First United Methodist Church https://firstmethodistclinton.org Clinton, MS 39056 | 601.924.6671 Wed, 23 Sep 2020 13:50:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 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 The Voice, September 22, 2020 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/the-voice-september-22-2020/ Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:50:14 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=236814

Dear Friends,

It was great to see so many of you in worship this past Sunday as we added back our 11AM service in the Worship Center. Also, we’ve expanded our capacity in the 9AM service as well so there is more room for those who are ready to worship in person. Be sure to register below and let us know you’re coming. Don’t worry, we’ll continue to offer our online worship experience as well. However and wherever you worship, we are the church together.

As we look to October, we’ve got a lot of great things in store. We’ll be celebrating our confirmands who will be making their professions of faith in Jesus Christ on October 4th in both services and resuming our Youth United Nights. We’re holding our long postponed Garage Sale on October 9th and 10th. (See more info below on how you can help!) And on October 11th we’re having a blood drive in honor of our own Beverly Yeates. 

These are just some of the ways we are being the church in this new era. Some things look different, some things look the same. But in all things God is still God and THAT is Good News!

Grace and Peace,
Ricky

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Don’t Hoard https://firstmethodistclinton.org/dont-hoard/ Sun, 20 Sep 2020 13:00:44 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=236565

Since we’ve been spending a lot more time at home lately, perhaps you’ve finally gotten around to that never ending “to-do” list. Tackling projects and crossing off tasks gives a sense of accomplishment. But there are also things that we shouldn’t do, things to avoid, things to give up that will also help us grow in our faith. Join us as we look at our “To-Don’t List.”

September 20- Don’t Hoard

The Israelites are told that God will provide, but do they believe it? God says he’s given them food every day, but don’t collect more than their daily need. In a time of uncertainty, we’re tempted to take more than we need, but what does that do others in need, and what does it do to our own soul?

 Exodus 16:2-15

2 The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. 5 On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.” 6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaining against the Lord. For what are we, that you complain against us?” 8 And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the Lord has heard the complaining that you utter against him—what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the Lord.”

9 Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’” 10 And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. 11 The Lord spoke to Moses and said, 12 “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”

13 In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?”[a] For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.

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The Voice, September 14, 2020 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/the-voice-september-14-2020/ Tue, 15 Sep 2020 18:40:45 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=236771
Dear Friends,
I hope that you’ve heard the news that this coming Sunday, September 20, we’re taking the next steps in our reopening plan. 
 
We’ll be adding an 11:00 a.m. worship service in the Worship Center. Additionally, we’re expanding capacity in our 9:00 a.m. service to 200 people in attendance in the Sanctuary. We will still have a reservation system for both services, so click the links below to sign up or call the church office.
 
We will still have the online service option as well, so however you choose to worship this coming Sunday we’re grateful to be the Body of Christ together. 
 
Also, mark in your calendar October 4th, because in just a few short weeks we will gather on that Sunday morning to confirm our 2020 Confirmands! This has been delayed since April because these students wanted to wait and be confirmed in person when the time was right. So, we’re excited to celebrate these young people as they make their professions of faith in Jesus and officially become church members.
 
That’s also going to be a big day as our youth resume in person United Night Sunday worship. We’ll also be live broadcasting United Night, so if you’re not ready to return, you can still participate. 
 
We’ll continue to follow all the best guidance around social distancing, hand sanitizing, masks, etc., so be sure to check THE VOICE each week to see any changes and 
 
I hope you have a great week, pray for our friends along the Gulf Coast, and see some of you Sunday!
Grace and Peace,
Ricky

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Don’t Judge https://firstmethodistclinton.org/dont-judge/ Sun, 13 Sep 2020 11:33:04 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=236547

Since we’ve been spending a lot more time at home lately, perhaps you’ve finally gotten around to that never ending “to-do” list. Tackling projects and crossing off tasks gives a sense of accomplishment. But there are also things that we shouldn’t do, things to avoid, things to give up that will also help us grow in our faith. Join us as we look at our “To-Don’t List.”

Sunday – September 13, 2020

The church in Rome has a big problem. Some members won’t eat meat, preferring only vegetables. Some members are worshipping just on Sunday, instead of Saturday. The church can’t seem to agree who’s right and who’s wrong. Paul points out the real problem is something different: judging others.

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The Voice, September 8, 2020 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/the-voice-september-8-2020/ Tue, 08 Sep 2020 13:07:04 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=236510

Dear Friends,

This past Sunday was a wonderful day of worship as we gathered around the table of the Lord’s Supper. In fact, we gathered as a church across the city, celebrating Holy Communion together in the Sanctuary and in our homes. This feast of Christ’s sacrifice reminds us of our unity in the Spirit and the world could use more reminders of the opportunity Jesus gives to be one in him!

We’ve been meeting in-person now in the Sanctuary for four weeks, under the recommendations by the Annual Conference. This week the lay leadership of our church (called the Executive Committee) will be meeting to look at our next steps for expanding worship and discipleship opportunities on campus. Pray for them as they seek God’s wisdom to make the best decisions for the next steps for our church community.

