mid - week update

Mid-Week Update may 11, 2022

 

Welcome to the Mid-Week Update. This week we begin our Wednesday evening study on Heaven.  Could it be God’s timing that we’re also preparing to celebrate the lives of Marion King and Margaret Lixey.  These memorial services will provide an opportunity for us to think more about the afterlife than usual.  Everyone has some idea about heaven.  I’ve heard people talk about heaven, even those who have no belief in anything beyond the present human experience.  For them, heaven is a comfort word that satisfies a need to explain the unexplainable.  Most people in our society think of heaven as the next chapter in their eternal existence, and a glorious one at that.  They think everyone goes there.  On occasion someone will comment about a departed person whom they deeply admired saying, “if anyone deserves heaven that person does.”  All of these responses give credibility to the biblical teaching that everyone has a sense of eternity.  Solomon wrote about this in the following bible verse: 

Ecclesiastes 3:11

11 He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover, he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

 

The Bible says a few things about heaven, but I’m always intrigued by the statement, “God is there.”  His presence introduces a standard required for entry.  If God is there, sin is not.  If God is there, sinful human nature is not.  If God is there, worship of God is primary.  If God is there, we will converse with him and interact with him every day.  So, we can throw out any idea of heaven being a place of solitude where we live in a self-defined eternal bliss.  And since we don’t define it, the One who does define it also decides how to enter.

Many have questions about heaven, and speculating can be fun.  In the end, it is the place where God lives, and Jesus said, “I am the Way.”  May each of us have a glorious view of heaven and a hunger for the day when, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign forever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15) Amen. 

 

God bless all of you,

Pastor Kris

Call to Worship                                          Leader, Brenda Lich

WL: We are gathered to worship together, full of the joy we feel about God´s love for us.

P:     He who loved us first, has called us to love and care for one another.

WL: With God’s help, we can overcome hatred and anger.

P:     We seek God and ask for guidance, knowing that we can love because of this grace.

WL: God’s love is the beginning and the end; it is the Alpha and Omega.

All:  Come, oh beloved, let us rejoice and sing a new song. Amen.

 

Greeters this week: Gene & Ruth Danielson

Coffee Servers:  Janet Polinski & Teresa Noel

 

Bible Reading:  John 21:15-25

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” 19 (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

20 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; he was the one who had reclined next to Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!” 23 So the rumor spread among the brothers and sisters that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?”[b]

 

24 This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. 25 But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

 

Announcements

Trustee Meeting, Thursday, May 12th, 6:30 pm

Pastor's Book Study this evening at 7:00 PM

MMPG Meets Saturday at 8:30 am

Ladies Bible Study, Mondays at 11 am

Church Council Meeting, Monday May 16th, 7 pm

Prayer Ministry, Tuesdays, 5 pm

Hand Bell Practice, Tuesdays, 6:15 pm

Red Cross Blood Drive, Wed. May 18th, 12-6 pm

Choir Practice, Wednesdays, 5:45 pm

Education Committee Meeting, Thursday, May 19th 4:30 pm

Finance Meeting, Thursday May 19th7 pm

Marion King graveside memorial service, Monday May 16 1:00 pm at Greenwood Cemetery

Margaret Lixey memorial service, Saturday May 21 at 1:00 pm at Tawas United Methodist church.

12:00 visitation

1:00 Funeral Service

2:30 Graveside committal

3:15 Luncheon at TUMC

 

Birth of a Family – Conference June 13 & 14 at TUMC.  Hosted by Harbor Lights Pregnancy and Information Center.  Contact TUMC office for more information.  M – Th 9:00 am to 2:00 pm 362-4288

 

Please Pray for:

Lynnette Bielby

Kathy Ferguson

Ashley Boudreau

Pam Lynch

Cheryl Rizzardi

Barb Beaderstadt

Nancy & Elite Shellenbarger

Jane Burdett

Ken & Doris Tousley

 

Anniversaries

5/15   Jon & Jennifer Look

5/15   Nancy & Elite Shellenbarger

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