KinmundyChurch.org: Welcome to our church blog!

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


Worship at Kinmundy: 9 am Sunday. At Wesley: 10:45 Sunday.
Visit us on Facebook here!
Listen to or download sermons and slides by clicking here.

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

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

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

Wesley United Methodist Church
3381 Kinoka Rd, Patoka, IL  62875
Worship Sunday mornings at 10:45 am.

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

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

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Sermons September 19, 2021: Making Distinctions (Pentecost 17)

Photos – Champaign Urbana News-Gazette, 1973 Yearbook

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/608546880

Screencast-o-matic: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/crQF0gV6ooN

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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 557 Blest Be The Tie That Binds, v. 1-6
Blest Be the Tie That Binds – Hymn Lyric Video – Darby Hughes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_AYrlHRm5c

(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 “Sow Mercy” – Gaither Vocal Band
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoTtf5MzTOI

(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: Making Distinctions
Text: James 2:1-10, 13-17
Series: Doers of the Word

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

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SERMON NOTES

James 2:1 My brethren, show no partiality as you hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man with gold rings and in fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while you say to the poor man, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,” 4 have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brethren. Has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you, is it not they who drag you into court? 7 Is it not they who blaspheme that honorable name which was invoked over you? 8 If you really fulfil the royal law, according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well. 9 But if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.

13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy; yet mercy triumphs over judgment. 14 What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. 18 But some one will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.

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 526 What A Friend We Have In Jesus
What a Friend We Have in Jesus by Acapeldridge
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LarFhGeE-ac

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

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

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

Additional Resources
Kinmundy United Methodist Church is located at 308 E. Third Street, Kinmundy, IL 62854. Worship begins at 9 am Sundays. The building is handicap accessible.
Wesley United Methodist Church is located at 3381 Kinoka 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 – September 19 – September 26, 2021

CHURCH SCHEDULE & EVENTS & WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW
September 19 – September 26, 2021

THIS WEEK’S CHURCH CALENDAR
Sun 9/19
9:00 am … WORSHIP in Sanctuary 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 in Sanctuary at Wesley UMC
After Worship … WESLEY NOMINATIONS Vote

Mon 9/20
6:30 pm … PASTOR-PARISH RELATIONS Committee Meeting
7:00 pm … TRUSTEES Meeting

Tues 9/21 … PASTOR DAVE’S Sabbath Day

Wed 9/22 – 1-5 pm … PASTOR DAVE Volunteers at Kinmundy Library

Thurs 9/23
1:00 pm … TWILIGHT CIRCLE Meets Sandy Headley has Devotions and Refreshments.

Sun 9/26
9:00 am … WORSHIP in Sanctuary at Kinmundy First UMC
10:45 am … WORSHIP in Sanctuary at Wesley UMC
After Worship … WESLEY Budget Vote

WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW —

  1. KINMUNDY UMC COMMITTEE MEETINGS
  • Missions Committee, Monday, September 27,
    11 am
  • Administrative Council, Monday, September 27,
    7 pm
    OTHER MEETINGS related to our October 26 Church Conference: (Tentative)
    · Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, Monday,
    September 20, 6:30 pm
    · Trustees, Monday, September 20, 7 pm
    · Finance Committee, Monday, September 27, 7 pm
    · Wesley Nominations Vote, after worship, Sunday, September 19.
    · Wesley Budget Vote, after worship, Sunday, September 26.
    · Administrative Council, Monday, September 27, 7 pm
  1. CHURCH CONFERENCE QUESTIONS TO PONDER
  • Based on your current reality, what is God asking of your congregation at this time?
  • What are your goals for next year to help you accomplish what God is asking of you?
  • What study, training, etc. would help you to
    accomplish your goals?
  1. THIS WEEK’S PRAYER FAMILIES
    (We are beginning an audit of our membership books October 1.)
    Andrew Doolen, Glenn Doolen, Linda Doolen, Steve & Janna Doolen
  2. TWILIGHT CIRCLE is in need of baby clothing and accessories to fill the “Baby Baskets” that are presented to new babies of member’s families and friends. Items needed are: Onesies; white, 6 – 9 mo or larger, Pajamas; boys & girls, Receiving blankets, Socks, Bibs; girls or neutral; Lotion Body Wash and Butt Paste. They may be left in the office. Thanks.
  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. 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.
  5. QUILTERS met Wednesday at 1:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall to tie the quilts that Helen Sullivan has put together. They meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, if anyone is interested in joining them.
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OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — September 19 – 26

OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — September 19 – September 26

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 Helen Sullivan

Please Pray For God To Bless These People For Special Needs –
K Gabina, (Liz Lira-Gasperini’s mom) is beginning low dose chemo and Amino therapy for cancer
K John & Crystal Kueker – John is back at work and Crystal is feeling better. Pastor Dave’s son and daughter in-law
K Gerri Molina – We had a report from Jill that Gerri only has the ventilator on at night and is able to eat some meals now so she is going in the right direction. Send her a card at: Rm 404, Select Specialty Hospital, 400 SE 4th St., Evansville, IN 47713 . She may be moved to a different faculty soon.
Bill Olden – Has been in hospital. Very ill. Prayers appreciated.

