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Office Hours 9 am – 2 pm (M-F) – 203-426-9998
- Sunday Services: Two Services: 8:00 am and 10:00am
- Adult Bible Study: 8:30am – Betts Conference Room
- Children’s Sunday School: app. 10:30 – 11:30 (During 10:00 service)
WORSHIP NOTES: Read Lectionary Notes HERE
More this week…
- 7:00 p.m. – Prayer Shawl Ministry – Choir Room
- 7:30 p.m. – Church Council – Betts Conference Room
- 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall
- 8:10 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall
- 12:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall
- 7:00 p.m. Stephen Ministry Training – Betts Conference Room
- 7:00 p.m. – Boy Scouts – Rauner Hall
- 10:00 a.m. – Quilters
- 6:30 p.m. – Hearts of Hope – Rauner Hall
- 7:00 p.m. – Stephen Ministers – Betts Conference Room
- 7:30 p.m. – Guitar Group Rehearsal – Choir Room
- 8:00 p.m. - Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall
- 7:30 p.m. – Senior Choir – Choir Room
- 8:00 pm – Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall
- Cub Scouts – Pinewood Derby – Rauner Hall
- 8:00 a.m. – Service – Sanctuary
- 9:00 a.m. – Adult Bible Study – Betts Conference Room
- 10:00 a.m. – Service – Sanctuary – Great Day of Singing
- 4:00 p.m. – Youth Group – Betts Conference Room
- 7:00 pm – Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall
Upcoming Events and other Needs -
- 1st Saturday each month (September through June) – NUMC Monthly Pasta Dinner, 5:00 – 7:30 pm, $9 adults, $8 seniors, $3.50 children. Newtown United Methodist Church, 92 Church Hill Road, 203-426-9998
- Faith Food Pantry is in need of the following items:Pancake mix – pancake syrup – jelly 1/2 gallon juice (or bigger) Leave your donations in the basket in the Narthex. There is a basket for your items. Thank You for caring!! Questions about Faith Food Pantry? Call 203-426-3446
- Association of the Religious Communities (ARC) needs occasional help moving furniture for the formally homeless who have found a new home. If you can assist with a truck or trailer or human power, please let us know and we will add you to the volunteer list.
Live the Word to Sunday, a Lectionary Discussion
Preparing the way for the Lord to let God’s Word work in your life during the week to make your worship experience more meaningful. Sermons during Worship services are often based upon the Revised Common Lectionary. You are invited to log onto this site and Leave Comment on the readings presented with your questions and/or thoughts. If you have not already done so,you may register here.
Previous week (1/4/2015, Epiphany Sunday) Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11
Prior week (1/11/2015, Baptism of the LORD, First Sunday after Epiphany) 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Luke 1:47-55; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38
Last week (1/18/2015, Second Sunday after Epiphany) 1Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20); Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51
January 25, 2015, Third Sunday after Epiphany
Now in the season of Epiphany, following the Christian calender, which started with the Advent season, celebrating the birth of Christ and hopeful of the manifestation of the devine in our lives. Our focus has moved from Mathew this past year to the Gospel of Mark for this second year of a three year cycle. As you read this week, consider how the Living Word speaks to you. Jesus is calling you to respond to his Word. Consider the hopeful questions: Where does my help come from? Where do I see God active in the world? How is God calling me to live my life? These scriptures point us toward these profound questions and to faith and to the saving grace of God. It is our hope and prayer that your worship experience be enhanced as you gain a greater sense that God is with you in Jesus Christ.
Jonah 3:1-5, 10 – The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time…
- You may have heard the story of Jonah and the whale. How Jonah ignored God’s call to give the folks from a sinful city a chance to repent. Putting as much distance between himself and God Jonah was thrown into the sea and eaten by a whale, before finally relenting.
- Do you remember what was Jonahs complaint? (see Jonah 1-2)
- So did it take the full three days journey across the city to convince the people?
Psalm 62:5-12 – For God alone my soul waits in silence …
- Called wisdom literature, Psalms offers us prayers to try on for size. But then the words tend to sink in and become yours.
- What does this tell you about God?, About humans?
- What does the Psalm tell you about the relationship between God and humans?
1 Corinthians 7:29-31 – I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short…
- God speaks to us through Paul’s words and advice to the church in Corinth, from the early years following Christ rising from the dead.
- What does Paul tell us about relying on the way things are now?
- when do you think Paul says is the right time to consider where you stand with God?
Mark 1:14-20 – Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God…”
- The gospel of Mark is known for getting right to the point, the shortest of the four Gospels, books of the good News of Jesus Christ.
- After his cousin John had prepared the way, Jesus went to work, gathering his disciples.
- You can see the other three gospels also tell of a short encounter was all it took to convince the disciples. See the other versions of this story see Matthew 4:18-20, Luke 5 and John 1:40-42
Next week (2/1/2015, Fourth Sunday after Epiphany) Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28
Week after next (2/8/2015, Fifth Sunday after Epiphany) Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39
And then (2/25/2015, Transfiguration Sunday) 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9
May the Living Word dwell and lead your heart. May you hear and respond to the Word fully, by seeking to live as Jesus intended and coming to know him through his grace and healing power. May the power of Living Word bring the presence of God in you. To God be the Glory.
The Newtown United Methodist Men’s Fellowship group, represented by Jon Christensen (right),
presents a $300 check to FAITH Food Pantry, represented by Tom Gates (left).
FAITH Food Pantry is open Tuesday: 10 am-12 noon, and Thursday: 6 pm-7:30 pm for Newtown residents in need. One week’s worth of food is distributed once a month. FAITH also delivers food to persons unable to leave their homes. Perishable items generally purchased just prior to distribution. Peanut-butter, jelly, rice and dried pasta are generally always needed.
This marks the six month anniversary of the terrible events on December 14th at Sandy Hook elementary School (SHS).
The Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association will sponsor a Community-Wide Gathering for Healing and Hope-Building today
- Friday, June 14th at 7:30 PM in the sanctuary of the Newtown Congregational Church.
It will be a time of prayer, song, community and care. All are welcome.
Also help prepare banners that are being sent to Oklahoma.
For more info call: 203 426-9024
PeaceBuilders, an initiative to bring kids from Newtown together in community service and fun activities, is preparing to launch on March 17th. Helping our kids become more resilient after the tragedy of 12-14 is a priority.
PeaceBuilders will engage kids from 11 to 14 years old in a transformation process to help them become compassionate global citizens building a culture of peace. Part of resilience is acquiring understanding of how our diversity strengthens us as a community. PeaceBuilders will get kids involved in service activities that develop character and bring out the best qualities in one another. Learning how these best qualities are present in every culture, religion and people helps prevent prejudice and promotes an active understanding of our common humanity. Our first session will be on Sunday, March 17th, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Newtown Youth Academy Conference Room.
Space is limited. For more information or to register, please contact Rachel (newtownpeacebuilders) @ gmail.com <remove parenthesis> .