Priority #1 — Trust

Proverbs 3:1-12, Common English Bible

As you enter into the New Year, what path will you take? Lewis and Clark, the great explorers, discovered the western portion of United States of America.  However, the path they took was completely differently than the path they had planned.  Eventually Lewis and Clark would need to adapt to the new path of uncharted territory.  This path was filled with challenges and also celebrations, but it wasn’t the path they had outlined for themselves.  Both Lewis and Clark needed to trust each other!  Who will you trust enough to include in your life plan for 2018?

Solomon, the wisest person in the eyes of God, is offering some advice to his son that is worth hearing.  Instead of this year focusing and writing down another list of resolutions, what if we simply focused on a few priorities?  Let’s try trusting more this year!  How does this happen?

Read God’s instructions daily!
“My son, don’t forget my instruction.  Let your heart guard my commands, because they will help you live a long time and provide you with well-being.”   Proverbs 3:1-2

Trust God first and always!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; don’t rely on your own intelligence.”   Proverbs 3:5

Acknowledge God along the path!
“Know him in all your paths, and he will keep your ways straight.”   Proverbs 3:6

Hear the W.O.W. the Words of Wisdom,
“Trusting God equals a fulfilling life!”

Living the Greater Works Life

Greetings Holy, Healthy and Happy People of God,

As I write this eNote to our faithful and devoted community of radical and contextually conscious followers of Jesus Christ, I am grateful to be walking into a New Year!

God has greater works for us to do in 2018!  Really?  Yes, really, and Jesus says it this way, “Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.  I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”  John 14:12-14, NRSV

This year let’s live faithfully into the reality of living a greater works life.  The key is praying and discerning, understanding what that greater work is and then like Nike, “just do it!”  Strengthening your prayer life is critical to this God-given alignment.  Think about the front-end alignment for your tires.  Proper alignment will maximize the tread on your tires, but lacking proper alignment, the wear and tear on your tires comes much sooner.  Proper spiritual practices align your heart with God so that we become ambassadors of hope for those around us.  Your best days are not in the past, you have not lived them yet; they start tomorrow and the days after.

So it is with our lives.  Jesus invites us into four serious spiritual practices.  Pray.  Bible.  Worship.  Mission.  Doing these practices is like taking a daily vitamin for 30 days; you will start to see encouraging results.

Join me for the Greater Works Challenge this Sunday and sign up.  And remember God has greater works for us in 2018.  Invite your family and friends to join you.

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

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

Wednesday Night Bible Study

On January 10th our Wednesday night adult Bible study group will begin a study of the book The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.  Of the more than 60 books by C.S. Lewis, this is one of his most well-known classics.  Although it was first published in 1942, this book of letters is still very much applicable to our lives today.

It is a satirical portrayal of human life (and human weaknesses) from the viewpoint of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to Satan, as he writes to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of capturing the soul of an ordinary young man.  You will find this book interesting, humorous and eye-opening.

We welcome everyone to join with us for this study series.  We meet each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.

Priorities from Proverbs

Our January 2018 Sermon Series is “Priorities from Proverbs.”  In the new year, knowing and doing God’s priorities will position us to live a harmonious and fruitful life.  Honoring God with our lives brings glory to God’s holy name.  Join us this month as we explore the Scriptures and learn from Proverbs about God’s priorities of Trust, Wisdom, Integrity and Motives.  Let’s live life to the fullest by faith in Christ Jesus!

What’s Happening, January 5, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our January Sermon Series is “Priorities from Proverbs.”  In the new year, knowing and doing God’s priorities will position us to live a harmonious and fruitful life.  Honoring God with our lives brings glory to God’s holy name.  Join us this month as we explore the Scriptures and learn from Proverbs about God’s priorities of Trust, Wisdom, Integrity and Motives.  Let’s live life to the fullest by faith in Christ Jesus!

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

ENCOUNTER MINISTRY  We invite you to join us this Sunday afternoon 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.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY   Next week (January 10), our Wednesday night adult Bible study group will begin a study of the book The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.  Of the more than 60 books by C.S. Lewis, this is one of his most well-known classics.  You will find this book interesting, humorous and enlightening.  We welcome everyone to join with us for this study series.  We meet each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.

SCOUT APPRECIATION BREAKFAST, SUNDAY, January 14!  Our Boy Scout Troop 219 wants to say thanks and show their appreciation for the support of the McKendree Church family.  They are doing this by inviting you to BREAKFAST AT 10am on Sunday, January 14th.  This is NOT a fundraiser; there is no cost to you.  Come and enjoy a time of food and fellowship.  All the better since you don’t have to cook!  Everyone is invited!

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OPPORTUNITY FOR SERVICE!

CLOTHES CLOSET NEEDS!   Although the temperatures this week haven’t broken any records (the record low for January 5 is -10˚ in 1884), it certainly has felt like it!  The cold weather means we need lots of warm clothing for our clothes closet.  Specifically we need:

— winter clothing, especially for men (sweaters, jeans sweatshirts and pants)
— coats, hats, scarves, gloves for men and women
— blankets
— help to fold, sort and put away the clothing!
 We need help in the mornings or afternoons, when the closet is not open to the public.  One time help or weekly, monthly help – all is appreciated!

Donations may be brought to the church on Sunday or during the week.  Call Ruth Baggett before bringing donations during the week, so she knows you’re coming.  If you can help in the closet, please call Ruth to schedule a time.  Ruth’s number is 615-271-2600 or you can email her at 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 through PayPal or EasyTithe 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.  The first time you give you will be prompted to visit a secure URL.  Just follow the prompts and enter your information.

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