September 16, 2022
A simple prayer we can pray together
Dear First Family,
This weekend we continue our journey through our season two of Real Christianity. Looking at the Sermon on the Mount from Jesus found in the Gospel of Matthew chapters 5-7, we will be looking at a familiar passage in Matthew 5:13-16 where Jesus says, “You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world.”
We are also anticipating celebrating four baptisms this weekend with at least one of those happening at each of our services this Saturday and Sunday. This past Wednesday evening we also had the joy of welcoming 25 new members to our First Methodist Family. Among many other opportunities, we have more than 80 individuals who started our Epic of Eden study and a study of the book of Isaiah.
We give God thanks for a great beginning to the fall season and if we can help you get connected to a group or study, we would love to do that. You can find out more information at www.fmcm.org/groups or email our discipleship staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In last weekend’s message, we also began a season of discernment centered around the future denominational affiliation of our congregation. We will have our first of nine Town Hall gatherings this Sunday at 3pm for a time of education and dialogue and on Monday we entered into a 40 day prayer focus.
If you have not picked up one of the prayer guides for that, you can do so by visiting this link. You are invited to join one of our pastors in our sanctuary every weekday morning anytime during the hours from 7am-9am
Last weekend I also shared a message I received from a pastor in our community letting me know that he would be praying for me and for our church every day at 11:13am until we conclude this season of discernment with a Church Conference on November 13th. I encouraged our pastors and staff to join him in that commitment and offered them a simple prayer we could share together.
God, bless your church, and give us faith, to release all worries, and trust you in all things.
I would love for you to join in this daily ritual of lifting up this simple prayer together as we remain grounded in these words from Psalm 27.
The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?
I look forward to worshiping with you this weekend!
Grace & Peace,