Be Aware of Grace!

Luke 15:1-2; 11-32, Common English Bible

Grace is always before us because God is with us!  This story has profound implications on how we see God and understand God’s grace.  We are introduced to the fact that there are two sons, a younger and older.

Grace responds in spite of our faults!
Jesus said, “A certain man had two sons.  The younger son said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the inheritance.’  Then the father divided his estate between them.  Soon afterward, the younger son gathered everything together and took a trip to a land far away.  There, he wasted his wealth through extravagant living.”   Luke 15:11-13

Grace awakens us to self and sin!
“When he had used up his resources, a severe food shortage arose in that country and he began to be in need.  He hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs.  He longed to eat his fill from what the pigs ate, but no one gave him anything.  When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have more than enough food, but I’m starving to death!  I will get up and go to my father, and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I no longer deserve to be called your son.  Take me on as one of your hired hands.”   Luke 15:14-19

Grace is a sign of unrestricted compassion!
“So he got up and went to his father.  While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion.  His father ran to him, hugged him, and kissed him.  Then his son said, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I no longer deserve to be called your son.’  But the father said to his servants, ‘Quickly, bring out the best robe and put it on him!  Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet!  Fetch the fattened calf and slaughter it.  We must celebrate with feasting because this son of mine was dead and has come back to life!  He was lost and is found!’  And they began to celebrate.”   Luke 15:20-24

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Grace keeps inviting us to come home to God!”

The Evidence of Grace!

Our new sermon series, “The Evidence of Grace!”  is in two parts.  Using the Prodigal Son parable, we will explore how grace is evident in three ways: Prevenient Grace, Justifying Grace and Sanctifying Grace.  These three descriptors of grace are distinctively Wesleyan.  Each one offers a helpful understanding of how God’s grace works in our lives and how grace worked in the lives of both sons of the Father.  The first part of the series will be this Sunday, February 17, and we will conclude the series on February 24.

What’s Happening, February 15, 2019

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  Our current sermon series, “The Evidence of Grace!”  is in two parts.  Using the Prodigal Son parable, we will explore how grace is evident in three ways: Prevenient Grace, Justifying Grace and Sanctifying Grace.  These three descriptors of grace are distinctively Wesleyan.  Each one offers a helpful understanding of how God’s grace works in our lives and how grace worked in the lives of both sons of the Father.  The first part of the series will be this Sunday, and we will conclude the series on February 24.

NEW SACRED SPACE TEAM!– Information Session at 10 am on March 3.  We are looking for artists, poets, people with an eye for design, photographers, people who like to create spaces of beauty, people who pride themselves in yard sale or online finds, and more who would love to use their creativity in worship.  Or even people who don’t have any of those gifts, but just believe worship can (should) be more than just singing and speaking.

We believe in curating worship…which means that Jesus uses all our gifts to create engagement with Him.  We are building a team to create and curate worship experiences and help create experiential worship, meaning praying with all our senses.

Join us Sunday, March 3 between the services in the fellowship hall to learn more!

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

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.  For more information on our Encounter Ministry, you may contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

CHANGE FOR RWANDA  McKendree Church is sponsoring a United Methodist Pastor in Rwanda for a year.  Currently the United Methodist pastors in Rwanda do not receive an adequate salary to support their families.  It takes only $34 (U.S. money) a month to support a pastor in Rwanda.  Bring your change to create change!

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McKENDREE GROUP MINISTRIES!

ADULT STUDY GROUP—10am Sunday mornings  We meet in the Community Room (near garage entrance).  We invite everyone to join us as we grow together in Christ!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT   Our Adult Bible study group meets each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.  We are currently studying the book of Matthew.  On February 20 our reading and study will be on Matthew chapter 16.  We have some great discussions as we go through the Word of God.  We’d love to have you join us!

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WE NEED MEN’S WINTER CLOTHING!

       sweat shirts/pants                flannel shirts                     jeans                      shoes/socks
jackets and coats                 hats and gloves                 blankets

Also we need men’s black dress pants and white button down shirts (many jobs require these.)

If you have any of these items, please consider donating them to the church clothes closet.  All donations are greatly appreciated!  Items don’t have to be new, but clean and in good condition.

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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).

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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.

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

 

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

God’s Grace is Enough!

Greetings Holy, Healthy and Happy People of God,

As I write this eNote to our faithful and devoted community of radical and responsible followers of Jesus Christ, we are starting a new series called “The Evidence of Grace.”  We will spend the next two Sundays leaning into the parable of The Prodigal Son.

Grace is an amazing extension of God in the world.  Jesus delivered grace upon grace for all of humanity to enjoy.  Paul writes to the church of Corinth that Jesus Christ told him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)  Paul was struggling with a thorn in his side.  Paul never says what the thorn is.

Every day grace accompanies us through the day.  Each reminds us of God’s love, even when we don’t deserve it.  That’s the God we honor, praise and worship.  This God comes into the world as human, the embodiment of God’s word.  So we are invited and blessed to fully embrace this God of grace.  John Wesley reminded us that grace is a path toward perfection.  Prevenient grace is there before we can know it.  Justifying grace is the second stage that reminds us of our sinfulness.  And finally, Sanctifying grace leads us on toward perfection.

So let’s join God on the road to perfection realizing that only through Christ that we are grace-filled!

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

Remember to pray The Lord’s Prayer every day at 12 Noon!

We are sponsoring a United Methodist Pastor in Rwanda for a year.  Currently the United Methodist pastors do not receive an adequate salary to support their families.  It takes only $34 a month to support a pastor in Rwanda.  Please bring your loose change for a special offering for our Rwanda Remains Faithful project.

Be God’s Shalom,
Stephen

Made to Win!

Ephesians 6:10-18 Common English Bible

In Christ, we are called to WIN this battle.  To do so, we must consecrate ourselves for Jesus and His mission.  Individually, the enemy will attempt to hinder the fullness in us, restricting the expression of this fullness carried to others.

Maybe you are emotionally strong.  Maybe you can handle a lot of pressure, work for long hours, day after day after day.  Maybe you are the one who is the emotional anchor in your family and everyone leans on you for support.

There are many kinds of strength.  But the most important one is the strength you need in the Lord.  True Christian strength is not of the body.  True Christian strength is of the spirit, measured in faithfulness, trust, and perseverance.  By Grace we live by Faith.

Our (true) struggle is against powers and principalities and the Lord wants you to be strong.

Be strong in the LORD!
“Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and his powerful strength.  Put on God’s armor so that you can make a stand against the tricks of the devil.”   Ephesians 6:10-11

Be aware of the spiritual battle!
“We aren’t fighting against human enemies but against rulers, authorities, forces of cosmic darkness, and spiritual powers of evil in the heavens.”   Ephesians 6:12

Be clear about your armor!
“Therefore, pick up the full armor of God so that you can stand your ground on the evil day and after you have done everything possible to still stand.  So stand with the belt of truth around your waist, justice as your breastplate, and put shoes on your feet so that you are ready to spread the good news of peace.  Above all, carry the shield of faith so that you can extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.”   Ephesians 6:13-17

Be prayerful at all times!
“Offer prayers and petitions in the Spirit all the time.  Stay alert by hanging in there and praying for all believers.”   Ephesians 6:18

Hear the W.O.W., Words of Wisdom,
“In Christ, We Win!”