Please Pray For God To Bless These People With Ongoing Needs –
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 –
– Nancy (Sill) Weeks-Lafenhagen
– Pastor C. W. “Butch” Reneker, Jr., Pastor at Louisville UMC since July 1.
– Kathy Arnstrom, Judy McCarty’s sister-in-law
– Pat O’Leary, Alice O’Leary’s son, Rachel daughter, works at bank

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Sermons September 12, 2021: Avoiding Anger (Pentecost 15)

Photos from Pixabay

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/602829804

Screencast-o-matic: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/crQX03VQL3c

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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 64 Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty
The Collingsworth Family (Holy, Holy, Holy) 05-03-13
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbezPGo9gB0

(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 334 Sweet Sweet Spirit
Gaither Vocal Band, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound – Sweet, Sweet, Spirit [Live]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i73PZJugjTk

(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: Avoiding Anger
Text: James 1:17-27, 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 Audio … Wesley UMC Audio

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SERMON NOTES

James 1:17 Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

19 Know this, my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, 20 for the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rank growth of wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

23 For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who observes his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer that forgets but a doer that acts, he shall be blessed in his doing.

26 If any one thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this man’s religion is vain. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

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 402 Lord, I Want to Be a Christian
Lord I Want to Be a Christian (hymn) – First Methodist Houston
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNa9Sda5G7c

(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

In the weeks to come, the sermons will be from the Epistle of James. They’re going to be about wisdom and how to live our lives and interspersed with other things. The ladies in Kim’s Bible Study have studied the Book of James at great length. So you’ll find this to be familiar territory.

The Lord Jesus Christ, who is the good shepherd of the 23rd Psalm, is always asking us to follow him. And that means to follow him toward a greater sense of wholeness, a greater sense of holiness. We have come so far, and God asks us to go a little bit further for the benefit of our lives.

One of the things that can hold us back is not just the problem of anger but the bigger problem of avoiding anger. Now, here’s the truth of anger. The truth of anger is that you’re disappointed. There’s something that you wanted. There’s something that you hoped, and it’s not going to happen. There’s a person who you trusted. There’s a person who you love, and they have disappointed you. Perhaps you might even feel that they’ve betrayed you.

When we feel disappointed, we have two choices. We can go toward the sadness. But quite often, we jump into being angry. Why? Anger protects us from feeling sad.

But as the saying on the screen says, “I sat with my anger long enough until she told me that her real name was grief.” Underneath every experience of anger is sadness and disappointment and frustration. So when we don’t want to feel that sadness, we avoid it. And psychologically, one of the names they use for avoidance of this type is denial. “I’m not really sad. I’m the one who’s been harmed. I’m the victim here. Someone has done evil toward me.” And in that state of denial, we can jump into blaming other people. And then, all of a sudden, the anger comes out toward them.

Denial is the way that people handle what they cannot handle. Most of us simply aren’t willing to be sad. And so, anger can rush in and take over. And then, that very strange thing happens. We imagine that the other person is 100% wrong and that there’s no tiny possibility that some little part of what happened that disappointed us is our problem. When you think about it, that’s what’s wrong with blame. We have made someone else to blame for everything we’re feeling. The only person, Carl Rogers said, who cannot be helped is a person who blames others – because they can’t accept responsibility for what they’re feeling or what they’ve experienced. And so, it all shifts quickly, sometimes instantly, into anger.

What does God want from us? What is the definition of holiness? You’ve seen this scripture, several weeks now. Galatians 5:13, “For you were called to freedom brethren. We have freedom to choose. Only, Paul says, do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, an opportunity to be selfish, an opportunity to be self-centered. But use your freedom differently. Through love, be servants of one another. For the whole la – all the rules, all the reasons and explanations and definitions of holiness, whatever that is, all of that – is fulfilled in one phrase, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ So that’s the goal of where we would like to be when we are down in a lower place, sometimes struggling with anger.

