Sunday, June 11, 2017

sermon, "Let It Go", by Pastor Ruth Foss, Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church, Patten, ME, June 11, 2017, Trinity Sudnay



June 11, 2017
Stetson Memorial UMC
Trinity Sunday!
Sermon Series:
 “Mending Fences-Healing the Heart…”
“Healing Hold-Out’s”
Adapted from Marcia McPhee’
“On the Mend” Sermon Series
Psalm 8
Mark 10:17-31 MSG



“Let It Go…!”

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 according to Mark, chapter 10, verses 17-31 Listen to the word of God from His love letter to His beloved, you and I…

(Read Scripture from the MSG Bible)



As Nurse Faith sat next to Hope she began to pray. Now Hope had never had anyone do this for her before. She sort of had this sense that Faith was praying for her. As a matter of fact, she didn’t even realize that she had stopped crying and began to have a feeling of peace about her. What was it that this nurse had…this woman called Faith…that she didn’t, Hope thought to herself.

And as if her thoughts were heard nurse Faith looked at her and said, “It’s going to be OK. I just know it is. You and your friends will be ok too. It may take some time but it will happen.” “How do you know that?” Hope asked. “Well” Faith said, “you have to have a little faith…no pun intended…” They both laughed a little. “It is good to hear you laugh” Faith told her “too many people don’t know how to laugh. They can only concentrate on what has happened in their lives…or not happened in their lives. They go through their life bitter and resentful, unable to see the beauty of the day.”

“Well doesn’t everyone live like that?” Hope asked, “life is tough and there are so many things that happen in your life it just begins to add up and you kind of get crushed by the weight of it all.” “Oh, dear Hope, you have it all wrong…it not the life you have that matters. It’s what you do with that life that does. You can live your life being crushed by the rock you are pushing up a hill or…you can let that rock go and roll into the hands of God who can fix anything” Faith explained. “I wish I knew that for sure. I have pushing a heavy rock and being crushed in so many ways. I have lived alone so long I don’t think I can give up and trust anyone…let alone someone or something I can’t see” Hope explained to Faith. “Well my dear, that’s where faith comes in…again…no pun intended…”

 “How can I know for sure?” Hope asked. “Well try this…little by little…let something go to God. Maybe only one thing a day, Eventually I think you are going to just give everything all at once to God and that rock you’ve been pushing will suddenly become a pebble you can just walk right over. It won’t happen overnight. But God is able and ready to take our burdens…if we choose to believe and trust.” Faith told her. Faith put her arm around Hopes shoulder and said “Give it a shot. What do you have to lose other than the rock your pushing up hill…” “You have a point” Hope smiled. “Now let’s go check on your friend. There should be more news about her condition by now” As they walked down the hall, Hope wondered what was going to happen. She was a little nervous about seeing her friends but there was something about nurse Faith that gave her a sense of ease. She knew that this was going to be hard…letting go the rock, but it was something she needed to do. She didn’t realize how much she was going to need this new found thought pattern. But it was going to be a turning point in her life that she never expected.


Good morning. Happy Trinity Sunday. We celebrate the Trinity …. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit…our God head three in one. This is what we believe as Christ followers. This is one of the foundations of our faith. Praise Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit…Amen.

For weeks now we have been talking about what ails us. We have had a lot of good conversation over our ailments as we have been interactive with one another during our sermon time…so, I need audience participation. In the story that I just shared with you, what stands out for you? Give time for answers. What stands out for me is Nurse Faith and how she wanted to help Hope with her inner issues. Now we have heard a lot about Hope, Joy, and Grace but we need to realize that it’s not just the situations around Hope but there are also situations within Hope herself that need a little mending. She too carries a lot to the table of friendship… Faith had no issue about talking about her faith…no matter where she was. I consider that being a bold Christian. You never know what will happen when we talk about God and our faith outside our church walls…It is what we do with our faith that helps us make a mole hill out of a mountain…so to speak…

I truly believe that we as Christ church…followers of the Way…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. We need to heal what ails us to be the relevant Christians. We need to let go and let God as we move forward as God’s people and take back our streets…the places where we are called to share the Gospel of Grace, Hope, Joy, and Faith. Without healing, what ails us we can’t call ourselves Christ followers because we can’t follow His example in the world. We want to be those Resurrected people. We can spend the tomb with our comfortable “death cloths” …not leaving those things behind that bind us… But we need to put on the robe of righteousness that we receive in and through Christ.

