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Sunday, May 31, UMCMV “Servant Day”
…God Has No Hands But Ours…
What is “Servant Day”? On Sunday, May 31, the congregations of both our worship services will come to church at 8:30 A.M. for breakfast and prayer, and then at 9:30, go forth to places throughout our community to complete a variety of service projects.
Why Are We Doing This? The mission of our church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Our little part of the world is here in Mount Vernon and the surrounding area. Our members can witness to our discipleship by living the servant life, and practice Jesus’s teachings by serving others with our hands and feet.
The theme of the day will be “God has no hands but ours”.
This day will also reflect the four pillars on which our church stands: Outreach, Family Ministries, Spiritual Growth and Worship of God; and unite our congregations and families with one common activity.
Who Can Participate? Everyone! There will be projects for persons of all ages and skill levels. Families will be encouraged to work together, though there will be childcare available.
Who Is Planning “Servant Day”? Babs Moore, Ray and Nancy Reasland are leading this effort, with other committee members including Marilyn and Roger Schnittjer, Kim Ott, Janet Griffith, Sue Gradwell, Mary Jane McWilliams, Julie Baty, Barb Shepley, Kay Graber, Jo and Randy Harmon.
What Kind of Projects Will There Be? All kinds….indoor, outdoor, for young and old…projects within our community and the surrounding area, projects for people in our congregation, projects in our own church and on church property….projects ranging from raking lawns, weeding and tilling gardens to running errands and visiting with those who rarely leave home…from reading to and taking care of children to praying for those in need…from replacing hallway ceiling tiles to cleaning a Sunday School room closet…from visiting persons at Hallmark to helping someone with computer skills to doing small indoor repairs…whatever you see around you that will serve others.
We will also need people to help with the breakfast at 8:30, to provide tools and cleaning supplies, and to match volunteers with projects.
What Do You Need from Me? First, put May 31 on your calendar then sign up to help.
PASTOR BILL’S BYTES
The end of our Lenten journey has come and gone, and we’re well into our Holy Week quest. Soon we will hear the cries, “He is risen! He is risen indeed!” Oh, how I love our Easter celebrations! Such joy! Such excitement!
And then. . . what? What difference does it all make in our lives? In a world so acquainted with death and destruction, a world that has been seduced by the allure of sin, how are we to live as if those cries of “He is risen” really mean something? It seems to me that much of the world (including many who shout, “He is risen” on Easter morning) spends the rest of the year bargaining with the powers of death and destruction while flirting with the enticements that take us farther away from God. Meanwhile the trap that sin is always setting gets stronger and tighter We’ve been calling our Lenten series of messages “An Unexpected Global Uprising.” Is this an uprising that will make a substantial difference in the world? If it is to be so, it must make a difference for us. Will it? Will it lead us to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ? On Maundy Thursday, we gather around the table to remember the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. But on Easter Sunday, when we gather around the same communion table, will it be only to remember an event long ago, or will it mean that something significant happened that Easter morning long ago that transforms our lives today?
I want to invite you to the table on Easter Sunday morning to celebrate the re-membering and re-constituting of the Body and Blood of a risen Christ which changes everything. Come, gather to celebrate the overcoming of the powers of sin and death, just as the disciples of old celebrated the overcoming of the power of Caesar, not by might nor power, but by our simple surrender of our fears and our willingness to live by faith and love. I hope I see you there at the table of the risen Lord.
Your servant for the sake of Jesus,