Here’s what James has to say, James 1:17, Every good endowment, every perfect gift, every good thing, in other words, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of His own will, He brought us forth by the word of truth that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. Know this, my beloved brethren, let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger. For the anger of man does not work…

Let me say that again, “The anger of man does not work.”

In one way or another, we will regret the explosion of anger. Now, to hold faith with the scripture, what it says, not only is that the anger does not work– it says it this way, “For the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God.” You cannot bring about a righteous world … You cannot bring about a holy world … You cannot bring about a better world by resorting to anger.

God’s work is not done by angry people. Now, that doesn’t mean that God can’t use an angry person. It just means that we should know, if we are acting out of our anger, it’s very unlikely that we will have the result that we wish for. It’s very unlikely that we will have, as a result, a better world or a better life for us or anyone we’re connected with.

Now, let me tell you a joke. I always warn you, it’s a joke so that you’ll know that it’s supposed to be funny. Okay. Here’s the joke.

A woman goes to the doctor, says, “Doctor, I’m so worried about my husband’s temper. 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 angry, just take a glass of water and start swishing it in your mouth Swish, swish. Just swish and swish, but don’t swallow the water until he leaves or until he calms down. Swish, swish, swish.

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

The doctor calmly said, “The water itself does nothing. It’s keeping your mouth shut that causes the miracle.”

Let it sink in. It’s keeping your mouth shut that causes the miracle.

Proverbs 26:20: For the lack of wood, the fire goes out. What the person says to us when they’re angry is on fire. Sadly, everything we say back to them is so easily misinterpreted. Everything that we say back to them is like putting wood on the fire. Every time we try to explain our position, it puts more wood on the fire. Every time we explain at great length that they’re wrong to be angry, it puts more wood on their fire. And if we explain it a second time or a third time, or 12 times, the fire just gets more wood, and the fire just burns higher.

Psychologists call this an escalation of tension because it takes two people to have a fight, and if one person won’t participate, swish, swish, swish, the other person just gets tired, and their fire wears out … if there’s no one to whisper back at them. Quarreling ceases.

The miracle is when you keep your mouth shut and don’t justify yourself to a person who is angry with you. Not easy to do, but it can be done. Therefore, James writes, put away all filthiness and rank growth of wickedness, and receive with weakness the implanted word. The bible verses that you read are supposed to be like seeds that are planted in your heart, and you want to see them begin to grow. And that implanted word is able to save our souls. But, James cautions us, be doers of the word, not just hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

And you see that hearing only, deceiving yourselves, this is what I mean by the idea of denial. Hearing it, but not doing it. Denying reality. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who observes his natural face in a mirror. You look, you see yourself, and you walk away and you completely forget what you saw. Verse 24, “For he observes himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.”

Now, I have never put mascara on, but I have an assumption it goes much better if you have a mirror to look in. I’ve never put lipstick on, but my assumption is it goes much better if you have a mirror, so that you can see the reality of what you’re doing. But I have learned the hard way not to shave unless I look in the mirror because I either miss places or I press too hard and I cut myself. We need to see clearly what reality is to be able to do what needs to be done. So James goes on to say, “He who looks into the perfect law, the law of Liberty, and perseveres being no hearer that forgets but instead a doer that acts, that person is going to be blessed in his doing.”

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue — we should have Carol tell us about bridles. They help you steer, go in the right direction. They help you speed up. They help you to slow down. They help you to stop when stopping is needed. Friends, you and I need that kind of control over what we say. But if you don’t have that control and deceive your heart, it will cause the religion that you have to be in vain. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the father is this. Here’s what James says, “To visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” And another way to say exactly that is to love your neighbor as yourself. That’s the rule.

So, the cure for anger: Pause and feel your feelings and grieve first. You will find that the amount of anger that you feel will be much, much less if you are in touch with your own sadness, if you are aware that it’s not that you’re angry – it’s that you’re disappointed and grieving. Anger is in a big hurry. And it takes us too fast where we should not want to go.

The cure for blame is to stop long enough to understand, to learn – because when harm is done to us, we always want to respond immediately. When harm is done, we’re always saying, “We should do something. Someone should do something. Someone should go do something.” But nobody says, “Why don’t we think about what we should do before we do anything?” The cycle of anger to denial to blame can be slowed down if we take time to think. It’s a very old custom to count to 10. I count to 10 all the time. Sometimes I need to count to 100. Sometimes I need to count to 1,000. However long I need to count before my brain is in charge, that is a wise decision. We need to understand a problem before we do anything to try to solve it. Otherwise, we can be swept away in our anger and do things that we will regret in the future.

