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How Did We Get Here? – Matthew 25:31-46 – November 23, 2014

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This sermon was preached by Minoka Gunesekera, our former Calling 21 Intern and current student at Duke Divinity SchoolMinoka is also one of the recipients of the E.H. and Myrtle B. Lane Scholarship recipient, a seminary scholarship administered by Lane Memorial UMC.

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Matthew 25:31-46 (CEB)

31 “Now when the Human One comes in his majesty and all his angels are with him, he will sit on his majestic throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered in front of him. He will separate them from each other, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right side. But the goats he will put on his left.

34 “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who will receive good things from my Father. Inherit the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world began. 35 I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. 36 I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.’

37 “Then those who are righteous will reply to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? 38 When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or naked and give you clothes to wear? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “Then the king will reply to them, ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Get away from me, you who will receive terrible things. Go into the unending fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 I was hungry and you didn’t give me food to eat. I was thirsty and you didn’t give me anything to drink. 43 I was a stranger and you didn’t welcome me. I was naked and you didn’t give me clothes to wear. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and didn’t do anything to help you?’ 45  Then he will answer, ‘I assure you that when you haven’t done it for one of the least of these, you haven’t done it for me.’ 46  And they will go away into eternal punishment. But the righteous ones will go into eternal life.”

All I Really Want… – Pastor Alan’s E-Note 11/21/14

This Sunday is Christ the King Sunday.  It is the Sunday we celebrate Christ’s reign and its full culmination in the second coming of Christ.  It is also the last Sunday in the Christian year.  Advent begins the following Sunday, November 30.

Advent is a time of waiting and preparation for the coming of Christ. Advent can be a very powerful time of spiritual growth and renewal, but as we often see, the rush to Christmas can sometimes leave us feeling overwhelmed and stressed out.

As we do each year, at Lane Memorial UMC we’ll have a variety of ways to keep our spiritual focus during Advent, while at the same time enjoying the joys of the holidays.

We will again have our weekly Advent mission focus to remind ourselves that Christmas is not our birthday, but Jesus’!  Each week we will have the opportunity to take the focus away from ourselves and have the opportunity to help those in need.  Our first mission focus on November 30 will be bringing in non-perishable goods for DAWN’s food pantry.

We will also have a couple of ways to be fed spiritually through devotions. We will have the yearly Advent devotions from Society of St. Andrew available along with the coin collection boxes.

I would also like to invite you into another devotional book that will help set our our Advent theme, “All I Really Want…” By now many of us are already putting together our Christmas lists, but Christ calls us to stop, and to question whether the things we want are really the best for us, and what things we should truly want as followers of Christ.

To help with this, I’d like to invite you to take part in a daily devotional book called All I Really Want by Quinn G. Caldwell.  The book offers a very short morning and evening reading, but what I’m really excited about is that it offers a action/challenge each day to help draw us closer to God and to one another.

It is an awesome book, and I hope that you’ll join me in reading it. If you’d like the church to order you a copy (the cost is $12), you can let Sue in the office know by at sue@lanememorialumc.org or 434-369-5844.  It is also available as an e-book for $9.99, which you can order by clicking here.

I hope you are ready for a great Advent!

Peace,

Alan

This Week in Worship

This Sunday is Christ the King Sunday! It is also the last Sunday of our series Jesus Rules:  Giving Up our False Rulers and Acknowledging Jesus as King.

Minoka Gunesekera, our former Calling 21 intern and current Duke Divinity School student will be our guest preacher. The sermon is called “How Did We Get Here?” Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

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