Today I want us to continue to talk about some of the things that ail us…that stop us from living that life in Christ, as we mend fences and heal the heart. Now, there may be no fences that need mending but we are all broken. What in us needs mending? My hope is that we will have that conversation that will lead to healing. Conversation is hard but it is vital if we want to be that vital congregation for Christ.

We have talked about intentions and the fact that, whether we like it or not, there are times when our intentions may be not so helpful. We talked about those times that our inhibitions keep us from being open to others. How there are many things that cause us to be closed off to the very ones that Jesus came to save…including ourselves.

Fear is one of the biggest things that keeps us from being who God would have us be. Fear immobilizes us and keeps us stuck in the mud…unable to move forward for Christ and the Good News. fear of the future, fear of finances, fear of those who may come through this door…Maybe even the fear of Hope as she is walking through our door…

There is also the sickness of “pride”. Pride can cause us to do a lot of crazy things… Now being proud is not really a bad thing…we should take pride in what we do. But there are times when our pride gets in the way of being that loving community that the “Hope’s” of the world need.

I think the most vicious and viral disease in and to the body of Christ is the disease of division. As we work together…and not just give up and leave…the most important thing to remember is we need to take our division to the Way Maker, our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ, He will stand in gap for us as we work our way back to unity. As we bring our hurts and ailments to the Balm of Gilead, we are healed from the inside out.

Another thing that ails us as people and as a church is Miss-Trust. Lady Ms. Trust loves to come in and stir up a whole lot of nothing and sit back as we begin to come unglued together because we are suspicious and untrusting each other.

What about holdouts? Merriam Webster gives us this definition of holdout:
: a person who refuses to reach an agreement until certain terms are met: a person who holds out
: an act of holding out for something
: a person who continues to do or use something after others have stopped doing or using it
We can all tend to be holdouts at times. Sort of like that rock analogy that Faith used with Hope. Pushing a rock and being crushed by it because it continues to roll back on us as we try to push it up a hill…and the hill is usually pretty steep…  Why do you think we holdout…hold on to things that do nothing but crush us? Give time to answer. Do you think that the church is a “holdout” at times and why? Give time to answer. What about our church here in Patten…what are we holding out or holding on to? Give time to answer. Do you think we can be used as fully as God wants to use us if we continue, why or why not? Give time to answer.

Being a holdout is a worldly way of living not a Christ centered way of living. In the scripture this morning, the young man did everything perfect as he followed all the rules and laws given…but...when asked to give up something that he was holding onto…his worldly possessions…he refused to do it. He kept holding out on the life he could have had. A life free of worry…a life of abundance…a life of joy. We too have those times when we hold on to things that just don’t really matter in the big scheme of things…those things that matter most to God. We hold on to grudges, we hold onto narrow thinking…we hold onto judgment …we hold on to prejudges…we hold onto…fill in the blank. We become sort of invalid because we are holding onto things that stop us from being the body of Christ…that stop us from being not only relevant but actually usable by God. The rich man walked away dejected…how many times do we walk away because we refuse to heal in the Light of Christ?

Beloved children of the Most High God. Jesus is calling us out of our tombs and in to His Glorious Light and be healed of our ailments. What is ailing us…as a church…as individuals…as one body? How can we be on the mend, of fences and our hearts? I know that there are things we just don’t want to talk about…there are things that we just don’t want to hear. But we cannot/will not let fear stop us from healing what ails us, personally and collectively.

What are we being holdout’s about? Do we want to be healed or just continue on the road we are on? I we choose not to heal… there is no miracle or power of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the life of the church. Are we, you and I ready and willing to take Faith’s advice and bring our things we hold on to…those boulders we are trying to push up a hill…and little by little give them to God who will make rubble out of them…allowing us to step into His Glorious light of healing and grace?

Think about the Hope’s of this world. Do you think we are a place that she would come and find us letting go instead of holding onto things that stop us from being the Light of Christ? We call ourselves a Hope Giving Church. Would Hope find the giving of mercy, of grace, of joy? I ask that we prayerfully come together…as family…to heal what ails us. I passionately want us to be that church that Hope would hear about the goodness of God and feel the oneness of our church as we work through our faith journey together trusting in the One who knows us best.

Maybe…just maybe…Hope will come through our doors. What will she find here?

