP at Wesley UMC

WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW —

  1. ANNUAL CHURCH CONFERENCE MEETING this afternoon, 2:00 PM AT Patoka UMC. Everyone is invited to attend.
  2. HAND N’ HAND meets tomorrow, Monday, October 18th at 5:30! Kids are invited to wear their costumes! We will have a story and song time, supper, a scavenger hunt, and decorate pumpkins! Invite your friend’s families! Let us know you plan to attend to plan for food and fun!
  3. PARTY LINE PRAYER MEETING … would you be interested in participating in a “party line” prayer meeting? We would all telephone a number and share needs for prayer and have a time of fellowship with one another as a group over the phone. It would last as long as we wanted—perhaps on Wednesday evening and/or a weekday morning. Please let the pastor know if you are interested.
  4. THE PURPOSE OF A MEMBERSHIP AUDIT for both Kinmundy & Wesley Churches:
    To update contact information; we may need your help with this.
    To visit, probably by phone, and be up to date on life, especially with folks who haven’t
    attended in a while
    To learn how I, as their pastor, can pray for each of our members and how they are doing
    spiritually.
    To update our membership records, and learn how people feel about being a member of our
    church.
    Every person connected to our church remains a part of our church family forever. Over the years, some join another church and we are not aware.

    We will be going through the membership book alphabetically for Kinmundy first, listing four names each week for prayer:
    Katrina & Hanna Goerke
    John Green
    Dick & Diane Hanks
    Randy Hassebrock

    We do not have complete contact information for those names above in italics. Can you help us? Also, if we misspell names, we apologize. Please let us know the correct spelling.
  5. SOBER REALITIES: Unvaccinated people may choose to wear masks for their own safety and the safety of other non-vaccinated people. Please do not crowd each other as we adjust to this change.
    Physical distance is the most effective precaution against COVID!
    It is possible but unlikely that a vaccinated person can get COVID. A vaccinated person with COVID is as contagious as anyone else, so some may choose to wear masks to protect others. You can be contagious before you even know you are ill. Not everyone feels safe not wearing a mask—please be kind. We’ve had a tough year! Please pray for wisdom for our government leaders and a calm response throughout this current surge of the Delta variant.
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Sermon October 10, 2021: Root of Conflict (Pentecost 20)

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If you prefer to worship at home at this time or simply wish to listen to the service or sermon again, 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/627749036

Screencast-o-matic: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cr6Q0JVXrdP

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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 WESLEY COVENANT PRAYER:

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

HYMN 509 Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me Cathy Wilkins
Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me … performed by the Crist Family
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VT-kyKUvUk

(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 − Reinhold Niebuhr

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference … living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; taking this world as it is and 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.

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 98 To God Be The Glory Cathy Wilkins
My Tribute (To God Be The Glory) – Andrae Crouch & All Star Choir – Tribute Album
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RZTYDPavEY

(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: Root of Conflict
Text: James 3:13-18
Series: Doers of the Word

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

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SERMON NOTES

James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good life let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This wisdom is not such as comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity. 18 And the harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

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HYMN 451 Be Thou My Vision
BE THOU MY VISION — My Favorite Irish Hymn! 🙂
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihJAJA4ibEs

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BENEDICTION: Please recommit your life to the service of Jesus as Lord with the words of The Prayer of St 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

All Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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

TRANSCRIPT

The root of conflict: what is down at the bottom? What is the root that is feeding the conflicts happening all around us? Well, I want to suggest to you that it’s bad information.

It seems like every week we are hearing of a new great crisis that is coming upon us. And this past week, the new great crisis, if you haven’t heard, there’s going to be a shortage of toys this fall! And if you want anything under the tree for Christmas morning, you better go out and go shopping right now because Black Friday in November – there won’t be anything on the shelves left! So everybody else will come and grab all the goodies and you’ll be left out … so you’d better go Christmas shopping this week, right now. I don’t know if you’ve heard that or not, but that’s the latest. It’s going to be a tough year for retailers.

This crisis is what’s known as the supply chain problem. You see, when COVID was roaring, factories in China had to close down. Some factories in Vietnam are still closed down because of COVID. So as a result, it used to be that the Pottery Barn could order a dozen couches from China and they’d be unloaded in Los Angeles within two weeks. That’s not true now.

In fact, American companies have sent so much manufacturing overseas in order to save a few dollars … now, they can’t get the parts from overseas to build the products that you hope to find on the shelves in the USA. With computers, for example, if I understand right, it’s power supplies. Well, if they made those in the United States, we wouldn’t have a problem. But they can’t get here from China or Malaysia or Vietnam quick enough for people to assemble their product and put it on the shelves.

What you’re looking at here (in this picture) is the back end of a container ship. Down in the corner of the photo is the side of a container ship. 90% of everything that comes into the United States is shipped over the ocean by ships, and 70% of everything that comes to the United States comes in ships like these on the picture that you see. Containers are stacked up just like in a warehouse. One of these ships can have up to 23,000 containers on the ship. One container can hold as many as 700 dishwashers.

So if your dishwasher broke down this week, there’s your dishwasher! It’s in that container that’s buried in the stack. Not only that, the toy that you want to give your child for Christmas, it’s probably stuck in a container on the other side.

What you’re looking at on the screen, the picture, that’s the Little People’s Playhouse. It’s predicted to be the third most popular toy in the United States for Christmas this year … and I’m sorry to tell you, it’s still probably stuck on a ship somewhere. Now, if they got it to the store, you’d have to fork over $99 for it. Even though it looks like it’s made out of a few pieces of plywood that is cardboard thickness, and a ninth grader with a jigsaw could make one in about an hour – $99. But if you can’t have that under the tree, people tell us, your Christmas will be ruined.

Wouldn’t it be terrible if this Christmas wasn’t as materialistic as all the wonderful Christmases we’ve had before?

But you see, when we begin to feel our feelings, when we begin to think about the shortage, when we begin to think that we won’t be able to have what we want, you know what happens? Our anxiety begins to rise. Now, why does our anxiety rise? It’s because the knowledge that we brought into our mind is taking us in that direction.

This is how we feel when we’re anxious. Now, if you don’t know what that is, that’s a puffer fish. Pufferfishes, when they get upset, they blow up like a balloon. And all of a sudden, these porcupine-type spines poke out every direction. And all over the United States today, that’s what’s happening when people think about how their Christmas is going to be ruined.

