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praying for Karen

Karen, who teaches our adult Sunday School class, will be working in Nairobi, Kenya during the month of December.  She will be using her special talents “working in an orphanage/school for 180 toddlers through teens, helping widows create saleable crafts, participating in training Kenyan adults for improved schools/child care/pastoral work with Rafiki academic and Bible study curricula, and assisting resident missionaries with the village’s needs.”

Our Sharers Class will miss Karen during the time she is serving in Nairobi; however, we will be praying for her.  When we pray for others, we are participating in the work of Christ and interceding for others in prayer also forms our soul.  When we pray for someone, we don’t preempt God.  Before we even receive a request to pray for someone or some concern, God is there.  However, when we pray, we become sharers in His work.

Hear me speedily, O Lord. . . .

Cause me to hear . . .

For I lift up my soul unto Thee.

Psalm 143:7, 8

anticipation and hope

Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western tradition. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which is the Sunday nearest November 30, and ends on Christmas Eve (Dec 24). If Christmas Eve is a Sunday, it is counted as the fourth Sunday of Advent, with Christmas Eve proper beginning at sundown.

The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Thus, Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God. That is a process in which we now participate, and the consummation of which we anticipate. Scripture reading for Advent will reflect this emphasis on the Second Advent, including themes of accountability for faithfulness at His coming, judgment on sin, and the hope of eternal life.

In this double focus on past and future, Advent also symbolizes the spiritual journey of individuals and a congregation, as they affirm that Christ has come, that He is present in the world today, and that He will come again in power. That acknowledgment provides a basis for Kingdom ethics, for holy living arising from a profound sense that we live “between the times” and are called to be faithful stewards of what is entrusted to us as God’s people. So, as the church celebrates God’s inbreaking into history in the Incarnation, and anticipates a future consummation to that history for which “all creation is groaning awaiting its redemption,” it also confesses its own responsibility as a people commissioned to “love the Lord your God with all your heart” and to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

 

Heavenly Father, during Advent,

may we remember the greatest gift ever given:

Your only Son, Jesus Christ.

Fill our hearts with joy day by day

as we think of our Savior

putting aside His heavenly glory and coming among us.

by Raymond A. Foss

Praising God

This morning our Sharers Sunday School Class offered praises to God.  Each of us privately wrote our special praise on a slip of paper which our teacher, Karen Aufderhaar, read and then clipped to a long Offering Stick.

These individual praises were lifted as a burnt praise offering to God.

It was a very meaningful and spiritual ceremony, interspersed with praise songs.

Reminding us of God’s blessings . . . Amen.

Psalm 66

Praise for God’s Mighty Deeds and for His Answer to Prayer.

For the choir director. A Song. A Psalm.


1Shout joyfully to God, all the earth;
2Sing the glory of His name;
Make His praise glorious.
3Say to God, “How awesome are Your works!
Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will give feigned obedience to You.
4” All the earth will worship You,
And will sing praises to You;
They will sing praises to Your name.” Selah.
5Come and see the works of God,
Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men.
6He turned the sea into dry land;
They passed through the river on foot;
There let us rejoice in Him!
7He rules by His might forever;
His eyes keep watch on the nations;
Let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
8Bless our God, O peoples,
And sound His praise abroad,
9Who keeps us in life
And does not allow our feet to slip.
10For You have tried us, O God;
You have refined us as silver is refined.
11You brought us into the net;
You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins.
12You made men ride over our heads;
We went through fire and through water,
Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance.
13I shall come into Your house with burnt offerings;
I shall pay You my vows,
14Which my lips uttered
And my mouth spoke when I was in distress.
15I shall offer to You burnt offerings of fat beasts,
With the smoke of rams;
I shall make an offering of bulls with male goats. Selah.
16Come and hear, all who fear God,
And I will tell of what He has done for my soul.
17I cried to Him with my mouth,
And He was extolled with my tongue.
18If I regard wickedness in my heart,
The Lord will not hear;
19But certainly God has heard;
He has given heed to the voice of my prayer.
20Blessed be God,
Who has not turned away my prayer.

Bible Study

Gospel of John Bible Study

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.  This is my commandment that ye love one another even as I have loved you.

– John 15:11-12

Fall comes to Southwest Texas

amazing grace

can you use a prayer?

feast your eyes on this!

for everything there is a season

Sunday mornings

If you are not attending an adult Sunday School class, you may be missing out on a great “combo deal” according to studies by Christian educators.

