In last week’s conversation about “living generously,” we heard how generosity makes us feel good, and benefits the community. Since this conversation is in a church setting, the next logical question is “why give to the church?” There are so many good organizations that benefit the community, the environment, and others around the world – why choose the church? We’ll hear personal stories from church members about why they give specifically to MHUMC. Our services are now being held with in-person attendance, at 10 a.m. Sunday morning.  Today’s service is provided below in its entirety in video format. Our Scripture Reading is from Luke 21:1-4Read More →

Were you taught that it was bad manners to talk about money? It might surprise you to learn that at least ⅓ of Jesus’s parables were about money, especially how it’s used. Today’s service kicks off a 3-week series on generosity, with today’s focus on “Living Generously.” We’ll be talking about how we are stewards of our primary resources of time and money, and the good things that happen when we are generous.  Our services are now being held with in-person attendance, at 10 a.m. Sunday morning.  Today’s service is provided below in its entirety in video format. Our Scripture Reading is from 2 CorinthiansRead More →

On World Communion Sunday, we remember that regardless of nationality, we are all citizens of God’s country.  How does that perspective frame how you think about taking communion today with people of all denominations around the world?  In the United Methodist Church, we also take the occasion of World Communion Sunday to acknowledge the impact our contributions have to many students, enabling them to pursue an education that helps them reduce poverty in their communities.  Wherever we live in the world, we are all connected.  Our services are now being held with in-person attendance, at 10 a.m. Sunday morning.  Today’s service is provided below inRead More →

“Sending our thoughts and prayers.” Is this a way of avoiding taking a stand and making the changes that need to be made? How do we redeem the idea of prayer from those who have presented it as ineffectual and easy? Today we see how prayer and action are not opposites but complements in the spectrum of responding in faith. Our services are now being held with in-person attendance, at 10 a.m. Sunday morning.  Today’s service is provided below in its entirety in video format. Our Scripture Reading is from James 5:13-20 NRSV. James spends much of this book encouraging followers to have faith thatRead More →