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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.


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imagination as the path of spirit

John O’Donohue – article by John Draper in Church Times

THE POET, philosopher, academic, and best-selling spiritual writer John O’Donohue needs coffee. “Whiskey happened last night,” he explains in a lilting, lyrical Irish accent over breakfast. He can make even a hangover sound sublime. “We drank a beautiful bottle of single malt that didn’t die without proper spiritual necessity.”

A former Roman Catholic priest, he may be the author of serene, numinous prose, but he is no effete guru. He is a farmer’s son from Conamara, in the wilds of western Ireland. His physical presence is strong, and immediately felt. He radiates energy, warmth, and mischief, and there is more than a hint of a glint in his eye. “I never read spiritual books,” he says, somewhat provocatively, since he has written two of the past decade’s popular spiritual books: Anam Cara and Eternal Echoes. “Can’t read them. The stuff on spirituality is like candyfloss,” he whispers conspiratorially. “You put a knife down through it, and you come to a spine at no point. It’s just goo. The shops are full of it, and people are consuming it.”

today’s thought

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No one’s death comes to pass

without making some impression,

and those close to the deceased

inherit part of the liberated soul

and become richer in their

humanness.

Hermann Broch
(

1886-1951, Austrian Novelist)

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.”

discerning the balance point

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Why am I doing what I’m doing?  What are my goals?  Am I keeping my eye on what is important?

Not being a terribly introspective person, I now and then take stock of myself: my motives, my perseverance, resolve, and my willingness to change when I SHOULD change – and to know when change is needed.

Several years ago, I knelt at the prayer rail during a Richard Foster Workshop/Spirituality Day Retreat and asked the gentle person who laid her hand on my head to pray that God would grant me discernment and wisdom.

That is actually my constant prayer.  My always prayer.

Quoting Elaine M. Prevallet:

Perseverance, as she walks that tightrope toward her goal, always needs her companion–the balancing pole of discernment that keeps check on motivations, on the one hand of self-protection, and on the other hand of self-promotion or self-interest. . . . Discernment must keep her sensitive even to the very subtle changes in her relationship to the goal. . . . and we have to learn to keep discernment as our steady companion as we walk securely and trustingly toward God.

I walk trustingly – and prayerfully – always wanting to discern the balance point.

spirituality

Spirituality.

What does it mean to me?

What does it mean to you?

I took the Spirituality Quiz and learned (from those brief questions and answers that I am a ‘sage’).

The site assured me that:

“God’s grace covers Sages too, you know!”

The spiritual types that I most admire are those I am

– NOT –

prophet, lover, and mystic.  But I suppose it takes us all.  Right?

Famous Mystics:

Thomas Merton | Enya | John (the Gospel writer)
Brother Lawrence (Practicing the Presence of God)
Desert mothers and fathers | Charlie Brown
Sister Wendy | Phoebe Buffay | Julian of Norwich
Luke | Anthony de Mello | The Who

Famous Lovers:

Snoopy | Aunt Bee | Alanis Morissette
Billy Graham | Julia Butterfly Hill
Andrea Bochelli | Joey Tribbiani
His Holiness, The Dalai Lama | Mary Magdelene
Captain Kirk | Ida Mae Brown (in Ghost)

Famous Prophets:

Mother Teresa | Ralph Nader | John Calvin
Lucy (Peanuts) | Rosa Parks | Dorothy Day
Joan of Arc | Monica Geller | Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jeremiah | Malcolm X | Ghandi
Indigo Girls | Gandalf | Oprah Winfrey

Famous Sages:                                                      

Mr. Spock | Dilbert | Elrond
Dietrich Bonhoeffer | Maya Angelou | Linus (Peanuts)
Yoda (Star Wars) | Andy Griffith | Mr. Miyagi
The Buddha | Rodin’s The Thinker | Moses
Ross Geller | Matthew (the Gospel writer) | Tiger Woods       Rodin’s The Thinker?????