Chris Johnson (Christian educator at Hinnepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis) states that:

“Worship may be glorious and inspirational, but you cannot create discussions or develop interpersonal relationships while sitting in the pews,” he noted. “Sunday school is the ‘combo meal deal’ at church!”

The original intent of Sunday School was evangelistic.  In our Sharers Class, we study the scripture as we fellowship with another and we welcome those of another denomination – or no denomination at all.

As I continue on my faith walk, I definitely see the advantage of small groups (such as our Sunday School and Bible Studies).  Adult Sunday School is where I can connect with others and study God’s word and be ‘re-fueled’  – for lack of another term to express my experience.

Our Sharers class is a special place where we share laughter and tears as we try to figure out what it means to follow Jesus and ask the questions that can lead us to a fulfilling life.

God bless these Sunday mornings!


FUMC Ministry Kick-Off Fair (reach, teach, serve)

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Seguin First United Methodist Church seeks God’s will as we reach, teach and serve.

There are various areas in our church where we can put our talents and gifts to work.  The Ministry Kick-Off Fair at FUMC on Sunday, August 29th, highlighted many of these areas of service and study.  The opportunities are endless and the Fair provided a laundry list of areas where we can serve – within the church and  in the community.

All Christians have a ministry.

We all have talents and gifts.

We are a caring congregation that welcomes all.

We are regular people looking to live for Christ.

We desire to grow closer to our Lord
and in service and love for others.


Show and Tell

The Classes and Ministries of Seguin First United Methodist Church were showcased on Sunday, August 29th.  The Reach, Teach, and Serve teams organized this Ministry Fair so we can see where we are, where we have been, and where we are going.

We are a church called to reach and to teach and to serve and we have answered the call.  We are continuing to answer this call as we  meet the challenges in our desire to do God’s will.

This is our desire.

To do God’s will.

To be an instrument of Love.

We’re certainly not sitting on our laurels.  There is much to do and many avenues to reach and teach and many folks to serve.

Shout to the Lord!

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singing together

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When people sing together, community is created. Together we rejoice, we celebrate, we mourn and we comfort each other. Through music, we reach each others hearts and souls. Music allows us to find a connection.
– Peter Yarrow


lesson in today’s Sharers Sunday School Class

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Never, ever do anything to deprive a human being of their dignity in work, in life.

Always praise in public and criticize in private.

Our marvelous Sunday School teacher spoke today about the lessons in Jude’s letter to a wayward church.  The lesson emphasized the importance of community and reminded us of the breadth of God’s love and concern for all people. “The lesson emphasized the importance of truth and how to be loyal to the truth as we see it, while also holding others in the embrace of Christian love.”

A lesson to take to heart.



His eye is on the sparrow

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all God’s creatures

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Tabby visits Seguin First United Methodist Church.

worshipping together

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This past Sunday, the three Methodist churches in Seguin worshipped, played, and broke bread together.  It was a very special Sunday!

coming soon!

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1202 North Austin Street

formerly Craig’s Saute & Grill

Yoakum's Steakhouse & Wine

tough love

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Completed a Bible study today – the book of James. 

Phew!

James hits hard.

Likely the perfect study about forgiveness and redemption during this time of Lent.  James doesn’t mince words and the study provided much discussion and of course, some introspection and self-examination (ouch!).

James the Just, the brother of Jesus, is known from the New Testament as the chief apostle of the Torah-obedient Christians. Up to the last quarter of the twentieth century, Jewish Christianity was regarded as an unimportant branch of the early Christian movement. Correspondingly, there was remarkably little interest in James. However, in the past two decades, while early Christianity has been studied as a form of Judaism, the literature on James has grown considerably. Now some scholars tend to assume that James was a loyal follower of his brother right from the beginning, and that his leadership in the church was stronger than traditionally has been assumed. Fresh studies on Acts 15 and Galatians 2 have opened new questions about the Christian Judaism of James and social formation of the community which he led.

[ Matti Myllykoski Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Finland matti.myllykoski@helsinki.fi]

Gospel of Thomas 12
The Disciples said to Jesus, “We are aware that you will depart from us. Who will be our leader?” Jesus said to them, “No matter where you come it is to James the Just that you shall go, for whose sake heaven and earth have come to exist.”

FUMC Bible Study Class - Book of James