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September 23, 2016: Pastor Wiggs' Word of the Week: SACRIFICE
I have heard from a great number of you sharing how significant and meaningful worship has been so far this month – first with honoring our great Support Staff on Labor Day weekend, and then the First Responders as we remembered those lost on 9/11 fifteen years ago. Last Sunday we recognized our large and talented corps of teachers that lead so many of our classes her at Boston Avenue.
This week we will observe Music Dedication Sunday, highlighting all those that enrich our life together through choral and instrumental music! It will be another great Sunday to worship at Boston Avenue!
Leadership in Uncertain Times has been our sermon series this month, and we come to our last installment this Sunday. We will read Luke 16:91-31, in which Jesus tells a striking, and in some ways disturbing, parable. Jesus raises several issues about faith and money. John Wesley offers some lessons that can guide us from this ancient parable in our day. Join us as we explore an important question for our life choices, “Sacrifice Required?”
I will be out of town part of this week, but I will be back and in worship Sunday. The music, the prayers, the readings, the fellowship, the Gospel proclaimed – all flow together to deepen your faith and open you to a refreshing experience of God. I hope, whether you are here or traveling during the week, that when Sunday morning comes, you will join us as we gather to nurture our spirits and praise God together!
Wandering Wesley shows Five Marks of a Methodist in action!
As part of our all-church study, the Five Marks of a Methodist, we’re starting a “Wandering Wesley” campaign that will be fun for all ages! We are asking everyone to take a Wandering Wesley, cut him out, and take pictures of him in your daily life living out the five marks:
1. A Methodist Loves God
2. A Methodist Rejoices in God
3. A Methodist Give Thanks
4. A Methodist Prays Constantly
5. A Methodist Loves Others
Wandering Wesleys can be picked up outside the sanctuary or at the table in Bishops’ Hall at any time. Feel free to color Wesley or decorate him however you like so he is ready for the camera! There are several ways for Wandering Wesley to get around. You can take him with you around town and take photos on your cell phone, or mail him to someone you know out of town who would support your project, and ask them to take a photo of Wandering Wesley showing good character as a Methodist.
After you take photos, submit them to us so we can share them with the whole congregation! There are three ways to share:
1. Post photos on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #wanderingwesley16 and #bostonavenueumc. Identify the location and specific Mark of a Methodist in the caption, and be sure to tag us (@BostonAvenueUMC)!
2. Email your photo to deborahjpeterson@ yahoo.com (or click anywhere in this article).
3. Bring or mail a photograph to Debbie Peterson at the church! We will collect photos throughout September and October. Check our website, social media and the bulletin boards outside the sanctuary for all the photos of Wandering Wesley living out the Five Marks of a Methodist!
Help end hunger by participating in the annual Crop Walk this Sunday!
This Sunday, September 25, Tulsans will join together with the goal of “ending hunger one step at a time” through the annual Crop Walk. Again this year, our church will host the event. Members and visitors of all ages are invited to be part! We will begin with a group photo on the north steps of the church at 2:00 p.m.
“I am proud to be on the CROP board and work with people that come together to help stop hunger and poverty,” says Debbie Peterson.
Following both services on the 25th, we will be collecting money to donate. If you cannot walk, you can still help with your contribution. Consider walking with our “Downtown for Good” Boston Avenue group and help raise awareness for a good cause! Together, we can make a difference.
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