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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.

Read more: Imagine No Malaria - August 31, 2014

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.

Read more: Strengthening the Churches - August 24, 2014

Forward Through The Ages - August 17, 2014

I Kings 8:27-30
Acts 15:22-35

On December 21, 1876, seven people met in the old Maguire schoolhouse three miles south of Moscow to organize the Moscow Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. Milton Anderson was the first pastor. In the early years, the fledgling church met on the upper floor of a building at the corner of 4th and Main, and then for a while at the Baptist Church.
Our church history does not specify whether Rev. Anderson was sent here by the Annual Conference to start a church or if those seven lay people had begun to organize one on their own. The 1876 date is listed as the start of Rev. Anderson's tenure, so my guess is that he had done initial work prior to the December 21 meeting.
However it came about, the church began then and the rest, as we say, is history.

Read more: Forward Through The Ages - August 17, 2014

I See A New Church - August 10, 2014

Isaiah 43:18-19
Acts 15: 6-22

"But we've always done it that way!" has itself been said so often that it has become a cliché. We laugh at it, albeit a bit uncomfortably, as we joke about tradition bound people who are stuck in their outdated ways.
The truth is that sometimes experience is a good teacher. There can be valid reasons why organizations and individuals have done things the same way for years. I use the same recipe for pie crust that my mother used and hers before her. It tastes good and is comparatively easy. Furthermore, it is the way I learned to make pie crust and there's no need to change.
The other side of the story is that the way we've always done things can become a trap. As the world around us changes, the old ways don't always work. When new people come into a group they can be excluded and shut out because they don't know the old way and their ideas are dismissed.

Read more: I See A New Church - August 10, 2014

Be Strong and Courageous - August 3, 2014

Joshua 1:1-9
Matthew 28:16-20

As we conclude our exploration of the Scriptures used at the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference in June, we come to Joshua 1. This passage was read at the Closing Worship.
For many years at that service, the Bishop read the appointments of all the clergy in the conference. Clergy donned their robes and marched in. Some called it the Penguin Parade. The Bishop then charged pastors and lay people to go back to our local churches to carry on with ministry in the name of Jesus Christ.
It was, for me and others, a deeply moving and powerful time as we heard the Bishop's commission. On the other hand, it made for a long service, after a full week, with many miles to travel home. So in recent years we have read the appointments two districts at a time at other points during the conference. I understand why. I'm now on the team that makes that decision. And a piece of me still longs for the charge from the Bishop at that closing service. Whenever it happens, the Bishop essentially tells us all, "Be strong and courageous."

Read more: Be Strong and Courageous - August 3, 2014

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