Finally, the cure for denial and one of the cures for avoiding the problems of anger is to love the truth. You will learn to know the truth if you look into the Bible. There’s a place in the Bible where it says, “Thy word is truth” (John 17:17). But you’ll also know the truth if you look in the mirror and look very clearly at your own behavior and ask yourself, “Is this really what I want?”

Please pray with me. Lord Jesus, if we’re driving down the road at night and turn our headlights off, bad things are going to happen. If we walk through a house in the dark and are not careful, bad things can happen. Lord, for life to be lived in the best way that it should be lived, we need to be able to see clearly. And so, Lord, we pray that you’ll help us when we’re upset, when we’re sad, when we’re angry. We ask that you would help us to be informed by the truth. We ask that you would help us to see the truth. Lord, we ask that you would help us to be guided by the truth. 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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CHURCH SCHEDULE & EVENTS September 12 – 19, 2021

CHURCH SCHEDULE & EVENTS & WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW —
September 12 – September 19, 2021

THIS WEEK’S CHURCH CALENDAR
Sun 9/12
9:00 am … WORSHIP in Sanctuary at Kinmundy First UM
10:15 am … GATHERING in Fellowship Hall for Coffee & Cookies
10:30 am … SUNDAY SCHOOL at Kinmundy First UMC
10:45 am … WORSHIP in Sanctuary at Wesley UMC

Mon 9/13
3:15 pm … NOMINATIONS meeting at Kinmundy Library.

Tues 9/14 — …. PASTOR DAVE’S Sabbath Day

Wed 9/15 — 1:00 pm … QUILTERS Meet
1-5 pm … PASTOR DAVE Volunteers at Kinmundy Library

Fri 9/17 5:30 pm … FOOD PANTRY – Bag Food for Saturday
Sat 9/18 9-10 am … FOOD PANTRY – Distribution

Sun 9/19
9 00 am … WORSHIP in Sanctuary at Kinmundy First UMC
10:45 am … WORSHIP in Sanctuary at Wesley UMC

WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW-

  1. KINMUNDY UMC COMMITTEE MEETINGS
    • Missions Committee, Monday, September 27, 11 am
    • – Administrative Council September 27, 7 pm
    • OTHER MEETINGS related to our October Church Conference:
      · Nominations Committee, Monday, September 13, at Library,
      3:15 pm
      · Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, Monday, September 20, 6:30 pm
      · Trustees, Monday, September 20, 7 pm
      · Finance Committee, Monday, September 27, 7 pm
      · Wesley Nominations, after worship, Sunday, September 19.
      · Wesley Nominations, after worship, Sunday, September 26.
      · Administrative Council, Monday, September 27, 7 pm
  2. CHURCH CONFERENCE QUESTIONS TO PONDER
  • Based on your current reality, what is God asking of your congregation at this time?
  • What are your goals for next year to help you accomplish what God is asking of you?
    • What study, training, etc. would help you to accomplish your goals?
  1. THIS WEEK’S PRAYER FAMILIES
    We are beginning an audit of our membership books October 1.
    Nora (D.) & Steve Pinnell
    Beth (Daughtery) Morlan & family
    Louis & Kristen Daughtery & children
    Tommy Daughtery & family
  2. TWILIGHT CIRCLE is in need of baby clothing and accessories to fill the “Baby Baskets” that are presented to new babies of member’s families and friends. Items needed are: Onesies; white, 6 – 9 mo or larger, Pajamas; boys & girls, Receiving blankets, Socks, Bibs; girls or neutral; Lotion Body Wash and Butt Paste. They may be left in the office. Thanks.
  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. 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.
  5. In 1957, the Methodist church was bequeathed 210 acres of farmland approximately 5 miles southeast of Kinmundy, by the estate of Mary Mayer. Mary Mayer was not a member of our church or any church but was close friends who were active members. As Mrs. Mayer was reaching her declining years and preparing to dispose of her earthly possessions, she asked her administrator , “What should I do with my farm?” The administrator was a well-known, well respected and an avid church member and an active member of the Methodist church trustees. Mr. “BY” Rotan suggested that she might consider leaving it to the church. Twenty acres was sold and now the church owns 190 acres with 2 oil wells thanks to Mary Mayer. There was a photo published in the Salem paper a few years ago. The caption that went with the photo read “High Fashions — THIS PHOTOGRAPH taken about 1899 shows, Mrs Mary Mayer of Kinmundy, before her marriage to George Mayer. The Mayers were owners of much land in Meacham township, and their home was among the area’s showplaces. Coming from Indiana, and formerly in the hardware business, Mayer developed a fine Jersey farm in southern Meacham township, with numerous fine outbuildings. Mr. and Mrs. Mayer wintered in Florida.”
    Diane Hanks had the picture enlarged and framed and it now sits on the piano in the Fellowship Hall.
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OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — September 12 – 19

OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — September 12 – September 19

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 –
Keith Green.

