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Living Into Love – Matthew 22:34-46 – October 26, 2014

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Matthew 22:34-46 (NRSV)

22:34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together,

22:35 and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.

22:36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”

22:37 He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

22:38 This is the greatest and first commandment.

22:39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

22:41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question:

22:42 “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.”

22:43 He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,

22:44 ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”‘?

22:45 If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?”

22:46 No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

Pastor Alan’s E-Note 10/24/14 or What is Charge Conference?

cross-and-flame-color-1058x1818This Sunday during worship we will celebrate our ministry commitments for the coming year as we prepare for Charge Conference on Sunday Night.

Charge Conference is one of those jargony United Methodist words that we hear a lot, but I would image it is unclear to many folks (including pastors!) what Charge Conference is and what it is for.

So, what is Charge Conference?  Perhaps the easiest way to look at it would be to look at each words and what it means for us at United Methodists.

A “charge” is a local church or a grouping of local churches.  The important thing about the local church, according to our United Methodist Book of Discipline is that “the local church provides the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs” (¶ 201, Book of Discipline 2014).  So, from that, we know that Charge Conference has to do with the work of local churches in “making disciples for the transformation of the world” (¶120, BOD 2014).

The concept of “conference” or “conferencing” is very important to us as United Methodists.  These days we tend to associate it with somewhat boring meetings, but for John Wesley and early Methodists it “conferencing” was a means of grace.  What Wesley meant by “conference” what what he also referred to as “holy” or “right conversation,” which means that our conversation involves speaking about the things that truly matter in our lives: about God’s grace that comes to us in Jesus Christ, and what it means for us to live in response as members of Christ’s body loving God and loving neighbor.

Thus, Charge Conference is supposed to be an opportunity for the church or churches to gather together for holy conversation about making disciples of Jesus Christ for transformation of the world.  That is why this work includes the leadership of the charge approving the yearly budget and approving the new and continuing leadership of the charge.  This seemingly mundane work is with a view towards the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ.

In our cluster Charge Conference, we have the opportunity to celebrate the ways in which God is using our local United Methodist Churches to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of world while at the same time celebrating our connectionalism, the United Methodist Understanding that we are stronger in our mission together than when working separately.

So, I hope that you’ll consider coming to Charge Conference this Sunday at Mount Hermon!

Peace,

Alan

This Week in Worship

This Sunday is the 20th Sunday after Pentecost and this Sunday we will celebrate our ministry committments for 2015 as we prepare for Charge Conference. The sermon is called “Living Into Love.” Scripture: Matthew 22:34–46

All Saints Sunday

ll Saints Sunday is an opportunity to give thanks to God for the saints who have gone on to the Church triumphant during the past year.  Thus, for this year’s All Saints Sunday (November 2, 2014), please let us know if there is a friend or family member who has passed away in the past year (since last November), so that we can give thanks to God for them during the worship service by reading their name, inviting you to bring a picture of that person, and lighting a candle when his or her name is read during the service.  Please let the church office know by this Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Halloween Party

The Hearts for People Action Group is leading the congregation in planning a Halloween Party on the front lawn of Lane Memorial to reach out to families in our community on Halloween.
We will begin gathering to set up around 4:00 P.M., to be ready to hand out candy by 4:30 P.M. During the evening we’ll also have drinks, s’mores and other treats!

Halloween Party

The Hearts for People Action Group is leading the congregation in planning a Halloween Party on the front lawn of Lane Memorial to reach out to families in our community on Halloween.
We will begin gathering to set up around 4:00 P.M., to be ready to hand out candy by 4:30 P.M. During the evening we’ll also have drinks, s’mores and other treats!

Youth Trip to Washington D.C.

The youth will travel to Washington DC Dec. 5 – 7 to work with Teens Opposing Poverty. While there they will be handing out sandwiches and other items to the homeless.
Youth who want to go need to sign up by Sunday, Nov. 2.  The cost is $25 plus money for 4 meals and little bit of spending money.
If you would like to help they will be collecting men’s and women’s socks, gloves, scarves, and stocking caps to give out. Please put your donation in the box in the narthex by December 3.

Liturgist Training

Interested in being a liturgist during Sunday morning worship?  If you feel that God might be calling you to this, we will hold a training to help prepare and equip you!  If so, we’ll be holding a training for both current and new liturgists after the worship service on November 16.

Circle 8 Soup Lunch

Mark your calendar! Circle 8 will hold a soup lunch on Sunday, November 9 after worship.  Donations will be accepted for Missions.

 

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