Poor People’s Procession!

Mark 11:1-11, The Message

Everyone had gathered for the Festival of the Passover.  But who was invited to the public procession and display of liberation?  People who needed hope were gathered to remember their deliverance from the oppressive acts of Pharaoh.  God had intervened then and was about to intervene again.

The Roman Empire was in control and Pilate would have demonstrated a position of power in the city.  Warhorses, chariots and weapons would have been highly visible to remind the Jews that the Roman Empire was still in control.

Then Jesus rides in on a colt.  By entering Jerusalem, Jesus is making a statement against the Roman Empire.   On the road would have been a group of poor people who would be remembering the stories of God’s liberation from the past.  Those gathered would be looking for an alternative to their current state of oppression.

Joining the non-violent, poor people’s procession requires a risk, but it comes with eternal rewards!

Jesus needs us to do our part!
When they were nearing Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany on Mount Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: “Go to the village across from you.  As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt tethered, one that has never yet been ridden.  Untie it and bring it.  If anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ say, ‘The Master needs him, and will return him right away.’”   Mark 11:1-3

Join the chorus of Hosanna!
The people gave him a wonderful welcome, some throwing their coats on the street, others spreading out rushes they had cut in the fields.  Running ahead and following after, they were calling out, “Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!  Blessed the coming kingdom of our father David!  Hosanna in highest heaven!”   Mark 11:8-10

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Jesus Saves!”

What’s Happening, March 22, 2018

HOLY WEEK

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Palm Sunday through Easter
The Stations of the Cross is a series of fourteen stations that travel through Jesus’ final steps to the cross.  They begin at his condemnation by Pilate and go through to his crucifixion and burial.  Our version of the SOTC is a self-guided tour with a devotion, prayer, and activity at each station.  It will be open from Palm Sunday through Easter in the narthex by the office during church hours.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES

March 29, 6:30pm — Maundy Thursday Service

March 30, 12 Noon and 6:30pm — Good Friday Services

April 1, 6:30am — Sunrise Service, CLC Rooftop

April 1, 9am and 11am — Easter Worship Services

We invite everyone to join us!

 

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our Lenten sermon series is “Believe Like Jesus!”  This series calls us to walk daily the journey toward the cross with Jesus’s every step.  Every step that Jesus takes is a step in belief regardless of his circumstances.  The reality of belief is that it is one of the most powerful spiritual forces that believers possess.  Are we willing to follow Jesus Christ close enough to gain a deeper awareness and wider eyes to see and deeper ears to hear God speak?  Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26   This Lenten season let’s be led by the Spirit of God to Believe Like Jesus!  It’s possible to live as fully devoted believers in the body Christ!

BAPTISM  If you are interested in being baptized, please contact Ruth in the church office at mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

ENCOUNTER MINISTRY  We invite you to join us Sunday afternoons at 12:30pm at the offices of the United Methodist Publishing House at 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, for our Encounter service.  The Encounter is an alternative service for those who feel “church” is not for them.  We are disrupting the passive model of Christian gathering and building bridges of hope around tables where we encounter God in and with our neighbor and engage the neighborhood.  For more information on our Encounter Ministry, you may contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

REFRESH! is our mid-week gathering.  We meet in the first floor chapel each Wednesday, 12:00-12:30pm.  Our worship includes prayers, music, a message and Holy Communion.  Everyone is invited to attend.

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY!  This year for Lent we have been encouraging everyone to read through the Gospel of Mark.  Each week we have reading suggestions and questions for you to think about.  This is for your personal devotional time and spiritual growth.  Next week will be the last week of our Lenten study.  Check your email for the week’s reading assignment and study questions, pick up a study sheet at the church or the Home Page of our website for the last study guide.  Thanks again to Stephen Handy, Rick Quinn and Robert Johnson for writing this Lenten study.

