Archive for Pastor’s Corner
Talking with God is the most important conversation that you will have today and tomorrow. When the disciples came to Jesus and asked him how to pray, Jesus gave them a very simple way of prayer. We call that the Lord’s Prayer. To show how simple it is consider these facts. The Lord’s Prayer consists of 66 words. The Gettysburg Address is made up of 286 words. The Declaration of Independence is comprised of 1,322 words. However, federal regulations governing the sale of a head of cabbage total 26,911 words. Yes I said 26,911 words as a guide line to sell ONE head of cabbage! These statistics suggest a fascinating principle: The wiser, grander, and more profound the idea to be expressed, the fewer words are needed to express it.
Jesus made it simple for us to pray! I believe that God wants to talk with us every day and is waiting to hear from us. Jesus gave us a great example of how to pray with just 66 words and if you timed yourself praying the Lord’s Prayer it would take about 3 minutes. We spend more time looking in the refrigerator trying to find a snack. Send some time listening and talking with God. God cares for you and loves you.
Peace & Joy;
On Sunday, May 20th, 2012, Lauderdale United Methodist Church (LUMC) will be hosting a Public Servant Appreciation Service to show their respect and thanks for the work done in our communities by public servants who put their lives on the line every day. The special service will begin at 11:00am in the main sanctuary of the church located at 3632 Lauderdale Road in Lauderdale, Mississippi. Pastor Gary Howse and all the LUMC congregation want to invite all active police force members, EMT’s, Volunteer Fire Department Personnel, Ambulance drivers, Sheriff Departments, and service related men and women to come and let us show them our appreciation for the job they do.
A section of steel from the World Trade Center which was destroyed on 9-11-2001 will be on display at the church. The exhibit was donated to the Alabama Chapter of the Terry Farrell Fund by the National Chapter of the Terry Farrell Fund and is currently on tour Alabama before being officially dedicated in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at a special service on June 2, 2012. The Lauderdale UMC event will be a rare opportunity for the people of East Mississippi to see the exhibit before it reaches its final destination. Terry Farrell was one of the firefighters lost trying to save others on 9-11.
Cuba Alabama’s Fire Chief and Lauderdale UMC Choir Director, Reid Vaughn worked to have this display brought to LUMC for this Public Servant Appreciation Service. If you are a volunteer, we would like for you to join us for this tribute.
Lauderdale UMC will provide lunch after Sunday’s service and request those who plan to attend the special service on May 20th contact 601-679-8806 or email email@example.com to RSVP so enough food can be prepared.
The days are surely coming says the Lord, when I will raise for David a righteous Branch…. Jeremiah 23:5
Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose (Mary) to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:19-20
Have you ever thought that you had a good plan and even made sense to you, but God had another plan for you? Have you ever heard the voice of an angel? Maybe not, but have you ever changed your mind because you knew God wanted you do to something else? when we open our hearts to God’s Word, we find ourselves making the choices based on what we think God would like rather then what we like. Becoming the person that would be pleasing to God is part of the Advent journey. So as we move full stream ahead toward Christmas, take time to listen to God, maybe even an angel will appear!
Peace & Joy,
Dear Lauderdale United Methodist Church Family & Friends,
A cartoon from a few years ago showed a woman saying to her husband, “Good grief, Henry. Here’s Christmas at our throats again!”
Amid the preparations for Christmas each year, there always seem to be a few voices like hers, proclaiming a “Bah, humbug!” on the whole business. And if the truth be known, some of us may feel less than excited about Christmas ourselves. The expense, the crowds, the overindulgence, the hurried schedules and all the other trappings of modern Christmas celebrations are enough to make all of us to have a Scrooge look at the season.
In the face of the humbug state of affairs, it is helpful to remember that God did not send Jesus to be “at our throats,” but to be “in our hearts.” The difference between those two concepts defines the gap between gloom and glory. There’s a reason we call the gospel good news. As John so aptly put it, “For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him” (3:17).
Jesus is God’s gift to our world — and to our hearts. When Jesus resides within, whether we enjoy or merely tolerate the flurry of seasonal preparations, Christmas itself is a grand opportunity to say thank you to God for the gift of the Son.