Please Pray For God To Bless These People For Special Needs –
K John & Crystal Kueker – Have Covid, Pastor Dave’s son and daughter in-law
K Gerri Molina – Is Improving. Pastor received a phone call from her this past week. Send her a card at: Rm 404, Select Specialty Hospital, 400 SE 4th St., Evansville, IN 47713
Bill Olden – Has been in hospital. Very ill. Prayers appreciated.

Please Pray For God To Bless These People With Ongoing Needs –
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), Nancy Weeks-Lafenhagen.

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
– Pastor C. W. “Butch” Reneker, Jr., Pastor at Louisville UMC since July.
– Kathy Arnstrom, Judy McCarty’s sister -in-law
– Pat O’Leary, Alice O’Leary’s son, Rachel daughter, works at the bank
– Janet Redeker, Greg Ritter’s Mother

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Sermons September 05 2021: You Are Loved; We Are Loved (Pentecost 14)

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/597985358

Screencast-o-matic: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/crQf0YVQyYb

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

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

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

HYMN Jesus Loves Me, #191
Gaither Vocal Band – Jesus Loves Me [Live]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQVOld9XFkM

(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:
Day by day, day by day, O, dear Lord, three things I pray:
to see thee more clearly,
love thee more dearly,
follow thee more nearly,
day by day. 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 Just As I Am v. 1-2 357
Just As I Am with Lyrics by Alan Jackson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAnSmJecnEk

(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 Are Loved; We Are Loved
Text: Luke 18:9-14, Galatians 5:13-14
Series: A Church Centered on Jesus
Right-click, open in new tab to play … Sermon audioSermon slides as a PDF file.
Saturday Video Audio … Wesley Church Audio

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SERMON NOTES

Luke 18:9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

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.”

Heaven’s Surprise © 2004, J Taylor Ludwig

I was shocked, confused, bewildered as I entered Heaven’s door,
Not by the beauty of it all, nor the lights or its decor.

But it was the folks in Heaven who made me sputter and gasp–
The thieves, the liars, the sinners, the alcoholics, and the trash.

There stood the kid from seventh grade who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor who never said anything nice.

Herb, who I always thought was rotting away in hell,
Was sitting pretty on cloud nine, looking incredibly well.

I nudged Jesus, ‘What’s the deal? I would love to hear your take.
How’d all these sinners get up here? God must’ve made a mistake.

‘And why’s everyone so quiet, so somber – give me a clue.’
‘Child,’ He said, ‘they’re all in shock.
They never thought they’d be seeing you!’

You Can Sit With Me by Amanda Elrod
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You got hammered at the bar on Saturday but came to church on Sunday….
You can sit with me, you’re right where you need to be.

You’re a drug addict but came to church on Sunday….
You can sit with me, you’re right where you need to be.

You’re divorced and the last church you attended condemned you for it….
You can sit me, you’re right where you need to be.

You’ve had an abortion and it’s slowly eating away at your heart but you came to church on Sunday….
You can sit with me, you’re right where you need to be.

You’ve been unfaithful to your spouse but came to church on Sunday….
You can sit with me, you’re right where you need to be.

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HYMN Just As I Am v. 3-6 357
The Celebration Choir – Just As I Am [with lyrics]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tdmQh-MIIA

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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

A lesson that every child needs to learn, a lesson that every person needs to know. You are loved and as we love one another, we know we are loved. This is a crucial lesson for human beings to truly be human. 

So where do we draw the line between those who should be loved and those who aren’t good enough to be loved? Well, here’s the reality. If you understand that you’re a sinner, you’re loved. If you understand that you’re able to ask Jesus Christ to be your shepherd, your Savior, and your Lord, you are loved because that’s what God chooses to do. 

Let me read a poem to you called Heaven’s Surprise. I’ve read this in many different forms as a joke, but this one happens to be a poem.

I was shocked, confused, and bewildered as I entered heaven’s door,
not by the beauty of it all, nor the lights or its decor,
but it was the folks in heaven that made me sputter and gasp,
the thieves, the liars, the sinners, the alcoholics, and the trash.

There stood the kid from seventh grade who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor who never said anything nice.
Herb, who I was always sure was rotting away in hell,
was sitting pretty on cloud nine, looking incredibly well.

