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Knowing Whose We Are - July 20, 2014

Exodus 6:2-9

A month ago today the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference opened with members from churches in Washington and the panhandle of Idaho, both lay and clergy. Our theme was, "What's the Next Act?" The theme is set by our Bishop. It guides worship, for which I have particular responsibilities as the chair of the worship team, and the overall work of the conference.
The Bishop also chose theme Scriptures which we used at worship and in an early morning Bible Study led by Dr. Jeffrey Kuan, president of the Claremont School of Theology and an Old Testament scholar.
To share with you some of what took place at Conference, we'll spend the next three weeks exploring some of those Scriptures. We'll also use some of the liturgy. Our own CH drew the pictures used for the worship bulletins and we'll use those too.
"What's our Next Act?" was Bishop Hagiya's way of helping us to think about how the church moves forward into the future. Before moving forward it is necessary to remember who we are and whose we are.
At Annual Conference that remembering took place on our first day as we gathered together. Clergy are required to attend and many churches send the same lay members year after year. Others are new to Conference, as were our two lay members, so gathering means both reunion with old friends and making new ones.
This year the Opening service took a special focus because of where we were: the Puyallup Fairgrounds. During World War II they were an assembly center for Japanese Americans being sent to internment camps. It was called Camp Harmony. To acknowledge this sad history, Japanese Americans who were at the camps read poems and shared stories. Our Bishop, a third generation Japanese American who was born after the war, shared some of his family's experiences. It was a deeply moving time.

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Imagine and Grow With God - June 29, 2014

Esther 4:12-17; 7:1-6
Matthew 13:31-32

We celebrate Vacation Bible School today by singing many of the songs and looking at some of their crafts and decorations. The theme for VBS was Workshop of Wonders: Imagine and Grow with God. Each day the children explored a different Bible story related to the theme. This morning I want to highlight two of them: the story of Queen Esther and the parable of the mustard seed.
Queen Esther's story is one of my favorite Bible stories. It is only ten chapters long. While that's too long to read in worship, it makes for a great Sunday afternoon story. I encourage you to give it a try.
It is a drama full of intrigue and action, with colorful characters ranging from a beautiful and brave heroine to a proud and evil villain. Imagine it with me. Cheer for our heroine and boo for the villain.

Read more: Imagine and Grow With God - June 29, 2014

Welcoming Children - June 15, 2014

Matthew 18:1-5; 19:13-15

Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's here today. Happy Father's Day to men, who though they may not have children of their own, teach, mentor, coach and provide for children in many ways.
It is not often I get to say Happy Father's Day to you. Typically I am at the closing worship service of Annual Conference on Father's Day. This year the schedule has me there next Sunday instead.
This Father's Day is special because today two fathers will commit themselves, along with the mothers, to take responsibility for their daughter's spiritual nurture, as the C. and L/T families present Emma Nell and Hazel Grace for baptism. 
Stereotypically we think of fathers being responsible to provide for their children. We now know that fathers also play a critical role in guiding, teaching, and nurturing their children. Studies show that children whose fathers attend church are far more likely to attend church as adults – more so than if it is just the mothers who attend. Dad's your spiritual examples and nurture of your children are important.

Read more: Welcoming Children - June 15, 2014

Pentecost? Indeed! - June 8, 2014

Acts 2:1-21
I Corinthians 12: 3b-13

Artist Richard Cammerer was asked to design a large stained glass window for a cathedral in a part of France known for its crystal. So he incorporated the local crystal into the windows themselves. Soon after they were installed, he received a call from the Archbishop who was irate. "Come here, NOW!" ordered the Archbishop. So Mr. Cammerer booked a flight and went to France. The Archbishop himself picked him up at the airport and without a word drove him to the cathedral. Mr. Cammerer could see nothing wrong with the windows. Indeed they sparkled and shone and inside color filled the sanctuary. The Archbishop stood behind the communion table. Finally he spoke, "It is Sunday morning. I am elevating the host for the sacrament when I smell something burning. Monsieur, it is me!"

Read more: Pentecost? Indeed! - June 8, 2014

Being Christians on Purpose - June 1, 2014

I Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

When I was in first grade, our teacher taught a little group of girls a game which involved passing a ball back and forth. The first time we played it there were seven children so I assumed it could only be played with seven participants. At a later date as we played, Lisa asked to join in. Because we already had seven playing I told her no.
As it happened, Lisa was one of the very few African American students at Adams Elementary School in 1965. The playground supervisor assumed I turned Lisa down because of her race. What I had not figured out yet was that the game could be played with any number of children. I was too shy to protest and the supervisor didn't know to ask me, so I was sent to stand along the fence as punishment for my intolerance.
That is the only time I can remember being disciplined at school, though I'm sure I deserved it any number of other times. I was humiliated to stand along the fence with the other naughty children.
Discipline has a negative connotation. I think of standing along that fence, of getting spanked for picking Mom's flowers, or of being lectured for talking back to my parents. None of it brings a good feeling.

Read more: Being Christians on Purpose - June 1, 2014

Current Church News

  • Christmas Eve Services - Dec 24, 2018

    4:00 PM Family Christmas Eve. This service is especially designed for wiggly, giggly children and is intentionally kept shorter. It will include music by Children's bell choir and leadership from children.

    7:00 PM Traditional Christmas Eve. This service includes music from Choir and Bell Choirs, plus Holy Communion and the Candlelight Ceremony. Child care is provided.

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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...