There are over 60 of those container ships waiting in line to unload in Los Angeles. It’s gotten so bad that Walmart has actually leased its own container ship – to get their stuff over here from China. It used to be worse, there have been as many as 88 container ships in line, waiting to be unloaded. All that stuff can’t be put on the railroad until it’s unloaded. By the way, the railroads are overwhelmed with how much they have to ship. And the trucking firms are overwhelmed with how much they have to ship.

And we get all anxious, waiting for that stuff to get to us. And hopefully, there’ll be plenty of paper products this fall! But you know, one of the worst things you can do is get anxious and go to Walmart or wherever you like to shop and buy everything on the shelves. Because then the 10 people who come after you get to enjoy that anxiety that you feel you prevented for yourself.

The problem with anxiety is this: it obscures the truth. It prevents us from understanding what’s really going on. As Paul said in First Corinthians 8, “Knowledge puffs up” and that’s where I got the idea that a puffer fish would be a good thing to show you. Then Paul goes on to say that love builds up. Knowledge makes us all hollow and overblown. But love makes us stronger.

If anyone imagines that he knows something – that he is an expert because he’s on Facebook, Paul says he does not yet know as he ought to know … because what we ought to know is that we may be right, but it is not guaranteed that we’re right. What we ought to know is that someone else’s knowledge may be closer to the truth. What we ought to know is that if we’re going to grow in knowledge, we need to listen. Knowledge can puff us up, but love can build us up. But if one loves God, one is known by Him.

You see friends, we have to have a filter between our hearts and minds and the knowledge that comes flooding into our lives. We have to have a filter … to filter out knowledge that is untrue, that is inaccurate, that will lead us astray.

And the very best way I know to have a filter is to ask yourself a question, What kind of knowledge is this? What kind of information is this?

Here’s what James says about it, “Who is wise and understanding among you. By his good life, let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom” – – – Not the arrogance of a know it all – that’s the pufferfish – but in the meekness of wisdom.

“But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.” What kind of knowledge is this? Is it going to lead us to bitter jealousy? (My neighbor got that little people house, and I didn’t!) Is it going to lead us to selfish ambition – to strive to beat other people to the store in time, to gather up everything that we want? Is it the kind of knowledge that’s going to cause us to boast and brag or think that we’re superior? Is that the kind of knowledge that causes us to be false to the truth? Because when you think about it, that is false knowledge?

You see, you and I have this river of information that is flowing toward us more and more. Because of the internet, because of TV and radio, and the media, we have more information flowing toward us than any other generation in history. And every day, it’s more. We have to filter out the knowledge that is harmful to us to let the good knowledge come through.

This wisdom James refers to as bad knowledge; this wisdom is not such as comes down from above, but this knowledge is earthly. This knowledge is unspiritual. This knowledge is devilish and puffs us up with all those things. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder, chaos, every vile practice, every form of evil. What kind of knowledge are we letting into our minds?

Here’s what James says that we are seeking, “But the wisdom from above is first pure then peaceable, gentle, open to reason. The wisdom from above is full of mercy and good fruits. The wisdom from above is without uncertainty or insincerity.

What would it be like for us to be a part of a conversation where this was the way that people were treating each other? Wouldn’t that calming conversation fill us with joy? James goes on to say in verse 18, “In the harvest of righteousness.” The word “righteousness” can be translated as “wholeness.” It can be translated as “health” or “wellness.” The harvest of everything that you would hope and wish for yourself is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Now, friends, I am 66 years old. I hesitate to tell you that when I was a teenager, there was nothing I liked better than arguing, and there was nothing I liked better than proving to my father by 100 different ways just how wrong he was and how stupid he was.

But now that I am a father and a grandfather, I realize something: I never won any of those arguments. Because the more I pushed at him, the harder he pushed back. I will say, however, my father always spoke quietly and gently, full of mercy, open to reason. And then he would prove that I was wrong. He lost his temper perhaps two to three times during my entire childhood. (I do have to tell you he was a junior high math teacher. Those people know how to get through hard times and suffering, I guarantee you!) But I benefited from his thoughtfulness and his gentleness, and by the fact that when he would argue with me, it was sown in peace by those who make peace.

Now, perhaps I have learned over these years a little bit how good that is. This is the kind of knowledge that helps us in a time of high anxiety and stress because it does not puff us up with information that we can arrogantly argue with. It teaches us how to love. And love builds us up. That’s why Jesus calls us to learn how to do that.

So how do we respond to this river of knowledge that flows toward us? Ask the question “What kind of knowledge is this?”

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. Is this knowledge about something I cannot change?

God grant me the courage to change the things I can. Does this knowledge show me the things that I can change and does it encourage me to do something about it?

And the wisdom to know the difference. Does this knowledge help me to know the difference?

Does it help me to live one day at a time?

Does it help me to enjoy one moment at a time?

Does it help me to take this world as it is? In other words, to face reality. And not as I would have it. In other words, to mistakenly imagine that the world is the way I want to imagine it is.

Does it help me to trust that God will make all things right if I surrender to God’s will?

Does this knowledge help me to be reasonably happy in this life?

Will it help me to be supremely happy with God forever in the next?

We can ask that question: What kind of knowledge is this? And filter out what’s not good, and hang on to what is truly beneficial.

Galatians 5:22, one of my favorite verses in the entire Bible, describes the fruit of the spirit, what we see when the spirit is working in our lives. It’s not that we get puffed up but we get built up. Because the right kind of knowledge will increase love and joy and peace within us and in how we treat other people. The right kind of knowledge will build up patience and kindness and goodness within us that will help us to deal with what frustrates us. The right kind of knowledge will teach us faithfulness, will teach us gentleness, will teach us self-control. Paul goes on to say, “If you can do these nine things, against such, there is no law.” In other words, what’s wrong will be excluded. That’s the kind of knowledge we need.

But here’s the next verse that Paul says: And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the desire to be arrogant, to be selfish, to be dominating, to be argumentative because Christ Jesus and the Spirit want that to die in us, because if we live by the spirit, people will be able to see it in our lives. Let us also walk by the spirit. Let us have no self conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy of one another. That’s the kind of knowledge that we need.

