Sunday, April 23, 2017

sermon, A Season of Healing, by Pastor Ruth Foss, Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church, Patten, ME, April 23, 2017



April 23, 2017
Stetson Memorial UMC
Sermon Series:
 “Mending Fences-Healing the Heart…”
“A Season of Healing”
Adapted from Marcia McPhee’
“On the Mend” Sermon Series
Psalm 16 HCSB
James 5:16-17 MSG
Matthew 17:1-5 GNT
Psalm 107:19-21 NLT

“A Season of Healing…”

The Lord be with you
And also with you
Let us pray (Prayer that God’s Word is heard through me or in-spite of me)

Please stand for the Gospel of Luke, chapter 5, verses 17-20. Listen to the word of God from His love letter to His beloved, you and I…
Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man
17 One day when Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and teachers of the Law were sitting there who had come from every town in Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. The power of the Lord was present for Jesus to heal the sick. 18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a bed, and they tried to carry him into the house and put him in front of Jesus. 19 Because of the crowd, however, they could find no way to take him in. So they carried him up on the roof, made an opening in the tiles, and let him down on his bed into the middle of the group in front of Jesus. 20 When Jesus saw how much faith they had, he said to the man, “Your sins are forgiven, my friend.”

She walked into the room not sure what she was looking for or needed. People greeted her with smiles and they tried to make her feel as comfortable as they could. But she had been her before. She had been in this same setting and didn’t like the outcome. But she decided to give it one more try…there had to be a place where she could go.

But then it all started all over again. Their intentions were “good”, so they thought. But in her eyes their intensions were something that was dark and frightening. She was afraid to talk with them because she wasn’t sure just how to explain her feelings. So she silently sat in the corner.

The others just thought she was just “the quiet type”. They were proud of the way they had let this new comer in and they thought that they were open and loving…so proud of that fact. They were the “best” group in the area and no one could even come close to what and who they were.

Months past and the girl started to attend the group less and less. Some of the members noticed she was not there. They started blaming each other. “You weren’t very nice to her anyway. You didn’t offer her a hand when she said she needed help moving. I have seen this happen before in this group…I know it is his/her fault.”

The more they argued the more they couldn’t see the look in the eyes of the new comer every time she came to the group. She felt that she couldn’t trust the people of the group because every time she spoke to one person…they shared with another…then another until what she originally said was nothing like the end words.

The girl finally gave up and never went back again. She still looks today for a place where she can call “home”. She just wants to be in a place where she feels loved, safe, secure and valued. She is wanting a place and a people she can call family.

Good morning. This morning I want us to be interactive with each other. I need audience participation. So please play along as the Spirit leads…In the story I just shared with you, what stands out for you? Give time for answers. What stands out for me is the fact that she is still looking for a place to go.

We as Christians know the place to go…just as the men did when they lowered their friend in front of Jesus. In fact, they even carried him to the roof, made a hole in the roof and lowered their friend down…from the ceiling…for him to be where he needed to be to heal what ailed him.

We, as the Psalmist in Psalm 107 verses 19-21, know what happens when we call out to God. Let’s read this together…please turn to Psalm 107 in your bibles and read these verses together…
Psalm 107:19-21New Living Translation (NLT)
19 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
    and he saved them from their distress.
20 He sent out his word and healed them,
    snatching them from the door of death.
21 Let them praise the Lord for his great love
    and for the wonderful things he has done for them
We cry out to God and He helps, He saves, He heals and He loves.
So, if we have this Truth, why do people turn away from our churches? Why do people think they are better off without the healing of Jesus? Interactive time. I really want to know what you think…

In the story from this morning, I see sort of a pattern here. This might help us to understand what happened in this group.
1.  Their intentions were “good”, so they thought. They wanted to be a group that was known for their lovingness…so to speak…they may have even tried too hard because they were proud of their status.
2.  So she silently sat in the corner. No one seemed to wonder why the girl sat in the corner. They didn’t go over and try to interact with her.
3.   They were proud of the way they had let this new comer in and they thought that they were open and loving…so proud of that fact. Maybe…just maybe…they were a little too proud of themselves. To the point that they couldn’t see the hurting right in front of their face.
4.   They started blaming each other. “You weren’t very nice to her anyway. You didn’t offer her a hand when she said she needed help moving. I have seen this happen before in this group…I know it is his/her fault.”  And now comes the blame game. Instead of finding the underlying cause of the issue, they just blamed each other.
5.  The more they argued the more they couldn’t see the look in the eyes of the new comer every time she came to the group. They were so enveloped in themselves that they forgot about what they were so proud of themselves for. They didn’t notice the damage they caused to the outside.
Now the girl did bring stuff to the group of her own:
1.  But she had been her before. She had been in this same setting and didn’t like the outcome. She already came with a very suspicious mind. She probably thought that all the groups were the same no matter where she went. Quite the difesious attitude…
2.  But in her eyes their intensions were something that was dark and frightening. Still emotional baggage from before that probably was never addressed.
3.  . She was afraid to talk with them because she wasn’t sure just how to explain her feelings. It is hard to explain feelings of fear, mistrust, hopelessness, despair… But there needs to be a place where we can come together and talk about our feelings. That is why she still is searching…even today.

