My Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ!
United Methodist Church
300 W Second Ave, Lenoir City, TN 37771
Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Trinity - a Five-Star Church
Happy Easter! No, I’m not late. We are still in the ‘season’ of Easter, therefore, each day we live in-to the Resurrection by shouting the good news, “Jesus Christ has risen!” Wow! What a way to bring in the month of May with all the new foliage and flowers, beautiful sunsets and sunrises, and the joyful chorus of nature as her songs ring loud through the air, in that, even creation knows there is much to celebrate. There-fore, let us joyfully greet each day and each other as we celebrate our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
We will start the month with our Wednesday Meals at 5:30 throughout the month of May. Come join us for a time of fellowship. I will also begin a time of prayer on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. (5 Wednesdays in May) with a focus on Justice and Peace, Just Prayer: A Book of Hours for Peacemakers and Justice Seekers. In the times in which we are living, we need to engage in becoming both peacemakers and justice seekers. This will give us a direction as we pray into God’s will. With the theme of Peace and Justice, on Sun-day, May 19th at 6:00 p.m. Wendell Werner will provide a Concert of Peace. Please plan on coming out for a great evening of music.
This month we also celebrate Mother’s Day on May 12th with our Lay Leader Jane Whitaker bringing the morning message. Mother’s Day is the day in which we remember and celebrate those special women who have influenced, guided and directed our lives. Most of all, we need to offer prayers of thanksgiving for their love and pointing us toward God. I will be thinking of all you during this special day while I celebrate in Virginia with my mother.
We will then, as a nation, celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 29th remembering all the men and women who have given their lives fighting for our country and for freedom around the world. This is the day to reflect upon the cost of freedom and lift our country and our military up in prayer.
And, we will begin the month of June, celebrating Ascension Day on Sunday, June 2nd. This is the day that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, ascends to his Father leaving his disciples with the Great Commission, “Go and make disciples…” Please take time to reflect upon the ascension of Jesus and on the Great Commission to see how your life reflects this directive. Or in Trinity’s wording, Disciples making Disciples to share the LOVE of Jesus Christ with our community and the world!: through Worship, Connect, Grow, Serve/Give and Share. Read Matthew 28:16-20. Notice Jesus doesn’t have us “think about going” or “talk about going,” he commands us simply to “Go.”
Let your lives be filled with joy so that all who encounter you also encounter Jesus Christ. Let your hearts and minds be so filled with the love of Christ that people will come up to you and want what you have. What a wonderful opportunity during this season of Easter to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with this hurting world around us.
As I said, “Happy Easter!” May God continue to bless you each and every day, reveal himself to you in amazing ways, watch over and protect you, and always draw you closer to Him.
Sunday School/Small Group 9:45
Choir Rehearsal 10:30
Love in Christ,
Presenting Wendel Werner - A Concert for Peace - May 19, 6 pm
Large enough to serve, Small enough to care