St. Matthew's United Methodist Church
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Sunday Services: 9am Traditional | 11:15am Contemporary | 10am Sunday School
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This coming Sunday is an important one in the life of the church. For starters, we’ll explore John 15:1-8 where Jesus describes the ways in which we are to be connected to one another, and to Christ. Jesus is the true vine. God, the Father, is the vine grower, who will remove every branch (us) that bears no fruit. God will prune us so that we might bear more fruit, and sometimes that process of change can be difficult, can’t it? We are to abide in Christ, because separate from the vine, we will wither, but what does it mean to abide in Christ? What is required of us?

We’ll also offer a prayer over those who have been nominated and elected to leadership for 2021. These people have been identified as having gifts and abilities fit for the work of God’s church here at St. Matthew’s, for such a time as this. They have said “yes” to this call, and as they step into their roles, we need to offer our prayers and support. There’s much work to be done, and we must remain connected to one another in order to be fruitful. So we’ll offer our prayers upon those who will serve on our Governance Board, ELC Board, and Permanent Endowment Committee in 2021.

Third, we’ll explore a prayer that John Wesley taught us, known as the Covenant Prayer. Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, adapted this prayer from the Puritan tradition, and it informed his theology and his preaching. He expected the people called “Methodists” to offer this prayer at the start of each year to remember the baptismal covenant, their calling to mission, to remember their baptism, and to seek an assurance of who and whose we are. We’ll have printed cards available with this prayer on it, and I invite you to take two – one for yourself, and one to offer to a friend/colleague/neighbor.

Finally, we will welcome several people into membership, which is always a great day in the life of the church, and is a sign of us bearing fruit.

I hope you’ll join us, either in-person, or online, for a great day of worship at St. Matthew’s.

 

Join us each Sunday in person or online at either 9am (traditional) or 11:15am (contemporary).  We will also have BOTH services streaming live. You can click on the links below:
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