Prayer is a powerful tool of faith to open our eyes to God's possibilities in our lives, and in God's world. We are resuming our community prayer walks, which we invite church members, friends, and community residents to join us in, so that we may seek together God's will for us as people who can bring forth God's fruits of faith in this place.
Pastor John will organize these prayer walks, which take off from the church sanctuary steps at noon on Mondays, as weather and appointments permit. Pastor John has been continuing prayer walks already, and invites everyone to join us in them. After our prayer walks, you are invited to join us in the Clark Room for a brown bag luncheon and discussions, using our holy conversation guidelines to make them safe and fruitful.
A menu option on our office telephone menu will give you the latest status on prayer walks. We look forward to you joining us - and to inviting others into them!
All things bright and beautiful! All creatures great and small! You are welcome to come for a blessing!
At 1PM this Sunday, we will have a gathering on our front lawn to bless the pets and other domesticated animals that people care for. All of God's creation is from God's blessings, and we hope that your loved pets and animals will benefit from the anointing of God's blessings upon them. We have a special gift for all who participate. Foul weather location for the blessing will be our fellowship hall, in the rear of our main church building. Come to rejoice in all that life offers us though God's blessed creations!
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!
Prayer is one of our most important and effective ministries. When people are in need, turning to us as a church to support them in prayer makes a big difference - and attracts people to the fellowship of Christ in our church.
We are installing a new phone system that will allow multiple people to support incoming prayers from our members and our community. When a person selects a phone menu option, the system will enable one or more people to be alerted to a prayer request. Responders do not have to speak directly to the person - they may call in to hear voicemail of the request, and pray in privacy. People who want to respond directly to the person may still have call filtering options set up.
Please contact Pastor John Blossom is you are interested in participating in this ministry or to learn more about it. No special equipment is required to participate - any normal phone will do, though, mobile phones will give participants more options. Thank you!
Before you take off, before your guests arrive, before you head into the busy-ness of Thanksgiving Day, take a few minutes to join together with other people in our community at 9AM for a moment of prayer and reflection in our beautiful church. The service will be very informal, and will last for no more than 30 minutes. We hope and pray that it will be a time when you can feel thankful for your blessings, and thankful for a God who brings us the blessings of eternal love when we have a hard time understanding our blessings. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
We thank the people who came to our hurricane prayers service on Wednesday night, we had some powerful moments of prayer and reflection, and a very enthusiastic discussion afterwards about how we may can work together with our neighboring churches to provide what will be critical relief to the millions of people being affected by major hurricanes in the south. Below is the audio and slide video podcast, and underneath that a list of the five most critical things that we can do to help those in need through UMCOR - our United Methodist Committee on Relief. 100 percent of your donations to UMCOR go to relief work. at umcor.org/donate Please continue to pray, as often as you can!
Pastor John Blossom put on his storm gear as the sounds and sights of a dangerous night on the Sea of Galilee came to life in his sermon, "Get in the Boat," based on Matthew 14:22-33's story of the disciples struggling to stay alive in a tiny boat as Peter walked with Jesus on the water. Audio and slides from our announcements, the sermon, our prayers and our sending charge are in the podcast below. Printable text of Pastor John's sermon are viewable below under the podcast, and can be downloaded here.
Our Sunday bulletin now has discussion questions that relate to each week's sermon and lectionary Bible readings, and lists the readings for the upcoming week. In the fall, we still start a discipleship BIble study group on Sundays based on these questions and readings. See Pastor John for details and to join the leadership of this discipleship study group. Have a blessed week!
"We the People" touching lives in our community
Sunday, July 2nd was our new Pastor John Blossom's first turn at leading our congregation in worship in his new role, and his sermon "We the People" reminded us that we, the people of South Meriden Trinity UMC, are to enter our community in faith, to call them to faith, and to serve them in faith.
Words turned quickly into action, as several members of our congregation and visitors walked the block surrounding our church, stopping at several places to pray for local families, our Unity House mission facility, local businesses, local police, our Star Cubs pre-school and Hanover Elementary School.
Linda Kirk assisted those who could not walk the distance by driving them in her convertible, and we prayed holding hands with them whenever we could. We stopped to greet a couple of members' families at their homes, and prayed with some of them also.
As our new Web site says, our church is in the middle of South Meriden for a reason - and we're moving forward in faith to discern how God will use us in this place at this time!
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