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A Cup of Cool Water - March 23, 2014

John 4: 5-26

Maybe it is a hot day or perhaps I've just eaten a rich meal. At such times, there is nothing better than a glass of cool water. Oh I like the occasional root beer, orange juice, or hot cocoa just fine and when I am really thirsty what I want is water.
She came to the well at noon, during the heat of the day. Little did she know that a simple cup of water would change her life.
Most of the time, most women came to the well early in the morning, in the cool of the day. We don't really know for sure why this woman came at noon. Traditionally, we've said that she was ostracized from society because she led an immoral life. Instead of joining in the gossip and chatter of the other women, we've said she was the topic of the gossip. To avoid their looks of disdain and muttered slurs she may have come at a time when no one else would be there. Better to endure the heat of the day than the heat of their disapproval. Maybe.

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Faith From the Shadows - March 16, 2014

Numbers 21:4-9
John 3:1-21

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life." Surely this verse, John 3:16, is the best known verse in the entire New Testament, maybe in the entire bible. Martin Luther called it the "Gospel in miniature." We sing it, quote it, and encourage people to memorize it first above all other Scriptures. Sometimes you'll even see bumper stickers or people standing at football games holding signs that just say, John 3:16. When I see them, I always wonder what exactly people hope to accomplish with such signs. Most Christians know what John 3:16 means, but I am not so sure that non-Christians do. I doubt people are instantly converted by those signs. It is almost like they think of them as talismans – objects with magical power, hardly consistent with most interpretations of Christianity.

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The Instructions of Temptation - March 9, 2014

Matthew 4:1-11

"Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil." "Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks! Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to the one by whom the stumbling block comes." "Pray that you may not enter into the time of trial."
Those three texts are just a few of the passages in the Bible about avoiding temptation. Christians take them seriously. We know that the best way to avoid sin is to reduce one's exposure to it. An alcoholic in the early stages of recovery doesn't keep alcohol in the house. The former shoplifter may do well to stay out of stores, asking someone else to buy her groceries. Someone prone to angry outbursts at public meetings does well to stay away from such meetings. Lead me not into temptation indeed.

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The Prophetic Message For Our Day - March 2, 2014

2 Peter 1: 16-21

About twenty-five years ago, my brother and I decided to vacation together at Yellowstone National Park. It was the year after the largest fire in the park's history. Predictions were that wildflowers would bloom in profusion in the burned areas, so we went to see them. As it turned out we were there too early in the season for flowers. We did see a lot of wildlife.
One day we drove to a site called Transfiguration Point. Dave asked, "What does transfiguration mean?" The only way I knew to answer was to tell him the story of Jesus' transfiguration. Three of the Gospels tell it. Jesus takes his three closest disciples with him up a mountain. There his face shines like the sun, his clothes become dazzling white and two figures, whom they somehow recognize as Moses and Elijah, meet with him. In awe, Peter offers to build three memorial booths. A bright cloud overshadows them and a voice from heaven says, "This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him."
"Oh," said my brother and we went on to admire the view and begin our hike. I don't think he was very impressed.

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The Plural You - February 23, 2014

Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
I Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23

As my friend and our former superintendent, Joey Olson, would say, "I am a Yankee." Born in Missoula, Montana, raised in Pullman, Washington, I've never lived anywhere further south than Connersville, Indiana. As I studied today's text from I Corinthians, I got to thinking about the southern term, "y'all." Is it singular or plural? I also wondered, whether "all, y'all" is plural. So I called Joey and posted the question on FaceBook. A few of you here today were among those who gave me a tutorial in southern dialect.
It turns out there is no unanimous answer. Nearly everyone agreed that "y'all" can be either singular or plural. Most people said that to add "all y'all" is redundant, though apparently in some places it is used, I'm guessing for emphasis. For the most part it seems that context determines whether, "y'all come," means one person or a whole group.
I asked the question because the same problem exists in our reading today from I Corinthians. "Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?" Even for us Yankees, "you are the temple of God" could mean you in the singular or you in the plural.

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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...