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.

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.

RMN Press Release

— 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.