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.”
“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, 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.
By his resurrection, Christ validated his teachings
about love as our way to Heaven.
Audio of Easter sermon on April 21, 2019
about Luke 24:1-12.
Audio of sermon on April 14, 2019 on Luke 19:28-40.
When we judge, innocent people suffer.
“God bless the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory to God!” (Luke 19:38 GNT)
Audio of sermon for April 7, 2019 on John 12:1-8
See the Bible through the eyes of others, especially from the healing perspective of Jesus. John 12:1-8
Audio of Sermon for March 31, 2019 on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32.
The prodigal’s extravagantly wasteful living was completely overshadowed by the parent’s extravagant forgiveness and love and acceptance.
— 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.”