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*Sundays: 8:45 a.m.
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*Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m.
Highland Village Bible Study
*Wednesdays: 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
Confirmation Class for all students in Grades 7 and 8 (approx. Sept. thru May)
March 1, 2015
1 Peter 1:13-16
"Longing for Holiness"
The difference between people of faith and other people actually may have less to do with believing in God than what we believe about God.
It has been said that even Satan believes in God; for if Satan did not, there would be no reason for him to work against God. What separates people of faith from the rest of the population is that their faith leads them towards God, instead of away from or irregardless of the Divine One.
One element of leaning toward means that people of faith long for holiness. This begs the question, what does it mean to be holy? "Holiness" means separate from the ordinary and in connection with God or the divine.
There are many, many examples of this throughout history. Take St. David, for example. March 1st is celebrated as the feast day of St. David from Wales. It is a special day for the Welsh people as they remember this great man whose life work was to serve God by forming deeply faith-filled Christian believers. David started approximately 10 monasteries in and around the British Isles.
He found himself surrounded by people who sought holiness in their lives and brought them together in one place when they sought holiness through the disciplines of simplicity, prayer and hard work. It has been written that a man wanting to join one of David's monasteries would have to wait outside for 10 days, while being verbally harassed before he was admitted in. That is definitely "longing for holiness".
Wesley was bitten by the holiness bug. In his college years, he was "exceedingly affected" by something he read based on 1 Corinthians: So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. This desire to, "do everything for the glory of God", guided him throughout his life.
John Wesley longed to be holy, and, therefore, sought the means to do so. So, he worked to discover, define and share the "marks of a Methodist" - the "method" he knew which would bring out God's image in each of us. What he discovered to be effective was to gather with others to support and hold one another accountable. The "Holy Club" was formed with John, his brother Charles and a few others.
As they met, they not only prayed and read scripture together, but they became involved in serving others in need. This group, sarcastically labeled "Methodists" - because of their method - learned that holiness was more than practicing the spiritual disciplines. Holiness entailed action - works of mercy and compassion . Just as St David practiced in his monasteries, what ever you do, do it for the glory of God.
Peter, in our text for this Sunday, underscores what Wesley and St. David discovered - to have your minds ready for action. Keep alert and set your hope completely on the blessing which will be given... . Focus on what Jesus has said about how we need to live, for his word is the "instruction manual" for holy living. The gospels provide a road map for the values, attitudes and practices which results in us being holy as God is holy.
I know it may sound a bit strange - "let's all be holy". Imagine what some of your friends might think, or say, if you told them, "For Lent I plan on being more holy." But, besides bringing us closer to God, the activities of holiness will make our lives richer, fuller, more meaningful and filled with joy. This is what Revival is about.
Grace & peace,
What's Happening Now?
*Froehlich - CUMC Scholarships
Application forms for the Lysle and Dora Froehlich-CUMC scholarship are now available for high school seniors, vocational technical school and college students who are members of Christ United Methodist Church. Contact the church office for applications. Deadline is April 1.
*Lenten Season Scheduled
For the next 4 weeks in Lent, we will hold a Lenten Worship Service at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Lenten Study entitled, "Revival," at 7:00 p.m.
*Weekend Food to Go & Grow
We are running low on our supplies for this mission project. We would appreciate your conations of the following items:
Mac & Cheese - 7 oz., Canned Spaghetti Sauce - 24 oz., 1 lb. Spaghetti Noodles (long, not shaped), Tuna Helper, Flavored rice or red beans & rice.
Thank you for your support of this mission.
*Book Discussion Class Scheduled
Another book discussion, led by Helen Foulke, will be held on Tuesday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. The discussion will be on the book entitled "Standing Strong: You Can Overcome Bullying." Copies of the book are available now.
*Congregational Care News
Mark Your Calendars! Everyone is invited to attend a Potluck Brunch in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, March 22, at 9:00 a.m. This will have a Hawaiian theme. Bring a dish to pass.
*Easter Fun Day
Mark your calendars for the annual Easter Fun Day event on Palm Sunday, March 29, at 10:00 a.m. There will be games and crafts for the children. There might even be a visit from the Easter Bunny! Watch the bulletins for more information.
*World Day of Prayer
Jesus said, "Do you understand what I have done for You? Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer in March.
Church Women United of Watertown will sponsor World Day of Prayer at St. Bernard's Catholic Church on Saturday, March 7, at 1;00 p.m. Enter the door on the south side of the parking lot. All men and women are invited. No reservations.
This is a worship service written by the women of The Bahamas who call us to consider Jesus' words to the disciples after washing their feet. The women of The Bahamas describe what Jesus does when he washed the disciples' feet as "radical love."
Refreshments will be served following the program. Please bring donations for the Personal Essentials Pantry and/or the Food Pantry.