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Calling Plays and Halftime - January, 15, 2017

Exodus 20:7-11

 When I was in Riverside, we worked a lot with a lot of people. We worked with the teenagers, many of whom would spend their afternoons tucked away in a corner of the building smoking, or smoking out. We also worked with the homeless, some of whom were chronically homeless having been on the streets for 10 or 15 years. And, as you might imagine, we had a fair number of issues. We tried to offer a safe place where people could receive food, a hot shower, fresh clothes, and God's grace. We also tried to be a place that didn't permit illicit drug use, or enable bad behaviors. Our policies and practices changed over the years as we adapted to the ministry needs and often, my name carried the greatest weight for enforcement. People knew I was the pastor of the church and people knew that the pastor's

Read more: Calling Plays and Halftime - January, 15, 2017

Unto Us - December 25, 2016

Isaiah 9:2-3, 6-7
Luke 2:6-7

The first passage for this morning, comes from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah. God's people were having trouble. If you're unfamiliar with the background, Abraham had a son Isaac, who had a son Jacob. Jacob was later renamed Israel and had 12 sons, who became the 12 tribes of Israel. When they got to the promised land, each son and his tribe got an area of his own. They were eventually divided into two main parts, Israel in the North and Judah in the South.. The problem for the people in the book of Isaiah was that the north and the south were at odds with each other. In essence they were at war. It was about 730 BC. The people were stuck in

Read more: Unto Us - December 25, 2016

Seeing is Believing - December 24, 2016 (Christmas eve)

Luke 2:8-17

Announcing the arrival of a new baby is a big deal. It's privilege, an honor and a joy. People want to share in the excitement and once the word is out, it's hard to reign it in. I come from a large family....at least that's how we think of ourselves. My dad is one of four and between them there are 12 kids. We would regularly be together for Thanksgiving or Christmas, and almost annually for a mother's day gathering. And it wouldn't just be my grandma, the 8 kids and spouses and 12 cousins, we would also have my grandma's sisters, their kids, and their kids. We would regularly be about 50 or 60 people milling about my aunt's house. And some folks you only saw once every year or two, and so you had to reintroduce yourself each time you saw them. Well, one year, it was thanksgiving and the phone rang. When it's busy like that you don't wait for someone who lives there to answer...you just pick

Read more: Seeing is Believing - December 24, 2016 (Christmas eve)

Who Me? - December 18, 2016

Luke 1:30-38

     The last couple of nights have been rough for our son, Steven. He's been restless and fussy and mostly just wants to be held...all night. Those aren't my favorite nights as a mom. I love my kids but I love sleep and my own space in the middle of the night. Lucky for my kids, I love them more, so when they struggle, or can't sleep, or are sick, they win out. So, Steven and I have snuggled a lot. Like all the time. Which sounds lovely if you think you're just holding a sweet sleeping baby...but it's not like that, he's squirmy and fussy and wants to keep eating and eating—mostly for comfort, I think. And while they're not the nights I love or the nights I thought I was signing up for when I became a mom, they are part and parcel of the mom-job.

 

    Every mom deals with sleepless nights, sick kids, interrupted meals, constant chatter, boogers, spit up, diapers, throw up, tantrums and the like. It's part of the gig.

Read more: Who Me? - December 18, 2016

Trust In The One - December 4, 2016

Matthew 1:18-25

Joseph had to go by faith.

Life in the Bible was so easy. Sure, we know they didn't have washers and dryers, or cars, or microwaves, but really, besides all that, they got off pretty easy. Think about it. You just heard today's story about Joseph. We get a simple discourse where it's matter of fact. Joseph's engaged to Mary, which actually means they had signed a legal contract to be married. But they weren't living together because they hadn't had the big wedding feast. That was normal. Sometimes a couple might wait a year between the legal part and the big wedding feast. So Mary and Joseph were in the waiting time, and then she ends up pregnant. Now, Joseph's a reasonable man and obviously understands how those things works.

Read more: Trust In The One - December 4, 2016

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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.

Church Mission

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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