I spent nine years as the pastor of Caseyville United Methodist Church, which is a suburb of St. Louis. It’s very, very close to East St. Louis on the Illinois side. And the current pastor there now, Mike Barclay, put this on Facebook this week. And it just really blessed me. Here’s the full message.

To agree to disagree is a wonderful thing. To be able to say to a person, “We don’t agree, but I still love you and it won’t come between us,” that is a wonderful gift. In some churches, everyone is expected to agree. Everyone must see it the same way. If you don’t, then you are guilted and run out on a rail at our church, you don’t have to agree with the pastor or anyone else, for that matter, to be a part of our fellowship.

What a wonderful thing to be able to say that, and with one small exception. It was entirely true of the nine years that I spent there. And the small exception is this. There were a tiny number of people, just two or three or four, who made it very, very clear that they could only be happy in a church where everyone agreed with them, where everyone told them only what they wanted to hear, where everyone had exactly the same opinions as them. In other words, I can only be a part of a church where everyone is just like me. Good luck with that! Because, unfortunately, when that’s how you feel, you prevent other people from being themselves.

And so there were a few people who were very vocal about the fact that they could not stay in a church because someone else made them feel uncomfortable because they didn’t say things that they wanted to hear. And I grieved over every one of those people.

Pastor Mike went on to quote John Wesley, one of the beautiful and great quotes of John Wesley, “On the essentials, let us agree. But on everything else, let us think and let think.” Let other people think!

Mike Barclay goes on to say the kingdom of God is a big place with room for lots of different kinds of people in it. Not all of them agree on everything, but they all love God and are glad to be in his family. Blessings, Pastor Mike.

Friends, the vision of this church, our vision statement says We are a functional family of God… And I’ll be honest with you, not every church is always functional. But we are a family of God, so let me ask this of you as you think about your own family.

Does everybody in your family agree?
Is everyone in your family always pleasant to each other?
Is it true that there is no one in your family that just irritates the bejesus out of you?
Is it true that there are some people in your family that are hard to get along with?

Friends, if that’s true for all of our families, can we allow people to be themselves in the family of God?

Please pray with me: Lord Jesus, you said that what you wanted for us to love our neighbor as ourselves. Lord Jesus, in Galatians, Paul said that loving our neighbor as ourselves fulfills all the requirements that God has for holiness. Lord, don’t let us be puffed up with knowledge that makes us fight and argue and brings out the flesh that’s in us. Help us, Lord, to be built up by the love that you desire to flow through us, and not just to the people within the church, but to all the people around us, including our families. And Lord, even that person in our family who is so hard to get along with because they’re just wrong. Lord, bless us to have the right kind of knowledge that builds us up. And we ask that in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

And indeed, Jesus Christ is our example of how to be that person!

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.

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

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OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — October 10 – 17

OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — October 10 – 17

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR PASTORS: David Kueker, our four Superintendents, and our Bishops, Frank Beard and Gregory Palmer. If you need Pastor Dave for prayer, please call or text his cell phone, or email him 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 Maurine Millies

Please Pray For God To Bless These People For Special Needs –
K Gerri Molina – Gerri was admitted to the hospital in Indiana Wednesday evening and is feeling better. She will be going back to the rehab center soon.
K Duane Ambrose – Air lifted to Carle hospital on Wednesday. Doctors trying to find where the infection is coming from before starting dialysis. He is very sick.
K Rick White -Taking radiation treatments.
K Susan Smith – Shoulder Surgery on 10/1 at St John’s hospital in Springfield. She is home doing well and reports she just needs rest.
K Gabina, (Liz Lira-Gasperini’s mom) is beginning low dose chemo and Amino therapy for cancer.

Please Pray For God To Bless These People With Ongoing Needs –
Bill Olden, Wayne Bushue, Kent Johnson, has broken leg (Kim’s brother), Mike Webster, April Mercer, Gene Simmons, Duane Ambrose, Marie Dickerson, Cindy Kueker (Pastor Dave’s cousin), Molly Monical, Russell Kilby, Shirley Miller, John Holzhauer, David Mendenhall (Steve Wilkin’s friend), Aaron Guerrettaz (Jo Williams’ nephew, Jim & Nancy Guerrettaz’s son), Caitlin Engel (Julie Jones’ cousin), Quinten Butts, Haven Mueller, Kayley Wilhelm,
Larry & Dolores Johnson (Kim’s Parents)

Please Pray For God To Bless Our Military Families
Sgt Rusty & Nicole (Nolan, Michael, Lydia) Robb – US Embassy in Dublin, Ireland

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CHURCH SCHEDULE & EVENTS – October 10 – 17, 2021

CHURCH SCHEDULE & EVENTS & WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW
October 10 – October 17, 2021

THIS WEEK’S CHURCH CALENDAR
Sun 10/10
9:00 am … WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC
10:15 am …GATHERING in Fellowship Hall for Coffee & Cookies
10:30 am …SUNDAY SCHOOL at Kinmundy First UMC
10:45 am …WORSHIP at Wesley UMC

Mon 10/11 — … COLUMBUS DAY — OFFICE CLOSED
Tues 10/12 — … PASTOR DAVE’S Sabbath Day

Fri 10/15 1-5 pm … PASTOR DAVE Volunteers at Kinmundy Library
6:00 pm … Kinmundy FOOD PANTRY — Sacking food to be distributed on Saturday morning.

