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Highway Beautification - December 15, 2013

Isaiah 35:1-10
Matthew 11:2-11

"Ugliness is so grim. A little beauty, something that is lovely, I think, can help create harmony which will lesson tension." So said Lady Bird Johnson, as she helped to push through Congress the Highway Beautification Act of 1965. The act controls signs along highways, the removal of junkyards, and provides for scenic enhancement such as the planting of flowers. It's been almost fifty years since its passage. I was six years old at the time and I can't really look back to see what things looked like before its passage. I do know that when I see flowers blooming in the median of a freeway I can thank Mrs. Johnson.

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The Sound of Love - December 8, 2013

Isaiah 11:1-10
Matthew 3:1-12

The sounds of water fill our lives. They can be as ordinary as a faucet dripping or a splash in the bathtub, and as unusual as a rainstorm in the desert. They can be as powerful as the roar of the ocean and as gentle as the mist.
Both of our Scripture passages today bring us the sound of water. Isaiah sums up his vision of the Messianic age, "for the earth will be full of the knowledge of God as the waters cover the sea." Matthew takes us out to the River Jordan where John is baptizing the crowds. And so it is that the sound of water is our Advent sound this morning. We don't wade into a river to baptize. We pour water into a bowl and I lift out a handful to place over people's heads.

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The Sound of Peace - December 1, 2013

Isaiah 2:1-5
Matthew 24:36-44

A hundred years ago the sound of metal banging on metal was likely a familiar sound in most communities as blacksmiths forged tools and mended wheel rims. Today we are more likely to hear pneumatic drills and the roar of engines. They can be loud and shrill, sometimes annoying, sometimes irritating. Metal on metal might well have had the same effect on peoples of an earlier day, yet as it comes to us across the ages in our reading today from the prophet Isaiah it is the sound of peace. Isaiah's vision is shared by the prophet Micah: "They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore." Metal banging on metal is the sound of peace as weapons are turned into farm tools.

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Sunday morning parking at the church is available in the high school parking lot on Third Street across from the church and in the city lots west of the church. These lots are available only on Sunday mornings. A small lot for handicapped parking is available just off of Adams Street on the north side of the church, with an accessible entrance directly into the sanctuary. A lift operates between the Fellowship Hall (3rd Street level) and the Sanctuary . William Sound System Receivers and Headsets are available to assist with hearing problems.

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The First United Methodist Church of Moscow, Idaho takes as our mission to be the body of Jesus Christ, ministering to a community which draws strength from its diversity. Our mission centers on the worship of God, expressed through varied forms of prayer, preaching, music, and ritual.  See more...

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