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PIEty - September 28, 2014

I Timothy 6:6-19

Pumpkin pie, huckleberry pie, apple pie, peach pie . . . . After worship this morning I invite you to come downstairs for pie. Whole pies or pie by the slice are available for sale. Proceeds will go to our Ministry Fund Drive the Annual Conference is running to start new faith communities, and provide resources and training to strengthen existing churches, as well as fund Imagine No Malaria to eradicate malaria in Africa. Our Church Council has set a goal to support this with a minimum of $10,000 through a series of special events starting today with Pie Sunday. The next will be a church wide auction to be held sometime after the first of the year.
Welcome to PIEty Sunday. As we raise money for a good cause and have fun doing it, I want to reflect this morning on the meaning of piety. It's not a word we use very often anymore, and indeed most translations of the Bible don't use it. Instead they talk about godliness or holiness. In the end I think they are all talking about the same thing.

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Amazing Grace Indeed - September 21, 2014

Genesis 45:1-15
Ephesians 4:25-5:2

We've been exploring the topic of forgiveness for the last several weeks. We started with the recognition – I should say the celebration – of God's forgiveness of our sin. The Bible is filled with stories and verses that tell us God forgives us. As Christians we know God as the source of forgiveness and what a joy that is. Amazing grace indeed.
Last week we moved on to consider the link between God's forgiveness of us and our forgiveness of others. "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us," we pray every Sunday. It is an awesome responsibility to know that we are to forgive as we have been forgiven.
The challenge then is how?

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Bread and Jam Forgiveness - September 7, 2014

2 Chronicles 6:12-17
I John 1:1-2:2

"God, be merciful to me, a sinner," prayed the tax collector in one of Jesus' parables. The tax collector did not elaborate on the nature of his sin. Generally in Jesus' day tax collectors were regarded as traitors and thieves, so Jesus may not have needed to say much more.
"Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy, blot out my transgressions," prayed King David in Psalm 51. Traditionally we say that David had committed adultery with Bathsheba and then murdered her husband when she became pregnant. These days we would call it sexual misconduct, even sexual harassment. We would say he attempted to cover up his sin through the arranged murder.
David and the tax collector are just two examples of people in the bible who sinned and then asked God to forgive them. As a pastor, I occasionally have people come to me to confess their sins. I don't hear that nearly as often as a Roman Catholic priest does. Methodists are more likely to address God directly. I can't tell you the stories I do hear for reasons of confidentiality. Suffice it to say that many people feel guilty.
Whether it is a felony that makes the headlines or a grudge no one else knows about, most of us need God's mercy. All of us must have God's steadfast love to move forward in life.

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Imagine No Malaria - August 31, 2014

I Kings 17:17-24
Acts 15:36-41

Years ago I came home from work, feeling a bit under the weather, to find Doug wrapped in a blanket, crouched in front of the fireplace, and shivering. Over the course of the next several days both of us experienced intense abdominal cramping and, well, let's just say it was a good thing we had two bathrooms. We were miserable. After Doug nearly passed out on a middle of the night bathroom run, I took him to the doctor. We both had the flu.
Fortunately for us, after several days we began to feel better. I don't remember now how long we were sick but I know I didn't miss a Sunday, so it couldn't have been for a week. It seemed like an eternity.
Chances are at some point in life everyone in this room has been sick. Earlier this summer I know that several families had members with high fevers, chills, and body aches. It is no fun to be sick like that.
The Ebola crisis in Africa has led the headlines for a couple of months. It is a highly infectious disease with a 50% or worse mortality rate. Nearly two thousand people have died.
As the Ebola crisis has filled the news, a quieter and much worse disease has haunted Africa, as it has done for years. We haven't heard much about malaria. And every minute a child dies from malaria. While two thousand people have died from Ebola, over a thousand people per day have died from malaria. That's 43,200 a month.

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Strengthening the Churches - August 24, 2014

Exodus 18:13-27
Acts 15:36-41

"What troubles have we seen, what mighty conflicts past, fightings without, and fears within, since we assembled last?"

Charles Wesley's words have often been sung at the Opening Worship service of Annual Conference, the regional gathering of United Methodists. They speak to us today at the end of the summer and the start of the new academic year.
They also describe the realities all churches face. Fightings without and fears within, and very often fightings within and fears without are common in churches large and small. For all we like to think of ourselves as one big happy family, united in mission and ministry, the truth is that it is seldom that idyllic. From worship wars between those who favor traditional versus those who favor contemporary worship, to disagreements about local versus international mission, to hurt feelings, conflict is a part of the church.

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