Amen.
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June 11, 2017

June 11, 2017
Stetson Memorial UMC
Trinity Sunday!
Sermon Series:
 “Mending Fences-Healing the Heart…”
Part 8, “Healing Hold-Out’s”
Adapted from Marcia McPhee’
“On the Mend” Sermon Series
Psalm 8
Mark 10:17-31 MSG
and sermon “Trust…”
video and text:

text:

extract of part 8 of the Hope’s story

video:
-          main part

-          ending of sermon

by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Children’s Message

by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
June 11, 2017
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edited June 11, 2017
an offer of healing – v2
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opening her eyes – v2
June 11, 2017
how perfect her life was
June 11, 2017
I had the perfect life
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Bursting Her Bubble – v2
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Oh Honey… You need a reality check – v2
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maybe too proud – v2
June 10, 2017
testing her faith
June 10, 2017
willing to go – 2
June 10, 2017
without knowing the way
June 10, 2017
open to trust
June 10, 2017
washing the feet of Judas
June 10, 2017
breaking the bread for Judas
June 10, 2017
offering the cup to Judas
June 10, 2017
God became the servant
June 10, 2017
Their Master on His Knees
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how will Joy respond – v2
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we need to listen – 3 – v2
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Will Joy push away Hope – v2
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we must listen – v2
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shut up and listen – v2
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I apologize – v2
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we are brittle – v2
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she was shattered – v2
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she lived her life different – v2
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she stood in the breach – v2
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Hope was floored – v2
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she stood up for a stranger – v2
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overturning their tables – v2
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a hush came to the room – v2
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a hush came to the room – 2 – v2
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maybe this one is different – v2
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maybe we should go – v2
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Hope began to weep – v2
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a moment of choice – v2
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even a moment of acceptance – v2
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how fearless Joy was – v2
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what we do with our fear – v2
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stand for others – v2
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fear is a sickness – v2
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He died so we would not fear – v2
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fear grips our throat – v2
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are we denying Christ – v2
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are we denying Christ
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are we denying Jesus – v2
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if we let fear control our lives – v2
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the sickness of fear – v2
edited June 4, 2017
if Hope came through our door – v2
June 4, 2017
Stetson Memorial UMC
Pentecost Sunday!
Part 7 of Sermon Series:
“Mending Fences-Healing the Heart…”
“Healing Trust”
Adapted from Marcia McPhee’
“On the Mend” Sermon Series
Psalm 104:24-35
Mark 10:13-16 MSG
Luke 24:44-53 MSG
Acts 2:1-13; 38-42 The Message (MSG)
invitation to communion and Great Thanksgiving
and sermon “Trust…”
video and text:
text:
extract of part 7 of the girl’s story; to the river, to the hospital
video:
-          main part
-          ending of sermon
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Children’s Message
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
June 4, 2017
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edited June 4, 2017
we were talking – v2
edited June 4, 2017
she will come through our doors – v2
June 4, 2017
Gifts come from God – v2
June 4, 2017
pulling together – v4
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we don’t listen – v2
edited June 4, 2017
we don’t know their story – v2
edited June 4,2017
when Christ enters – v2
edited June 4, 2017
don’t judge them by your story – v2
edited June 4, 2017
working together – v2
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each story is different – v2
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Hope’s Story – v2
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Joy’s Story – v2
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a story of Grace – 2 – v2
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perfecting our faith – v2
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seeking an answer – v2
