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October is a traditional time for church stewardship and commitment campaigns, a time to “re-up” so to speak. What if this October, we took a long look at our own faith and our call to “Re” in every aspect of our lives?

October 25- Re:Commit- Philippians 3:12-14 (Commitment Sunday)

Every day is a gift from God, and every day is a change to start over. We get to recommit to following Jesus, put our money where our faith is, and offering ourselves in ministry to the world. And no matter what happened yesterday, Paul reminds us to “Press On.”

Philippians 3:12-14
New Revised Standard Version

Pressing toward the Goal

12 Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal;[a] but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Beloved,[b] I do not consider that I have made it my own;[c] but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly[d] call of God in Christ Jesus.

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Re:Concile https://firstmethodistclinton.org/reconcile/ Sat, 17 Oct 2020 12:03:00 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=236581 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/reconcile/#respond https://firstmethodistclinton.org/reconcile/feed/ 0

October is a traditional time for church stewardship and commitment campaigns, a time to “re-up” so to speak. What if this October, we took a long look at our own faith and our call to “Re” in every aspect of our lives?

October 18- Re:Concile- 2 Corinthians 5:17-19

Paul says that God is working in the world to reconcile people, to forgive sin, and to heal brokenness. He then makes the bold claim, that God has entrusted to us (his followers) that same task: to be ministers of reconciliation. Which means we have to give up some of our old ways and become new creations. It’s tough work, but it literally saves lives.

2 Corinthians 5:17-19
New Revised Standard Version

17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself,[a] not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.

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Re:New https://firstmethodistclinton.org/renew/ Sun, 11 Oct 2020 13:57:41 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=236577 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/renew/#respond https://firstmethodistclinton.org/renew/feed/ 0

October is a traditional time for church stewardship and commitment campaigns, a time to “re-up” so to speak. What if this October, we took a long look at our own faith and our call to “Re” in every aspect of our lives?

October 11- Re:New- Romans 12:1-2

Paul tells us to be transformed by the renewal of our minds. There’s a connection between what we take in and what we give out. The world seeks to form us in ways that leave us afraid, angry, and alone. God seeks to transform us into his will to be good, acceptable, and perfect.

Romans 12:1-2

New Revised Standard Version

The New Life in Christ

12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual[b] worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.[d]

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Don’t Forget https://firstmethodistclinton.org/dont-forget/ Sun, 27 Sep 2020 11:00:12 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=236569 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/dont-forget/#respond https://firstmethodistclinton.org/dont-forget/feed/ 0

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 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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Don’t Hoard https://firstmethodistclinton.org/dont-hoard/ Sun, 20 Sep 2020 13:00:44 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=236565 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/dont-hoard/#respond https://firstmethodistclinton.org/dont-hoard/feed/ 0

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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Don’t Judge https://firstmethodistclinton.org/dont-judge/ Sun, 13 Sep 2020 11:33:04 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=236547 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/dont-judge/#respond https://firstmethodistclinton.org/dont-judge/feed/ 0

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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Discerning The Body https://firstmethodistclinton.org/discerning-the-body/ Sun, 06 Sep 2020 11:29:56 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=236205 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/discerning-the-body/#respond https://firstmethodistclinton.org/discerning-the-body/feed/ 0

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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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 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/waiting-for-whats-next/#respond https://firstmethodistclinton.org/waiting-for-whats-next/feed/ 0

“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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Waiting in our Grief https://firstmethodistclinton.org/waiting-in-our-grief/ Fri, 21 Aug 2020 17:32:07 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=236073 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/waiting-in-our-grief/#respond https://firstmethodistclinton.org/waiting-in-our-grief/feed/ 0

When Lazarus gets sick, his sisters Mary and Martha leap into action. Faced with illness and death they do all they can, even calling out to Jesus for help. None of it work and Lazarus dies. As they wait in their grief, Jesus comes and weeps with them. But that is not where the story ends. 

John 11:1-44

The Death of Lazarus

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus,[a] “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus[b] was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. 10 But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.” 11 After saying this, he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.” 12 The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.” 13 Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. 14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15 For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16 Thomas, who was called the Twin,[c] said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

Jesus the Resurrection and the Life

17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus[d] had already been in the tomb four days. 

18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles[e] away, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.[f] Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah,[g] the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”

Jesus Weeps

28 When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29 And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32 When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 34 He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus began to weep. 36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

Jesus Raises Lazarus to Life

38 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

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Waiting for a Sign https://firstmethodistclinton.org/waiting-for-a-sign/ Sun, 16 Aug 2020 13:07:35 +0000 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/?p=236027 https://firstmethodistclinton.org/waiting-for-a-sign/#respond https://firstmethodistclinton.org/waiting-for-a-sign/feed/ 0

“THE WAITING”

Waiting is the hardest part life- even when we know what’s coming, and especially when we don’t. We’ve been doing a lot of waiting this year, and may have to wait a bit more, so what do we do? One thing is to look to scripture and draw strengths from the stories of God’s people who waited in hope, through prayer, and for the dawn of a new day.

Genesis 15:2-6, “Waiting for a Sign”

When he was 75, Abraham is told by God that he will have a son. As the years (Decades) go by, he begins to doubt that God will come through on that promise. He begins to make other plans, assuming that God hasn’t forgotten, until one night God gives him a sign he’ll never forget.

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