Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Readings for Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hello Everyone,

I received sad news last night that Dorothy Rosenow, life long member of Peace United Church, and Zion United Church of Christ before that, died yesterday. It was a mere two weeks ago that she learned that she had pancreatic cancer that had spread to other parts of her body. Her funeral will be on Friday, November 22. Visitation will begin at 9:00 AM and the funeral service will begin at 11:00 with lunch following.

People of GEUMC, please remember we are having our annual Church Conference this Thursday, November 21, starting at 7:00 PM at the church.

Please remember that the District Superintendent of the North Star District of the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Rev. Mark Miller, will be visiting us on Monday, November 25, at 7:00 PM. He will be at the Grey Eagle Church and everyone is invited attend to meet and greet him.

This Sunday is the final week of “Moving Out of Scare City: Altars Everywhere”. It is also “The Reign of Christ” Sunday, the last Sunday of the liturgical year. December 1 begins the new year, year A, when we will be reading through the Gospel of Matthew. December 1 is also the first Sunday of Advent. More on that next week.

Our readings for this week are:

1 Timothy 6:17-19 – A warning to those of us who are well off to not be haughty and to share generously because God has “richly provided us everything for our enjoyment.”

Philippians 4:4-9 – Our Theme Verse. Rejoice! Rejoice! Again I say, Rejoice!

Luke 12:22-34 – Why worry? Be Happy! Now everyone sing to the Bobby McFerrin song from the 90’s. Here is the YouTube:

If God has given the flowers beauty and the birds food, why wouldn’t God give you everything you need? God is not a cheapskate. Where your treasure is you will find your heart.

Lectionary Readings for this week are:

Jeremiah 23:1-6 – Woe to the shepherds (rulers of Judah) who destroy and scatter the flock. God will gather the remnant and raise up a new shepherd to lead them.

Psalm 46 – God is our ever present help, our refuge, our strength. The Lord will bring wars to an end, destroying all the weapons. Selah! (an untranslatable verbal marker of some sort)

Colossians 1:11-20 – A wonderful description of Jesus Christ. What stands out for me is verse 20, “Through [Jesus] God was pleased to reconcile to himself all thing . . . by making peace through the blood of his cross.” Got that? All things, all people, are reconciled to God. Amen.

Luke 23:33-43 – The crucifixion of Jesus. And the sign said, “King of the Jews”. How in the world can this crucified criminal rule? And another criminal goes to Paradise!

Have a blessed week serving God by serving others.

Peace in Christ,
Pastor Gary Taylor

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