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April 14, 2024
April 10th, 2024
Tending a new creation may involve the creation or expansion of our concepts of “family.” In the scripture Jesus confirms that kinship in God’s Realm can go beyond bloodlines. We can re-create family ...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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April 7, 2024
April 4th, 2024
As we begin the series, we will look to what Jesus taught about keeping the Sabbath. In order to tend a new creation within us, we focus less on rules, and more about what gives us life and light as a...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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April Newsletter
March 28th, 2024
“Want to be friends?” I often marvel at my children’s natural ability to make friends effortlessly at the park. They’d simply ask, “Want to be friends?” and, just like that, a new connection was form...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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March 31, 2024
March 28th, 2024
Easter is tricky when it comes to faith. We come for the happy ending–the “and then they lived happily ever after.” The resurrection story proclaims hope over despair and life over death, yet we know ...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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March 29, 2024 7:30 pm Good Friday Service
March 28th, 2024
Some days are just lousy and that doesn’t even begin to cover it. The first recorded use of "guode friday” was in the South English Legendary, a text from 1290. Calling a day “good” was a way to denot...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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March 24, 2024
March 21st, 2024
In this Week's Bulletin:AnnouncementsScheduleMonthly EventsMonthly MissionPastor's DiscretionaryLiturgyGatheringMessageOfferingClosing The United Methodist Committee on Relief is one of the “best thin...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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March 17, 2024
March 13th, 2024
The story of Jesus includes many moments around tables, as this was part of his ritual of relationship even to the last. In this fifth week of the Lent season, we will hear a story of love and devotio...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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March 10, 2024
March 7th, 2024
Judgment. Judgment. Judgment. Who among us doesn’t struggle with this… judging others, judging ourselves. And usually we are our own harshest critics. Some preachers have expressed a worry about how t...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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March Newsletter
March 1st, 2024
In this Month's Newsletter:Preacher's Part from Pastor DavidA Note From Pastor DonnieMonthly MissionPastor's DiscretionaryHospitalityThe Church MouseEaster Egg HuntCommunion for the Home boundBirthday...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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March 3, 2024 Liturgy
February 29th, 2024
As we continue our look at what it means to release oppressive expectations about perfection in our lives and in our faith, this week we turn to a harmful idea that the prescription for our fear of fa...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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February 25, 2024
February 21st, 2024
We continue our movement through the Lent season this week with another kind of “letting go.” This week we lament that so much in life is out of our control. This is frustrating to us and so sometimes...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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February 18, 2024
February 14th, 2024
The liturgical season of Lent developed over the centuries as a time of deepened reflection. Originally a period of preparation for baptisms on Easter Eve, it later became a time for all Christians to...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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Ash Wednesday
February 13th, 2024
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lent season, a time when we aspire to make some room for deeper introspection and practices that will draw us into the love and assurance of faith. But sometim...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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February 11, 2024
February 7th, 2024
Whether this Psalm was aspirational (written before the exile ended) or was a reflection of what was happening already, the last verse reminds us that we can keep hope even in our waiting because God’...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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February 4, 2024
February 1st, 2024
This Psalm is the first of several that begin, “Alleluia” It is like the moment we hear good news that we have been waiting for and we let out a “hoop and a holler” or a “woo hoo” The mixture of joy a...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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February Newsletter
February 1st, 2024
The Monthly Newsletter for St. Paul's UMC...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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January 28, 2024
January 25th, 2024
Written in a time when the Hebrew faith claimed one God while other faiths around them claimed many, the point of this Psalm seems to be making the case for the Holy “One and Only.” But it also names ...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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January 21, 2024
January 18th, 2024
The Hebrew poets made sure to highlight that their God was not one so high and mighty (like other gods worshiped by their neighbors) that the people could not “know” God and be known fully and wonderf...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
January 14, 2024
January 11th, 2024
The repetition in this Psalm (“the voice of ADONAI”) points to this literature’s musical origins as an earthly and heavenly call for us to worship the One who is in all things, including the storms of...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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January 7, 2024
January 4th, 2024
We begin a new worship series today that we pray will bring a “breather” and a sense of assurance to us all. Life is a series of exclamations from “O No” to “Help” to “Oh Yeah”. We can swing between ...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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December 31, 2023
December 29th, 2023
December 31, 2023 PreludeStephanie ShordenGreetingPastor Donnie Sturgill*Threshold MomentLeader: Ahhh… here we are again, friends, and for the last time sitting in a time of contemplation together. As...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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December 24, 2023 7:00 pm Christmas Eve Service
December 24th, 2023
December 24, 2023Traditional Candlelight Service PreludeStephanie ShordenOpening HymnGood Christian Friends RejoiceUMH #224WORDS: 14th cent. Latin; trans. by John Mason Neale, 1855 1. Good Christianfr...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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December 24, 2023 5:00 pm Family Christimas Eve Service
December 24th, 2023
December 24, 2023, 5:00 Family Service PreludeStephanie ShordenGreetingRev. David Petty*Advent Wreath LightingBecker FamilyReader 1:Jesus Christ is the Light of the World. Let us celebrate Emmanuel, w...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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December 24, 2023 9:30 am Service
December 22nd, 2023
December 24, 2023 9:30 Worship Service PreludeStephanie ShordenGreetingRev. David PettyThreshold MomentRev. David Petty Sanctuary ChoirUpon this moment, upon this people, upon this place, the holy com...  Read More
by Rachel Ford
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