The Joy of Easter is Within You! Focus Scripture: Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her. John 20:18 Easter by Madeline Wallace From moments of frustration to fulfillment From sleepless nights filled with Thoughts of the days’ […]
Focus Scripture: Jesus said,…“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
I love Fred Phelps, founder of independent Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, and head of the church until he was excommunicated last year. Fred Phelps has been an outspoken hater of LGBTQ folks and has demonstrated at military funerals, harassing the families of slain soldiers and presenting God as a vengeful God. Still I love Fred Phelps.
Focus Scripture: When he had gone out, Jesus said,
“Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.”
Just before Jesus makes this statement, he has told Judas to leave the Passover table so that Judas can turn him into the authorities. Jesus immediately says that in this action of betrayal, Jesus and God are glorified. In this text, the term “glorified” refers to the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. So what this passage is really saying is that the act of Jesus sending Judas to betray him is the very act that killed, resurrected and ascended Jesus. Easter is here because of a betrayal blessed by Jesus. This betrayal causes God and Jesus to be glorified within and through each other.
Focus Scripture: “I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act,” says the Lord. Ezekiel 37:14 Reflection Statement “Lent begins in the wilderness….Even against our better judgment, we must begin these […]
Focus Scripture: But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” John 11:4 Reflection Statement: “Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the […]
Focus Scripture: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm 23:5 Lenten Practice: Reflect on Psalm 23:5, then reflect on the gifts that God’s Spirit has revealed in you. What gift will you share with others? Lenten Prayer: Nourishing God, we […]
First United Methodist Church has made a statement in the heart of downtown Boulder since 1859. The congregation has worshipped on the corner of 14th and Spruce Streets since 1872. The church building has many interesting features, including the bell tower and the face of a child carved on the west side, just north of the entrance.
Focus Scripture: For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light… Ephesians 5:8 Lenten Practice: Reflect on Ephesians 5:8. Light a candle during your quiet time and rest in its peace. Lenten Prayer: God, you are the light of the world. Light our paths as we […]
First United Methodist Church (FUMC) is a peaceful, calm place where people can gather and be with God. I think of FUMC as a place where everyone can belong, including me. FUMC is:
Focus Scripture: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. The Lord makes me lie down in green pastures; the Lord leads me beside still waters; the Lord restores my soul. The Lord leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3 Reflection Statement “There can be no vulnerability without risk; there […]