I nudged Jesus. What’s the deal? I would love to hear your take.
How did all these sinners get up here? Surely, God made a mistake.
And why is everyone so somber and quiet? Give me a clue.
“Child,” Jesus said, “They’re all in shock. They never thought they’d be seeing you.

Perhaps we’ll be shocked at who we find in heaven.
Perhaps they will be shocked to see us there. 

About 30 years ago during the Gulf War, in a Bible study at Caseyville United Methodist Church where I was pastor for nine years, I said that Jesus Christ could forgive everyone. And I had this wonderful, sweet little old lady, Laura O’Neill was her name, she never, ever said anything unkind, glare at me, and she almost shouted, “NOT Saddam Hussein!” 
I said, “Excuse me?” 
“God will never forgive Saddam Hussein!”
I explained to her for a little bit longer that, maybe you can’t, maybe we can’t, but God can forgive Saddam Hussein because God loves even Saddam Hussein. 

Now, I should also tell you, there is one sin in the Bible where Jesus says, “That’s the unforgivable sin.” It’s something we need to look at and understand very carefully, so it belongs to another sermon. It is an unforgivable sin to blaspheme against the Holy Spirit, but it’s a very specific thing. It’s not something you are likely to do by accident. And so I want to save it for another time – and say that with the exception of that, God can forgive anything you have done. God can forgive anything that anyone has done. We may not be able to forgive, but God is better than we are. 

Nonetheless, within us human beings, there is a tendency to draw a line and to say, “These people are good enough to be forgiven, and these people are not.” We draw a line and say, “These people are welcome, but those people are not.”

I’ll be honest with you, we live in a better time in history because 50 years ago, 75 years ago, 125 years ago, statements like what you see on the screen were quite common, “Help wanted. No Irish need apply.” We’re all too young to remember the discrimination in the United States against the Irish. “They’re not good enough to work here. They’re not good enough to live here,” and now we might simply consider that to be foolish, but at one time it was true. At one time, that’s where people drew the line. 

You are in a Methodist church. I’ll be honest with you, in 1906 and before, the understanding was simply this: “Good girls don’t wear makeup. Good girls don’t wear earrings. Holy people don’t play card games, and they don’t read the Sunday newspaper, and certainly, they never work on the Sabbath.” Methodists have drawn those same lines ourselves, and in fact, people got very busy drawing lines. 

Besides, you see, again, 75, 100, 150 years ago, “Mineworkers wanted, familiar with soft coal mines. No colored or Italians need to apply.” A sign in a restaurant, “We serve whites only. No Spanish or Mexicans.” Or “This park was given for white people only. Mexicans and Negroes stay out.” 

They used to call it a sundown town where you’d see signs like in the top left-hand corner, warning anyone who wasn’t white, if you’re here after the sun goes down, you’ll be arrested. Caseyville, that was such town. Not now, but you see, we have a past where human beings draw lines between those who are good and those who are not good enough, and we basically say, “You’re not welcome.”

And every one of those signs prevents people from seeing Jesus Christ. They obscure the path to the cross because, in a sense, they say, “You’re not good enough for God to love you. You’re not good enough for us to love you. You’re not welcome.” 

Now, here’s the really odd thing about those signs. It’s not funny, but it’s almost funny. Here are some more signs. “Jews not allowed.” Or “The privileges of the swimming pool are extended only to approved gentiles,” as if a Jewish person walking into a swimming pool did something bad to the water. “Christians only, Jews not welcome.”

Do you think that obscures the cross when you consider the reality that Jesus was Jewish? 

At one time, more than a hundred years ago, we drew lines just like this to differentiate between those who are welcome and those who were good enough and those who were not. Well, friends, let’s be honest. You can’t be good enough, but God can love you just like you are. Now, that doesn’t mean that God won’t change you, but God’s love comes first. And then God’s love begins to change us. 

Let me tell you something else about history that you may not realize, but if you want to read the book of Galatians, you can rediscover it. The Jewish people of Jesus’s day drew these same lines with regard to the Gentiles, the people who weren’t Jewish. “Those people who weren’t Jewish, they’re not good enough. God hates them. They’re not welcome.” There was actually a sign at the temple that said if a Gentile wandered in, they were responsible for their own death, which would immediately happen. So you see the Jewish people of Jesus Day, were no different than any of us have ever been.

