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Parenting Faithfully - May 14, 2017

Genesis 22: 1-14a

I've heard this story for a long time. It's a Sunday school staple. And, for a long time, I've thought Abraham was crazy. Even before I was a parent, even before I was grown, I thought....who does that?! Who takes their kid up a hill, ready to offer him as a sacrifice? That man is nuts.
And then, when I got to seminary, I was taught to question the biblical stories....not to simply take them at face value, but to dig deeper and look harder for what may have happened. And it was then that I concluded Abraham just misheard God. God didn't really ask Abraham to go up on a hill carrying rope, wood, fire, and a knife expecting to sacrifice his

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Skeletons and Secrets - May 7, 2017

Genesis 38

Who knew they had that kind of stuff in the scriptures?! It's almost like a story on Jerry Springer, not exactly the story you'd expect to hear on a Sunday morning, but it's one that shows us, that it doesn't matter which family line you're part of...Abraham, Kind David, or Jesus himself...there are issues...sometimes messy, icky, no one even wants to mention it kind of issues. (Now granted all those guys are from the same family, but we don't always talk about that either). And honestly, one would think, that in editing the scriptures, in choosing books or stories, it might have come up once or twice to leave out the mess...and yet they didn't, it's in there in all its glory...maybe as a light or hope or something to us, as readers that says..."Hey, even these

Read more: Skeletons and Secrets - May 7, 2017

The Nature of A Friend - April 30, 2017

1 Samuel 18:1-16

David and Jonathan have one of the most prominent friendships in the Bible. In fact, we don't often hear about friends in the Bible so the few we do learn about become even more important. David and Jonathan set the bar high.

For a bit of backstory, our story picks up just after David, the shepherd boy, kills Goliath, the giant Philistine. Saul is the king of Israel. His oldest son is Jonathan. After David killed Goliath, he had to go to king Saul and tell him what had happened. Jonathan had the privilege of listening in. And afterward, as today's scripture says, Jonathan was impressed and became

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Marriage and Messiness - April 23, 2017

Romans 12:9-12
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

Don't those passages just give you the warm fuzzies? I've done a fair number of weddings over the years and 1 Corinthians 13 is always pretty popular. It's sweet and charming and all the things love should be: patient, kind, generous, persevering, hopeful, and never-ending. It's a good passage to read and to hear when love is in the air. But, it can be a little bit annoying if you're in the middle of a fight or you've just been upset or let down by your significant other. When you're ready to slam doors, or walk away, or dump the dirty clothes all over their side of the floor you don't want to hear about how love isn't

Read more: Marriage and Messiness - April 23, 2017

Have You Gone Looking - April 16, 2017

John 20:1-16

How many of you came to church ready to celebrate?! (raise hand) All of us! Right? That's why Easter is such an awesome day to worship...it's all good news! for us...but what about originally? This day didn't start out bright and shiny. It was dark and scary and sorrowful. The disciples were hulled up in the upper room, scarred for their lives, full of sadness that Jesus was gone, bitterness and resentment that he didn't do what they thought he would, and remorse and guilt that they hadn't been better to him at the end. It started out as an awful day...another day in the haze of grief where it still hardly feels real. That's where the disciples started, so that's where we will start our story

Read more: Have You Gone Looking - April 16, 2017

Current Church News

  • Family Promise of the Palouse

    Moscow First United Methodist Church is honored to be an active participant of the Family Promise of the Palouse providing temporary, safe housing for families in our community who are facing homelessness. Our next opportunity to host is June 11-18, 2017.

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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...