6 Ways to Stay in Love with God During the Summer

John Wesley gave us Methodists three general rules to follow. Typically, we break them down to three simple statements: do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God. Sometimes we miss what he meant when we simplify these rules too much. He had more to say about these rules. Mr. Wesley offers us six practices through which we can stay in love with God.

6) Fasting

bread-1426350-mYes, fasting is still a spiritual discipline worth practicing! Fasting means we refrain from eating for a set period of time. Perhaps you may just want to begin with just fasting a particular meal that you normally eat. The purpose of fasting is simply this: to glorify God. Fasting ought not to be about anything other than turning our focus toward God. Fasting reminds us that we are sustained by God.

5) Searching the Scriptures.

praying-hands-1427667-mConsider starting by reading the same psalm every day for a week. There are great Bible apps available at no charge to make your reading convenient. Start this Monday with Psalm 1 and read it each day during the week. Then move to Psalm 2, etc. Does something different stand out for you each day? What have you learned about the love of God each day?

4) Family and private prayer.

prayer-and-devotion---hands-3-992379-m-1We should pray with our family. We should reorient our meals so that our focus is giving thanks to God for food and those who made the meal. Consider praying the Lord’s prayer at the beginning and/or the end of the day together. How does praying together change our understanding of forgiving one another? What do we lean about the power of God through regular prayer?

3) The Supper of the Lord.

body-1072441-mEvery 8:30 Sunday worship service celebrates the Lord’s Supper. The first Sunday of the month we celebrate the Lord’s Supper at both worship services. Taking part in the Lord’s Supper re-members us, that is, reminds us that we are the Body of Christ. It reminds us that it was not us who loved God first, but it was God who first loved us!

2) The ministry of the Word, either read or expounded.

childs-bible-1019642-mWhen we come together to worship God, our love for God can be shed abroad in our hearts when we hear God’s word spoken to us. As your pastor, I vow to you that the meditations offered each Sunday will take this phrase to heart: that God’s Word will minister–that is, tend, heal, and offer hope–to our spirits.

1) The public worship of God.

sanctuaryWhen we worship God together, we are encouraged and reminded of the Good News that God loves us so very much! When we worship together, we can practice loving one another through offering reconciliation to one another and sharing our joys and concerns. When we’re present with one another, we can care for one another. When we care for one another, we share God’s love for one another.

I encourage us to allow these practices to have a very high priority in our lives. When we prioritize centering our awareness around God’s love for us, we will truly find we love each other more deeply in return. In so doing, we will fulfill the desire of Jesus Christ who asked us to love one another.

Grace and Peace Abound!

Rev. Phil

3 Reasons Why You Should Come (Back) to Worship During the Summer

191184_8572I could give you a wealth of reasons why you should be in church. We all love to see a full house. We enjoy seeing one another. Every Sunday can be like a family reunion. We love to feel like we are growing in numbers as well as in faith. We offer a hymn sing at the beginning of both services during the Summer. You’ll always be welcomed with hospitality and will have an opportunity to be inspired for the week to come.

These can be great reasons to be faithful in our attendance. But I’d like to offer three other reasons for you to consider.

Reason 3: Practice Makes Perfect

I loved playing trumpet in school. I loved singing, too. But I did not like the amount of practice that was required from my teachers. You know what? Somehow they could tell whether I practiced or if I filled in the time sheet with made-up numbers. How did they know? Because I wasn’t any better at playing or singing the song from the previous lesson time! We have this wonderful opportunity to come together and receive a lesson (and I promise each Sunday the Holy Spirit will offer us a challenge!) that we can practice throughout the week. Moving on to perfection is what we call it! If we don’t come and get a new “lesson” then we have to ask ourselves how long we can keep playing the same lesson before we stop playing or singing the Song of Life altogether.

Reason 2: Life Doesn’t Stop

Life keeps moving every day. We have new experiences that change us. Our sisters and brothers in Christ have experiences that change them. We have the opportunity to bring all of these things with us into the sanctuary each week. Someone may have a story, situation or a request that the Holy Spirit is trying to intersect with your story, situation, or request. When we’re together, God can do marvelous things in our lives. In other words, your life will change because of your willingness to worship.

Reason 1: Stay in Love With God

Perhaps you’re like me–if I’m on my own, I have a hard time carving out an appropriate amount of time to sing the praise to the One who is worthy of praise. Worship, most importantly, is the time to say thank you to God for all of the blessings in our lives. Worshiping God together reminds us how important it is to be grateful to God-from whom all blessings flow! I know that the times when I’ve let my gratitude guide my intentions in worship, I’ve found the time to be much more meaningful. Christ’s creatively transformative presence can take up residence in our gratitude and we truly can be more deeply in tune with God’s will for not just our lives but within our community of faith as well.

As your pastor, I strongly encourage you all to come together regularly to worship God. Worshiping God together gives God more to work with in our life together as a church! Grace and peace abound, dearly beloved!

Rev. Phil

Church-Wide Mission Trip to Sault Ste. Marie!

Thank you for coming to the presentation of our plans to mission this Summer from June 27th to July 3rd! We’ve filled a number of our reserved spots and we’d love to contact our partnering organization and request more! A $50 deposit to confirm your place on the trip is needed by Sunday March 15th. If you are in need of financial aid for the trip, please let us know. The cost per person for the trip is $175.

Preschool Enrollment Open Now

Are you, or someone you know, looking for a preschool for your 3, 4, or 5-year old? We are enrolling  now for September! Our curriculum includes hands-on activities that promote the common core curriculum for preschool age children. We provide a safe, learning-through-play environment. Please call Debbie @ 798-8206. Check us out on Facebook (QUMCKidz) and our website qumckidz.org.

Weeknight & Weekday Bible Study Begins February 2nd & 4th

Starting the first week of February, we will begin a yearlong Bible Study called Jesus in the Gospels (A Next Generation Disciple Series). We’ll offer the class at two separate times: Monday Evenings from 6:30-8:00pm and Wednesday Mornings from 9:00-10:30. Please let the church office know your interest and which time works for you! We will have workbooks available for each participant. Rev. Phil is very excited to begin this in-depth look at Jesus’ ministry!

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