Sat 10/16 8:30-10 am … Kinmundy FOOD PANTRY — Distribution

Sun 10/17
9:00 am … WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC
10:45 am … WORSHIP at Wesley UMC

Coming soon:
Church Conference, 2:00 pm, Sunday, October 17 at Patoka United Methodist Church

WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW —

  1. Hand N Hand is coming Monday, October 18th at 5:30! Kids are invited to wear their costumes! We will have a story and song time, supper, a scavenger hunt, and decorate pumpkins! Invite your friend’s families! Let us know you plan to attend to plan for food and fun!
  2. PARTY LINE PRAYER MEETING … would you be interested in participating in a “party line” prayer meeting? We would all telephone a number and share needs for prayer and have a time of fellowship with one another as a group over the phone. It would last as long as we wanted—perhaps on Wednesday evening and/or a weekday morning. Please let the pastor know if you are interested.
  3. THE PURPOSE OF A MEMBERSHIP AUDIT for both Kinmundy & Wesley Churches:
    1. To update contact information; we may need your help with this.
    2. To visit, probably by phone, and be up to date on life, especially with folks who haven’t attended in a while.
    3. To learn how I, as their pastor, can pray for each of our members, and how they are doing spiritually.
    4. To update our membership records, and learn how people feel about being a member of our church. Every person connected to our church remains a part of our church family and the history of our church forever. Sometimes people move away and, over the years, join another church and we are not aware.
  4. We will be going through the membership book alphabetically for Kinmundy first, listing four names each week for prayer. Here are the names for this week:
    1. Steve & Erica Fox; Regan
    2. Celeste Fox & Emery
    3. Serena Germany
    4. James & Jessica Gile; Alexa
      We do not have complete contact information for those names above in italics. Can you help us? Also, if we misspell names, we apologize. Please let us know the correct spelling.
  5. SOBER REALITIES: Unvaccinated people may choose to wear masks for their own safety and the safety of other non-vaccinated people. Please do not crowd each other as we adjust to this change.
    Physical distance is the most effective precaution against COVID!
    It is possible but unlikely that a vaccinated person can get COVID. A vaccinated person with COVID is as contagious as anyone else, so some may choose to wear masks to protect others. You can be contagious before you even know you are ill. Not everyone feels safe not wearing a mask—please be kind. We’ve had a tough year! Please pray for wisdom for our government leaders and a calm response throughout this current surge of the Delta variant.
  6. NEW CONSTRUCTION — Carpenters are building a lean to on the South side of the church garage. Our picnic tables will be under roof and give parents a place to sit while their children enjoy our playground.
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Sermon October 3, 2021: Earnestly Seeking God (Laity Sunday; Kim Kueker)

Kim’s House

If you prefer to worship at home at this time or simply wish to listen to the service or sermon again, 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/621213425

Screencast-o-matic: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cr6eeZV6Wop

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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 WESLEY COVENANT PRAYER:

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

HYMN “Be Still My Soul”
Be Still My Soul – A cappella – Eclipse 6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqKVFYD8Obc

(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 − Reinhold Niebuhr

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference … living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; taking this world as it is and 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.

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 “All Creatures of Our God and King”
All creatures of our God and King – David Crowder
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cObXwn-EgGY

(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: Earnestly Seeking God
Jeremiah 29:10-14, Matthew 6:31-34, Mark 12:28-31
Laity Sunday – Kim Kueker, speaking

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

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SERMON NOTES

Jeremiah 29:10 This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

Matthew 6:31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Mark 12:28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

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HYMN “God Will Take Care of You”
God will take care of you w/lyrics – By The Heritage Singers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92_BfspZngQ

(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: Please recommit your life to the service of Jesus as Lord with the words of The Prayer of St 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

All Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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

TRANSCRIPT

Have you ever played the game “Hide and Seek?”

Let me tell you about my Grandma Johnson: a wonderful, sweet, Christian woman that modeled her faith to all that knew her; a huge influence on my life. When I was a baby, my parents lived in an old farmhouse built in the 1800s. One night, the adults decided to play and Hide and Seek. After a few minutes, everyone was found…except my Grandma. They looked and looked, called out her name…nothing. Where on earth could she be? Finally, after nearly AN HOUR, she came crawling out from under the old porch with the biggest grin on her face. Under this porch…soft, powdery, dusty dirt floor, full of cobwebs, open to all sort of creatures – snakes, chickens, mice, raccoons, and spiders as big as your fist. No one could BELIEVE that she actually crawled under there, let alone laid there silently for nearly an hour! She was committed to the game and determined not to be found!

My nephew, Tim, and his wife, Christine are wonderful Christian parents to 2 sweet little boys – Elijah and Malachi. They LOVE to play Hide and Seek. When it’s time to hide, Eli will call out, “I’m going to my room now! Come and find me!” If they don’t say where they’re going, but hide in the closet, they will be giggling the whole time. Tim will open the door and pretend not to see them, looking on the top shelf. He says, “I don’t see you, you must not be in here,” Eli calls out “Yes I am, Daddy. I’m right here!” So precious.

When it comes to seeking God, I’m so thankful that He is much more like Eli than my Grandma Johnson.

God has no desire to hide from us, in fact, He tells us exactly where He is and how to find Him. (Waves Bible at congregation.)

If you don’t see Him, He’ll give you hints where He is…whispers in a still, small voice and we need only to be still and listen.

You don’t go looking? He’ll offer you another chance when you’re ready. He is patient and full of grace.

It’s not meant to be hard to find God. But, if it’s so easy to find God, then why do we have struggles? Why do we have hard times? Won’t God just “make things better?”

Sometimes bad things just happen. We live in a world full of sin and evil and being children of God does not make us immune to that. Many new believers think that once Jesus is accepted into their heart, life will magically change for the good and be easier. If only that were so! Through the Holy Spirit we have strength and courage to face and endure challenges as they come – In His Word, God promises never to leave us nor forsake us. Bad things still happen, we just don’t go it alone.

Sometimes we struggle as a consequence of our actions. We cannot make bad choices and sin against God’s Word and expect nothing to happen. If we repent and ask for forgiveness, God will be faithful to forgive our sins, but we may still have to endure through the consequences.
Sometimes God is using a difficult situation to get your attention to cause a change in you, a conviction of the Holy Spirit. When you are tired of the way things are, you may seek God and He will lead you to the answers. Just beware…it may not always be in the form you want or expect.

So how do you know which one it is? Do you just ride out the storm until it passes or is there something you are supposed to change? What should we do?

First of all, realize that God always has a plan for your life. Romans 8:28 tells us: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” There is no circumstance or situation in your life that surprises God. No matter what the reason is for the struggle you face, God can and will use it for His Good and His Glory. James tells us to “consider it pure joy…when you face trials of many kinds.” I’m not sure that my faith is at the level of being joyful under trials, but I have learned to trust God and find some peace in the midst of it.

Jeremiah 29 talks of God’s plan. This letter was written to the exiles in Babylon – (as written about in the book of Daniel). The royal family, court officials, craftsmen and artisans of Judah were carried off to Babylon as a result of disobedience and pride (among other things). Only the poorest and weakest people were left behind in Judah.

