The following is for

August 12

We have two services - one at 8:30 a.m. and the next at 10:00 a.m. Coffee and fellowship follow each service.


Open Communion is held each Sunday at the 8:30 service. It is also held the first Sunday of each month at the 10:00 service. Communion is open to All people. 

From The Pastor

Highlights for This Coming Week!
 
  • Blackberry Bake Off - Calling all Blackberry bakers! Blackberry Bake Off is this Sunday. We will gather for food and fellowship after each service in the Gathering Area. Please email Rev. Katie if you are planning on bringing a baked good.      
  • We have 32 spots of 45 donated for the parking lot regrade and regraveling! It is not too late to contribute. To sponsor a spot is $200. Feel free to donate what you can! We only have 13 more spots to go! Can you help? 
  • Exalt Youth Worship Service August 22nd from 7:00 p.m.to 9:00 p.m.! Youth or youth parents sign up with Rev. Katie Today!

“For He is our peace; in His flesh He has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.” Ephesians 2:14


Beloved church, we are dealing with so much hostility and conflict in our world right now. Even our denomination of the United Methodist Church is fighting about human sexuality. Can we stay united when we disagree so vehemently?

The disciples of Jesus Christ are needed more than ever to be peacemakers in our families, our church, our community, and our world. That’s YOU! Peace is vulnerable as it takes courage to stay at the table when things get uncomfortable, hard, and challenging. Peace is the only way to bring healing and restoration. In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus tells us, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.”

So that is why we are going to take the last three weeks in August to look at what it means to have a heart of peace rather than have a heart of war. I want to recommend the book The Anatomy of Peace to you all. There is a link to Amazon if you would like to purchase the book at the bottom of this article for you. You can also get it at the library.

This book was recommended reading by the United Methodist Bishops and the Commission on the Way Forward as United Methodists seek to find a way to stay together as a church when it comes to human sexuality. The book teaches us how to see one another as full human beings even when we disagree or are enemies. We are the only person we can control. This book allows us to live into our values of peacemaking when conflict and challenges arise. It makes us aware when our hearts are at war and how to return to our heart of peace.

This first week we are going to look at how we regard one another. If we only think of each other as a stereotype or an object, our hearts will always be at war. Then it is no surprise why there is so much hostility and anger in us and in our world. I don’t know about you. I don’t want to spread more hate and anger. I want to spread more love and pace. We have a choice in this matter. We can start to change the trajectory we are on. We can get off this hamster wheel of inflicting pain on each other and start affirming one another’s dignity.

The second week we are going to look at how to do we change our hearts that are at war. The third week we will talk about how we actually spread peace in our lives.

We as Browns Point UMC, as disciples of Jesus Christ- our Prince of Peace, will be peacemakers in our world! We will choose to spread peace even when war is raging on all around us. We will not collude with the animosity, skepticism, and negativity. We will rise above it with the help of God to spread Christ’s One Great Peace!

Blessings,


Rev. Katie Klosterman

The Power of Empathy by Brene Brown


A Man Born Blind Receives Sight

9  As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. 4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, 7 saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. 8 The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” 10 But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.” 12 They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”


The Pharisees Investigate the Healing

13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 14 Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15 Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.” 16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And they were divided. 17 So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” He said, “He is a prophet.”

18 The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight 19 and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” 20 His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; 21 but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. 23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.” 25 He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 26 They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27 He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” 28 Then they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 30 The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. 32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?” And they drove him out.


Spiritual Blindness

35 Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 He answered, “And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him.” 37 Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.” 38 He said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped him. 39 Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.” 40 Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we?” 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.