April begins with Easter (Resurrection) Sunday, when we gather together to celebrate ‘the empty tomb’ filled with its promises, hope and assurance that ‘the cross’—its salvation, forgiveness, grace and mercy—is not the end all, but just the beginning of new life and eternity reconciled to God. Therefore, it is fitting that spring brings with it warmer days and signs of new life and rebirth all around us as we behold all God created.
This brings us to the season of Easter. So many times, we think Easter lasts only one day, when in fact, it actually lasts for forty days until Christ ascends into heaven on Ascension Day. So for us this year, April is the month we behold with awe and wonder the resurrected Jesus and prepare ourselves to receive “the Great Commission,” “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, the Son, and 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 day.” (Matthew 28:18-20).
Also, during the season of Easter, I will begin a sermon series on “The Fruit of the Spirit” to prepare, read, meditate and pray over Galatians 5:16-26. Of the nine sections of the fruit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness/generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control—where are you strongest and where are you weakest? Understand that one of the keys to understanding “The Fruit of the Spirit” is that it is not fruitS--it is not plural, as in 9 fruits--but that it is ONE fruit that contains all nine of them. How does this change your understanding? We don’t get to pick and choose—ALL must be evident in our lives. Join me as we explore what it means to bear and show evidence of “the fruit of the Spirit’ in our lives.
Brothers and Sisters, enjoy the warm weather, enjoy God’s creation, enjoy your family and friends, and come with joy to worship with us each week as we give praise and thanksgiving to our mighty God.
May God richly bless each of you, watch over and protect you, and may He continually reveal Himself to you and draw you ever closer to Him.
Dear 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."
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One of the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church addresses the natural environment. It begins: “All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings. God has granted us stewardship of creation. We should meet these stewardship duties through acts of loving care and respect.” Read the whole statement at http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/the-natural-world
Sunday School/Small Group 9:45
Choir Rehearsal 10:30
Worship Service 11:00
Love in Christ,
Large enough to serve, Small enough to care