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, a talented group of global communicators, lead by United Methodist Communications in Nashville, Tennessee, directs messaging that reaches people who have never set foot in one of our churches. Through billboards, digital advertising, video spots, radio and more, they give people outside the church a glimpse of who we are and what matters to us as Christians. 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 United Methodist Communications atwww.umcom.org and www.rethinkchurch.org.
God of our deepest joys and Alleluias! We sing our Resurrection songs this morning, not because of a miraculous historical event, but because you continue to bring life out of death and hope out of despair! When you rolled away the stone and let light enter Christ's tomb, you entrusted each of us who follow him to be bearers of light into the dark places of our world – carriers of the inexhaustible hope into lives filled with despair. May the joy of this morning, of the triumph of the Resurrection, empower us in our living out of these tasks, and in our generosity to support others who serve in our name. In the name of the risen Christ, we pray. Amen. (John 20:1-18)
Monday, February 14, 2011
Hard Teachings, a Reflection on Matthew 5:38-42
The law of "eye for eye" was intended to limit violence and revenge. But Jesus goes further than that. He says that if someone hits you, don't just hit them no harder than they did, but, instead, he says to let them hit you again. He adds that if somebody sues you, then give them even more than they asked for.
Then he makes this pronouncement, "Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you."
Being a Christian would be really hard if we actually tried it.
For some indications of how Methodists are trying to be Christian, check out UM News Service.