What is the book of Revelation about, really? This is a question that a lot of folks ask. When you read through it, it appears to be this book filled with frightening imagery, confusing symbols, and violent prophesies. Many of us have been taught that Revelation is all about the future; that Revelation is a book that is telling what will eventually happen at the end of time. The end result is that most of us avoid it entirely. Or, if we do try to read it, we get through it and don’t understand most of what we read. What if I were to tell you that the Revelation of John is not some scary book about war and the Antichrist and plagues happening on all people left here after the rapture (which the rapture isn’t even in the Bible, it’s a made up thing inserted by theologians to explain away other things) and is instead a book written to a people who were in a time of dire trouble, threat of violence, and horrible fear. What if I were to tell you that Revelation is not a book telling us what is going to happen in the future, but is instead a book that seeks to tell us that even when the world has thrown its worst at us, God is still God, good will still win over evil, and the Divine will always be working to make sure the worst of things is never the last of things? I’d like to invite you to join us over the next several weeks as we break down the book of Revelation and see what it is, and isn’t, about. I think you might be surprised. It might move from becoming the book you knew nothing about and avoided to one of your most favorite promises in the Bible. We’d love for you to be our guest.
This week at Fredericktown United Methodist, we are starting a new series called "Jesus Said What Now?" It's easy for us to get behind and champion the teachings of Jesus that we like. Loving our neighbor we're OK with. Loving our enemies? That one we're not so sure about. You want us to help the poor, Jesus? OK, we're good on that one. Wait... you want us to forgive others? And not just once but over and over again? Let me think about that one. Through this series, we're going to be digging into the teachings of Jesus that we really wish he hadn't said. What do they mean and do they mean what we have always thought they meant? We would love for you to be our guest as we explore them together!
We'll be starting off a brand new message series on Easter Sunday called "Love Is..." which takes a look at exactly what Easter is all about. Have you had a hard time reconciling the message of Easter with the idea of a God that demanded Jesus die on the cross? Has that image of a "monster God" stuck with you and made you not able or not willing to believe or embrace Easter or the faith? Join us for worship at Fredericktown UMC this Easter and hear the true message of Easter that the followers of Christ believed in the beginning before religion messed things up. The answer you find, might just open things up for you in a new way.
We've started a brand new message series called "Lent - 40 Days of Renewal" where we will be taking a look at a lot of the myths we have about Lent seeing it as a way for us to be renewed. Here's a preview: you don't have to give up coffee or chocolate. In fact, we will have both coffee and chocolate available in the church, just like we always do.
We're starting a brand new message series at Fredericktown UMC this week! It's called Dislike and uses a lot of the ideas and imagery of social media, and the pressures that it puts on us, to take a look at how we connect with each other in the world today. I hope to encourage people to focus less on what they are getting off social media and the echo chambers that we get ourselves trapped in and focus in more on connecting with people in real, tangible, in person ways. I believe that when we do that, we will find that a lot of what we have thought or "disliked" about other people and about ourselves will fade away and we will begin to see people more like God does; less like a profile to be skimmed and make assumptions about, and more like a person to be known for who they truly are.
A lot of the time, I think we have this idea in mind of the Bible being filled will all these perfect people doing perfect things, especially in regards to Jesus' family line and what not. And all the blessings they received were because they did everything right and that earned them the outcome they were seeking. That couldn't be further from the truth. The Bible is filled with flawed, broken, imperfect people that mess up, fail, and make mistakes like the rest of us. And, just like the rest of us, they were still seen by God as beloved children, worthy of love and grace and hope and a way to start again. In this series, we'll be taking a look at all the ways we can "start again" in this new year though the stories of folks in the Bible and the ways they experienced God in the midst of their messy lives.
Over the years, we’ve added a lot to the Christmas story. Have we maybe added so much on top of it to make it calmer and more relaxing that we’ve lost the real meaning underneath it all? Join us for our new series “The Heart of Christmas” as we look to open all the wrappings we’ve put on this gift to find Christmas’ heart inside.
This week we're starting off a brand new series called "Heart to Heart: Having Holy Communication" where we'll be taking a look at the ways in which we're communicating with each other, or not communicating as the case may be. How can we speak to one another in ways that are holy instead of hurtful? I hope that you'll join us for the next three weeks as we dive into this new series that seeks to find ways we can all have better heart to heart moments.
Today, we're kicking off a brand new message series called "Thrive-More Than Just Alive." Too often, we can get used to "just getting by" or "surviving" when we were made for so much more than ordinary lives. We were made to thrive! So, join us as we begin to look at ways we can do that, beginning with "Overcoming Apathy" and then moving on to “Overcoming Obstacles,” “The Child Within and Without,” and ending with “You Were Born to Thrive.” We’d love for you to be our guest as we learn to thrive!
This week we start off a new series called "Go." In our last series, we looked at the Great Commandment and how we should follow that. This series, we're taking a look at the other "great" statement of Jesus: The Great Commission. How should we be a people who "go"? And how should we go? Does our doubt prevent our worship from being authentic? And who goes with us as we go? We'll be talking about all this and more as we take a look at The Great Commission in our new series Go. We'd love for you to join us!