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To-Don’t List https://firstmethodistclinton.org/to-dont-list/ Tue, 08 Sep 2020 13:01:00 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=236169

Since we’ve been spending a lot more time at home lately, perhaps you’ve finally gotten around to that never ending “to-do” list. Tackling projects and crossing off tasks gives a sense of accomplishment. But there are also things that we shouldn’t do, things to avoid, things to give up that will also help us grow in our faith. Join us as we look at our “To-Don’t List.”

September 13- Don’t Judge

The church in Rome has a big problem. Some members won’t eat meat, preferring only vegetables. Some members are worshipping just on Sunday, instead of Saturday. The church can’t seem to agree who’s right and who’s wrong. Paul points out the real problem is something different: judging others.

Romans 14:1-12

Do Not Judge Another

14 Welcome those who are weak in faith,[a] but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. 2 Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. 3 Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. 4 Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord[b] is able to make them stand.

5 Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. 6 Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks to God.

7 We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. 8 If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister?[c] Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister?[d] For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.[e] 11 For it is written,

“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall give praise to[f] God.”
12 So then, each of us will be accountable to God

September 20- Don’t Hoard

The Israelites are told that God will provide, but do they believe it? God says he’s given them food every day, but don’t collect more than their daily need. In a time of uncertainty, we’re tempted to take more than we need, but what does that do others in need, and what does it do to our own soul?

Exodus 16:2-15

2 The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. 5 On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.” 6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaining against the Lord. For what are we, that you complain against us?” 8 And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the Lord has heard the complaining that you utter against him—what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the Lord.”

9 Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’” 10 And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. 11 The Lord spoke to Moses and said, 12 “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”

13 In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?”[a] For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.

September 27- Don’t Forget

It’s easy to forget. With all the stress of life and the challenges that lie ahead it’s easy to forget that we’re still here, still breathing, still alive. It’s also easy to forget who got us here. Psalm 78 reminds us of all the deeds and wonders God has done to bring his people thus far. Don’t Forget, that God is still in charge.

Psalm 78

God’s Goodness and Israel’s Ingratitude

A Maskil of Asaph.

1 Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old,
3 things that we have heard and known,
that our ancestors have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their children;
we will tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.

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Discerning The Body https://firstmethodistclinton.org/discerning-the-body/ Sun, 06 Sep 2020 11:29:56 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=236205

One thing that I have missed immensely during these past months is the regular practice of Holy Communion. This special meal that reminds us of the death of Jesus and unites us together as the body of Christ is an essential practice of the people called Methodist. John Wesley was known to celebrate communion daily, early Methodists took communion weekly, and here on the American frontier Methodist pioneers received communion every time the Circuit Rider came around (leading to our current practice of once a month!)

1 Corinthians 11:17-29

Abuses at the Lord’s Supper
17 Now in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. 18 For, to begin with, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you; and to some extent I believe it. 19 Indeed, there have to be factions among you, for only so will it become clear who among you are genuine. 20 When you come together, it is not really to eat the Lord’s supper. 21 For when the time comes to eat, each of you goes ahead with your own supper, and one goes hungry and another becomes drunk. 22 What! Do you not have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you show contempt for the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What should I say to you? Should I commend you? In this matter I do not commend you!
The Institution of the Lord’s Supper

23 For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for[a] you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Partaking of the Supper Unworthily

27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be answerable for the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Examine yourselves, and only then eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For all who eat and drink[b] without discerning the body,[c] eat and drink judgment against themselves.

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The Voice, August 31, 2020 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/the-voice-august-31-2020/ Mon, 31 Aug 2020 12:38:43 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=236161

Dear Friends,

 One thing that I have missed immensely during these past months is the regular practice of Holy Communion. This special meal that reminds us of the death of Jesus and unites us together as the body of Christ is an essential practice of the people called Methodist. John Wesley was known to celebrate communion daily, early Methodists took communion weekly, and here on the American frontier Methodist pioneers received communion every time the Circuit Rider came around (leading to our current practice of once a month!)

 While, we have held a weekly come-and-go communion during the pandemic, I’m excited to share that this coming Sunday, we’ll resume our monthly celebration of the sacrament. During our 9:00 a.m. chapel service, we will celebrate Holy Communion in the sanctuary. We will serve communion at the rail, using our regular cups and with servers wearing masks and gloves for your safety. 

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Waiting For What’s Next https://firstmethodistclinton.org/waiting-for-whats-next/ Sun, 30 Aug 2020 11:36:55 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=236142

“THE WAITING”

Waiting For What’s Next

First United Methodist Church, Clinton MS

At the Ascension of Jesus, he tells the disciples to go back to Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit to give them power and direction. They return home and commit themselves to prayer. But as they tarry, someone gets antsy, and decides it’s time to act (and form a committee!)

Acts 1:6-14

The Ascension of Jesus

6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11 They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas

12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. 13 When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of[a] James. 14 All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

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The Voice, August 24, 2020 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/the-voice-august-24-2020/ Mon, 24 Aug 2020 17:58:38 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=236153
​Dear Friends,
It was wonderful to see people inside the building for worship once again this past Sunday. While worship still looks different (with masks and social distancing) its a tangible reminder of the presence of Christ in the gathered community. 
Thank you to our staff and volunteers who helped to make everything on our first day back run so smoothly. We of course learned a lot and will undoubtedly make some small tweaks each week as we open back up. If you weren’t able to join us, be sure to sign up using the link below or call the church office to reserve your spot!

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