And so here’s Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, the apostle to the people who are not Jewish, and Jewish Christians come out of Jerusalem to the churches he started in Galatia, a region of Turkey. And they say, “Now, you do remember that Jesus was Jewish. If you really love Jesus, shouldn’t you be Jewish, too?” They said to the people that Paul had converted: “If Jesus was Jewish, that meant that he kept all of the Jewish law. Don’t you think you ought to become Jewish and keep all of the Jewish rules and regulations?” Jesus was Jewish, they would say, “if you want to be more like Jesus, it’s obvious. You should become Jewish like us. You need to celebrate those Jewish holidays. You need to eat according to the Jewish kosher regulations. You need to do what good Jewish people do because then, God will love you more.” 

And Paul had to respond to that kind of thinking to say, “No!” 

What does God want from us? Does God want us to become Jewish? What sort of laws and regulations should we follow? You saw this scripture last week. Please let it sink in. “For you were called to freedom, brethren.” Paul said that If you accept the Jewish law, you will no longer be free as you are now. But you’ll be obligated to keep all of it. “Only,” Paul says, “do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love, be servants of one another. For the whole law, the whole Jewish law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” That’s what God wants from you and me. God loves our neighbors. God wants us to join God in loving our neighbor. That’s how we be more like Jesus.

This is probably my favorite parable. He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others. That’s what drawing all these lines means. “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself.” Let that sink in. How often do you pray not to God, but with yourself?

“God, I thank you that I’m not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.” Aren’t I wonderful? There are people who pray prayers like that with themselves.

Now, here’s the thing you may not realize. The Pharisee is probably right because tax collectors in Jesus’ day did all kinds of horribly evil things. Generally speaking, their behavior was horribly evil.

So in regard to patting himself on the back, he’s probably right. He’s probably a much better person than this one: “But the tax collectors standing far off … standing far in the back. Standing in a corner, standing almost out of sight, would not even lift up his eyes to the heavens, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God be merciful to me, a sinner.'”

And you see, here are the two kinds of people that we find churches. There are people who are very proud of the good they do. But there are people who understand that if it wasn’t for God’s love, they would have nothing.

And here’s the point that Jesus makes, most people don’t get this: I tell you, this man, this tax collector, this terrible sinner went down to his house justified, forgiven, made right, saved, destined for heaven rather than the other.

Because, you notice, he was so busy congratulating himself, the Pharisee never bothered to ask for forgiveness. Friends, please do not make the mistake of being here and not asking for forgiveness.

So the tax collector, who does not deserve anything good from God, is forgiven. Jesus says, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled. But he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

It’s very useful and important for us to remember that we are still sinners, but it’s important that we dare not obstruct the cross so that people will always be able to see that it’s because of Jesus that they are forgiven. It’s not about our standards of ethics. The cross is about God’s mercy, and everyone needs to see it without anything in the way. It’s for sinners. It’s for people who need it desperately.

Heaven is not for people just like us. John 3:16 is preceded by this verse, “God so loved the world that whosoever, whosoever, whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life.” And as the old hymn says, “Whosoever surely meaneth me.” Surely includes me. And when people see the cross, they realize how much God loves them while they are still sinners.

Let me read you another poem, and I don’t read poems very much. This one is called You Can Sit with Me, by Amanda Elrod,

You got hammered at the bar on Saturday but came to church on Sunday.
You can sit with me. You’re right where you need to be.

You’re a drug addict. But you came to church on Sunday.
You can sit with me. You’re right where you need to be.

You’re divorced. And the last church you attended condemned you for it.
You can sit with me. You’re right where you need to be.

You had an abortion, and it’s slowly eating away at your heart.
But you came to church on Sunday.
You can sit with me. You’re right where you need to be.

You’ve been unfaithful to your spouse. But you came to church on Sunday.
You can sit with me. You’re right where you need to be.”

Friends, that poem could go on and on and on. But what people out there need– what people out there need is to know that they can sit with me because they’re right where they need to be. If, because of seeing the cross unobstructed, they know that mercy is available here. They know that forgiveness is available here.

So where do we draw the line between those who are good enough and those who aren’t? I think what Jesus would say to us is there are no lines … that should separate people from the forgiveness and the mercy and the grace that is found in Jesus Christ because you see, everyone should have the privilege of praying:

I am a sinner.
Please be my shepherd, my Savior, and my Lord.

Everyone should have the privilege of knowing that even if no one else on this earth loves them, they are loved by God who gave his son, not just for us but for all of us. So that they can see the cross unobstructed and know that they are welcome to come to Jesus.

