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The congregation at Mount Vernon United Methodist is a warm and welcoming group-- eager to meet you and excited about worship. Come visit and see for yourself how God is working in our church and in our lives. We think you'll agree that the "UMCMV" is a pretty amazing place to be!
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PASTOR BILL’S BYTES
We began our Lenten journey last Sunday. This is the season of the church year that focuses on Jesus’ purposeful journey to Jerusalem, where he would lay down his life to free us from bondage to sin. Some see this season as a season of giving up something – which we fully intend to indulge in after the season has passed – to symbolize our willingness to follow Jesus in taking up the cross to embrace our own death. I fail to see any sacrifice in this that is anywhere close to embrace our own call to die to self so that we might live in Christ.
Our journey this Lent will take a little different path. We will be exploring Jesus’ “sermon on the mount,” recorded for us in the Gospel of Matthew, chapters 5 through 7. I believe Jesus shows us here the little deaths to self that free us from old patterns that lead to destruction and death for ourselves and all creation. Jesus does not ask us to die the death that he suffered on the cross. Only he could accomplish this. Because of his sacrifice, the path is open to us to have a growing relationship with God, if we are willing to receive his sacrifice for us.
Still, we live in a world broken by sin. God calls us to participate in redeeming the world, and due to the influence of sin, there are many “little deaths” we are called upon to embrace. Our willingness to embrace these will help us become the people God created us to be to bring out the God-colors and flavors in this world. Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount will equip us for this. We hope you will join us in this journey.
Your servant for the sake of Jesus, Pastor Bill