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A Note from Pastor Luke

Jan. 08, 2021 @ 7:27 pm

January 2021 note from Ps. Luke:

“In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you, I am well pleased.’” Mark 1:9-11 (NRSV)

We’re starting the new year pretty soon, and I believe that I’m echoing the hopes and dreams of many people when I pray that God be gracious to us in 2021. It’s tradition with many to take up a New Year’s Resolution, and I must confess, I’ve never been any good at them. About the middle of February, my gym memberships seem to get lost, my will to cease drinking soda wanes, and my project lists never seem to get any shorter. Countless hours and pages have been spent lampooning our unfaithfulness to such endeavors; and yet here we are, another year, and I have that old itch again to reexamine my life and try and make some changes.

Perhaps you’re in the same boat. That this past year has provided you ample time to sit in your homes and think, or to look at everything you do, everyone you interact with, and every place you go with fresh eyes. That as we stand on the threshold of a new year we are once again invited into a reflection of the year that is passing and to gaze upon a vision of what the next year could be. Throughout the Christian calendar, we are invited to remember the Story of God and find ways in which our own stories echo it, or rather, moments where our stories intersect the divine one and we are invited into it again and again. It’s at the beginning of the calendar year that most people celebrate the Baptism of the Lord (you can find those accounts starting at Matthew 3:13, Mark 1:9, Luke 3:21, John 1:29). Our baptisms mirror the baptism of Christ and life up the essentials of the faith. While each church tradition formulates these words a little different, generally we’re all agreed on a few things:

It is God who saves, and continually invites us into his grace
We reject the forces and powers of evil
We put our trust in Christ alone
A new life is found within in Christ, we are renewed and being renewed
We commit to one another to care for each other
and we are welcomed into the Church, the Body of Christ


This Sunday that we remember Jesus’ baptism, and any remembrance of our own baptism, is a moment where we all reaffirm what God has done in our lives and remember the promises that we made with God, with each other, and with ourselves. It’s a time to remember, renew, and recommit ourselves to the Lord, even if we were baptized as infants or barely remember our own confirmation.

So lately I’ve been thinking about my own baptismal vows: to reject a life of sin, to resist evil and oppression in whatever form they take, to put my whole trust in Christ, and to nurture and encourage my brothers and sisters in our own mutual life of faith. While these are my first and most fundamental vows, they’re brought into a sharper focus when viewed with other vows I’ve taken: marriage, commissioning (and eventually ordination), oblation, etc. Our baptisms, in many ways, are the first and most important promises that we can make; they encompass completely the essence of Christianity, but our own traditions and experiences help us to focus and refine the ways in which God is calling us to live our lives and how he is present in them.

This year I’ve pulled out something from my denomination’s history to meditate on throughout the year. It’s a covenant prayer in the Wesleyan tradition and you can find the original English used on page 607 of the United Methodist Hymnal. Like I’ve said, I’m lousy at new year’s resolutions; they just don’t stick. But vows, prayers, longings lifted up to God, these are different for me. Hopefully, as I continually revisit this covenant prayer, it can be used by God as a way to continually be formed into the image of Christ. So, below I’ve taken the language from this covenant prayer and updated it a bit. Hopefully, I’ve kept the spirit of it, but as with all prayer and poetry, there’s always a bit of our own soul that goes into it too. Nevertheless, my resolution this year is to sit with this prayer and remember how much I am loved by God. May you find this as a blessing, recommit yourselves to God, and remember and return to your own baptism as well. Blessings, friends, and here’s to a good and faithful new year.

Amen,
Ps. Luke

A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition Revised I am no longer my own but led by you.
Have me do whatever you would, with whomever you would.
Task me with work, task me with waiting.
Use me for Your glory, or set me aside,
Known for you, or left anonymous for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I offer all things to you, for your use and your joy
with a clear mind and an open heart.
And now, O’ loving and almighty God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
You are mine, and I am yours. May it be forever.
And these promises I’ve made on earth,
may they be written in heaven. Amen.

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The New Cookbooks Have Arrived!

Jan. 07, 2021 @ 6:03 pm

The new Sesquicentennial (150 years) cookbooks have arrived. The cookbooks are being sold for $8.00 each, 2 for $15.00, and if you have bought two for $15.00 each additional cookbook is $7.50. Hundreds of recipes by our congregation! Don't pass up this special Sesquicentennial cookbook!

Please call the church office to make arrangements for picking up your cookbook. ***Payment is due when you pick up your cookbook.

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Quarantine Prayer Checklist

Dec. 01, 2020 @ 7:54 pm

Use this prayer checklist to pray every day.

• Praise God for His mighty power and perfect love.

• Thank God for promising to always be with us.

• Ask God to heal those who are sick.

• Ask God to comfort those who are afraid.

• Ask God to protect those in the medical field.

• Ask God to give leaders wisdom.

• Ask God to forgive your sins and heal our nation.

• Ask God to use the church to share His love.

• Ask God to bring revival through this time.

Read Psalms 121 out loud to close out your prayer time.

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Online Giving Now Available

Aug. 30, 2020 @ 8:35 pm

It’s Here…It’s Here…Online Giving ("Giving" link located upper right corner of the church website) www.sheniafumc.org

Thanks to the COVID-19 Virus our church has been forced to have remote “On-Camera” services on Sunday morning but… the news isn’t all bad. We’ve decided to take advantage of some of the latest technology and offer our members and regular Church-Goers an opportunity to make their regular Sunday Morning Offering ONLINE!

With the help of the new group working with the First National Bank (formerly Century Bank) we now have a direct link for you, sitting at home, to the church to make your offering and regular Tithes. You’ll find a direct link on the Church's Facebook home page AND the Churches Website home page (upper right corner with red arrow) so just click it and select for a one-time giving, set up a regular Tithe, or make a donation and hit submit… It’s really THAT EASY!

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Preserve Your Loved One's Memories (free)

Aug. 01, 2020 @ 7:54 pm

Why not take advantage of extra time you might have because of COVID-19.

StoryCircle preserves your loved one’s memories forever. Imagine listening to an aging parent's life stories, in their own voice, whenever and wherever you want. At your request, we send your loved ones story prompts by text message, after which they call a phone number and leave a voicemail to record their memories. Over time, you’ll collect a rich library of audio stories about their life. Get started by registering at StoryCircle.co And, your loved one’s recordings are private to those in their listening circle.

Follow StoryCircle on Facebook

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Find Help in the Bible When You Need

Jul. 30, 2020 @ 5:49 pm

COMFORT
Psalm 23
2 Corinthians 1: 3-4
Psalm 55: 22

HOPE
1 Peter 1: 3-5
Hebrews 6: 9-12
Lamentations 3: 24-25

COURAGE
1 Chronicles 28: 20
Hebrews 13: 6
Psalm 27:1

LOVE
1 John 4: 7-21
1 Thessalonians 3: 12
Romans 8: 38-39

FAITH
Joshua 24:15
Romans 10: 8-13
Hebrews 11: 1-6

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