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November 22, 2017
A blessed Thanksgiving to all on this day of remembering and sharing. I know for many this is a hustle and bustle day of doing lots of preparation for the big meal and day. It may be the traveling we do or the meal and home prep work. Richard Rohr writes about Mary and Martha in the scriptures – and what Jesus said:
“Martha, Martha, you worry about “the ten thousand things.” So few are necessary. Indeed, only one. —Luke 10:42 (paraphrase)
These well-known words come from Jesus to his dear friend, Martha. He is the house-guest of siblings Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Martha is doing the reasonable, hospitable thing—rushing around, fixing, preparing, and as the text brilliantly says, “distracted with all the serving.”
Martha was everything good and right, but one thing she was not. She was not present—most likely, not present to herself, her own feelings of resentment, perhaps her own martyr complex, her need to be needed. This is the kind of goodness that does no good! If she was not present to herself, Martha could not be present to her guests in any healing way, and spiritually speaking, she could not even be present to God. Presence is of one piece. How you are present to anything is how you can be present to God, loved ones, strangers, those who are suffering.
Jesus taught Martha at the mundane, ordinary level because that would reflect her same pattern at the divine level. For Martha—and for us—such naked presence was indeed “the one thing necessary.”
May we heed these words of Jesus and be present to one another each day and especially on our time of expressing gratitude to one another and to God.
Yes! The NSUMC Sunday School is now back in session! And, the NSUMC Sunday School has a new schedule and progarm.
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Below is a video presentation by a Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic Jew. And, his message is unique and quite revealing. As Gentile Christians, I am convinced we are simply not "Jewish enough" to readily or adequately understand all the customs, traditions, meanings, analogies, metaphors, nuances, and, more importantly, the ins and outs of the Mosaic Law as we pursue our biblical studies. The Scriptures were, by far, written by Hebrews to Hebrews, and to those Hebrews living in a unique Hebrew culture. Much of what is presented in Scripture is simply lost to us Gentiles living out our lives in a modern Gentile world. I feel, as Disciples of Jesus, we would be well served in serving our Lord, if we took advantage of the uniquely Jewish perspective on the Scriptures that Jewish Messianic believers can provided. The video below is a message that is to our advantage to understand.
We have recently come across some interesting history of the North Salem United Methodist Church. To check out some milestone dates and a list of past and present pastors...
An Important Message!
October 13, 2017
For the past month or so I have been focusing on our mission as Christ’s Church to constantly be in prayer and to constantly keep watch for our Lord’s promised return. As it is, I feel that mission to be very specific to my calling from God and His Son, Jesus. And thus, I have endeavored to continually speak, write and act to remind all in our fellowship of our calling to prayer and of our attention to the “signs of the times” as regards our Lord’s return.
I would like to stress here that our Lord’s return is frequently likened, by the Prophets and the Gospels, to the birth of a child. As most women who have experienced a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy understand, the day or the hour of delivery is simply unknown. However, the final days of such a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy are well known and are, in fact, anxiously anticipated. Within those “final days” there is much speculation and joyful anticipation for the birth of the child, and signs of its arrival, within the period of those “last day” are diligently observed and noted, with each sign being held as a hopeful possibility of an imminent birth.
As already noted, so it is with our Lord’s return. Whereas the hour or the day of his return remains unknown -- unknown up until moments before the actual appearance (birth), all can know, all should know, when the last days are at hand. Be assured, we are in those last days. But, as with a birth, it takes enlightened understanding and foreknowledge of the mechanics of the process for the signs of that process to be even recognized. And once that process is understood, then one must be diligently aware, seek for, and interpret any and all signs (symptoms) displayed by the one soon to deliver. That, in a nutshell, is the directive we received from our Lord to continually exercise. We are to watch, and watch with knowledge and understanding of the process for his promised returned.
As amazing as it always sounds, we have all heard of instances where a woman has, to her utter shock and bewilderment, given birth not even knowing she was pregnant. Many factors play into such a thing. Total ignorance of the natural process and/or total ignorance of her own body and “symptoms” are two likely factors. Let us not be so unawares! Let us strive to understand the process (for a lack of a better word) and the signs of our Lord’s return. He told us to watch. And, he told us what to watch for. Jesus wanted, and wants, us to be aware, ready and not to be caught off guard. He told us to watch and pray for his return. Knowing the times and the signs of that event are entirely possible. If such was impossible, why would Jesus tell us to watch and what to watch for?
So, my friends, let us keep watch. The Church is in labor. She is close to her delivery. Our salvation is much closer now than when we first believed. And so, let us pray as Jesus taught us…”thy kingdom come!”
North Salem United Methodist Church
"The Old Rugged Cross"
...but do you know about God's Week, God's seven day/seven thousand year Week? Consider what Peter wrote in his letter: 2 Peter, Chapter 3:3-4,8-9
"...scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, 'Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.' "
"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness..."
To read a series of essays on this fundamental and important doctrine of God's biblical 7000 year plan for mankind...
Our church is putting together a Raffle Tree for the North Salem School's Festival of Trees. Our tree will be displayed and then raffled off to benefit the North Salem School. Our theme will be Angels, and the decorations could be white, gold and red. All items donated and placed on or around the tree will be part of the raffle, tree skirt included. Please bring items to church on November 19 and 26, we cannot store items before the craft fair. We will decorate the tree on December 2. All are welcome to attend the Festival of Trees at North Salem School on Saturday, December 9 from 5-7pm.
Items donated should be new or gently used:
4-6 foot pre-lit tree
Angel tree topper
Thick ribbon to drape around the tree
Angel craft kit
Gift Card (To make our tree more desirable)
Please see Tracy Trusty-Neveu with any questions. Let us know if you would like to sign up for any of these items, and we can put your name next to the item. Thank you for your help with our efforts to support the community.
(Click Here for Instructions on Decorating and Donating Decorated Trees.)
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