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just be present with them – v2
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never outside her bubble – v2
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tearing at us – v2
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forces from within – v2
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pulling together – v3
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pulling together – v2
June 2, 2017
pulling together
June 2, 2017
tearing at us
June 2, 2017
forces from within
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forces from the outside – v3
edited June 2, 2017
her illusion was shattered – v2
June 1, 2017
her illusion was shattered
June 1, 2017
never outside her bubble
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if Christ were to enter – v2
edited June 1, 2017
they each were broken – v3
June 1, 2017
just be present with them
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each of our stories are different – v2
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each of our stories are different
May 30, 2017
seeking an answer
May 30, 2017
perfecting our Faith
May 30, 2017
a story of Grace - 2
May 30, 2017
Joy’s Story
May 30, 2017
Hope’s Story
May 30, 2017
each story is different
May 30, 2017
working together
May 30, 2017
don’t judge them by your story
May 29, 2017
when Christ enters
edited May 29, 2017
forces from the outside – v2
May 29, 2017
forces from the outside
May 29, 2017
we don’t know their story
May 29, 2017
we don’t listen
May 29, 2017
Gifts come from God
May 29, 2017
she will come through our doors
May 29, 2017
we were talking
May 29, 2017
if Christ were to enter
May 29, 2017
if Hope came through our door
May 29, 2017
the sickness of fear
May 29, 2017
if we let fear control our lives
May 29, 2017
are we denying Jesus
edited May 29, 2017
This is our Promised Land – v3
Memorial Day
May 29, 2017
he died so we would not fear
May 29, 2017
fear grips our throat
edited May 29, 2017
this is our promised land – v2
Memorial Day
May 29, 2017
this is our promised land
Memorial Day
May 28, 2017
stand for others
May 28, 2017
what we do with our fear
May 28, 2017
how fearless Joy was
May 28, 2017
fear is a sickness
May 28, 2017
even a moment of acceptance
May 28, 2017
a moment of choice
May 28, 2017
maybe we should go
May 28, 2017
a hush came to the room - 2
May 28, 2017
Stetson Memorial UMC
Part 6 of Sermon Series:
 “Mending Fences-Healing the Heart…”
“Healing Division”
Adapted from Marcia McPhee’
“On the Mend” Sermon Series
Psalm 66:8-20
Mark 9:38-50 MSG
1Corinthians 1:10-13a (TLB)
1 Corinthians 3:1-9 (NLT)
and sermon “Out Goes Y.O.U.…”
video and text:
text:
extract of part 6 of the girl’s story; Joy talking to Grace, finding Hope
video:
-          main part
-          ending of sermon
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Children’s Message
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
May 28, 2017
&
May 26, 2017
overturning their tables
Matthew 21:12-13
May 26, 2017
she stood up for a stranger
May 26, 2017
Hope was floored
May 26, 2017
she stood in the breach
edited May 26, 2017
her reality challenged – v2
May 26, 2017
Hope began to weep
May 25, 2017
her reality challenged
May 25, 2017
she lived her life different
edited May 25, 2017
she was shocked – v2
May 25, 2017
she was shocked
May 24, 2017
she was shattered
May 24, 2017
we are brittle
May 24, 2017
I apologize
edited May 24, 2017
none of us is perfect – v2
edited May 24, 2017
deliver me from their hands – v2
edited May 24, 2017
Joy needed Hope – v2
May 24, 2017
shut up and listen
May 24, 2017
we must listen
May 24, 2017
will joy push away hope
May 24, 2017
we need to listen - 3
May 24, 2017
how will Joy respond
edited May 24, 2017
what will Joy do – v3
edited May 24, 2017
what will Joy do – v2
May 23, 2017
what will Joy do
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are we too busy serving – v2
May 22, 2017
are we too busy serving
May 22, 2017
none of us is perfect
May 22, 2017
maybe too proud
edited May 22, 2017
whose faith is greater
May 22, 2017
whose faith was greater
May 21, 2017
opening her eyes
May 21, 2017
an offer of healing
May 21, 2017
are we too proud
May 21, 2017
Oh Honey… You need a reality check
May 21, 2017
Bursting Her Bubble
May 21, 2017
sharing the truth of her history
May 21, 2017
She asked but she didn’t listen
May 21, 2017
Did she listen
May 21, 2017
Did she hear her
May 21, 2017
Stetson Memorial UMC
5th service of12-week Sermon Series:
“Mending Fences-Healing the Heart…”
Adapted from Marcia McPhee’
“On the Mend” Sermon Series
“Healing Pride”
Psalm 66:8-20
Mark 9:30-37
Proverbs 16:18-19
Philippians 2:1-4
James 4:6-10
and Sermon, “Pride Cometh Before…”
video and text:
text:
extract of part 5 of the girl’s story; leaving the diner, walking
video:
-          main part
-          ending of sermon
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Children’s Message
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
May 21, 2017
&
edited May 21, 2017
Hope stood there waiting – v2
May 21, 2017
Hope stood there waiting
May 20, 2017
healed by Christ Jesus
May 20, 2017
stopping at nothing
May 20, 2017
advocating for change
edited May 20, 2017
But we all are broken – v2
May 19, 2017
talking through our pain
May 19, 2017
But we all are broken
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
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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