North Salem United Methodist Church
Over on the Happenings Page, in the list of links, is a link to BibleGateway.com. Bible Gateway is, in my opinion, an excellent online site for bible reading and/or study. Additionally, its content can be listened to via audio bibles.
I find that I use Bible Gateway daily. Its tools and bible options/versions are tremendously useful in one's ongoing bible reading, study and research. Moreover, if you are a user of a mobile device, iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Kindle Fire, the BibleGateway app is extremely useful, convenient and powerful. With its tools for searching, adding notes, pinning favorite verses, instantly switching between bible versions, and of course, audio (Max McLean is by far my favorite reader) so much can be experienced anytime, anywhere, right at one's fingertips.
I highly recommend this site and its mobile app for our mobile users. Head over to the Happenings page and check it out!
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The North Salem United Methodist Church men’s fellowship group is now meeting on the first Saturday of every month. Next meeting Saturday, December 6. The group is sponsoring The Great Courses American Lecture Series titled How Jesus Became God. Meeting’s begin at 8:30 am with a duration of 60 to 90 minutes. The agenda includes a pre-meeting meet and greet, an opening prayer, presentation of the Video Lecture, followed by an open discussion. All men interested in Christian fellowship and exploring the history and teachings of Jesus Christ are Welcome to attend. The meeting will be held at the North Salem Church located at 389 North Main St., Salem, NH. There is no charge to attend. Coffee & doughnuts will be provided!
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The most recent tally of the Church's Italian Supper indicates $940.50 was realized from the evening!
A big THANK YOU to all who contributed time and money to the effort -- and a lot of different folk did just that! And, of course, a special thank you to Bill and Lois for all the effort and worry they expended in leading the NSUMC crew to another successful church supper!
Check this out - sent to us from a fellow Christian, John Horne, of the Byfield Parish in Byfield, MA for the viewing pleasure of the believers here at the NSUMC. Thank you, John!
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Recently, I noticed a brook due to rain had filled up with water and was almost a raging stream. I was called attention to it when a number of kayakers were preparing to launch into it. I have driven along the road countless times and never noticed the brook when all was quiet. Yesterday, driving past it I noticed it was gentle and flowing nicely, in fact I would hardly believe a kayak could go down the brook.
Life sometimes rains hard on us and will even overflow our banks of what we can handle. It is always good to pause and think about the One who remains a quiet Center for us and let that contemplation moment bring us back into balance. We then can go through the rapids like a good kayaker and stay balanced and afloat. In FRAGMENTS of YOUR ANCIENT NAME, Joyce Rupp writes:
”When undulating activities tilt our days and threaten to throw us off balance, when prayer strains under pressure and not-enough-time and nothing happens, when those we care about are pained and we nearly cave in from our caring, You continue to be a hub of stillness, a nucleus of love, our core equilibrium. No matter how out of control we spin, You remain the peaceful Center for us."
May the Center, our God, keep us all balanced each day!
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At the Last Supper, the last Passover Seder meal Jesus shared with his twelve before His crucifixion, Jesus initiated the present sacrament of communion.
We all know what happened at that Seder. Jesus took bread, thanked God, broke the bread and passed it among the twelve. And He did something else, something quite unusual at the time. He told the twelve that the bread they held was his body, that his body was given for them and that they should continue the new and unusual ritual in remembrance of Him. (Luke 22.19)
Of course, the bread Jesus broke and gave to the twelve at that Seder meal was from a special recipe. Other than the newly added ingredient of spirituality (the bread representing Christ's body) an ingredient was blatantly missing from this bread that made it so special -- leavening. It was unleavened bread, commonly known today as Matzah, and Mosaic law demanded such be eaten at the Passover meal and, for that matter, the entire following week.
The Jews at that time did not know what the unleavened bread fully signified. They did know that their ancestors when fleeing from Egypt were commanded to make their bread without leavening so as to not delay their departure from bondage waiting for their bread to rise. And thus the use of unleavened bread was a way of reminding them every Passover of God's great work in setting Israel free from Egyptian servitude. But the unleavened bread told, and still tells of something far greater than just Israel's liberation from bondage.
It has long been held that leaven in the scriptures represents sin and/or deviation from those self-same scriptures, adding or subtracting from God's word as it might suit an individual or group for whatever purpose. Jesus warned of the leaven of the Pharisees, their traditions and customs perverting the scriptures so as to enhance their own standing and creating a distance between the common man and God's written word-- a distance the Pharisees presumed to fill for their own prestige and advancement. But fundamentally, leaven, as it pertains to the bread of the Passover Seder and of our Communion, symbolizes sin -- or more revealingly -- the lack of sin, the lack of sin in the body, the very person, of Jesus!
But the significance of the Passover bread goes further still, even more than just a reminder of Israel's escape from Egypt and as a representation of the Christ's sinlessness. For hundreds of years prior to the Passover Seder of the "Last Supper", the Unleavened bread also foreshadowed what the Christ would undertake and suffer on our behalf.
Handmade unleavened bread, Matzah, displays on it surfaces markings that are likened to the marks, bruises and wounds of a flogging. These marks, or stripes if you will, speak of the wounds the Christ received from the flogging He suffered prior to the crucifixion. (Modern day, bakery made Matzah displays these stripes even more dramatically.) Moreover, Matzah in its preparation receives piercings through its surfaces, tiny holes poked through the bread that speak of the piercing of Christ's hands, feet and side. And finally, the act of "breaking" the bread speaks of the death of the Christ. As the scripture declares regards the Christ, "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 1:24 AKJV, ASV, ERV, etc.) So we have a visual reminder of who Jesus is and what He suffered for our sake.
Unlike the Israelites of old, we as gentile christians have never been, nor are we now, subject to Mosaic law. (Gal 5:2-7) Although it is through the law that God reveals His divine plan and provision for His elect, in no way are we as gentiles obligated to follow the law -- including the subject of this article, the use of unleavened bread to be eaten at Passover, the very bread used by Jesus when he instituted the sacrament of Communion.
Nonetheless, Jesus instructed his twelve and, presumably, all christians to break the Passover bread in remembrance of Him. And not only in remembrance, but also (in the thinking of this writer) in continuance of its witness to who Jesus is and what, exactly, He experienced in our place.
The breaking and eating of the communion bread is done in many different ways wherever Christians gather. Some use regular, everyday bread, some use specially prepared bread that is believed by many to be supernaturally transformed at some point. Some use unleavened bread in their communion while even others purposely use leavened bread to symbolize spiritual growth from communion with Christ.
This writer, although holding that we are under no obligation as to what type of bread is to be used in communion, Matzah, the very unleavened, striped and pierced bread that was used at the Last Supper, that last Seder meal before Jesus was crucified, is unquestionably best suited to fully reveal to all in communion who Jesus is and what it was He suffered for our benefit. The purpose of unleavened bread from the time of the Exodus until the crucifixion was to foreshadow God's provision for salvation. And since the crucifixion, its purpose has been to be a reminder of and continual witness to the saving work of God through the person of Jesus. As it is so readily available and/or easy to make, why use any other bread than the unleavened bread our Lord, Himself, used for this very purpose?
The Happenings Page here on our site. There you will find photos and videos of current and past activities at our church. Moreover, posted there is the current week's sermon and an archive of past sermons listed by date. The is also a list of external links with tons of interesting info. Check it out! Get a gander at what is "Happening" at the NSUMC!
Sunday School has started up for its new season. Be sure to visit the "Sunday School" page (see above) for all the happenings going on with our kids and with any ways you might help out the staff. They work hard for our little ones. Let us give them all the support they need!
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