Jeremiah 29:10 This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

I find it encouraging that even in circumstances caused by their own actions, God still had a plan for His people. He still has plans for us.

If we seek Him, we WILL find Him. What does it mean to seek Him? Does this mean to seek God’s will for our lives? Should we be seeking our calling? In a video from our recent Bible study, Beth Moore answers the question, “How do I know if I’m doing my calling?” Her response – seek God, not your calling. If you know God, love God and seek Him, you won’t miss your calling, you’ll run right into it!

So how do we seek Him? When asked about the Greatest Commandment, Jesus answers:
‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.’
The Scripture does NOT say to love God a little bit, to kinda love Him, to sorta love Him, not love him half-heartedly or “just enough”, but to love Him in every way possible with everything you have – your entire being! God wants us to be “all in.”

When the prophet Jeremiah wrote to the exiles in Babylon, God’s words were to seek Him with all their hearts. THEN they will find the Lord.

Sometimes when we seek God, we don’t find Him, or don’t find the answers we are looking for. He may answer in a way we don’t want to hear; or perhaps we’re not ready for the answer. Remember that God knows what is in your heart and whether we are ready or not. Perhaps we need to wait until the right time.

Maybe we didn’t EARNESTLY seek Him. There have been a few times in my life when I can say I fervently sought the Lord in prayer. The responses were abundantly clear…and quite startling at the same time. Even as my life changed over and over again, I kept seeking Him, and I still do.

Ever since I can remember, when someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up, the answer was always the same: a teacher. I did not have a clear picture of what that looked like, but I always knew it was a teacher. In high school, time was getting short and I had to decide what college to attend and what to major in. Instead of making my decision based on passion and gifts, I saw the challenge of so few females in the sciences and administration. My brain decided to accept this challenge – I was going to show the world and do all of these things: Math Teacher, principal and superintendent, one step at a time.

I chose SEMO State because of its excellent teacher education program. I was determined to graduate in only 4 years, so I carefully planned out my entire schedule, including summer classes. When my final semester arrived and it was time to student teach, I was only 20 years old and the thought of going into a high school and teaching 18 year olds was terrifying. I must have gotten it wrong. I’m no good at this. I don’t really enjoy my classes and I don’t want to be a teacher after all. So, I dropped student teaching, enrolled in 5 senior-level PS classes, and graduated in May. I pursued what I thought I really wanted. Time and again I would fall just short of achieving my “dream.” I found that I was miserable.

Since I only had one semester left to complete my education degree, I decided that I should go ahead and finish what I started before they changed the requirements. 2 ½ years after graduating, I went back to complete my student teaching. I loved it! It felt very natural – and I was good at it.

The next fall I took a job at a small, rural high school in middle-of-nowhere Missouri. I had 10 preps in 8 hours – it was interesting to teach Computers/Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus/Calculus at the same time. Many times that first year, I remember driving to school thinking, “I can’t believe I actually get paid to do this! This is awesome!”

But, as I came to understand much later, it wasn’t really the work of teaching that I loved so much, it was the relationships I formed with students, parents, colleagues and members of the community. During the three years I was there, there were 4 funerals of students (different times for different reasons). I felt like I was burying my own children, and I just couldn’t do it anymore.

I accepted a different job in a MUCH larger school district that was 2 hours closer to home. Instead of 10 preps in 8 hours, I had one prep 8 times. Instead of being the entire math department, I was one of 6, then later 8. Instead of 85 students in the high school, there were over 1,200. It was not possible to have the same kinds of relationships as before, so my focus was much more on the art of teaching. I achieved tenure, was co-leader of our math teams and scholar bowl teams, and enjoyed a lot of success. This led to a great deal of pride and arrogance in me. As I came to know Christ as my Lord and Savior, I began to seek God’s will for my life. One night, I earnestly sought His help in changing my heart. Well, the next day, He did…but not at all like I expected – He humbled me publicly. Instead of being angry, ashamed and running away, like everyone expected me to, I immediately saw the Hand of God at work in my life. My first thought was, “You have to be careful what you pray for!”

Instead of being angry and prideful, I saw this as an opportunity to become the best teacher I could be. I had already begun my Master’s program, so I took as many classes as I could, went to every workshop that I could, and finished my degree in one year. I had never worked so hard at becoming a better teacher. Unfortunately, it seems the harder I worked at it, the worse I felt – completely inadequate and not a clue what I was doing. I would often say I felt like I was teaching with my feet. The subject matter was easy, but it was everything else that left me feeling like a complete failure.

I felt I had done everything in my power to succeed, and nothing worked. The more I prayed and sought wisdom from God, the more it felt like teaching HS was not for me. During my eighth year, in February, 2007, I turned in my letter of resignation effective at the end of that school year. The only thing I knew God wanted me to do was to move to Highland, IL, become more active in my church and go through training to be a volunteer Stephen Minister. That’s it. That’s all I got. As the semester went on, I sent out resumes and went on several job interviews, but nothing happened. Before each resume went out, I prayed that if this was the right job and in God’s will, that I would stand out above all other candidates; and if it wasn’t, that God would help me deal with another loss. He did.

The school year came to an end and June began. Still no job, which meant I could not look for a place to live – landlords don’t like to rent to unemployed people. Plus, my Dad was really having a hard time understanding my decision. “What are you going to do? How are you going to live?” “I don’t know, Dad, I just know this is what I’m supposed to do.” He could not accept this answer. My mom, who had been praying over me, tried to tell him to have a little faith. It still made no sense to him.

I owned this little house on one acre down a dead-end road just outside the city limits. I needed to sell it in order to find a place to live in Highland. If you remember 2007, this was the beginning of the downtrend in the housing market and prices were falling. The house was 50 years old and needed some pretty major repairs – a new roof, plus I busted up what I thought was a concrete patio that turned out to be the top of an old cistern. I had a mess that was far beyond what I could handle myself, but if I didn’t do the repairs could I even get my money back out of the house to break even?

I found myself back on my knees, praying earnestly to God. Did I get this wrong? Did I misunderstand? Maybe I should call the school district and beg for my job back. They still had not found a suitable replacement… God, please show me a sign to let me know I’m on the right path.

