There is nothing better then cleaning out a closet, the garage, a shed, or any other number of things. As we look to Paul's letter to the Colossian church we are reminded of Christ's call not only to turn our focus away from the temporary, those things that will not accompany us to heaven, but to instead focus upon the "new" and eternal. How might Paul's call to the church be our wake up call as well?
August 11th: Week 1: "Joy: The Flip Side of Justice" Luke 12:32-40
Today we begin a three week focus to the understanding that when we as God's people seek justice for God's children and God's creation, we will be able to experience true and lasting joy. We don't often think of joy and justice together, yet if we look for joy in these passages we will find it. Joy is found when we, as the people of God, put our faith into action by pursuing justice and championing the oppressed.
August 18th: Week 2: "Joy: The Flip Side of Justice" Hebrews 11:29-12:2
This week's lessons continue to underscore the theme of justice. The reading from the book of Hebrews can offer us the flip side we seek for the strong words of judgement for our practices of injustice. The conclusion from this week's reading charges us to look "to Jesus as the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross..." If we fix our eyes on Jesus and look to Him for guidance, we too can experience a joy that transcends our failings.
August 25th: Week 3: "Joy: The Flip Side of Justice" Jeremiah 1 4-10
Come hear the story of the prophet Jeremiah and his calling into ministry. There is joy to be found on the flip side of God's strong words that bring justice to our waywardness. The joy comes because of repentance and Jeremiah's choice to turn again and trust in God. "Here I Am Lord, send me!" How might we be responding to God's own call in our lives, and even in our hesitation being willing to trust that God will lead us in the right direction?
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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