The Request for a Shortcut!

Mark 10:35-45, The Message

Have you tried a shortcut?  Maybe in traveling and you got lost?  Or maybe a shortcut in your studying and your grade showed it?  Or even maybe a shortcut in your spiritual life and it led to suffering?

James and John are requesting from Jesus a shortcut into heaven.  Now before we become outraged with their request, think about those times when we asked for a shortcut instead of enduring suffering.  Let’s be real, suffering is too difficult, the shortcut always sounds easier.  There are no shortcuts or places of honor when following Jesus.  Listen for how Jesus responds with a heart of generosity in the narrative.

Ordinary people request things!
James and John, Zebedee’s sons, came up to him.  “Teacher, we have something we want you to do for us.”  “What is it?  I’ll see what I can do.”  “Arrange it,” they said, “so that we will be awarded the highest places of honor in your glory—one of us at your right, the other at your left.”   Mark 10:35-37

Our selfishness is met with Jesus’s sacrificial love!
Jesus said, “You have no idea what you’re asking.  Are you capable of drinking the cup I drink, of being baptized in the baptism I’m about to be plunged into?”  “Sure,” they said.  “Why not?”  Jesus said, “Come to think of it, you will drink the cup I drink, and be baptized in my baptism.  But as to awarding places of honor, that’s not my business.  There are other arrangements for that.”   Mark 10:38-40

Jesus’s cross comes before His crown!
 “It’s not going to be that way with you.  Whoever wants to be great must become a servant.  Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave.  That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not to be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for many who are held hostage.”   Mark 10:43-45

Today, meet Jesus.  Bring yourself to him in all of your selfish desires and requests.  Let his love overwhelm your life.  And no longer seek to be served, but look to serve others.

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Generosity is grounded in God’s grace!”

What’s Happening, October 12, 2018

It’s Almost Time!
(Just two weeks away!)

 Church Anniversary Sunday!
October 28, 2018

10am Service
Celebrating 231 Years of Ministry!

Speaker: Rev. Junius Dotson,
General Secretary of Discipleship

 Special Music with The Agape Singers
Theme: “See All the People!”

CHURCH ANNIVERSARY SILENT AUCTION  It’s Silent Auction time at McKendree!!  We are asking that all McKendree groups, including Life Groups, Sunday School classes, Ministry Teams, etc., put together a basket for the Silent Auction on October 28, 2018.

We are also looking for restaurant gift certificates, sports tickets, gift cards, and other items that can be auctioned off alone.  If you have a connection for one of those items or something you personally want to donate, please let the church staff know.

All Baskets and items should be turned in by Wednesday, October 24th.  If you need ideas, receipts, or request letters, please contact Annaleigh Christie at annaleighchristie@yahoo.com.

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McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On October 28th we will have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our October sermon series is “The Generosity of Jesus!”  One of the realities of generosity is understanding our need to extend generosity through grace because Jesus always extends generosity to us in the form of grace.  Grace comes to humanity unexpectedly; it becomes an extension of God’s love for us so that we can extend the love through grace to others.  When we become people known by our generosity, people will be amazed and transformed by the presence of Jesus Christ!

BAPTISM  If you are interested in being baptized, please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office at mckendreeinfo@gmail.com or 615-271-2600.

ENCOUNTER MINISTRY    Our Encounter Ministry is an alternative service for those who feel “church” is not for them.  We meet at 12:30pm at the offices of the United Methodist Publishing House, at 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.  We are meeting on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.  We invite you to join us and bring a neighbor, family or friends!  For more information on our Encounter Ministry, you may contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

CHARGE CONFERENCE  Our Annual Charge Conference for this year will be Thursday, November 1 at 6:30pm in Fellowship Hall.  Charge Conference is a meeting with our District Superintendent (Rev. Ken Murray) and is a time where the Leadership Council presents our church budget, our Staff Parish Team recommends candidates for the ministry and our Ministry Teams give reports on what we’ve done this year, and plans for next year.  It’s a time to review where we are and plan ahead for the future.  Everyone is invited to attend.

