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Dear sisters and brothers of the Mississippi Conference,

Thank you for your continued response to this spring’s devastating floods. Long term recovery continues.

Gov. Phil Bryant issued a State of Emergency for Adams, Amite, Pike and Wilkinson counties which were affected by the heavy rainfall and severe flooding over the last few days.

Mellie Jordan, disaster response project manager for the Mississippi Annual Conference attended today’s Mississippi Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) meeting. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency’s (MEMA) damage assessment is ongoing. Please do not self-deploy as the communities are not prepared to receive volunteers at this time.

However, you can help those affected in the following ways:

1. Continue to pray for those who suffered loss and/or damage in Mississippi and Louisiana.

2. Donate money. You can give to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) U.S. Disaster Response Advance #901670, or send checks to the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church, 320-A Briarwood Drive, Jackson, MS 39206.

3. Create cleaning “flood” buckets.

4. Assemble health kits.

Watch for updates on the conference website, social media, additional emails for drop-off sites and training opportunities as details are finalized.

Blessings,

Vickie

UMCOR Disater Relief

Thank you for supporting Disaster Response, United States (#901670). Please fill out the form below to make a one-time or recurring monthly gift.

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Sermon Title 9:00 – ‘Dr. Jesus writes a new prescription’ Luke 12:32-40

Jesus declares in Luke’s gospel, it is God’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom. Gifts, by definition, cannot be earned but only generously given and gratefully received. The simple promise that God unconditionally gives us God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness is the heart and soul of the gospel.
As comforting as this promise may be, however, at times it’s also debilitating. Worried that any talk of “what we should do” might be interpreted as “works righteousness,” the confident declaration “there is nothing we have to do” too easily slides into the anxious assertion “there is nothing we should do.” At its worst, this skewed understanding of the gospel balks at talk not only of good works but of the Christian life at all, believing that any assertion that God does indeed want us to do things challenges the assertion that we are justified by grace through faith, apart from works of the law.
Which begs the question: what do we do with what Jesus says next? After all, right after his promise, “it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom,” he goes on to instruct, “Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.” Why, we might ask; to which Jesus answers, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Uh-oh! If we take this seriously, what happens to our “don’t do anything” mantra? It falls apart, of course, because it was based on a false dichotomy and faulty premise. Saying “we don’t have to do anything” to earn God’s love is not the same at all as saying “we shouldn’t do anything” in response to God’s love. In fact, we will do something. We can’t help but act. Human beings are creatures in motion, restless from birth, finally still only in death. The question, therefore, is not whether we will do something but instead what and why.
We hope you will join us this Sunday as we further examine this new ‘formula of faith’ that speaks to our fears, our treasures and our awareness. Jesus is writing prescriptions – I’m so glad we get to be his patients.