Many complain that they “don’t feel anything” at church. Others complain that the Word just didn’t reach them, while some can’t remember the topic of the sermon minutes after worship has ended. Is it possible that God sometimes ignores our worship? Is it possible that sometimes we just go through the motions and rituals we’ve become so accustomed to that we’ve forgotten why we gather?
Sometimes our lives are so busy that we don’t make time for God, yet expect Him to show up in the convenient, small time we make for Him. We expect to be filled spiritually on Sunday, yet our minds and hearts are focused on what we have planned after church or what we need to do at work on Monday. Worship is for God and contrary to what some might believe, it is not for us. Our purpose in gathering together for worship has to be to praise Him and seek Him wholeheartedly. If we don’t, we are walking down the same paths as the Israelites did so many times. They made the appropriate sacrifices, observed the feasts, completed all the prescribed rituals, yet their hearts were nowhere near God and He ignored them.
It is when we give to and do for others that we receive the greatest blessings. It is when we give and do for God in worship, with right hearts, that we usher in His presence and receive blessing. You can’t worship God and truly be in His presence without being changed, therefore being blessed.
Let us set our hearts to worship God daily and corporately on Sunday just as David did in Psalm 138.
Grace and Peace!
Philemon…a book of the Bible that most overlook and even fewer have bothered to study. It’s not really a book, just a letter. Paul wrote this personal letter to Philemon concerning a private matter, yet Paul understood the implications on the future of the church at Philemon’s house, on Onesimus’s life, as well as the lives of those to be reached at some point by the church in Colosse.
Onesimus was Philemon’s slave and apparently ran away. Not only did he run away, but he apparently stole from him. In that culture, this carried an almost certain sentence of death and at best, a brutal beating followed by lifelong humiliation. Onesimus was fortunate enough to stumble upon Paul, who himself was in chains, and led him to Christ.
Paul understood the need for repentance on Onesimus’ behalf as well as the need for Philemon to extend grace and forgiveness to Onesimus and receive him back, not as his slave, but as his brother in Christ, forgiving him of all trespasses and loving him as his brother.
You see, the Gospel message is about forgiveness and the grace extended to us by God. It is about the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ. The Gospel message is about the love, grace, and forgiveness of God extended to us and we are to extend it to others as well. When we withhold forgiveness and grace to others, the message of the Gospel that we proclaim has no meaning.
Paul compelled Philemon by the love of Christ to forgive, just as he had been forgiven, and set a shining example for the world to see. Is there someone you haven’t extended forgiveness and grace to? Do it today. It’s not and option. In Matthew 6:14-15, Jesus says “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also give you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Recognize the love, grace and mercy and forgiveness extended to you each day be God and live by His example. Grace and Peace!
Lauderdale United Methodist Church will be a Host Site for the Women of Faith Christmas Simulcast on Friday, November 30, 2012 in the gym. We will have finger foods and fellowship beginning at 6 pm and the simulcast is from 7-9:30 pm. There is no charge to the public for this event; instead, a love offering will be taken for Feed by Faith ministry. This event is for women, men and teens. Click on the picture above to go to the Women of Faith website and see more about the night’s line-up.
If you are interested in helping with this event or for more information, please contact Heather at 601.480.3253 or Jan at 601.917.3209 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join us for an evening of hope and joy.
Sorry, no nursery available for this event.
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;
August 13-20, 2012 Chris Cornet and Mike Wall will be going on mission trip to Alaska to finish out construction on a church about 30 minutes from Anchorage. They will be traveling with 6 people from other cities. Sylvia McMinn has made a beautiful “Yo-Yo” quilt and the mission team will be raffling it off to raise money for this trip.
Tickets can be purchased starting Sunday, June 17th and the raffle will be held Wednesday, July 25th at 6:30. Ticket donation is $10. Winners need not be present to win.
Alaska is a new area of ministry for our church so lets support this trip.
It’s time to order VBS t-shirts! VBS is early this year and we want to make sure that everyone that wants to order a shirt gets the opportunity. Adult shirts are $10 each and the children’s shirts are going to be paid for from the Wednesday night potluck next week (May 30) There are 4 color options: Tangerine, a medium Blue, Irish Green, and Hot Pink.
If you placed your order Wednesday night for the Coral Silk, please see Jan…that color is not available and was changed to Hot Pink.
Sorry for the short notice but this has snuck up on me
If you aren’t going to be at church Wednesday night, please call or email me with your order 601-917-3209 or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP so enough food can be prepared.
The adorable little children of LUMC have once again entertained us Wednesday April 11th, and we’ve captured it. The pictures are now posted on the Photo Gallery page. Take a look and see how much fun you missed if you didn’t attend. You also missed the entire audience participating in the Hokey Pokey for Jesus.
There are also a couple of videos from that night posted in the video section of our web site that you just can’t miss. Be sure to play the “Children Getting Set” first to get the full affect.
If you are in the Courageous class, don’t panic about your homework! I have had some calls from some overwhelmed people.
The assignments for this week are as follows (they are on the 24 of the workbook pages you received Sunday night):
For MEN only – In The Resolution for Men, read:
- “Why We Need Men of Resolution” pages 11-23
- “Resolve to Be a Man of Responsibility” pages 55-69
For WOMEN only – In The Resolution for Women, read:
- “The Resolution Revolution” pages 1-7
- “The Secret” pages 17-22
- “Purposely Feminine” pages 31-48
From reading the Women’s book, the author states that the chapters are not numbered so you have to “remember where you were.” Note that the assignments are not in order; they skip around. So take a deep breath, grab your Resolution book and a pen or highlighter, and begin the journey! As the author says on page 2 of the women’s book: “…since making resolutions is osmethin we all do anyway, the question for us to grapple with is not whether we’ll ever dare to make any more of them but whether we’re going to be intentional about hte ones we do make. We need to make sure the banner that flies over our lives and announces to the word who we genuinely are is one that says what we want it to say, one that changes things in us and around us for the better.