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McKENDREE GROUP MINISTRIES!

NEW CLASS ALERT! – JOHN WESLEY GOES TO THE MOVIES
10 am Sunday mornings in October and November – Community Room (near garage entrance).  “John Wesley Goes to the Movies” will examine the relationships between faith and film, scripture and script, theology and theatre.  Join us after the 9 am service as we discuss a different movie each week and grow together in Christ!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT ADULT BIBLE STUDY   We are in a study of the Gospel of Matthew.  We are mainly just going through the Scripture itself using various Bible translations, but we are supplementing our study with the book Be Loyal: Following the King of Kings by Warren Wiersbe.  Our study group meets each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.  We have some great discussions as we go through the Word of God.  We’d love to have you join us!

TENNESSEE CONFERENCE UMW ANNUAL MEETING  Murfreesboro First UMC, with UMW Chief Executive Director, Harriett Jane Olsen as the guest speaker.  All UMW need to hear her.  (She is a former member of McKendree UMC.)

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SPECIAL MEETING!   PUBLIC HEARING regarding CHURCH STREET PARK
Monday, October 22, 2018 at 6pm – Metro Parks Board Room, 2565 Park Plaza

This hearing is to solicit public input on the future of Church Street Park.  (This is the park across the street from McKendree Church.)  Many of the displaced people use this park as a place to rest – a place they can be without “trespassing” on private property.  A developer wishes to build on this property, adding more apartments/condos and parking to downtown.  The purpose of this meeting is to get public input on Metro Government’s decision.

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CHURCH FAMILY NEWS

McKENDREE DAY CARE CARNIVAL, Friday, October 26, Christian Life Center gym  We’ll have games and activities for the children – three-legged race, bean bag toss, baby crawling contest, music and more.  Can you bake?  We are in need of baked goods for the carnival!  If you can bake a cake for the carnival, please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office (615-271-2600, or email at mckendreeinfo@gmail.com).  More details on the carnival will be coming next week!

PRAYER WALL  Our prayer wall is located on the table at the back of the church.  You may take a tag (in a box on the table), write out your prayer need, and place it on a nail in the wall.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays the Lead Team and Prayer Team pray over all the concerns submitted.  We welcome people from our congregation to submit concerns and to read and pray over the concerns of our church body.  You may also share your concerns with the church staff by phone (615-271-2600) or email (mckendreeinfo@gmail.com).

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.

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 is 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.

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

Wednesday Night Adult Bible Study, Gospel of Matthew

In the fall of 2018, our Adult Bible Study group has begun a study of the Gospel of Matthew.  We are mainly just going through the Scripture itself using various Bible translations, but we are supplementing our study with the book Be Loyal: Following the King of Kings by Warren Wiersbe.  Dr. Warren Wiersbe is an internationally known Bible teacher and the former pastor of three churches, including the Moody Church in Chicago.  For ten years he served as general director and Bible teacher for the Back to the Bible radio broadcast. Dr. Wiersbe has written more than 150 books, including the popular “Be” series of expositional Bible studies.

Our study group meets each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.  We have some great discussions as we go through the Word of God.  We’d love to have you join us!

 

John Wesley Goes to the Movies!

JOHN WESLEY GOES TO THE MOVIES
Sunday mornings in October and November
10 am, Community Room

“John Wesley Goes to the Movies” will examine the relationships between faith and film, scripture and script, theology and theater.  Join us after the 9 am service as we discuss a different movie each week and grow together in Christ!

The Generosity of Jesus!

Our October sermon series is “The Generosity of Jesus!”  One of the realities of generosity is understanding our need to extend generosity through grace because Jesus always extends generosity to us in the form of grace.  Grace comes to humanity unexpectedly; it becomes an extension of God’s love for us so that we can extend the love through grace to others.  When we become people known by our generosity, people will be amazed and transformed by the presence of Jesus Christ!