Please pray with me. Lord Jesus, just as blood flows out of the human heart to flow out toward every single cell in the body, I am so thankful, Lord Jesus, that love flows out from you toward every single person in this world. People might reject you. People might turn away from you. People might run away from you. But Jesus on the cross you show that they are loved whether they know it or not, whether they admit it or not, whether they accept it or not, whether or not they turn to come toward you. Lord, I pray that you’ll help us to be a church that not only follows Jesus Christ but, empowered by the Holy Spirit, is a church that helps other people follow Jesus Christ. And we ask this in Jesus’ name, 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 — September 5 – September 12

OUR CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER PAGE — September 5 – September 12

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 Louise Cheatum

Please Pray For God To Bless These People For Special Needs –
K Wayne Bushue – Is at home and doing well.
K Gerri Molina – A few days ago Gerri wasn’t feeling well, but the latest news from her is that she is much better. Send her a card at: Rm 404, Select Specialty Hospital, 400 SE 4th St., Evansville, IN 47713

Please Pray For God To Bless These People With Ongoing Needs –
Kent Johnson, has broken leg (Kim’s brother), Bill Olden, 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), Nancy Weeks-Lafenhagen.

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
– Kathy Arnstrom, Judy McCarty’s sister in-law
– Pat O’Leary, Alice O’Leary’s son, Rachel, daughter that works at bank.
– Janet Redeker, Greg Ritter’s Mother
– Donald Hickam

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CHURCH SCHEDULE & EVENTS – September 5 – September 12, 2021

CHURCH SCHEDULE & EVENTS &
WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW —
September 5 – September 12, 2021

THIS WEEK’S CHURCH CALENDAR
Sun 9/5
9:00 am … WORSHIP in Sanctuary 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 in Sanctuary at Wesley UMC

Mon 9/6
— … LABOR DAY – Office closed.

Tues 9/7
— … PASTOR DAVE’S Sabbath Day
6:00 pm … KIM’S BIBLE STUDY, Week 10

Wed 9/8
9:00 am … KIM’S BIBLE STUDY, Week 10
1-5 pm … PASTOR DAVE Volunteers at Kdy Library

Sun 9/12
9:00 am … WORSHIP in Sanctuary at Kinmundy First UMC
10:45 am … WORSHIP in Sanctuary at Wesley UMC

WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW —

  1. Committee Meetings –
  • Missions Committee, Mon 9/ 27, 11:00 am
  • Administrative Council, Mon 9/ 27, 7:00 pm
  • Other meetings related to our October 26 Church Conference will be set soon.
  1. THIS WEEK’S PRAYER FAMILIES
    We are beginning an audit of our membership books.
    Ed & Elsbeth Charlton; Noah, Tucker, Logan & Carlie
    Louise Cheatum
    Randy & Carol Comer
    Bryon Connor

  2. KUMC is sponsoring 3 Bounce Houses for the kids that are set up in the City Park on Labor Day. The South Central National Honor Society will be in charge of them. Pastor Dave will be at the Bounce Houses.
  3. TWILIGHT CIRCLE is in need of baby clothing and accessories to fill the “Baby Baskets” that are presented to new babies of member’s families and friends. Items needed are Onesies; white, 6 – 9 mo or larger, Pajamas; boys & girls, Receiving blankets, Socks, Bibs; girls or neutral; Lotion, Body Wash and Butt Paste. They may be left in the office. Thanks.
  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.
    In this time of Coronavirus concern, we …
  6. Encourage you to wear a mask while inside the church building.
  7. Encourage you to spread out, as social distance protects everyone.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

    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 to 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.

    BEST ADVICE: 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.
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Wesleyan Emphases – Jan 22 – Mar 26, 2017

Sermon Series – Wesleyan Emphases – Jan 22 – March 26, 2017
These are examples of sermons preached on Wesleyan theological topics.

Lay servants, select 3 sermons from the list below; listen to them and review the slides.
Consider how you would preach a sermon on the same topic.

Date: 01-22-17
Title: First General Rule: Do No Harm: The Light House Matthew 4:17
Audio
Slides

Date: 01-29-17
Title: Second General Rule: Do All The Good You Can – The Lighted House.
Audio
Slides

Date: 02-05-17
Title: Third General Rule: Draw Near To God – The Serenity Prayer
Audio
Slides

Date: 02-12-17
Title: Means of Grace: Cleansed By The Word.
John 8:31-32, 15:1-3
Audio
Slides

Date: 03-05-17
Title: Means of Grace: The Supper of the Lord –
John 6
Audio
Slides

Date: 03-12-17
Title: Means of Grace: The Blessing of Baptism –
Romans 6:1-11
Audio
Slides

Date: 03-19-17
Title: Means of Grace: Listening Prayer
Audio
Slides

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