My Prayer for you is that you and your family have a Blessed Christmas and remember to let Christ be the center of your life.
In God’s peace & Merry Christmas,
This time of the year we are all standing in line and hurrying to find that perfect gift for others and at times for ourselves. I think it is amazing that a young woman and her family have answered God’s call to bring this message to us. The following is Becky Kelly’s story behind the song:
“While at the mall a couple of years ago, my then four year old nephew, Spencer, saw kids lined up to see Santa Claus. Having been taught as a toddler that Christmas is the holiday that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, he asked his mom, “where’s the line to see Jesus”?
My sister mentioned this to my dad, who immediately became inspired and jotted words down to a song in just a few minutes. After putting music to the words, and doing a quick recording at home, he received a great response from friends. He sent the song off to Nashville without much response, except for a Christian song writer who suggested adding a bridge at the end of the first chorus. My dad then asked if I wanted to record the song to see what we could do with it. I listened to the song, made a few changes to the words to make it flow better, and we headed to Shock City Studios.
It was at the studio where Chris, owner and producer, rewrote the 2nd verse and part of the chorus… with goose bumps and emotions high, we were all hopeful and felt like we had something special. The demo was recorded in just under 2 hours and sent off again to Nashville… still no response.
Then 2 weeks before Christmas last year, my cousins Greg and Robbie decided to do a video to see what we could accomplish on YouTube. The first day we had 3000 hits and it soared from there. We received e-mails, phone calls, Facebook messages from people all over asking for the music, CD’s, iTunes, anything… we had nothing. After a couple of meetings with Chris following the amazing response, we got serious. We headed back into the studio this past spring… this time with guitars, drums, bass, pianos, choirs… the real deal…. and here we are today.
Getting iTunes set up, a website put together, and loving that thousands upon thousands of Christians have come together… remembering the true meaning of Christmas. Out of the mouths of babes come profound truths that many adults cannot understand. Hopefully Spencer’s observation will cause people all over to reflect on the love of Jesus, and that one day we will all stand in line to see Him. We are most thankful to our Heavenly Father to have this chance to share our music with you. Merry Christmas everyone.”
I don’t believe I could have said it better! We should all slow down and remember that we already have the greatest Gift. “…for today in the city if David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” The greatest gift if indeed ours… We don’t have to rush out and buy it nor do we have to stand in line. We simply need to slow down and remember what has been done for us.
“Glory to the newborn King; peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!”
One of the best known lines from one of the most sung Christmas Carols. The words of this carol were put to paper by Charles Wesley and published by the same around 1739. While the original wording was altered somewhat by George Whitfield, a friend of Wesley, the text has remained nearly unchanged. In 1753 Whitfield changed the opening line to what we know today from the original, “Hark, how all the welkin rings, Glory to the King of kings.” The only significant change in the hymn would be the music. Wesley originally had the hymn set to a more somber tune. In 1840, Felix Mendelssohn composed a cantata that celebrated Johan Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press. The second movement of the cantata was adapted by William H. Cummings, in 1856, for the singing of the hymn. The present harmonization used with this hymn is a stark contrast to the original tune that the hymn was set for.
I find it hard to select a favorite Christmas song. Indeed, I love them all! However, this song ranks in the top ten of all of them. I can only imagine the hillside and the shepherds who were surprised by the pronouncement of the arrival of the Messiah. God found these people at work, on a cold night to bring them the news that would transform their lives. I find that fitting and such a poignant example of how we should be. Christmas is most certainly a time for us to be reminded of the coming of the Christ. It is a time that we should take a step back from work and other things and dwell on what is important. As Wesley so succinctly paraphrased Luke 2:8-14, “…born that we no more may die, born to raise us from the earth, born to give us second birth.” Let’s thank God today for the GIFT!
Our Pastor, Gary Howse is now a grandfather.
Reed Howse was born today!!
Details to follow later.
Greetings & Peace to you.
I am amazed at the large number of people at Lauderdale United Methodist Church that use their gifts and talents to promote the kingdom of God. There is a lot of different ministries at LUMC because so many are aware of their gifts and talents, then they use them. If you are looking for a church where you will be welcome and feel the love of Christ, then LUMC is your place. We have a place for you.
Peace & Joy;
Rev. Gary Howse