— BREAKING — 1,000TH UM CHURCH/COMMUNITY COMMITS TO LGBTQ JUSTICE AND INCLUSION A MONTH AFTER DENOMINATIONAL ANTI-LGBTQ VOTE
Excerpt from press release:
Briensburg United Methodist Church in Benton, KY, became the 1,000th Reconciling Church on Friday, March 29, 2019. “Briensburg UMC hopes to amplify the message that even smaller rural churches like ours do not stand alone in our resolute affirmation that God loves everyone,” says Rev. Bill Lawson, who serves as Briensburg UMC’s pastor. “To the UMC, we point out that God continues to demonstrate the reconciling work of Jesus on the cross by manifesting the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the ministries and relationships of LGBTQ Christians. To all LGBTQ Christians, we absolutely welcome and need your full participation and leadership in our congregations.”
See the official announcement here.
See the entire press release here.
Audio of sermon on March 24, 2019
‘Leave it alone, sir, just one more year; I will dig around it and put in some fertilizer. Then if the tree bears figs next year, so much the better; if not, then you can have it cut down.’” Luke 13:8 (GNT)
Audio of sermon from March 17, 2019
How many times I wanted to put my arms around all your people, just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would not let me!
Luke 13:34 (GNT)
Why put yourself in a position where you can’t love and be loved as Christ loves? Why judge others or accept their judgments of you?
Sermon on Luke 4:1-13 preached on March 10, 2019 by Pastor Bill Lawson at Briensburg UMC.
Audio of Sermon for March 10, 2019
Our Lenten theme this year focuses on the joyful aspects of self-examination, breaking a bit from the medieval traditions of self-flagellation and from the popular tradition of confessing other people’s sins instead of our own.
Our worship services and proclamations of the Gospel will emphasize the theme “Be Loved, Not Judged.” We can’t help what others want to do if they are determined to do it the other way around, but we can choose to intentionally place ourselves where we can love and be loved as Christ has loved us. We can choose intentionally to refrain from accepting the judgment of others and resist the temptation to judge them in return.
“Rend your heart, and not your garments.” Joel 2:13
“We join the Reconciling Ministries Network as a Reconciling Congregation. We welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities to participate fully in the worship, life, ministry, membership, and leadership of Briensburg United Methodist Church.” Unanimous Single Governance Board vote on March 3, 2019.
We are asking everyone connected with the ministries of Briensburg UMC including online, study groups, Scouting, active and inactive membership, and any other programs to please join the RMN as a “Reconciling United Methodist” and notify us by text, phone call, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org when you have done so. Cards are also available in the church vestibule.
“Listen to What JESUS Says.”
Jesus is the primary spokesperson in the Bible.
Audio of Sermon on March 3, 2019
Transcript of Sermon on March 3, 2019