Lectio Divina for September 25th

We begin our prayer…

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Enlighten, O God of compassion,
the hearts of your children, sanctified by 

penance, and in your kindness grant those you stir to a sense of devotion a gracious hearing when they cry out to you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity 

of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. 

Reading (Lectio)
Read the following Scripture two or three times. Romans 12:1-2

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Meditation (Meditatio)
After the reading, take some time to reflect in silence on one or more of the following questions: 

  • What word or words in this passage caught your attention? 
  • What in this passage comforted you? 
  • What in this passage challenged you? 

Contemplation (Contemplatio

Read the scripture passage again, followed by this reflection: 

How does this passage connect with the experience of your daily life? 

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” 

How have I conformed to the ways of the world? I have seen my spiritual life grow over the years, but what is hindering me from deeper growth, a deeper inner life? 

“Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

The more I surrender control of my life to God, the more I become attuned to God’s voice and how he wants my will to freely choose his will. What areas of my life need to be surrendered today? 

Prayer (Oratio

Read the scripture passage one more time. Bring to the Lord the praisepetition, or thanksgiving that the Word inspires in you. 

Complete this time by reciting the Lord’s Prayer and the following: 

Closing Prayer: 

“Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. 

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn” Psalm 37:4-6

Weekly Prayer Services

A major part of discernment for the church is to gather together to pray. During this season of discerning God’s will for our future of ministry in our community and beyond, we will be praying together each Wednesday at Noon in the sanctuary. Please join us to seek God’s guidance through prayer.

First Discernment Meeting

The first meeting in our discernment of the future denominational alignment of the church will be Aug. 25th at 6:30 PM. This meeting is open to all church members to attend and we will be presenting material from the Texas Annual Conference Discernment Task Force and have a time for our own Q&A to answer as many questions about discerning what is right for our church as we can. There will be a box supper from Jason’s Deli provided. 

District Meeting on the Future of the UMC

The West District will host an informational meeting August 13th from 2:30 to 4:00 PM, with a panel of representatives who will explain the options for local churches going forward in the UM denomination or elsewhere through disaffiliation from the denomination. The district meetings, “will include three speakers – one who will discuss the future of the UMC, another who will discuss the Global Methodist Church (GMC) and a third who can discuss other options. Currently, five-minute videos are being prepared to outline the different options. Each district meeting will be split equally between presentations and a Q&A session.” This information will be important for us as we consider the future of our church and the decision we will make about our affiliation to a denomination. For more information you can go to the Conference website at txcumc.org. The August 13th meeting will be held at Christ Methodist Church in College Station, 4201 Texas 6 frontage Rd.

Blessing of the Backpacks

This Sunday (August 14) we are inviting all our kids to bring their backpacks to church as we bless them and pray over our students as they begin their new school year! If you have students in your family or neighbors or friends you would like to invite to join us we would love to see them as we lift them up before they set off into this new school year.

Administrative Council Meeting

Our next Admin. meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 18th at 6:30 PM. Administrative Council meetings are open to all church members to attend and we will be discussing the information presented at the District Future Discernment Meeting. 

Blood Drive

The next Red Cross blood drive will be Tuesday, August 2, 12:30-5:30. You can sign up for an appointed time HERE.

Gospel Brunch

Sunday, July 31st is a fifth Sunday. That means we have the opportunity to reestablish a lost tradition of having a Gospel Brunch on Fifth Sundays! You are invited to join us for brunch in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 10:30 and our worship service will start at 11:00. If you are able, please bring a favorite brunch item to share.  

VBS 2022

We had an amazing four days of Adventure Island VBS with Northwood Apartments, First Presbyterian, and Salem Master Built Ministries! Here are a few memories we created together.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4