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Office Hours 9 am – 2 pm (M-F) - 203-426-9998
Sunday Service @ 8:00 am & 10:00 am – (and Church School @10:00 am)
Adult Bible Study 9:00 am - Betts Conference Room
WORSHIP NOTES: Read Lectionary Notes HERE
More this week…
- 3:00 pm – Confirmation Class – Betts Conference Room
- 7:00 pm – Bible Study – The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
- 7:00 pm – Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall
- 8:10 pm – Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall
- 12:00 pm – Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall
- 7:00 pm – Wesley Board – WH #1
- 7:00 pm - Girl Scout Leaders – Rauner Hall
- 10:00 am – Quilters – Rauner Hall
- 6:45 – Girl Scouts – Rauner Hall
- 7:00 – Stephens Ministers – Betts Conference Room
- 8:00 pm – Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall
- 7:00 pm – Outreach Committee – Betts Conference Room
- 7:30 pm - Sr. Choir – Choir Room
- 10:00 am – Bible Study – The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
- 8:00 pm – Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall
Sunday (03/16) – Girl Scout Sunday
- 8:00 am & 10:00 am – Morning Worship
- 9:00 am – Adult Bible Study – Betts Conference Room
- 7:00 pm & 9:00 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 (2/23/2014, 7th Sunday after Epiphany) Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18; Psalm 119:33-40; 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23; Matthew 5:38-48
Prior week (3/2/2014, Transfiguration Sunday) Exodus 24-12-18; Psalm 99; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9
Last week (3/9/2014, first Sunday in Lent) Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11
March 16, 2014 Second Sunday of Lent
As we journey through Lenten season, we follow Christ and his passion, setting his eyes to Jerusalem and beyond to Glory beyond hope. May you realize the sacrifice made for you and Christ’s saving grace. The focus of this first of three year cycle is the Gospel of Matthew. 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.
Genesis 12:1-4a – now as the LORD said to Abram…
- In the first book of the Old Testament we have God’s calling to Abraham, father of Hebrew, Christian and Muslim traditions.
- Notice he was originally Abram, until God himself changed his name in 17:5.
- How does God convince Abram to leave his home and go where God tells him?
Psalm 121 – I lift my eyes unto the hills…
- We are offered prayers in the form of songs by the Psalm writer
- These are meant to be memorized and kept for times when prayer is needed and the right words just can’t be found.
- Consider this as a source of great relief even when all else fails.
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 – What then are we to say was gained by Abraham…
- The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome in the decades following the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. This letter and others were read to the church and have been passed on to others until becoming part of the bible roughly 300 year later, because of the inspiring nature of his words.
- Consider what Abraham did in order to earn such grand blessings from God.
- What is it that is offered to you and how is it earned?
John 3:1-17 – Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil…
- In the gospel of John is preserved this parable or illustrative story told by Jesus in response to a Pharasee who came to find out just who was this Jesus.
- To read up on the reference to Moses having saved the people of Israel from slavery under Pharoh, when still did the people doubt and complain, how God had Moses save the people yet again, see Numbers 21:1-9.
- How does Nicodemus fair compared to James John and Peter in he gospel of Matthew in chapter 17, verses 1-9?
Next week (3/23/2014, third Sunday in Lent) Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42
Week after next (3/30/2014, fourth Sunday in Lent) I Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41
And the next week (4/6/2014, fifth Sunday in Lent) Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45
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.
Come join us for an evening of great music with Anne and Pete Sibley!
Fund raiser for the church’s Outreach to the Newtown community programs. Suggested Donation: $15
Many have come and enjoyed our other fine musical events. You won’t want to miss this one!
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.