Here’s what happened the next morning:

A yard sale was planned to generate traffic to the house and my parents arrived early to help me set up. The For Sale sign went up at 8:30 am. By noon, I had a cash deposit in my hand. The people buying the house had a construction business, with equipment and crews, and had built half the recent commercial development in town. They were simply looking for the right location for their son’s new family. “How soon can you move out? 2 weeks? Don’t worry about any of the repairs, we will take care of that ourselves, just please pack and move as quickly as you can.” As soon as their car pulled out of my driveway, my mom turned to my dad and asked, “Now do you believe that God has got her? It’s going to be ok.”

Two weeks later, the cash sale was closed on the house. The buyer had her real estate license and filed all the paperwork, there were virtually no fees to be paid. Not only did I get my equity back out of the house, but I made enough money on the sale to live comfortably for the next 10 months of unemployment.

It was during this time my spiritual growth exploded. I went on my Walk to Emmaus (through which I later met my husband); began to lead Bible studies for both women and youth; became a leader in Upward sports; took an Alpha Class, Financial Peace University, and Disciple Bible study; and of course my 2-year commitment of training and serving as a Stephen Minister. During those 3 years in Highland, I had part-time jobs that left me plenty of time for ministry work, but not enough money to cover all my expenses without going into debt. Money was pretty tight, but God’s economy was different from mine and somehow every bill got paid (after my tithe, of course).

Even though God had clearly and powerfully answered my question about my calling, it was not an easy time. Less than a year after I moved into a beautiful new duplex, I could no longer afford it and had to move to an apartment. It looked ok at first, but the old couple below me never left their apartment and chain-smoked all day long. The floor in the spare bedroom had a steep and noticeable slant. I was miserable, but I couldn’t really afford anything else. Was I being punished? If I was following God’s plan, then why wasn’t it easy? Why was I suffering so? I now understand that I still had a lot of growing to do. I wasn’t really ready to fully step into the life God had planned for me. Many times I talked with friends about how when I was teaching I had very little time for ministry, but enough money to live comfortably. Now, I had plenty of time for ministry, but not enough money. All I wanted was to find a balance of the two – a job that would provide enough for my basic needs and still leave me plenty of time for God’s work.

What would this look like? A dear friend pointed out later my time in Highland was the perfect training to become a pastor’s wife! God’s answer to the desires of my heart. God knew all along what His plan was for my life – I had NO IDEA!

I left Highland to return to teaching in the “perfect for me” school district. I worked hard, I was successful, but it became more and more clear that God’s path for my life was something different. When you seek God, you find that he changes the desires of your heart. David and I began dating within a few months of me moving back to Missouri, and we were married a year later. I never could have imagined the life that I’m living today. Thank God that He knew and had the perfect plan for me all along. It just took me about 7 years to get ready.

So when you find yourself in a difficult situation or going through a tough time, it doesn’t really matter what caused it – just something that happened on earth, a result of your bad choice or a situation used by God to get your attention to affect a change. As humans, we spend far too much time and energy on the wrong things. We don’t need to figure out the WHY, it’s all about the WHO. Trust that God has a perfect plan for your life and keep loving Him with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength. Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you as well.

Please pray with me: Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us just as we are. We live in a broken world full of heartaches, struggles and fears. When we need you most and are seeking you, thank you for making it so easy to find you. You go before us to prepare the way for your perfect plan in each our lives. Help us to keep the Greatest Commandment – to love you with all our hearts, souls, minds and strengths; and to love our neighbor as ourselves, each and every day. 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.

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

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CHURCH SCHEDULE & EVENTS – October 3 – October 10, 2021

CHURCH SCHEDULE & EVENTS & WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW
October 3 – October 10, 2021
THIS WEEK’S CHURCH CALENDAR
Sun 10/3 WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY & LAITY SUNDAY
9:00 am … WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC
10:15 am … GATHERING in Fellowship Hall for Coffee & Cookies
10:30 am … SUNDAY SCHOOL at Kinmundy First UMC
10:45 am … WORSHIP at Wesley UMC

Mon 10/4 10:00 am … IGRC Board of Discipleship (Pastor Dave)

Tues 10/5 — … PASTOR DAVE’S Sabbath Day

Wed 10/6 1:00 pm … QUILTERS meet to tie quilts
1-5 pm … PASTOR DAVE Volunteers at Kinmundy Library

Sun 10/10
9:00 am … WORSHIP at Kinmundy First UMC
10:45 am … WORSHIP at Wesley UMC

Coming up: Church Conference, 2:00 pm, Sunday, October 17, at Patoka United Methodist Church

WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW —

  1. TODAY IS WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY
    World Communion Sunday is a celebration observed by several Christian denominations, taking place on the first Sunday of every October, that promotes Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation. The tradition was begun in 1933. In our United Methodist Church, an offering to support the division of chaplains and ministries, Crusade Scholarships and the scholarship fund for minority groups is received.
  2. TODAY IS ALSO LAITY SUNDAY — Our Speaker is Kim Kueker.
  3. THIS WEEK’S PRAYER FAMILIES
    We are beginning an audit of our membership books October 1.
    1 Charles Ernest
    2 Charles Lee Ford
    3 Melba Ford
    4 Ryan Ford
  4. PARTY LINE PRAYER MEETING … would you be interested in participating in a “party line” prayer meeting? We would all telephone a number and share needs for prayer and have a time of fellowship with one another as a group over the phone. It would last as long as we wanted—perhaps on Wednesday evening and/or a weekday morning. Please let the pastor know if you are interested.
  5. SOBER REALITIES: Unvaccinated people may choose to wear masks for their own safety and the safety of other non-vaccinated people. Please do not crowd each other as we adjust to this change.
    Physical distance is the most effective precaution against COVID!
    It is possible but unlikely that a vaccinated person can get COVID. A vaccinated person with COVID is as contagious as anyone else, so some may choose to wear masks to protect others. You can be contagious before you even know you are ill. Not everyone feels safe not wearing a mask—please be kind. We’ve had a tough year! Please pray for wisdom for our government leaders and a calm response throughout this current surge of the Delta variant.
  6. TWILIGHT CIRCLE ladies would like to thank all who donated baby items for the Baby Baskets. A list of items needed is on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.
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OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — October 3 – October 10

OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — October 3 – October 10

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR PASTORS: David Kueker, our four Superintendents, and our Bishops, Frank Beard and Gregory Palmer. If you need Pastor Dave for prayer, please call or text his cell phone, 618-780-0151, or email him 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 –
Larry & Dolores Johnson (Kim’s parents)

