Offertory Prayer

Invitation to the Offering
The offering you made last week empowered ministry within our congregation and in response to the needs of our community. It also helped support the work of ministries beyond the local church that reach people who are in desperate need to feel the touch of love and reconciliation. Through the World Service Fund, your church supports a great tradition of United Methodist support for Higher Education. Providing scholarships and loans, a network of college chaplains, and an ongoing relationship with 113 colleges, universities and seminaries that are part of our connection – together we open doors to education for many deserving students. This ministry happens thanks to the generous support of United Methodists like you. I invite you once again to give generously as we worship God through the sharing of our gifts, tithes and offerings.

Learn more about the work of our General Board of Higher Education & Ministry at www.gbhem.org

September 21, 2014 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost/in Kingdomtide
Generous God, you provide for all our needs, if we but put our trust in you. When the Israelites were hungry in the wilderness and began to complain, you gave them bread in the form of manna to eat in the morning, and quail to satisfy their hunger in the evening. You gave just enough, to be consumed with gratitude and trust. Generous God, help us to give with generosity this morning, with gratitude for all we have received from your goodness, and with trust in your faithfulness. We pray in the name of Christ our Savior. Amen. (Exodus 16:2-15)
"Prayers by Ken Sloan. Copyright General Board of Discipleship. www.GBOD.org Used by permission."

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Two Alternatives, a Reflection on James 4:1-3, 7-8a

"Why can't we just get along?" someone asked.

Well, why can't we?

James seems to be telling me that I'm not going to be able to get along with anybody as long as I'm worried about my own self too much.

Give thought to what God wants.

Is there any hope for me?

James says "Of course. Just give up what the devil wants and start wanting what God wants."

I'm wondering how the town hall meetings we saw in August would have been different if the protestors had first read this epistle from James before showing up. How about the teabaggers? OK, how about the people that are appalled by them?

Can it be as simple as James makes it out to be: Resist the devil and he's beaten. Draw near to God and God's with you.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Why can't we just get along?" Against the backdrop of the recent town hall meetings, tax protest, etc., the give and take of public debate is a critical part of the political process. If those seeking to push a program of nationalized healthcare had spoken with honesty and integrity, they would likely have had a different reception when they sat down with their fellow citizens for a face to face meeting. Elected officials are employed by the electorate. They are subject to and must answer to citizens for the manner in which they discharge their office. In this instance, some found the town hall experience to be a shocking revelation of how far out of touch they are with the majority of the electorate. There were representatives who found their town hall experiences to be very affirming and encouraging.

Una Malachica said...

People who want their way and their way only are often uncivil. I could show you some examples from my own life. Yet, James is calling us to be better than our usual selves.