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McKENDREE GROUP MINISTRIES!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY  We are in a study of the book The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.  Of the more than 60 books by Lewis, this is one of his most well-known classics.  We are finding this book to be humorous and enlightening.  It pushes us to think from a different perspective.  We will NOT meet on March 28.  On April 4, we will discuss Letters 13-14, on Personal Pleasure and Humility.  We welcome everyone to join with us for this study series.  We meet each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN  Come and join the United Methodist Women for the monthly meeting which will be this Saturday, March 24 at 10am.   Shelley Handy will lead the program on “Call to Prayer and Self-Denial.”  A special self-denial offering will be taken.  All women, girls, children are welcomed.  Women can make a big difference for others when we join together.

NOTE: We are meeting at Willodene Brodrick’s home this Saturday.   Call Willodene if you need directions or have any questions.

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McKENDREE GIVING  Your financial gifts and donations are always appreciated.  Consider adding McKendree UMC to your bill pay account.  Our address is: 523 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219.  Online giving s available at www.McKendreeNashville.com/give/financialgifts/.   You may also text your giving!  Just text the amount you would like to give to 615-375-4049.

PASTOR’S SERMON  You may hear Pastor Handy’s latest sermon by going to https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/mckendree-united-methodist/id962978531?mt=2

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER  Remember that we as a church are praying the Lord’s Prayer every day at Noon.  Wherever you are at noon, we invite you to join us in prayer.

As always, remember God’s will for us is good, we must do the rest!
Pastor Stephen

No Way Around It!

John 12:20-33, The Message

Profound messages usually begin with a request!  Jesus is at it again.  There is a strange request from some Greeks.  During the Passover festival, the crowds are large and the Pharisees are nervous about the appeal of Jesus’ popularity with everyone.  But this time, Jesus doesn’t grant the request, he rather begins to talk about death and the resurrection as a grand witness.

Have you had any strange requests lately?  People are always requesting of Jesus, but this time he shifts to pointing to a constant response about the kingdom of God.  Jesus invites us to gain eternity by losing our earthly grab.  Losing one’s life for the sake of eternal life is a message for then and now.

Jesus’ message cuts to the core of our hearts.  It is a simple message that is constantly knocking at our hearts – deny self!  Jesus will model for humanity what it takes to live a life of obedience.  Like Jesus there is no way around it but he will rise up!

Seeing is not a requisite to belief!
There were some Greeks in town who had come up to worship at the Feast.  They approached Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee: “Sir, we want to see Jesus.  Can you help us?”   John 12:20-21

Release your grab on this life!
“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat.  But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over.  In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life.  But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.  If any of you wants to serve me, then follow me.  Then you’ll be where I am, ready to serve at a moment’s notice.  The Father will honor and reward anyone who serves me.”   John 12:24-26

 Hear the W.O.W. the Words of Wisdom,
“Rise Up!”

What’s Happening, March 15, 2018

THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 18

11AM – EASTER EGG HUNT
Rooftop Garden, Christian Life Center

12PM – CHURCH FELLOWSHIP POTLUCK DINNER
McKendree Church will provide the meat
Our church is blessed with many wonderful cooks —
Please bring your special side dishes and desserts to share!
Everyone is welcome to enjoy this day with us!

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McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our Lenten sermon series is “Believe Like Jesus!”  This series calls us to walk daily the journey toward the cross with Jesus’s every step.  Every step that Jesus takes is a step in belief regardless of his circumstances.  The reality of belief is that it is one of the most powerful spiritual forces that believers possess.  Are we willing to follow Jesus Christ close enough to gain a deeper awareness and wider eyes to see and deeper ears to hear God speak?  Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26   This Lenten season let’s be led by the Spirit of God to Believe Like Jesus!  It’s possible to live as fully devoted believers in the body Christ!

BAPTISM  If you are interested in being baptized, please contact Ruth in the church office at mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

ENCOUNTER MINISTRY  We invite you to join us Sunday afternoons at 12:30pm at the offices of the United Methodist Publishing House at 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, for our Encounter service.  The Encounter is an alternative service for those who feel “church” is not for them.  We are disrupting the passive model of Christian gathering and building bridges of hope around tables where we encounter God in and with our neighbor and engage the neighborhood.  For more information on our Encounter Ministry, you may contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

REFRESH! is our mid-week gathering.  We meet in the first floor chapel each Wednesday, 12:00-12:30pm.  Our worship includes prayers, music, a message and Holy Communion.  Everyone is invited to attend.

