Past Devotions

“God arranged the members in the body, each one of them as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body.” 1 Corinthians 12:18-20

 

Isn’t it interesting that Paul has to point out for us the fact that it takes many different members to make up the one body? Why is that the case? Well, more than likely it probably means that there must have been some issues arising in the church at Corinth that made him realize that he needed to remind the people in the church about what the body of Christ looks like.

 

Think about it for just a minute. What if you had a whole sanctuary full of preachers? What would that be like? Well, everyone would want to stand up and give their sermon and they might think that their sermon was the best. There would be no one to listen. What if you had a sanctuary full of teachers? What would be the problem with that? Well everyone would be arguing who had the best lesson plan and why theirs was the best and there would be no one to learn. That would be a problem.

 

A church needs people to proclaim the word of the Lord to learn about the love of God. A church needs teachers to help people to learn how to live Godly lives in the present and the future. The church needs people to lead the songs of praise to God for all the good things he has done. The church needs people to clean so that there is a clean and safe place for us to gather. The church needs people who will be encouragers to help people who are struggling in their faith. The church needs all of these and so many more to be the body of Christ in the world today.

 

Don’t ever think that you are not needed by your church, because you are. The church needs everyone so that we can mirror the love that God has for all of creation. Everyone has a gift that God needs for us to use to build up His kingdom. Remember, we are South Point UMC and our name says we are to Point people to Christ. I am so blessed to have folks like you who will join me in pointing people to Christ!

 

Just a few reminders:

This Sunday, September 22 is invite a friend to church Sunday. We hope that you will invite someone to come and join with you in worship this week!

 

Port-a-Pit will be Friday, October 4. Please see Mrs. Rhonda or Mrs. Beth for tickets. The monies raised will help us to fulfill the ministries that God call us to in this place.

 

Sunday, September 29 we will have our Fifth Sunday Music Service. We will have special music, a guest singer and a chance for the congregation to pick out your favorite hymns. Come join us for a special Sunday and invite your family and friends!

 

Elise B. Kennedy
Pastor of South Point United Methodist Church
A church who seeks to follow Jesus, make disciples and
transform the world one person at a time.

 

 

 

Weekly Devotion

Psalm 121 from “The Message”
I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from the mountains? No my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains. He won’t let you stumble, your Guardian God won’t fall asleep. Not on your life! Israel’s Guardian will never doze or sleep. God’s your guardian, right at your side to protect you – shielding you from sunstroke, sheltering you from moonstroke. God guards you from every evil, he guards your very life. He guards you when leave and when you return, he guards you now, he guards you always.

For many people, today is a day that is forever etched in their minds. If you lost loved ones or friends that you knew well, or not, this is a day that many simply cannot forget. It is a day that will forever be a part of our minds eye that we will not be able to shake or remove.

Many can recall exactly what they were doing when they heard the news. They can remember their actions, what they were doing, who they were with, what they felt. Parents talk of going and picking up children early from school just to hold them and hug them. Friends talk about calling one another to see if they were okay or not. For days, people seemed to walk around in dazed confusion and intense fear of if something was going to happen again.

It was a hard day. A long day. It was a day that changed the world.

In the midst of all that was happening, God’s presence was there. God directed people to comfort those who were alone. God sent people to help those who were hurt. God gave courage to those who fought so that more lives would be spared. God was there, welcoming so many home whose lives had been cut short by the sinful acts of those who simply were wrong. God continued to be God. His love has never ended and it never will.

Over the course of twelve years we seem to have gone back to our old ways of living. We seem to have forgotten who is our protector, our guardian, our defender. Not only have we seemed to move from God, we have also moved away from one another. We no longer seem to be a people united, but we seem more and more to be a people divided. So my idea is, as we seek to remember who our protector and defender is, why don’t we also try to remember how we are to live? Why not become a people who care about one another again regardless of the color of our skin, or the music we listen to, or where we live or go to school? Why don’t we take the time to remember that every life is sacred and we have all been created in the image of God?

In order for there to be peace in the world, there must first be peace in our soul, peace in our family, peace in our community. Then we can move to peace in our world. That peace will only come when we know the giver of peace, Jesus. Today let us reconnect to the source of peace, Jesus Christ. May his peace be our peace so we may point him out to the world. Now brothers and sisters, go and point.

Elise B. Kennedy
Pastor of South Point United Methodist Church
A church who seeks to follow Jesus, make disciples and
transform the world one person at a time.

 

John 12:8, “You always have the poor with you. You don’t always have me.”
Growing up, I heard on a regular basis the phrase, “practice makes perfect.” As a child I really did not it when my parents or another adult would say these words to me. Why was that? Because it meant that I needed to keep on trying to do something over and over. I just did not want to practice. Instead, I wanted to have things figured out and move on to the next thing, but I learned life does not work that way.
Jesus worked at teaching the disciples that one day, they would be the ones to continue on the mission and they would have to do so without him being physically present with them. So, to make sure the mission continued and to make sure that the message Jesus was trying to teach would continue to be taught, He gave the disciples numerous opportunities to practice. What exactly were they supposed to be practicing?
We are called to be people of love, grace and mercy. None of that comes easy. It takes practice to love someone that is mean, ugly, and just a pain. It takes practice to walk with people who are hurting and feel alone and afraid. It takes practice to overlook our own faults and the faults of others and see the face of Christ on everyone. We cannot practice these things on our own, but we have to practice them in the realm of community. That is why we need each other and that is why we need the church. What do you need to practice today and how can we help each other to practice to be better people and a better church?
Jesus, thank you for loving us and for caring for us even when we are filled with flaws. Give us the courage we need to practice being the people you want us to be. Thank you for letting us practice and loving us even while we learn. Amen
Come and join us on Sunday as we practice together being the hands and feet of Jesus. We have Sunday school for all ages at 10:00 and worship at 11:00. We would love to see you.
Thank you for taking the time to read these words. Here are a few reminders of some events happening at South Point UMC this week!

Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. come and join with us as we start a new study together called “Just a Walk Across the Room.” Together we will reflect on what it means to build relationships and how we can share the love of Jesus in times like these. The study is open to everyone.

Saturday, September 7, 9:00-2:00 our UMW will host a hot dog and bake sale. They will be selling homemade baked goods and the best hot dogs in all of Belmont. The money raised will go towards missions. Come out and eat, come out and help, come out and share in fellowship with one another.

Don’t forget we will be collecting basic school supplies for North Belmont Elementary through the end of September.

CROP walk will be here soon. The CROP walk will be Sunday, October 13 at 2:00 and it will be at Belmont Abby. Lisa Millspaw will have sign up sheets and information to share. All walkers will receive a t shirt. Just so you know 25% of what is raised from the walk stays here in our community. Let’s ask folks to contribute and make this year a real success!

Elise B. Kennedy
Pastor of South Point United Methodist Church
A church who seeks to follow Jesus, make disciples and
transform the world one person at a time.