Monthly Archives: July2015

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Immediate Needs: We need a few consistent and compassionate folks to
join our Sunday School Team as teachers for the upcoming school year. Materials
and curriculum will be provided. Please contact Jeremy ASAP for info.

Blessing of the Backpacks/briefcases

Sunday, August 16th there will be a brief, but powerful Blessing of Backpacks
and Briefcases for our children and teachers that are going back to
school during each (8:00 am, 9:00 am, and 11:00 am) worship services.

All are encouraged, preschool through college, to bring their backpacks

to their respective service, as we will offer a blessing and prayer over them

as they begin a new year.

Pastor’s Blog  Rev. Todd Watson

Nathan said to David, “You are the man! 2 Samuel 12:7a

Most of us are familiar with the David and Bathsheba story. David, the King, sees Bathsheba while her husband is away on military maneuvers, desires her, has her brought to him, and forces her to have sex with him (no one, especially a woman, could defy the King’s wishes). From this encounter a child is conceived, and David begins a political cover-up that will eventually end in murder. David, “the man after God’s own heart,” compromised and destroyed his integrity.
Integrity is not a character trait that is exhibited “at rest.” Integrity only becomes integrity in “the test.” For example, the desire to be honest and to not lie is a good intention. Actually speaking the truth in the critical moment is integrity. Desiring to be faithful to our marriage partner is a good intention. Saying “no” to an unfaithful act with another is integrity. We can become people of integrity through many actions over time, but integrity is never a character trait “at rest.” Integrity is consistently choosing the righteous or correct action.
Though good morals can be found in Christianity, having the good intention to be a moral person will rarely provide enough power, enough resolution, or enough passion to exercise integrity. However, an ongoing relationship with God through the example and person of Jesus Christ can. Love of God, one another, and ourselves is the only power strong enough to overcome wayward desire for popularity, power, sex, and material possessions. Rightly ordered and healthy love is the only power in the universe that can conquer all other human passions, and that right ordering can be found in abiding faith.
Main Street United Methodist Church strives to be a community of faith where we might find that rightly ordered and healthy love. However, like intention, unless love is engaged in action, it is nothing but good intention. To be church we must actively be together, love one another, and exercise our love, for only through the power of our faith alive in love can we become people of integrity. May God guide us all as we find ways to be together, to love and serve one another and our world, and through that become people of integrity.

Peace, Todd

Pastor’s Blog  Rev. Aislinn Kopp

Remember Who You Are.
Rev. Aislinn Kopp

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. 5He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight 9he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, 10as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, 12so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. 13In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; 14this is the pledge of our inheritance towards redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:3-14

The epistle to the church in Ephesus is a primer to Christian life and theology. This letter was passed around among early churches, alongside the other epistles written by Paul, with the purpose of instructing Christians in what they believe and how they should live. Through being taught the good news of the person and work of Christ, new Christians would grow and mature in faith, eventually sharing their faith with others. Likewise, we learn and grow in our faith through reading the same epistles that the early church did and listening to other people of faith (just as iron sharpens iron). That said, I think it is significant that Ephesians begins with this blessing—a blessing that calls the church to remember who they are in Christ. They are called to remember that they are the adopted children of God.
We are reminded throughout scripture that we are like children. Jesus welcomes the little children, and we are encouraged to have the faith of a child. A child’s learning does not begin with math or reading but with these first steps: recognizing mom and dad, responding to our own names, taking our first steps, speaking our first words. I like to think that the author has this in mind when starting this epistle this way. It’s a way of saying to these new Christians of the early church and to us that we must remember who we are. We are adopted children of God. We are heirs of Christ. Our first steps and our first words are to live in an attitude of praise.
We don’t always live up to this attitude of praise. The nature of being human is to fail. We fail each other, we fail ourselves, and we fail God. Yet, even when we fail, God is present again with us to say, “You are my child and you are loved.”

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When: Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Pastor’s Blog:  July 1st  Rev. Todd Watson

He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” 5 And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. 6 And he was amazed at their unbelief. Mark 6:1-6

We human beings are a begrudging lot. We want truth, wisdom, and insight from people who “WOW” us, from persons to whom we’ve assigned our allegiance, and from people who have garnered our approval. If you don’t think you fall into this “begrudging” category, just watch a little of the US presidential campaign with candidates from either party. If the candidates are saying essentially the same truthful thing, but you can hear the words of one and not the others, then you too struggle like the rest of humanity. We cannot hear words of wisdom or truth because we don’t “approve” of the speaker, even when the words from their mouth are wise or truthful.

The contemporary church lives in the midst of this reality. Social media, television evangelists, DVD studies, streaming Christian music, and preaching podcasts have turned us all into religious consumers rather than faith-filled hearers. We have becomes “fans” of particular preachers, teachers, and worship leaders. We don’t really know them, for they are only with us in a media image, but we have been “WOWed” by them, have assigned them our allegiance, and they have garnered our approval. Pastors wrestle with this reality as much as any other Christian. How do we shift from being consumers of faith to being faith-filled hearers?

It’s evident that Jesus had charisma and wisdom, but that was not enough to get his hometown folk to hear him. He had not “WOWed” them, they had not given him their allegiance, and he had not garnered their approval. Though they recognized the truth and wisdom of his teaching, he was the son of Mary and Joseph, and thus could not be anyone of spiritual depth. If you translate their above response into modern English it would be something like, “My God, you are the son of Mary and Joseph. What can you possibly say that we need to hear?!” God could not come to them because they would not respect the “channel” through which God worked. How often do we miss God’s gift because we do not like the person, judge the person by their wealth or poverty, or are not impressed by the person’s education or style? Who are we to decide how God should communicate to us and our world?

Humility is more than an emotional stance, it’s a way of engaging God. If we will release our human judgments of others, we might encounter God more than we’ve ever dreamed we could. God is not restricting God’s self from us, we are restricting ourselves from God. The stream of God’s truth is ever flowing, but can we hear it no matter whose voice speaks the wisdom and truth? We need to be faith-filled hearers who have good judgment, and not Christians who are judgmental. Though the words share “judge” as the same root, they are worlds apart.

Peace, Todd