First United Methodist Church https://firstmethodistclinton.org Clinton, MS 39056 | 601.924.6671 Tue, 30 Jun 2020 18:51:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.129/izx.c1d.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/cropped-FirstUnitedMethodistChurch_512-32x32.jpg First United Methodist Church https://firstmethodistclinton.org 32 32 Clinton, MS 39056 | 601.924.6671 First United Methodist Church clean First United Methodist Church podcast@firstmethodistclinton.org podcast@firstmethodistclinton.org (First United Methodist Church) Sermon Podcast for First United Methodist Church Clinton, MS First United Methodist Church https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.129/izx.c1d.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/FirstUnitedMethodistChurchiTunes.jpg https://firstmethodistclinton.org How to Be…Life Lessons from Jesus https://firstmethodistclinton.org/how-to-belife-lessons-from-jesus/ Tue, 30 Jun 2020 18:33:37 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=235684

In July we will take an extended look at the 5th Chapter of Matthew’s Gospel (The Sermon of the Mount) and see what Life Lessons we can find.

Week 1

How to be Blessed

Week 2

How to be Important

Week 3

How to be Loving

Week 4

How to be Perfect

Matthew 5:1-12 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Beatitudes
5 When Jesus[a] saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely[b] on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

How to be Blessed

Rev Dr Ricky James

Jesus tells us to be perfect like his Father in heaven, but what does it really look like to attain Christian Perfection.

Matthew 5:13-20 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Salt and Light
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
The Law and the Prophets
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter,[a] not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore, whoever breaks[b] one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

How to be Important

Rev Dr Ricky James

We’ll look at Jesus command for us to be “Salt and Light” teaching how we as Christians are called to live in and interact with the world around us.

Matthew 5:21-27 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Concerning Anger
21 “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister,[a] you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult[b] a brother or sister,[c] you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell[d] of fire. 23 So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister[e] has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister,[f] and then come and offer your gift. 25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court[g] with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.
Concerning Adultery
27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’

How to be Loving

Rev Dr Ricky James

We’ll confront the reality that sometimes in life relationships can be damaged and broken. How then should we respond as Christians?

Matthew 5:38-48 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Concerning Retaliation
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; 40 and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; 41 and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. 42 Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.
Love for Enemies
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers and sisters,[a] what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

How to be Perfect

Rev Dr Ricky James

Jesus tells us to be perfect like his Father in heaven, but what does it really look like to attain Christian Perfection.

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The Voice June 29, 2020 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/the-voice-june-29-2020/ Mon, 29 Jun 2020 20:57:15 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=235679

MESSAGE FROM RICKY

Dear Friends,

I had hoped to be sharing with you this week our plans to re-open the church facility to in-person Sunday morning worship. 

However, this past week we have seen a significant increase in the number of new cases of Coronavirus. Several of our sister churches across the state, who have already been meeting for a few weeks, have now reported significant outbreaks among members and staff. In response to these new developments, our Bishop asked for all the Methodist churches in Mississippi to prayerfully reconsider their plans to physically gather.

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The Songs of Salvation https://firstmethodistclinton.org/the-songs-of-salvation/ Fri, 26 Jun 2020 17:01:00 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=235476

Rev Dr Ricky James

Christians are called to be a singing people and to sing songs about our salvation in Jesus. This week, we’ll reflect on God’s desire to save us, and what it means to be saved. But we’ll do so by sharing in some of the great songs of salvation.

 2 Peter 3:9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you,[a] not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.

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The Voice, June 22, 2020 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/the-voice-june-22-2020/ Mon, 22 Jun 2020 20:48:47 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=235624

MESSAGE FROM RICKY

While we have begun the process of searching for a permanent Director of Kid’s Ministry, you can imagine that a global pandemic is a less than ideal time to conduct a job search! We are committed to finding the right person with the gifts, heart, and passion for our children and their families. That may take some time, but we wanted to ensure that we continued to support our kids during this transition. 

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The Sons of Jacob https://firstmethodistclinton.org/the-sons-of-jacob/ Sat, 20 Jun 2020 18:14:00 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=235465

Rev Dr Ricky James

Family dysfunction is a biblical tradition. The rivalry between the sons of Jacob, and their mutual hatred for their brother Joseph, boils over into kidnapping and near murder. Happy Father’s Day! (But at the same time we see God, the perfect father, working good from the dysfunction).

