The Chancel Choir and orchestra will lead worship with a musical setting of the last hours of Jesus’ life on earth. Sacrifice of Love is a moving account of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross. Reverend Carl Frazier will be liturgist for the service and narrator for the cantata. Childcare is provided.
Sebastian Bombelli – The Dove of the Holy Spirit
We claim a faith in “one God in three persons.” We say in our creeds that we “believe in the
Holy Spirit.” Yet, we spend far more of our time talking about the first two persons of the
Trinity. For the next five weeks, we will spend time considering the person and work of the
Holy Spirit in our lives and in the life of the church.
May 29 The Gift God Gives Acts 1:1-5
What God gives us is the gift of the Holy Spirit, nothing less than God’s own self at work in us. The Holy Spirit awakens us to the presence of God.
June 5 The Holy Spirit Guides Us Acts 15:24-29
The Holy Spirit guides us in our decision-making. Discernment is a process and a practice that involves prayerful attention to what God is doing in and around us.
June 12 The Holy Spirit Prays For Us Romans 8:26-27
Prayer is not dependent on us finding the right words, but rather the Holy Spirit which searches our heart and knows the mind of God. The Holy Spirit draws out of us an inner groaning that goes far beyond ordinary speech.
June 19 The Holy Spirit Empowers Us to Witness Acts 28:17-24,30-31
The Holy Spirit enables us to give a personal witness to the love of God in Christ Jesus.
June 26 The Holy Spirit Engages Us in Suffering Matthew 16:24-26
The Holy Spirit leads us to compassionate care for a hurting world. To follow Christ is to have our hearts broken by the things that break the heart of Christ – human need and suffering.
Our calendars, closets, and spirits are filled with things that rob us of the life that God intended for us. As we begin a new calendar year, we will explore what it will look like for us to declutter our lives.
January 17 Decluttering Our Calendars Luke 10:38-42 Busyness is not the equivalence of holiness, nor is it the route to true fulfillment. Decluttering our calendars will give us the time to find “the needful thing.”
January 24 Decluttering Our Possessions Luke 12:13-21 The problem with our possessions is that our “stuff” begins to possess us. Decluttering sets us free.
January 31 Decluttering Our Spirits Ephesians 4:31-32, 5:1-2; Mark 5:1-20 Our spirits cannot soar when they are weighed down with the cargo of resentments, grudges and bitterness. These are demonic forces that are “legion.” The grace of Christ declutters our spirits and allows us to live in the wholeness that God intends.
The table is central to life. We eat at tables, talk around tables, meet new friends around tables, and receive nourishment around the table. In this series, we will explore how the table informs and shapes our Christian life together.
October 4 – God’s Table – Luke 22:13-35 Why do we have communion as a sacrament? And how large is God’s table anyway? Is there enough room for everyone?
October 11 – Family Dinner Table – Acts 2, 42-47; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 The table binds us together as family. It is where we receive nourishment, identity, and memory.
October 18 – Sinners at the Gospel Feast – Luke 5:30-32 The table can be a place of forgiveness. The table is also boundary breaking.
October 25 – Extending the Table – Luke 6:20-21; Luke 14:12-23 The table is open to all people. It is a place where the hungry find nourishment.
November 1 – Banquet Table – Isaiah 25:6-9 The Lord is preparing a heavenly banquet for the saints.
A Better Story
The vision for ministry at FUMCC is guided by the saying “Sharing the heart of Christ from the heart of Cary” and our mission is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ who grow in faith and love through worship, fellowship, service, and witness to one another and the world.” But what is the heart of Christ? And how do we share it? As we begin a new school year, we will think together about our vision and mission, who God is calling us to be and what God is calling us to do from the heart of Cary.
Aug 30: As Was His Custom – Luke 4:16-21 The heart of Christ was to gather with the faith community to praise God, to hear the Word, and to discover that it matters “today.” We share that heart when we gather for worship.
Sept 6: As He Sat at Dinner – 1 Corinthians 1:4-9; Matthew 9:10-17 The heart of Christ was to seek fellowship with all people, even those whom others shun. We share that heart as we share fellowship with one another and with those whom others do not welcome.
Sept 13: Not to Be Served – Mark 10:35-45 The heart of Christ was to serve rather than seek positional or worldly power. We share that heart as we serve in Christ’s name.
Sept 20: Beginning from Jerusalem – Acts 1:6-8; Luke 24:44-49 The heart of Christ was to share the good news of God’s reign. We share that heart as we witness to the good news, beginning right where we are.
Three Simple Rules
Do No Harm, Do Good, Stay in Love with God” These are three simple rules for Christian Living. Simple to remember, harder to practice.
July 26: Do No Harm – Galations 5:15 The people called Methodist seek to live lives that avoid evil and evil behavior.
August 2: Do Good – Acts 10:38 The people called Methodist actively seek to do good for others.
August 9: Stay in Love With God – Psalm 105:4 Colossians 2:6-7; The people called Methodist stay in love with God
Just as a car can’t run without wheels, neither can we. We need all four wheels to be whole: the wheel of physical health, the wheel of emotional health, the wheel of relational health; the wheel of spiritual health. As we begin the New Year, isn’t it time to have your wheels checked?
January 18 – Luke 2 : 41 – 52 Health and Wholeness of Life
January 25 – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 3 John 1:2 The Wheel of Physical Health
Februa 1 – Philippians 4:4-9; Galatians 5:22-26 The Wheel of Emotional Health
February 8 – Psalm 133; 1 Peter 3: 8 – 9 The Wheel of Relational Health
February 15- Proverbs 3:5-6; 1 Timothy4:7-9 The Wheel of Spiritual Health
December 7 – Magnificat Luke 1:46-55 When told that she will be the Messiah’s mother, Mary sings a song of reversal and of God’s mercy.
December 14 – Benedictus Luke 1:67-79 Zechariah sings a song of God’s deliverance and fulfillment of his promises.
December 21 – The Wonder of Christmas Songs and stories of the season
December 28 – Nunc Dimittis Luke 2:25-32 When the child is brought to the temple, Simeon sings of fulfillment in the present and the possibilities of the future.