Please Pray For God To Bless These People For Special Needs –
K Rick White -Taking radiation treatments.
K Susan Smith – Shoulder Surgery on Friday at St John’s hospital in Springfield. Was to be released on Saturday.
K Gabina, (Liz Lira-Gasperini’s mom) is beginning low dose chemo and Amino therapy for cancer
K Gerri Molina – Gerri is resting comfortably at Sellersburg Healthcare Center, Room 403, 7823 Old State Road 60, Sellersburg, IN 47172

Please Pray For God To Bless These People With Ongoing Needs –
Bill Olden, Wayne Bushue, Kent Johnson, has broken leg (Kim’s brother), Mike Webster, April Mercer, Gene Simmons, Duane Ambrose, Marie Dickerson, Cindy Kueker (Pastor Dave’s cousin), Molly Monical, Russell Kilby, Shirley Miller, John Holzhauer, David Mendenhall (Steve Wilkin’s friend), Aaron Guerrettaz (Jo Williams’ nephew, Jim & Nancy Guerrettaz’s son), Caitlin Engel (Julie Jones’ cousin), Quinten Butts, Haven Mueller, Kayley Wilhelm, Larry & Dolores Johnson (Kim’s Parents)

Please Pray For God To Bless Our Military Families –
Sgt Rusty & Nicole (Nolan, Michael, Lydia) Robb – US Embassy in Dublin, Ireland

Please Pray For Those Grieving For– Dan Cheatum

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Sermon September 26, 2021: Taming the Tongue (Pentecost 18)

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CALL TO WORSHIP: Please recommit your life to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord with the words of the WESLEY COVENANT PRAYER:

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

HYMN Let There Be Peace On Earth
Let There Be Peace On Earth (lyrics) – -Sang by Vince Gill
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_DxNpW1kHQ

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A TIME OF PRAYER (Testimonies, Joys & Concerns)

Congregational Prayer − Reinhold Niebuhr

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference … living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; taking this world as it is and 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.

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 We Shall Overcome
We Shall Overcome – Joan Baez
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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: Taming the Tongue
Text: James 3:1-12, Galatians 5:13-14
Series: Doers of the Word

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SERMON NOTES

James 3:1 Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, for you know that we who teach shall be judged with greater strictness. 2 For we all make many mistakes, and if any one makes no mistakes in what he says he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also. 3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses that they may obey us, we guide their whole bodies. 4 Look at the ships also; though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So the tongue is a little member and boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature, and set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by humankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue–a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brethren, this ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening fresh water and brackish? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.

Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants of one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

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HYMN Jesus Is All The World To Me
Jesus Is All The World To Me by Kadarman Sisters (15 August 2015)
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BENEDICTION: Please recommit your life to the service of Jesus as Lord with the words of The Prayer of St 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

All Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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TRANSCRIPT

Over all of history, the previous hymn – “We Shall Overcome” – has been known as a song of protest. And certainly, there is evil in the world today that needs to be overcome. But I have to be honest with you. When I sing these words, I’m aware that what needs to be overcome is what’s in MY heart. We shall overcome. Deep in my heart, I do believe. I will overcome … someday … what is in me. What causes others harm.

At the basic level, the idea of repentance is a very important part of our faith. And here’s the problem: Every now and then, what’s in your heart comes flooding out, and it’s not always pretty. Jesus said in Matthew 12, “You brood of vipers, how can you speak good when you are evil? Because out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. What you feel inside builds up and overcomes your common sense. Begins to flood out of your heart into your words. So psychologists actually call this flooding. We’re just overwhelmed.

Some psychologists call it an amygdala hijack. When people are emotionally flooding, and what’s in their heart is pouring out of their mouths, it’s a reality, friends; they aren’t listening. And as much as you want to change the way they think, as much as you might be tempted to challenge them or argue with them or protest what they’re saying, when they are so upset and so angry, they literally cannot hear a word you say.

And what I think is even more tragic, because I sort of see myself as someone who’s really good at calming people down, I’ve learned the hard way. Sometimes nothing you say can comfort or help someone who’s overwhelmed in this way.

And what’s the result of that? In our society today, there is more conflict between people, between neighbors, than probably any other time in your life that you’re aware of. People are feuding with each other.

And so, James, Chapter Three says, “The tongue is a fire.” It sets people on fire. And what we have in our communities, we have churches on fire, because arguing and bickering, and backbiting is burning down everything that’s good. Churches on fire, towns on fire, schools on fire

And if you needed anything more to believe that this is true, there’s nothing on fire more than Facebook. Sometimes it’s hard to open that Facebook and find anyone happy or calm because everybody’s on fire and finding fault with each other.

And as I said, this is a real problem for me because I’m convinced that whenever things are going wrong, I can fix it with more words. But here’s what the Bible says friends, Proverbs 10:19: when there are many words, sin is unavoidable. Let that sink in for a moment, when there are many words, sin is unavoidable. The last thing that any good feud needs is more words. The Proverb goes on to say, the one who controls his lips is prudent, is wise.

When everything’s on fire and people are going to war and “flaming” each other – that’s the slang word for it. Sadly, one of the best things that you can do is to not add fuel to the fire by not adding words to the fire.

Up here in the North, I don’t know that we deal much with kudzu. The first time I drove down to Florida years ago, I began to notice there was this strange weed growing on everything. Not only that, it doesn’t take very long … the picture in the top left there, in the winter, you can hardly see any kudzu. But in the spring, it starts to grow, in the summer it grows even more, and by early fall it has covered everything. The kudzu vine can grow an average of 60 feet in a year. It was brought to the United States as an ornamental shrub and for livestock feed. I don’t know where the cows and the sheep are, but there’s a lot of work that needs to be done in that picture, where that vine has totally and completely covered that house!

Friends, we reap what we sow, and our words are like seeds, and they have power. Sadly, the seeds that we are sowing are not flowers, but all too often they are a kind of weed that makes things worse.

Our words have power. So here’s what James says, let not many of you become teachers, brethren, or preachers for you know that we who teach shall be judged with greater strictness for we all make many mistakes. Is that right? You bet it is. We all make many mistakes! And here’s what James says, if any one makes no mistakes in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also.

