For Christmas 2010 my husband, Pat, gave me a handwritten gift certificate as my Christmas gift. It was a certificate for a winter trip to somewhere warm (he knows I am so cold-natured and that I would love this.) So we planned and saved our money and today we returned home from 4 nights and 5 days of sitting on a beach in Jamaica.
Wished you were there.
Isn’t that what you are supposed to say!?!
Pastor Denise Honeycutt and her husband Pat Watkins are having an open house at the parsonage. All are invited! Drop in on Sunday, December 18th between 3:00 - 6:00 PM.
September 2, 2011
August really went out with a bang didn’t it? Earthquake and a hurricane - Brian said the only thing that was missing was the locust and frogs. Pat and I were on the island of Ocracoke, NC for a week’s vacation during that eventful week. Sitting by the waves we did not feel the earthquake – however a mandatory evacuation drove us off the beach on Wednesday because of the hurricane. It was an eventful vacation.
Going through ‘crises’ like these may cause us to take stock of what is really important in life. They cause us to prioritize and may cause us to consider the bigger scheme of things.
As we move into the fall we are beginning a new sermon series in which we are asking “Who Are You?” Who are you as disciples of Jesus Christ in your work settings? Who are you ten years after 9/11, who are you as you live between memory and hope? Who are you as we get back into the groove of a fall schedule; can church help you answer the basic questions of your identity? Who are you as a servant; who are you in service WITH?
Our scripture for Sunday is Matthew 5:13-20. Come and discover if you “Are the Salt Lick at Your Work?” We will be exploring what Jesus meant when he said we are to be the salt of the earth. Being a disciple of Jesus means that all of our work can be ministry work.
On Sunday we will be blessing the tools of our trade. We would like each person to bring some item or tool that represents your vocation: a hammer, a checkbook, a stethoscope, a house listing, a diaper, a cookbook, etc. If you are retired, please bring an item related to your previous work life or something that relates to how you ‘work‘ in retirement as a grandparent, a gardener, a caregiver, etc. If your vocation has a uniform associated with it please wear your uniform. We will then offer these tools and our work to God‘s service and ask God‘s blessing upon our work. Invite a neighbor to bring their tools of their trade and join us for this special service.
Yours in Christ,
Denise and Brian
It’s hard to believe that this is already the last weekend of August. Before we know it, Labor Day weekend will be here, school will be starting, and Friday afternoon traffic out of the DC area will be (slightly) less miserable. As the Summer winds down, we pray that you enjoy some moments of calm and relaxation. And, for those of you who are enjoying end-of-summer vacations, we pray that you have safe travels and a refreshing time away from your regular routine.
This Sunday will be the final Sunday of our Season of Creation. Throughout this season, we have explored the importance of honoring God’s creation as a way of honoring and worshipping God. We have explored our relationship to God, others, and the world around us; the ways in which creation itself points us towards the God who created it; and the promise that God intends for all of creation to be redeemed and resurrected to new glory.
Each Sunday during this season a different aspect of creation has helped us to focus our worship on God. So far we have worshipped God by looking through the lenses of land, forest, and air. This Sunday, we will worship God by celebrating God’s gracious gift of water. Judy Hall will be preaching on the story of Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well in John 4:7-15. We invite you to read ahead to prepare yourself for this powerful story of God’s overflowing love and look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we discover together the amazing things that God is doing in and through God’s creation.
Yours in Christ,
Denise and Brian
This week: Judy Hall will deliver the message “Come to the Water” at all three services. The scripture will be John 4:7-15.
This past Sunday, Palm Sunday we began the powerful journey through Holy Week that leads us to the joyous celebration of Easter morning. Much will happen within this week as we remember Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, his last meal with his closest friends, his arrest, trial and painful death.
Wednesday we will continue our 30 minute Lenten worship services as we examine the crosses in our individual lives. Join us for the Maundy Thursday service as we sit at table for 12 and relive the Last Supper of our Lord. On Friday we worship our Savior as we remember his death on the cross. All of these services begin at 7:00 PM and will prepare us for the glorious resurrection day.
On Saturday we will invite all the children of our community for the annual Egg Hunt. Come and join in on the fun at 10:00 AM.
Easter Sunday everyone is invited at 6:30 AM as our Senior High Youth lead us in a sunrise service. Our traditional Easter services at 8:15 and 11:15 AM and our Easter contemporary service at 9:45 AM will celebrate our Lord’s resurrection and invite us to renew our commitment to walk with the risen Christ. Invite a friend and be sure and speak to those at worship that you do not know as we welcome our community to join us for Easter.
Denise & Linda
On Wednesday of this past week, with the service of Ash Wednesday we began the season of penitence called Lent. Lent, which begins with us remembering our own mortality and will end with the climax of the resurrection, is a journey in which we are invited to a time of prayer and discernment. We are invited to examine our own sinfulness and the ways we have fallen short of living up to the full person that we have been created to be. During Lent we are encouraged to give up something or to take on a new discipline in order that we might spend intentional time in prayer and encounter Jesus anew.
“Come and See: Encounters with Jesus” will be our theme as we journey through Lent. The book of John will be our guide. Read ahead for this Sunday John 1:35-42 as we hear Jesus ask, “What are you looking for” and then he tells the disciples then and now “Come and See”.
If you have not already started using the St. Matthew’s Lenten Guide for Prayer and Discernment, please download your copy by clicking on or copying the following web address into your internet browser: http://www.stmatthewsumc.org/adultClasses.php. I trust it will be a powerful experience as we pray together as a community of faith.
See you on Sunday.
We are coming to the end of our Hypothermia Relief Mission week in which we have provided housing, food, clothing and hopefully a bit of community for some of the homeless in our area. Thank you for those who have volunteered, especially those for whom this was a stretch and pushed you a little beyond your comfort zone. You all did a great job. I hope this was not just an exercise in ‘helping the unfortunate’ but an opportunity to be in relationship, maybe even beyond friends, with folks you don’t normally connect with in your everyday life.
On Sunday I will be sharing a story or two about some of my conversations with our homeless guests as we conclude our sermon series “Following God Into the World”. Read ahead Luke 4:16-30 as we examine how Jesus understood the mission of God as one that was lived out in relationship. Jesus says that BECAUSE the Spirit of the Lord was upon him there would be good news to the poor and the most vulnerable. As followers of Jesus, when the Spirit of the Lord is upon us, our lives and relationships should result in good news for the least and the lost. It wasn’t easy for the listeners of Jesus’ day to grasp the implications of such a mission, nor is it easy for us today.
But as a community of faith, broken as we all are, we will confess our sins and have the wonderful opportunity to receive God’s grace in a powerful way as we celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. We will once again offer ourselves as a holy and living sacrifice in union with Christ’s offering for us.
We look forward to seeing you and worshiping together.
Yours in Christ,
February 18, 2011
On Sunday we begin a new three week sermon series entitled “Following God Into the World”. We will be looking at what it means for us as individuals and as a community of faith to follow this missionary God that we serve into the world. Our theology of mission as United Methodists claims that there is only one mission and it’s God’s mission. We as a community of faith and as individual followers of Jesus are to align our work and all activities with God’s mission.
On Sunday we also have the joy of receiving Blair as a new member of our congregation at our 8:15 worship service. We will also baptize 3 brothers, Isaiah, Elijah and Alexander at the 9:45 worship service as well as Jacob at the 11:15 worship service.
We hope you will be with us as we worship God and fellowship together.
Yours in Christ,
Denise & Linda