Rejoice! We Walk the Authentic Walk of Jesus! August 25th 2019 Worship Podcast and Sermon Text for South Meriden Trinity UMC
Felt that special new feeling this Easter? Still looking for it? Our church offers you a great place to find a new life in the risen Jesus, in a church that really serves everyone in our community!
Pastor John Blossom's spring sermon series, "New Life in Jesus," explores how we can be authentic Christians in our homes and in God's world, with love for all people of all faiths, and of no faith. To claim the love of Jesus, we must proclaim it to God's world - in the name of Jesus, as Jesus would!
You belong. You're welcome. You're invited! This Spring, we have:
Would you like to reaffirm your connection to the God who created you from dust, the God who died for the world, the God who rose from the dead, for our sake, and the sake of the world? Say, "It's me, God! Remember me?" in our season of Lent, the forty days and Sundays between Ash Wednesday (March 6th) and Easter Sunday (April 21ast).
Come in any time during the week that our "OPEN FOR PRAYER" sign is out, and get in touch with our God in prayer and reflection. Come to our faith groups, Wednesday nights at 5PM and 7PM, and make new connections with others who are on this journey of hope. Experience Good Friday in worship on Friday, April 19th, a 7PM, and reflect on the power of Jesus' gift of the cross, which leads us through what we fear most to gain what we can love most.
And then, on Easter Sunday, rejoice! Jesus rose from the dead, to offer us new life, now and forever. Our celebration begins at 9.45 on our front lawn with an Easter Bunny egg hunt for children, and is followed with a beautiful worship service, with joyful music, and a powerful message of hope. Journey towards the day that changed all days, forever - and follow the way of Jesus in your heart!
You can have the same old kind of year, doing the same old things.
Or, you can find another way.
Our church offers all kinds of people ways to re-engage and revive their faith, so that our faith can change not only our lives, but God's world.
It starts every Sunday at 10AM, with our joyful worship, and warm fellowship.
It grows during the week as we walk through our community in prayer each Monday, with brown bag lunch discussions afterwards. It continues during the week as we pray together for God's possibilities.
It brings us into circles of friends at our Faith Groups every Wednesday at 5 and 7 PM, and as we bring faith to our families during the week.
It puts us in touch with people, in our community, and around God's world, who need the healing touch of God.
We have events throughout the year that make a difference in people's lives.
We hope that you will choose a fresh approach to your life, through faith, that will help you to grow in new ways, and to find real joy in life, whether life is perfect or not.
Let us know how you'd like to begin. Or, just start. We look forward to seeing you soon!
We have people interested in becoming new members of our church - as well as current members who need to be ready to walk alongside new members in renewed United Methodist discipleship.
Everyone, including long-time members and youths, are encouraged to attend three sessions in January that will explore three key topics that are essential for success in church membership:
A schedule for signup will be available in our sanctuary through December. There will be multiple time slots available, and you are free to "mix and match" time slots that work best for your schedule.
Each session will be about two hours in length, ending with a church-wide weekend mission project in our community at the end of our class time in late January or early February. Later in February, we will welcome those wishing to become new members of the church at a Sunday worship service.
To help both existing and new members to become more effective together in Christian ministry and discipleship, EVERY church member and church friend is encouraged to attend these sessions.
As we get ready for a year of becoming a church that invites us and our community into God's possibilities, January will be the time for us to remember how to invite those possibilities as a Methodist Christian community - and to welcome new people into the church who can join us in inviting those possibilities. We are already in a new year of Christian faith - let's get ready to open the gifts of faith in fresh new ways!
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