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Office Hours 9 am – 2 pm (M-F) - 203-426-9998
Sunday Services - June 22, 2014, begins our summer schedule - One Service – 9:00 am
Adult Bible Study 8:30am - Betts Conference Room
WORSHIP NOTES: Read Lectionary Notes HERE
More this week…
- 9:00 a.m. – Wesley Learning Center Camp
- 7:00 p.m.- Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall
- 8:10 p.m.- Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall
- 9:00 a.m. – Wesley Learning Center Camp
- 12:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall
- 7:30 p.m. - Staff parish Relations Committee – Betts Conference Room
- 10:00 a.m. – Quilters – Rauner Hall
- 8:00 p.m.- Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall
- 8:00 pm – Alcoholics Anonymous – Rauner Hall
- 11:00 a.m. – NUMC Disaster Relief Trailer – Tool Training followed by Inventory
Sunday (06/22) – Worship in the Park – One Service – 10:00 am – Treadwell Park
- 8:30 am – Adult Bible Study – Betts Conference Room
- 9:00 am - Service – Sanctuary
- 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 (6/8/2014, Day of Pentecost) Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:24-34, 35; 1 Corinthians 12:3-13; John 7:37-39
Prior week (6/15/2014, First Sunday after Pentecost) Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13:11-1; Matthew 28:16-20
Last week (6/22/2014, Second Sunday after Pentecost) Genesis 21:8-21< \a>; Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17; romans 6:1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39
June 29, 2014 Third Sunday of Pentecost
Having received the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, followers of Christ, filled with His very presence, brought his LIVING WORD to the world. What we receive will carry us through to Kingdom tide or what is known as the ordinary season. May you receive the gift offered in His 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 22:1-14 – After these things God tested Abraham…
- Abraham had been know as Abram until his religious experience changed him.
- Known for his faith and father of three major religions, Hebrew, Christian and Islamic, Abraham is certainly a central religious leader from the Old Testament book Genesis.
- Why do you suppose god had tested Abraham again?
Psalm 13 – How long, O LORD, wilt thou forget me, forever?…
- Psalms are a centering form of prayer found in the Old Testament, many of which are said to have been written by King David or King Solomon or certainly in their tradition.
- The Psalm writer offers us a pray in the form of a song, that is intended to bring the reader, especially those that take it to heart, closer in connection to God.
- Notice the complaining tone at the beginning and how the prayer eventually gets to an attitude of hope and resolve.
Romans 6:12-23 – Let not sin, therefore reign in your mortal bodies…
- Notice how this scripture starts with the thought, “therefore”.
- See verses 1 to 11 for the reason we would come to this statement and agree with St Paul.
- Notice how the “gift” Jesus offers us for free had been paid for.
Matthew 10:40-42 – He who receives you receives me…
- According to the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus reminds the disciples what they have to offer.
- Earlier in verse 8, Jesus says, “You received without payment, give without payment”.
- For what Jesus had given them see verse 1.
Next week (7/6/2014, Fourth Sunday after Pentecost) Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67; Psalm 45:10-17; Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
Week after next (7/13/2014, Fifth Sunday after Pentecost) Genesis 25:19-34; Psalm 119:105-112; Romans 8:1-11a; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
And the next week (7/20/2014, Sixth Sunday after Pentecost) Genesis 28:10-19a; Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24; Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
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> .