Whether you are in plenty or in want, money has a direct connection to your values, your faith, and the health of your relationships. It’s no wonder that in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus presented a radical message about our “treasure” and our hearts.
On Sunday, October 9 we'll begin a 4-week sermon series based on Jacob Armstrong's Treasure, which will serve as this year's stewardship program.
A companion book of daily devotional readings will be available in the sanctuary lobby, and each Sunday following worship there will be an opportunity to gather for a 30-minute discussion and DVD session. On Sunday, October 30 we'll be invited to commit a portion of our treasure - and our heart! - to God through First United Methodist Church.
Please plan to join us as we reflect on Treasure.
October 9: "Where Is Your Treasure?" (Matthew 6:19-23)
October 16: "The Problem with Two Masters" (Matthew 6:24)
October 23: "Giving Your Treasure Back to God" (Matthew 6:1-6)
October 30: "Don’t Worry ‘Bout a Thing" (Matthew 6:25-35)
14th Sunday after Pentecost
August 21, 2016
This Sunday we'll take a look at a healing story from the Gospel of Luke. It involves Jesus curing a woman of an ailment that kept her bent over and unable to stand up straight for 18 years. (You can click here to read the passage.) What is most remarkable about the story is that Jesus not only restores her physically, he also gives her back her identity and her dignity.
Join us as we reflect on the things that keep us "bent over" and we remember the love that can enable us to stand tall.
See you on Sunday!
P.S. - Here's a song from composer Mark Miller entitled "Child of God" that fits our theme for this week:
During July and August, we gather at noon on Wednesdays in Bangor's Broadway Park to share in a book discussion. (In the event of inclement weather, we meet at the church. If in doubt, call the office at 945-9567.) Bring your lunch and a lawn chair. Kids are welcome to come along - we'll all keep an eye on them while they play on the playground equipment. Beginning July 13 we'll be discussing "Breathing Under Water" by Richard Rohr
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They’re simple phrases. They sound Christian—like something you might find in the Bible. We’ve all heard these words. Maybe we’ve said them. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways.
Join us as we search for the whole truth, guided by Half Truths – Adam Hamilton’s latest book. During our 10:30 AM Sunday morning worship services we’ll compare some common Christian clichés to the message and ministry of Jesus. In addition to the sermon series, you're invited to join us for a small group discussion on Sundays at 9:15 AM.
July 17 – “Everything Happens for a Reason”
July 24 – “God Helps Those Who Help Themselves”
July 31 – “God Won’t Give You More than You Can Handle”
Aug 7 – “God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It”
Aug 14 – “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin”
What does this book have to do with God? Join us for worship on Sunday to find out!
Don't miss this year's Children's Sunday, including the chime choir, liturgical dance, original poetry by one of our youth, and a new song written by music director John Haskell and performed by the kids.
Sunday, June 12 at 10:30 AM. Come and celebrate with us!
Lenten Worship Series
Guided by Eric Elnes’ book, Gifts of the Dark Wood and inspired by the liturgy of Marcia McFee’s Worship Design Studio, this Lent we’ll reflect on the spiritual awakening and unexpected gifts that can come out of the unsettling times in our lives known famously (or infamously) as "the Dark Wood".
Though commonly understood as a place to be avoided, the Dark Wood can actually bear blessings. It can be a place of revelation – a place where you discover God – a place where you gain greater clarity about the relationship between you and God, and you and others – a place where you can discern your sense of God’s call for your life – a place of personal and spiritual growth.
Join us on Sundays at 10:30 for worship and 9:15 for small group discussion (see details below) as we explore how the gift s of the Dark Wood can be assets on our journey.
February 10: Ash Wednesday at 6 PM
“Where We Find Ourselves”
Service with imposition of ashes
February 14: The First Sunday in Lent
“The Gift of Uncertainty”
1 Corinthians 13:11-12
February 21: The Second Sunday in Lent
“The Gift of Emptiness”
February 28: The Third Sunday in Lent
“The Gift of Being Thunderstruck”
March 6: The Fourth Sunday in Lent
“The Gift of Getting Lost”
Psalm 42; 1 Samuel 3:2-10
March 13: The Fifth Sunday in Lent
“The Gift of Temptation”
2 Corinthians 5:16-19; Luke 4:1-13
March 20: Palm Sunday
“The Gift of Misfits”
Small Group DiscussionThis DVD discussion series hosted by Rev. Eric Elnes Ph.D (author of Gifts of the Dark Wood) features a special guest each week, with pause points for questions and discussion. While the series stands alone, it is a perfect accompaniment for reading Gifts of the Dark Wood.
February 14—“The Gift of Uncertainty”
Featured guest: Brian McLaren
February 21 – “The Gift of Emptiness”
Featured guest: Chuck Marohnic
February 28 – “The Gift of Being Thunderstruck”
Featured guest: Melvin Bray
March 6 – “The Gift of Getting Lost”
Featured guest: Diana Butler Bass
March 13 – “The Gift of Temptation”
Featured guest: Parker Palmer
March 20 – “The Gift of Misfits”
Featured guest: Jacob Slichter
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