Giving Tree

A “Blessing Box” will be built by the big old tree at church, newly named “The Giving Tree” by our congregation last Sunday. The unanimous decision to add this project came after several uplifting testimonies about similar blessing boxes at other churches in our community and across the country. Everyone will be free to share food staples on the honor system of “Take what you need and bring what you can.”

Congregational Dialogue Sermon

“The Ministry of All Christians” is the Laity Sunday sermon topic for October 20, corresponding with the denominational theme for Laity Sunday, “Therefore, Go! With HOPE through PURPOSE.”

The Bible Reading is from 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. “All of you are Christ’s body, and each one is a part of it.” (1 Cor. 12:27 GNT). Three people will lead the dialogue on the points of the discussion:

1. Matthew 5:14 — Ways we embody the light of Christ in our congregation.

2. 1 Corinthians 12:12 — Ways our congregation works for justice.

3. 1 Peter 2:9 — Ways our congregation encourages people to use the means of grace, especially regular prayer, study, worship, and service

The bulletins for this and last Sunday include a copy of the “Briensburg UMC Missional Vision and Ministries” and of “The Ministry of All Christians” Section 2 of The United Methodist Book of Discipline as additional references.

Worship & Praise

Join us this Sunday at 11 am for Worship & Praise!

Each Sunday worship celebration is a blend of contemporary and traditional spirituality and includes praise band and testimonies, prayers, creed, Bible readings, sermon, hymns and invitation to Christian discipleship. Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday each month and on other holy days. Our worship experiences are very personal, incorporating everyone present into the warm feeling of loving and accepting each other as the family of God.

Sunday of Solidarity for Suffering Children

Sunday, June 30 Briensburg UMC will participate in the “Sunday of Solidarity for Suffering Children” promoted by UMCOR and UM Global Ministries.

For more information, please see:

A Prayer for Suffering Children
God of All Children Everywhere,
Our hearts are bruised when we see children suffering alone.
Our hearts are torn when we are unable to help.
Our hearts are broken when we have some complicity in the matter.
For all the times we were too busy and shooed a curious child away,
forgive us, oh God.
For all the times we failed to get down on their level and look eye to eye with a child, forgive us, oh God.
For all the times we did not share when we saw a hungry child somewhere in the world, forgive us, oh God.
For all the times we thought about calling elected officials to demand change, but did not, forgive us, oh God.
For all the times we thought that caring for the children of this world was someone else’s responsibility, forgive us, oh God.
With Your grace, heal our hearts.
With Your grace, unite us in action.
With Your grace, repair our government.
With Your grace, help us to find a way to welcome all children everywhere,
That they may know that Jesus loves them,
Not just because “the Bible tells them so,”
But because they have known Your love in real and tangible ways,
And they know that nothing, absolutely nothing, can separate them from Your love.
Amen.