Upcoming Worship Series

Worship Sunday mornings at 8:30 and 11
blended services which have traditional and contemporary elements

“Living” (April 28 - May 12)

Christians often observe a time known as “The Great 50 Days of Easter”. It begins on Easter
morning, with the proclamation of the resurrection of Jesus. For the following weeks
that make up the remainder of the 50 days, Christians are invited to visit or revisit the
foundations of the Christian faith, examining Christianity’s basic doctrines. At FUMC this
year, we’ll break this into two series, the first of which has three parts and will be titled,
“Living” and the second, with four parts, will be titled, “Loving”. We will also launch the small group study, “Christian Believer”, as this is also a study of our basic doctrines, an effort to connect both heart and head in faith. The scriptures we’ll examine will be from the Gospel of John. These are the accounts of Thomas’s incredible encounter with the risen Jesus and the utter surprise the disciples had one morning when the risen Lord suddenly appeared to them at breakfast. In the final week of the “Living” series, we’ll explore the nature of Jesus himself. “Christology” is the word used by scholars to describe delving into Jesus’ nature. While Jesus avoids the trap of answering the question posed to him by the Pharisees, “who he is”, is made clear by “what he does”. Isn’t that true for all of us as followers of Jesus as well?
How do believing, following, and listening intersect to form a way of following Jesus in our daily lives? How do they help us confidently share the good news of resurrection? Let’s explore these questions together during the “Living” worship series.

April 28 “Believe in Me” John 20:19-31
May 5 “Follow Me” John 21:1-19
May 12 “Listen to Me” John 10:22-30

 “LOVING” (May 19 through June 9)

This second series focuses upon the action of God upon those who believe in Jesus and the flow of divine energy from God into individuals, the church, and the world. All the themes for this series could be subtitled, “by a Loving God”—marked by a loving God, sent by a loving God, and so on. In the first week, Jesus offers a new commandment to love one another and be known as Jesus’ disciples. This “marking” is the way we are known and has direct connections with our baptism into Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. The second week presents a Trinitarian model in which Jesus and the Spirit are sent by God the Father in a self-giving action. The love that comes from God extends from God to the world. Notice in the Scripture for week three in which Jesus is stated to have said, “I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them” (John 17:26). This is Jesus’ indication that his presence will continue as the body of Christ in the world, and those who join in the body of Christ will know the love given from God. On the Day of Pentecost, the church is born to empower people to go forth and proclaim the love of God throughout the world, in languages far and wide. Loving, then, becomes the natural response and embodiment of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. We live into the reality that Jesus is alive, and we love as a result of it.

May 19 “Marked”John 13:31-35

May 26 “Sent” John 14:23-29

June 2 “Embodied” John 17:20-26

June 9 (Pentecost Sunday)“Empowered” Acts 2:1-21