“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
Hi, Revolution family and friends!
You are receiving this newsletter at the junction point of two sermon series. On Sunday, we will share in the last sermon of the “With Great Power . . . “ series, examining the popular hero Batman and the biblical hero David and continuing to see what they can tell us about ourselves. I’m extremely thankful to Rebecca Lahann for sharing her message on Wonder Woman last Sunday. Rebecca, by the way, is the chair of the Keystone Church Council.
Then on Sunday, August 6, we are starting discussion of “A Different Kind of Justice.” Revolution has a tremendous history of work in the social justice arenas -- a wonderful tradition of examining and challenging the social systems in our environments. During the coming weeks, we’ll examine what it means to be seeking justice by working alongside individuals -- honoring the challenging statement of Jesus that “just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
Friends, there is a lot going on at Revolution -- Associate Pastor Candace Shaw has just finished leading our Summer Online Small Group, and they were great gatherings, warm and spiritually challenging. I think it will be a model for an additional way for some of our small groups to get together. This Sunday we will share in a Fifth Sunday Feast after service. I hope you will join us for delicious food and Christian fellowship. In a few weeks, we’ll be engaging in the RevKids Play & Serve weekend -- a Friday through Sunday opportunity for kids and families to learn more about God, serve God’s kingdom and have fun doing it!
I give thanks to God for each of you and your presence in Revolution, in the community and in God’s world.
July 27, 2017 - 12:00 am
“See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:15-18
Hi, Revolution community!
I pray that this newsletter finds you in good health and in good spirits. Prayer is one of the practices that helps keep us be in intentional relationship with God. It provides an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to speak to us and stir within us, and it provides a chance for us to place ourselves fully in God’s presence.
Prayer can be in a very still, formal nature that allows us to set aside the rush of the world for a period of time. But prayer can also be a brief moment of connection that we encounter within the midst of that rushing world.
Prayer restores, renews, comforts and convicts us. It invites us to work with God to examine the patterns of our lives and how we can see holy presence and holy action within them. Prayer empowers us to continue to be the hands and feet of Christ in our communities.
As many of you heard during the worship services on Sunday, Bishop Bob Farr and the Extended Cabinet of the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church will be specifically praying for Revolution on Friday, July 14. They will be holding in prayer our church body as well as the communities we serve, seeking God’s continued presence in our midst, in our work and in our relationships. I know that many of you offer prayers for Revolution and its mission field on a regular basis; I also know that many of you are intending to craft a special time of prayer for them on Friday. Regardless of when you read this newsletter, I request that you will take a few moments to offer the following prayer, and to add to it your own hopes for God’s work in our community:
Loving God, thank you for Revolution and for your many children who have made sacrifices for us, making Revolution and its parent church, Westport, be a home for your people, and a resource for our service to you. Today, we ask your special blessing on Revolution, that in the coming weeks, months and years it may bear fruit in your name -- sharing the presence of The Living Christ with one another and with the communities it serves. Bless, too, the ministries of Revolution, that through your guidance, lives may be improved and your Kingdom may become more fully known. God, be present in Westport and throughout your world. Let your presence be known in new and surprising ways that more people may come to know the Grace and Love that you have to offer to every person. Finally, God, we thank you for the love of your son Jesus who offered us life (that we may know what it means to live in your name), death (that we won’t have to be held back by the guilt of our sins) and resurrection (that we can know the promise of new lives and new understandings of ourselves). Amen.
July 13, 2017 - 12:00 am
“Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’”
Hi, Revolution community!
I pray that you are finding some time this summer to enrich your spiritual life -- whether through reading a new book, gathering with old friends, wandering in God’s creation, exploring a new prayer practice or in myriad other ways that we can sense God’s revelation in our lives. One way I invite you to expand your spiritual horizon is by becoming active in our children’s ministry program. Revolution is blessed by a number of families with kids who offer us the opportunity to share God’s love through Christian education. Associate Pastor Candace Shaw guides our children’s ministries and does a fantastic job of helping people of every interest and skill level apply their gifts to sharing God’s love with the young people in our church -- both through regular Sunday gatherings and through special events.
I’m excited about Rev’s “Play and Serve Family Weekend” that is coming up Friday through Sunday, August 25 through 27. If you could offer time during this weekend, it would help us share a time of joy, learning and service for kids in our community. I’d also ask you to remember that serving in our children’s ministries is an act of love for both the kids and the parents. Particularly, when non-parents offer leadership on Sunday morning, it means that parents (and other adults with kids) can have the opportunity to be present in the worship service. So your gift of time is a double blessing! If you are interested in serving (in this or in other ministries), please contact the church office.
Finally, I want to make you aware of our upcoming sermon series which ties in with the the “Hero Central” VBS that is coming to Keystone in late July. From July 9 through July 30 we will be examining superheroes alongside heroes in the bible and exploring what guidance we can receive as God speaks to us through stories new and old. “With Great Power . . . “ will be an excellent opportunity to invite a friend to join you at Revolution for some coffee, some fellowship and a worshipful community.
May peace be with you now and always,
June 29, 2017 - 12:00 am
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