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY!  This year for Lent we are encouraging everyone to read through the Gospel of Mark.  Each week we have reading suggestions and questions for you to think about.  No quizzes, no grades – and you won’t be asked to write an essay!  This is for your personal devotional time and spiritual growth.  Check your email for the week’s reading assignment and study questions, pick up a study sheet at the church or check our website (www.McKendreeNashville.com) for the latest study guide.

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Palm Sunday through Easter

The Stations of the Cross is a series of fourteen stations that travel through Jesus’ final steps to the cross.  They begin at his condemnation by Pilate and go through to his crucifixion and burial.  Our version of the SOTC is a self-guided tour with a devotion, prayer, and activity at each station.  It will be open from Palm Sunday through Easter in the narthex by the office during church hours.

FLOOR LAMPS – The worship team needs floor lamps for Stations of the Cross and other events coming up.  If you have one you could loan us or give us, we would appreciate it greatly.  Please contact Eric at McKendreeEric@gmail.com.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES

March 29, 6:30pm – Maundy Thursday Service
March 30, 12 Noon and 6:30pm – Good Friday Services
April 1, 6:30am – Sunrise Service, CLC Rooftop
April 1, 9am and 11am – Easter Worship Services

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McKENDREE GROUP MINISTRIES!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY  We are in a study of the book The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.  Of the more than 60 books by Lewis, this is one of his most well-known classics.  We are finding this book to be humorous and enlightening.  It pushes us to think from a different perspective.  On March 21, we will look at Letters 11-12, on Laughter and Nothing.  We welcome everyone to join with us for this study series.  We meet each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN  Come and join the United Methodist Women for the monthly meeting which will be Saturday, March 24 at 10am  (NOT at the Church, location to be announced).  Shelley Handy will lead the program on “Call to Prayer and Self-Denial.”  A special self-denial offering will be taken.  All women, girls, children are welcomed.  Women can make a big difference for others when we join together.

SIGN LANGUAGE CLASS  We plan to begin a Sign Language Class on Wednesday evenings at 7pm, in Pastor Stephen’s office.  We’ll meet after the Wednesday Night Bible Study.  This class will be to learn fingerspelling and basic Sign Language.  The class will begin on April 4.  Please contact Ruth Baggett if you are interested in joining the class (615-271-2600, mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

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McKENDREE GIVING  Your financial gifts and donations are always appreciated.  Consider adding McKendree UMC to your bill pay account.  Our address is: 523 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219.  Online giving s available at www.McKendreeNashville.com/give/financialgifts/.   You may also text your giving!  Just text the amount you would like to give to 615-375-4049.

PASTOR’S SERMON  You may hear Pastor Handy’s latest sermon by going to https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/mckendree-united-methodist/id962978531?mt=2

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER  Remember that we as a church are praying the Lord’s Prayer every day at Noon.  Wherever you are at noon, we invite you to join us in prayer.

As always, remember God’s will for us is good, we must do the rest!
Pastor Stephen

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Let’s Choose Love Over Evil!

John 3:14-21, New Revised Standard Version

What does believing in Jesus really mean?  Why did Jesus need to come into the world?

Jesus is coming into the world to introduce a new way of living through his teachings. Jesus is offering an invitation for humanity to be restored to its original state.

For John sin is more concrete and structural rather than individualistic.   John is directing his audience to make a decision beyond romanticizing the idea of talking about loving God.  Taking an action requires a commitment to Jesus’ way of life.  We can’t afford to stay neutral on issues of evil, hate, and injustice.  Neutrality and indecisiveness are not an option.  John invites us to stand against the strong currents that carry society’s brutal and sinful ideologies.

Jesus demands a stance, which requires action!
“And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.  For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”   John 3:14-16

Confronting evil brings light!
“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.  Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.  And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.  For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed.  But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”   John 3:17-21

 Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“In the midst of darkness, let’s be light!”