Saving Faith Deep Enough for Anyone! July 29th Worship Podcast and Sermon Text for South Meriden Trinity UMC
Ready for worship at 10AM on Sunday that will fire up a saving faith? Pastor John's sermon series on Ephesians continues this week, with a story that will knock your socks off - and make us all deeply aware of how we are called to trust in our saving God as the way to set us free - and everyone free! Come for memorable worship, reflect on how God is ready to help your faith to be deeper when you need it the most, and rejoice in a church that brings saving faith to the world!
OUR CHARGE TO KEEP: Our God reaches wide to bring us into a saving faith! Help us this week, saving God, to trust that it reaches even us, and those who our church must reach!
How wide is a saving faith? Wide enough to invite the whole world into God's household - a household with a new way of life! This Sunday, Pastor John Blossom continues his "Fire Up a Saving Faith" sermon series with a look at how early Christians invited into Christ a world of people who were told they weren't God's people. We have always belonged to God's household: are we ready to join it?
We will start our worship as usual at 10AM, and after the passing of the peace we will move into our fellowship hall, where worship will include our quarterly "Holy Conferencing" - a time when we can reflect on our discipleship and hear about the life of the church. We will be done by about 11.40, and we hope that you can stay for the whole time, and enjoy the fun. See you on Sunday!
.While we are sorry that Sarah Bourdon is moving on to a new full-time position in a local school system, it is with great pleasure that we are welcoming in her replacement today. William A. Mariano comes to us as the current Office Administrator at Cheshire United Methodist Church, and is now our new part-time Office Administrator. William has several years of experience in church office administration, as well as an enthusiasm for faith and growing churches that is a wonderful match for our own growing church.
William will be receiving training from Sarah and Mary Barker in the weeks ahead on the deeper "ins and outs" of our operations, but already he has gone through his initial orientation, and begins this first day in the office today, ready to "hit the ground running!" His regular office hours will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 1.30PM-4.30PM.
Please welcome William warmly in the days and weeks ahead, and please wish Sarah and her family our very best as she transitions into her new role. We have been blessed, coming and going!
What would it be like to have a saving faith - a faith that gives us a rich, deep, broad, strong, loving, joyful and safe sense of God's presence in our lives, always? Early Christians had this saving faith, and rejoiced in its power in their lives. Methodism is rooted in the idea of practicing a saving faith, and bringing its fruits to the world!
This Sunday, Pastor John Blossom will invite us on a journey into saving faith, as he kicks off a new sermon series: "Fire Up a Saving Faith" begins. The series will focus on the New Testament letter to the Ephesians, which celebrates how the early church in the generation after Jesus' resurrection discovered saving faith.
There is a study, reflection, and prayer guide that will be available in your bulletins at the first service, and available throughout the series in the church, as well has online here. We encourage you to pick up a copy of the guide, and study and reflect on it on your own and with others, and pray its prayers, to help you to come to a better place in your faith life.
Sunday's sermon, "How Rich?," Will focus on the opening to Ephesians, where the riches of a saving faith are being realized by early Christians with assurance, and hope. Enjoy that Christian hope growing in you this Summer! See you Sunday.
How would it feel to have a saving faith - a faith that gives you riches, a faith that is with you everywhere with anyone, a faith that is deep, a faith that is strong, a faith that is loving, a faith that is joyful, a faith that makes you feel safe always?
We all want this kind of faith- and it's available to everyone! Pastor John Blossom's sermon series "Fire Up a Saving Faith" this summer leads us on a journey through the New Testament letter to the Ephesians, to lean how early Christians discovered and practiced this saving faith.
You can pick up a copy of a study guide in our church to help you to learn and apply the lessons of Ephesians to your own life. Use it to reflect on this important letter as you read it, to pray on how you want to apply it to your own life. Share your insights and prayers with others in our Methodist Faith Groups, or with your family and friends. You can also print the study guide out from our PDF version here or below. We hope that this sermon series helps you to fire up your faith this summer!
Does your faith help you to stand up, stand out, or does it hang in the closet, waiting to be put on for a good occasion? This Sunday, Pastor John's sermon "Sore Thumbs" will remind us that the world that needs exceptional faith to endure in our hearts - and faith can help us to trust in the exceptional example of Jesus for how to stand up when the world needs us to stand out. Come at 10AM for worship that will touch your heart, stay for warm fellowship, and leave with faith that will move you in new directions. See you then!
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