Genesis 37 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Joseph Dreams of Greatness

37 Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan. 2 This is the story of the family of Jacob.
Joseph, being seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers; he was a helper to the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he had made him a long robe with sleeves.[a] 4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.
5 Once Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream that I dreamed. 7 There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright; then your sheaves gathered around it, and bowed down to my sheaf.” 8 His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Are you indeed to have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more because of his dreams and his words.
9 He had another dream, and told it to his brothers, saying, “Look, I have had another dream: the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 10 But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him, and said to him, “What kind of dream is this that you have had? Shall we indeed come, I and your mother and your brothers, and bow to the ground before you?” 11 So his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
Joseph Is Sold by His Brothers
12 Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem. 13 And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” He answered, “Here I am.” 14 So he said to him, “Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock; and bring word back to me.” So he sent him from the valley of Hebron.
He came to Shechem, 15 and a man found him wandering in the fields; the man asked him, “What are you seeking?” 16 “I am seeking my brothers,” he said; “tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock.” 17 The man said, “They have gone away, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers, and found them at Dothan. 18 They saw him from a distance, and before he came near to them, they conspired to kill him. 19 They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. 20 Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.” 21 But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.” 22 Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him”—that he might rescue him out of their hand and restore him to his father. 23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves[b] that he wore; 24 and they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.
25 Then they sat down to eat; and looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels carrying gum, balm, and resin, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. 26 Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? 27 Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers agreed. 28 When some Midianite traders passed by, they drew Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.
29 When Reuben returned to the pit and saw that Joseph was not in the pit, he tore his clothes. 30 He returned to his brothers, and said, “The boy is gone; and I, where can I turn?” 31 Then they took Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a goat, and dipped the robe in the blood. 32 They had the long robe with sleeves[c] taken to their father, and they said, “This we have found; see now whether it is your son’s robe or not.” 33 He recognized it, and said, “It is my son’s robe! A wild animal has devoured him; Joseph is without doubt torn to pieces.” 34 Then Jacob tore his garments, and put sackcloth on his loins, and mourned for his son many days. 35 All his sons and all his daughters sought to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted, and said, “No, I shall go down to Sheol to my son, mourning.” Thus his father bewailed him. 36 Meanwhile the Midianites had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard.

 

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The Voice, June 20, 2020 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/the-voice-june-20-2020/ Sat, 20 Jun 2020 13:10:19 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=235582

HOLY COMMUNION

In a variety of ways, we are adjusting our practices to minimize the level of physical touch that happens in the life of the church while still trying to continue somewhat normal activities. This Sunday the sanctuary will be open from 2-4pm to receive Holy Communion at the altar. As you arrive please feel free to come forward to the altar to receive Communion or you can take a seat in the designated areas and wait until the altar is prepared for you.

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The Voice June 15, 2020 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/the-voice-june-15-2020/ Mon, 15 Jun 2020 21:22:53 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=235561

Dear Friends,


Like me, I know so many of you are ready to get back to in-person Sunday morning worship! It’s hard to be separated, but I’m grateful for your patience over these past months as we’ve learned a new way to be church in the midst of a pandemic. 
We will soon be back together, but I wanted to ask for just a bit more patience! 
 

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Speak Lord, For Your Servant Is Listening https://firstmethodistclinton.org/speak-lord-for-your-servant-is-listening/ Sun, 14 Jun 2020 14:08:40 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=235459

Rev Dr Ricky James

God calls Samuel in the night, and his response, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening” becomes a model for all of us who dare to ask God to speak to us.

1 Samuel 3:1-10 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Samuel’s Calling and Prophetic Activity
3 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.

2 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 3 the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!”[a] and he said, “Here I am!” 5 and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. 6 The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8 The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

 

Speak Lord, For Your Servant Is Listening

by Rev Dr Ricky James

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The Voice June 12, 2020 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/the-voice-june-12-2020/ Sun, 14 Jun 2020 13:47:51 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=235543

SUNDAY, JUNE 14 • 2:00 – 4:00 PM

COME & GO PRAYER TIME

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The Voice – June 8, 2020 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/the-voice-june-8-2020/ Mon, 08 Jun 2020 18:47:53 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=235503

MESSAGE FROM RICKY

Dear Friends,

This is Sarah Kate Griffin’s last official week as a member of the church staff. We are grateful for the faithful work she has provided these past years in leading our Kid’s Ministry. 

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