I gave my heart to the Lord many years ago, as I got older I did my best to surrender my hands to the Lord, and when I got older, I was able to give my wallet to the Lord. But what James is saying here is the very last thing that surrenders to Jesus Christ is Lord is what you say.

If we put bits into the mouths of horses that they may obey us, we guide their whole bodies. 4 Look at the ships also,” James says, “though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder, and the tongue functions like a rudder. It points us in a direction and it turns our words in directions that we don’t want … Wherever the will of the pilot directs.”

So the tongue is a little thing. A little member of your body. And it boasts of great things, how great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire. And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire, the cycle of nature. And the source of that fire, James says it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird of reptile and sea creature can be tamed and has been tamed by humankind. But no human being can tame the tongue. And here’s the result, a restless evil full of deadly poison. With it, we bless the Lord and Father. And with it, we curse men who were made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth, come blessing and curse. My brethren, this ought not to be so.

I now want to tell you a joke. We need some preparation, sometimes, to get the joke. And I’m actually going to read it because I don’t want to read it wrong.

Two cars were waiting at a stoplight, one in front, one behind. The light turned green, but the man in front didn’t notice it. The woman in the car behind him is watching the traffic go around them both. And the woman begins to pound on her steering wheel yelling at the man to move. The man doesn’t move. The woman is going ballistic inside her car, ranting and raving at the man, pounding on her steering wheel and the dash and the light turns yellow. The woman begins to blow the horn, screams at the man. The man hearing the commotion looks up, sees the yellow light, speeds through the intersection just as the light turns red. The woman is beside herself screaming in frustration as she misses it’s her chance to get through the intersection. As she is still in mid-red, she hears a tap on her window and looks up into the barrel of a gun held by a very serious-looking policeman. The police officer tells her to shut off her car while keeping both hands inside. She complies, speechless at what is happening. After she shuts off the engine, the police officer orders her to exit the car with her hands up. She gets out of the car. He orders her to turn and place her hands on her car. She turns, places her hands on the car roof, and quickly is cuffed and hustled into the patrol car.

Why? Well, friends, something that you need to understand, something that policemen understand perfectly, is a person who is not in control of their emotions can be dangerous. They can do anything. They must be secured for the scene to be safe.

The woman is too bewildered by the chain of events to ask any questions and is driven to the police station where she is fingerprinted, photographed, searched, booked, and placed in a cell. After a couple of hours, a police officer approaches the cell, opens the door for her. She is escorted back to the booking desk where the original officer is waiting with her personal effects.

He hands her the bag containing her property and says, “I’m really sorry for this mistake. But you see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn and screaming profanity at the car in front of you. And then I noticed the ‘What Would Jesus Do’ license plate holder and the ‘Follow me to church’ bumper sticker on your car. So I naturally assumed you had stolen the car.

“My brethren,” James says, “this ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening fresh water and brackish? Can a fig tree, my brethren, yield olives, or a grapevine, figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.

God desires a holy consistency in what comes out of our mouth.

Let me tell you a joke I told you two weeks ago. I hope it sank in. Maybe it’ll sink in this time.

A woman goes to the doctor, worried about her husband’s temper and the doctor asks, “What’s the problem?”

The woman says, “Doctor, I don’t know what to do. Every day, my husband seems to lose his temper for no reason. It scares me.”

The doctor says, “I have a cure for that. When it seems that your husband is getting angry, just take a glass of water and start swishing it in your mouth. Just swish and swish and swish, but don’t swallow. Don’t swallow it until he either leaves the room or calms down.”

Two weeks later, the woman comes back to the doctor looking fresh and reborn. The woman says, “Doctor, that was a brilliant idea. Every time my husband started getting angry, I swished with water, I swished and swished, and he calmed down right away. How does a glass of water do that?”

The doctor says, “it’s not the water, it’s keeping your mouth shut that works.”

Friends, more words don’t help in certain situations, whether your words are kind or cruel, whether your words are critical or simply honest, often more words don’t help. But if you take that water and cool off that tongue on fire, that’ll help a lot.

In fact, if you swish with that cool water enough, it might actually put out the fire that is on your tongue!

All too often with human beings– and I share this with a deep humility because one of the biggest problems I have is understanding that sometimes the kindest and most helpful thing that I can say to someone is nothing. It almost kills me to not add my words to their problem. But here’s what Proverbs 26 says, 26 verse 20 “For lack of wood the fire goes out. And where there is no whisperer, where there are no more words, quarreling ceases.” And that’s because sometimes our words are the fuel for the fire.

So here, friends, to be honest, is the simple cure. In your car, if you have an automatic transmission, you know what a PRNDL is – Park, Reverse, Neutral, Drive, Low. It’s not the time to put your tongue in drive and go anywhere. The simple solution, friends, is for you to put your tongue in Park and be still. I didn’t say it was easy, but I did say it was simple. Put your tongue in park and be still.

What does God want from us? Well, there are many things that God wants from us, but the point that James makes is – the very last thing God is going to get – is for your tongue to submit to God’s will.

But here’s what God wants. We were called to freedom only let us not use our freedom as an opportunity for the flesh but through love let us be servants of one another. For the whole law, the whole desire, the whole expectation and wish of God is simply fulfilled in one word. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

And so may it be that as we share words with our neighbor that we are sowing mercy, that we are sowing grace. But sometimes the greatest kindness we can do for our neighbor is to sow peace and quiet that allows them to calm down.

Please pray with me. Lord Jesus, when we get stirred up, we want to go. We want to go. There are things we have to do. There are things we have to say. And any little thing that keeps us from doing what we want sometimes, Lord, our heart overflows with frustration and we’re just like that woman at the red light. Help us, Lord, not to put fuel on the fire. Help us, Lord, not to add words that make things worse. Help us, Lord, to learn how to put our tongue in park and just wait a moment. And then, when there’s peace, help us, Lord, to move forward in peace. We ask you, Lord, to help our tongue come to the point to where Jesus is Lord, even of our words. And we ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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

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

Additional Resources
Kinmundy United Methodist Church is located at 308 E. Third Street, Kinmundy, IL 62854. Worship begins at 9 am Sundays. The building is handicap accessible.
Wesley United Methodist Church is located at 3381 Kinoka 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.

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

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