So why have I told you this story today? The reason I have shared this with you because we as Christ church need to have conversation of what ails us. What is hurting inside of us. What hold us back from living the life, individually and collective, that we are offered through Jesus. How will we do this you may ask yourself.

Over the next few weeks we will be talking about some of the things that ail us…that stop us from living that life in Christ. We will be mending fences and healing the heart with one another. And there may be no fences that need mending but we are all broken. What in us needs mending?

In the bulletin, you will find the breakdown of what we will talk about each week…what mending we will talk about. My hope is that we will have that conversation that will lead to healing. Not only that but after the service each Sunday, I invite us to have further conversation…living room conversation with each other in the green room with a little coffee…a little snack and I hope a whole lot of conversation and mending. We will put ourselves in front of Jesus where we can be healed. There will be a week that my friend Margaret will come for you to have conversation with her of what ails your heart.

Conversation is hard but it is vital if we want to be that vital congregation for Christ. We need to do a heart check to be the heartbeat of God in our community. James 5, verses 16-17 tells us:
16-18 Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.

So, I ask that we prayerfully come together…as family…to heal what ails us. Let us become that group that the girl would feel comfortable. Remember, she is still out there looking. Maybe…just maybe…she will come through our doors.

Amen.



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May 17, 2017
afraid of what they might see
merged May 16, 2017
what exactly was that
quote from 5/7/17 sermon:
“She thought that if only someone would
actually look past her exterior they would
finally see her for who she was…
but what exactly was that?”
May 16, 2017
what would they see
May 16, 2017
would they see her
May 16, 2017
they looked away
May 16, 2017
will we let hope in
May 15, 2017
fear for fear’s sake
May 15, 2017
fear of the unknown - 2
May 15, 2017
if we change
May 15, 2017
if we dwell on our fears
May 15, 2017
a window on her world
May 15, 2017
the room suddenly became silent
May 14, 2017
this was familiar
May 14, 2017
they were ignored
May 14, 2017
a hush came to the room
May 14, 2017
the benefit of status
May 14, 2017
she was facing judgement
May 14, 2017
edited May 14, 2017
name your fears – v2
May 14, 2017
name your fears
May 14, 2017
deliver me from their hands
May 14, 2017
save me from the snares
May 14, 2017
be my fortress
May 14, 2017
Mother’s Day
Stetson Memorial UMC
4th service of12-week Sermon Series:
“Mending Fences-Healing the Heart…”
Adapted from Marcia McPhee’
“On the Mend” Sermon Series
“Healing Fears”
Psalm 31:1-5. 15-16
Mark 8:24-38
and Sermon, “There is nothing to fear but fear itself”
video and text:
text:
extract of part 4 of the girl’s story; when at the diner
video:
main section
ending
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Children’s Message

