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WOODRIDGE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

 

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We are an open and loving United Methodist Community who are: Welcoming to all, United in service toward greater social justice for all, Moving forward with understanding and acceptance of all peoples; Creating disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We provide many opportunities for you and your family to connect with God and to grow spiritually.

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July 22
Sunday 8:00 AM
Weekly Prayer Meeting in Fellowship Hall.
Bonfal Hall
Jul
22
July 22
Sunday 10:00 AM
Jul
22
July 22
Sunday 3:30 PM
This group meets weekly in the Music Room. Contact: Pastor Garcia
Music Room
Jul
22
July 22
Sunday 7:00 PM
AA group meets weekly in Room 5.
Standing Rock
Jul
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July 24
Tuesday 7:00 PM
Jul
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July 26
Thursday 6:00 PM
Weekly Prayer Meeting in Fellowship Hall.
Standing Rock
Jul
28
July 28
Saturday 9:00 AM
Standing Rock
Jul
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July 29
Sunday 8:00 AM
Weekly Prayer Meeting in Fellowship Hall.
Bonfal Hall

The Week's Sermon

"Good Trouble around Asia Minor"

Mark Twain famously wrote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men [sic] and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”

As we continue to follow Paul’s journey in our sermon series on the Acts of the Apostles, it is impossible not to notice just how much Paul travels. There seems to be no where he won’t go. While the stories told in Acts are not often explicit about it, we can’t help but surmise that Paul is changed by the traveling he undertakes.

At the very least, the story in Acts chapter 18 presents Paul fighting against “prejudice and narrow-mindedness.” Here we see Paul and friends — and by extension, the early church and, as much as we may so assert, God — once again rejecting the notion that the gospel of Jesus, the Liberating King, belongs solely locked to one particular cultural expression of faith.

What have we learned from our travels — both physical and metaphorical?
In what ways are we failing to live the message of Acts today?
How might we remove those blindspots from our life of faith — both as individuals and as a congregation?

These are the questions with which Pastor Dave will wrestle this Sunday, July 22, in his sermon, “Good Trouble around Asia Minor.”

Be part of the discussion at our summer worship gathering on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome!

Last Week's Sermon

Good Trouble

Imagine being:
• Wanted.
• Chased after.
• Hounded.
• Arrested.
• Out on bail.
• On the run.
• Welcomed.
• Chased after again.
• Hounded again.
• On the run again.

Whom does this describe?
• Criminals?
• Asylum-seekers?
• John Wesley in the 1760’s?
• John Lewis in the 1960’s?
• Other trouble-makers?

The answer might surprise you. Or perhaps not. Find out as our extensive examination of the Acts of the Apostles continues this week with chapter 17.

Have you ever been in trouble? How did you get out of that trouble? Who helped you? Is it possible — despite what our elders may have taught us — that our goal as followers of Jesus is not to stay out of trouble? Could it be that we, like Paul and so many others before us, need to get into some good trouble for the sake of the gospel?

That’s what Pastor Dave will explore this Sunday, July 15th, in his sermon, “Good Trouble?” Be there to join in the conversation.

Summer worship gatherings are Sundays at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome!