A Mother’s Day Prayer

Lord, God; Mothers come in many different forms, and today we celebrate them all!

Everyone here is either a son or a daughter.
Thank you God for my mother!

For those women who have joined God in Heaven and whom we miss dearly here on earth. 
Thank you God for the mothers of the past.

For every woman who is working day and night to raise her children right now.
Thank you God for the mothers of today.

For all the women who are expecting, but aren’t quite mothers yet!
Thank you God for the soon-to-be-mothers.

For the women who took in others’ children through adoption and foster care.
Thank you God for the mothers with hearts so big.

For those women who have lost a child to death and must carry on.
Thank you God for the mothers who are so strong.

For all the women who have desperately wanted to have children of their own, but instead have become mothers to everyone else.
Thank you God for the mothers in spirit.

We thank you, Lord, for the women who have influenced our lives in so many ways. We pray that we will honor them in everything we do. 
Amen.

Natural Wonders series week two

This Sunday we are continuing our worship series, Natural Wonders. Join us as we go on-location to find some really big rocks as we look at the Biblical image of God as our Rock. We are saddened that we cannot meet together for Mother’s Day but hope you can celebrate this occasion in a way that is meaningful to you. 

You can see the worship service here:
https://youtu.be/ftZT9PEkF6o

Compline Prayer Services

Join us live on Facebook, Monday thru Friday evening for a Compline prayer service at 8:00 PM. Compline is the traditional prayer service to end the day. This service was established in 6th century monasteries as the last of seven times of prayer throughout the day. The Order for the prayer service will be posted on our Facebook Page and Compline will only take a few minutes but is always a peace-filled way to end the day and get ready for the next. I hope you can join us.

Natural Wonders Series starts this week

This Sunday we are beginning a new worship series, Natural Wonders. Our worship services will take us on-location as we focus on some of the great imagery found in Scripture. I hope you can join us for a special series of services starting this week!

Click HERE to join the worship service.

Online Worship for April 26

It is a beautiful morning! Get outside and take advantage of it and then take advantage of a worship service with FUMC either today or tomorrow (or both?). You can worship with us HERE.

Worship & Mission

This Sunday we welcome a special guest from World Vision who joins us to worship and share an opportunity to continue our service to the most vulnerable people around the world. For the past three years we have participated in the Global 6K and we hope you can join us again this year. 

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Click this LINK to sign up for the 6K team!

12. Jesus is buried in the tomb

Scripture: John 19:38-42

38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. 39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. 40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

Reflection: 

It is nearing night on this Good Friday. In less than an hour the sun will set and darkness will take over. Imagine the darkness that crept into the hearts of Jesus’ followers, friends, and family on their first night without him.

Activity:

Walk outside and look toward the setting sun. As you gaze on the horizon consider the darkness that is a life lived without Jesus. While considering this let your mind rest on people in your life who are living in that darkness and pray that they might awaken to the living Light of the World, Jesus Christ.

Prayer:

Lord, you are the true light of this world and as this day ends I thank you for your Spirit alive in me that lights my spirit on fire. I pray that fire will sustain me until the great celebration of Easter Sunday and your victory over sin and death. Amen. 

The Body of Jesus is Laid in the Tomb 1917 Eric Gill 1882-1940 Transferred from the Library 1979 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P08064

11. Jesus is taken down from the Cross

Scripture: John 19:31-37

31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,” 37 and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”

Reflection:

The loss of hope can come quickly. For the followers of Jesus the end of his life on the cross marked a sure loss of hope in all they expected that Jesus would accomplish. The cross led to Jesus’ death and the death of their hope in him. When we find ourselves in a place of hopelessness it is important to remember the way that the cross opened up a greater hope.

Activity: 

On a blank piece of paper write a word or two that represent an area of life where you have lost hope. This may be in relationship to a person or circumstance in life. Now draw a circle around this lost hope and pray that God would reveal to you a greater hope. This time, draw a larger circle around this lost hope and again pray that God would reveal to you a greater hope in place of this one. 

Prayer:

Jesus, don’t allow me to expect that everything about you makes perfect sense. Help me remember that faith in you is just that, faith, and not a math problem that can be proven. And when my hope is lost, replace it with something greater. Amen.