by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
May 14, 2017
Mother’s Day
&
May 14, 2017
bringing a smile to God’s face
May 13, 2017
Can we see Hope
May 14, 2017
God sees Hope – v2
May 14, 2017
God sees Hope – v1
May 13, 2017
our intentions may be good
May 13, 2017
we bring baggage to the table
edited May 13, 2017
Hope, we need you
(editing “Please come back”)
edited May 13, 2017
they plotted to kill Christ
May 13, 2017
our Master loved them
May 13, 2017
Christ exposed their fraud
May 13, 2017
this interloper, this outsider
May 13, 2017
they plotted to kill him
May 13, 2017
Christ was a threat
May 13, 2017
tearing down their walls
May 13, 2017
breaking their rules
May 13, 2017
Christ loved them where they were
May 13, 2017
What is hurting -2
edited May 13, 2017
they each were broken – v2
edited May 13, 2017
they needed each other – v2
edited/ renamed May 12, 2017
they needed each other
May 12, 2017
they each were broken
May 12, 2017
being a target
May 12, 2017
afraid to speak up
edited/merged May 11, 2017
Hope needed Joy – v2
May 11, 2017
Hope needed Joy
May 11, 2017
Joy needed Hope
May 11, 2017
maybe this one is different
May 11, 2017
Hope felt rejected
May 11, 2017
Hope had left the circle
May 11, 2017
Hope wandered alone
May 11, 2017
Hope wandered through the streets
May 7, 2017
The Son of God washed their feet
May 7, 2017
Stetson Memorial UMC
3rd service of12-week Sermon Series:
“Mending Fences-Healing the Heart…”
Adapted from Marcia McPhee’
“On the Mend” Sermon Series
“Healing Inhibitions”
Psalm 23
Mark 7:24-37
and Sermon, “Live Life Abandon!. . . ”
video and text:
text:
extract of part 3 of the girl’s story; when Joy met Hope
video:
by Pastor Ruth Foss
invitation to communion and Great Thanksgiving
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Children’s Message
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
May 7, 2017
&
May 7, 2017
what is our intention
May 6, 2017
do we offer them Jesus
May 6, 2017
why would she come back
May 6, 2017
how can we bring them home
May 6, 2017
I weep for the empty spaces
edited May 6, 2017
you honor me with your words – v2
edited May 6, 2017
please forgive us – v2
May 6, 2017
please forgive us
May 6, 2017
are we genuine
edited May 5, 2017
the questions burning within her – v2
edited May 5, 2017
may we be made whole – v2
May 5, 2017
may we be made whole
&
edited May 5, 2017
may we feast – v2
May 5, 2017
at the table you have prepared – v2
May 5, 2017
at the table you have prepared
May 5, 2017
may we sit with our enemies
May 5, 2017
may we feast
Psalm 23:5-6
Psalm 23:1-6
Matthew 5:43-48
Luke 10:25-37
The Upper Room Disciplines for 2017
“Led by the Divine Shepherd”
May 1, 2017 to May 7, 2017
by Diane Luton Blum
devotion for May 5, 2017
read May 5, 2017
&
May 5, 2017
Please come back – v2
May 5, 2017
Please come back
May 4, 2017
the questions burning within her
May 4, 2017
where is our work
edited May 4, 2017
like a jar of alabaster – v2
edited May 4, 2017
she broke herself open – v2
edited May 3, 2017
a safe place to be broken – 2
May 3, 2017
a safe place to be open
edited May 3, 2017
will Hope find answers
May 3, 2017
will she find answers
May 3, 2017
when Hope asked her questions
edited May 3, 2017
held within her hands
edited May 3, 2017
like a jar of alabaster
May 3, 2017
she broke herself open
May 3, 2017
she left with her questions unanswered
May 3, 2017
a real faith
May 3, 2017
we are all broken - 3
May 2, 2017
Her name is Hope
edited May 2, 2017
let go – v3
edited May 2, 2017
let go – v2
May 2, 2017
let go
edited May 2, 2017
sap the power – v2
edited May 2, 2017
sap the power
May 2, 2017
name the hurt
April 30, 2017
you obey human teaching
edited April 30, 2017
you remain distant
April 30, 2017
you honor me with your words
edited April 30, 2017
will we make a place for Hope
April 30, 2017
will we make a space for her
April 30, 2017
Stetson Memorial UMC
2nd service of12-week Sermon Series:
“Mending Fences-Healing the Heart…”
Adapted from Marcia McPhee’
“On the Mend” Sermon Series
“Healing Intentions”
Psalm 116:1-4; 12-19
Mark 7:1-8; 14-15; 21-23 (MSG)
and Sermon, “Why Did I Say…”
text:
extract of part 2 of the girl’s story; the girl’s name is Hope.
video:
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Children’s Message
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
April 30, 2017
&
April 30, 2017
where will her story lead us
April 27, 2017
have we given her a reason to come
April 27, 2017
I have heard this story
April 27, 2017
will she come through our doors
April 27, 2017
may we prayerfully come together – v2
April 27, 2017
may we prayerfully come together
April 27, 2017
in her eyes
April 26, 2017
she could be anyone
April 26, 2017
do you know her story
April 26, 2017
have you walked this journey
April 25, 2017
may we offer her welcome
edited April 24, 2017
she was afraid to talk – v2
April 24, 2017
she was afraid to talk
edited April 24, 2017
she has reason to be wary
(editing “she has scar tissue”)
April 24, 2017
what is in need of mending
April 24, 2017
what drives them away
April 24, 2017
what is hurting
April 24, 2017
what ails us
April 23, 2017
they don’t really know her
April 23, 2017
she has scar tissue
April 23, 2017
she carried baggage
edited April 23, 2017
she is still looking – v2
edited April 23, 2017
how can we be that family
edited April 23, 2017
are we that people
April 23, 2017
can we be that place
April 23, 2017
she is still looking
edited April 23, 2017
they were invested
April 23, 2017
they were persistent
edited April 23, 2017
are we open – v2
April 23, 2017
are we open
April 23, 2017
A Season of Healing
April 23, 2017
put them in front of Jesus
April 23, 2017
we must be honest
April 23, 2017
bring them to Christ
April 23, 2017
healing their brethren
Happy Birthday to the United Methodist Church, #UMC
49 years old today!
The United Methodist Church was created on April 23, 1968,
when The Evangelical United Brethren Church and
The Methodist Church united to form a new denomination.
&
April 23, 2017
Stetson Memorial UMC
1st service of12-week Sermon Series:
“Mending Fences-Healing the Heart…”
Adapted from Marcia McPhee’
“On the Mend” Sermon Series
Psalm 16 HCSB
James 5:16-17 MSG
Matthew 17:1-5 GNT
Psalm 107:19-21 NLT
Mark 7:34-35
Luke 5:17-20
“Introduction”
Time of Congregational Prayer
and Sermon, “A Season of Healing…”
text:
extract of the girl’s story
video:
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Children’s Message
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
April 23, 2017

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