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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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Sunday 3:00 PM
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Sunday 3:30 PM
This group meets weekly in the Music Room. Contact: Pastor Garcia
Music Room
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Sunday 4:00 PM
Standing Rock
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Sunday 7:00 PM
AA group meets weekly in Room 5.
Standing Rock
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Monday 8:30 AM
Youth Room
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May 21
Monday 6:00 PM
Standing Rock
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Monday 7:00 PM
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Tuesday 7:00 PM

The Week's Sermon

Learning a New Language

This Sunday we continue our journey through the Acts of the Apostles and arrive at Pentecost Sunday! This day is the celebration of the birth of the church. We are also celebrating the 50th anniversary of The United Methodist Church. Please be sure to wear your favorite reds, oranges or yellows to represent the flames of the spirit. You might have noticed that the symbol for our denomination also includes that flame of the Spirit.

Pentecost as well as our United Methodist Church remind us that the work of the Holy Spirit cannot be confined to a certain place, time or people. It invades our lives and our comfort zones to push us toward inclusion and care for others. This has been the underlying message of the entire book of Acts and it is the message that underlies who we are as the church. But it also means that we must find ways to communicate with each other that are sometimes different than what we have been accustomed to. We might need to spend time LEARNING A NEW LANGUAGE.

Our current society and especially in our media presentations would tell us that we should be monolithic, thinking, doing and speaking one language. But our passage from chapter 2 reminds us that the early believers struggled with this same issue. But, the work of the Holy Spirit says otherwise!!! So, what do we do? Where, when, how do we learn this new way of communicating with a new language? Let’s see if we can find some ways to do that on Sunday. Join us at 9 or 10:30 a.m.. ALL are welcome!


Also, please be reminded that we have shared our space with the Irshad Muslim Prayer Ministry for several years. This is the season of Ramadan, a high and holy time of year for them. As you move in and out of the building today and throughout the next couple of weeks, let us be respectful of their presence among us. I recommend this article to you for reference from Time: http://time.com/5275786/ramadan-mubarak-greeting-date.

Last Week's Sermon

"Ruining Our Good Name"

What was church like in the first years after Jesus? Who were the leaders and how did they address the issues and problems they encountered? What do we today still need to learn from these spiritual ancestors?

This week’s text: Acts of the Apostles 11:1-26.

• Who is allowed to belong to the church?
• What is required of those who want to join the movement?
• What happens when a prominent leader makes a significant change in how they understand the church?
• What do we do when we discover our self-understanding needs to change: fight, flight, or find a new way?
• If we dare change, what will people think of us?

Pastor Dave will offer thoughts on these questions and more in his sermon, “Ruining Our Good Name” this Sunday, May 13th.

Also this week in worship: celebrating graduates! Worship gatherings are at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. All are welcome!

Reactions:

"With whom is it okay to associate? Today's controversies were addressed long ago in Acts 10 & 11 - Gentile or Jew, no more!  He is the Lord of all.  Listen to the story, open your heart to change, and know that it is okay to accept and associate with EVERYONE." - Kathy

"Pastor Dave related Mother's Day with stories/life lessons our Moms taught us regarding reputation.  'Remember who you are and where you are' and then discussed with whom it is okay to associate with.  The book of Acts has repeated stories of breaking down barriers and many of these stories were a testament to how powerful 'listening' was to the early church.  Pastor Dave shared his own story and describe the "piece that save me" was when he heard the witness of a man during a class in seminary. This man stated, 'I am 100% a man, 100% a Christian, and 100% gay.' We each and as a Church need to declare, 'No one is an abomination and all are loved by God.'" - Glenn 

"We can break the barriers that prevent us from accepting others who are different from us.  We can do this by listening: to the Holy Spirit and to others who are different.  As our heart is changed, we can effect change." - Faye