Over and over again in the Bible, God seeks out the small. God values the insignificant. God chooses the overlooked. And uses them to bring the kingdom of heaven more fully among us.
Remember the rag tag group of Hebrews? Or the ridiculously ill-equipped shepherd boy named David? Or the no-status, uneducated teenage girl named Mary?
God has a big imagination. And maybe that is the point. All it takes is a tiny start because the results don't depend on us. God knows how to use the ordinary places, simple gestures and everyday folks. God knows how to use ordinary places, simple gestures and everyday folks. God know how to turn to mustard see moments into kingdom of heaven momentum. And maybe God starts small so we don't confuse big plans with holy ones.
Week 1: November 3rd: All Saints: “And Many Others: Cheering Us On, Welcoming Us Home” Luke 8:1-3
Start with the hope of Jesus’ ministry on earth. Where the blind see, the lame leap, the lepers are healed, the dead are raised and the poor receive God’s honored hospitality. Add in all the witnesses to this hope. All significant. Named and unnamed. Those willing to help. With whatever they had. One ordinary life at a time. One small task at a time. And ready to join in one big hallelujah with all creation.
Week 2: Nov 10: 22nd Sunday after Pentecost - Luke 20:27-38 "Alive in Christ"
Once again we have many of the religious officials coming at Jesus seeking to "trip him up." Will it work? Bringing it around towards the end of this text with a focus back in on the Living Christ we worship. In a moment where we almost hear Jesus saying, "God's got this!" We will focus in this Sunday on the truth that even when it feels like everything around us is broken and violence rules the day, "God's got this!" Come celebrate in a Lord who "isn't the God of the dead but rather a God of the living."
Week 3: Nov 17: 23rd Sunday after Pentecost - Luke 21:5-19 & Isaiah 12 - "Focus"
In the day and time in which we live it is far too easy to have life pass us by without taking notice of those things going on in and around us. In this moment of "tourism" with some of the disciples and Jesus, taking in the wonder and beauty of the mighty temple surrounding them, they are suddenly caught off guard when Jesus reminds them that these mighty structures will not surround them forever. Someday they will fall in ruin. Yet with Christ the disciples are reminded to hold fast and take hope, for while the world around may feel like it is "falling in" with Christ there is hope and promise for their future. Yes, not even one hair from their heads will be lost.
Week 4: Nov 24: "Christ the King Sunday"
"Christ the King" Sunday or "Reign of Christ" Sunday is the Final Sunday within the current church year. As we bring this current church year to a close, prior to the 1st Sunday of Advent, we will do so focusing in on many of the songs of each season within the church. Come join as we lift our voices and hear God's word through a Lessons and Carols service.
Eudora United Methodist Church is a growing congregation with a wonderful mix of newer attending younger singles/families and older adults that have been part of the church's rich history. We're a mission and service-oriented church that is constantly striving to grow in understanding God's love for us and in our response of sharing that love with others. We experience and share the presence of God's spirit in an intentionally blended music worship on Sunday mornings and in a variety of Spiritual Formation opportunities for all ages. Various Fellowship Groups also bring the congregation together for fun activities that meet through the year.
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