Dear Skycrest family,
Lots of stuff to mention in this week’s message!
If you enjoyed the “What’s That?” sermon series, or if there were questions you were wondering about that didn’t get discussed… you might want to check out a video series produced by the UMC called Chuck Knows Church. They’re short, humorous videos that explain a lot of the things we see and do in church.
Last Sunday’s message wrapped up the series, taking a look at the most powerful symbol of Christian faith: the cross. I encourage you to spend a few moments in prayer this week, considering what the cross means to you. Some of the meanings I shared in the sermon were:
* the cross pardons our sins
* the cross shows us the depths of human evil, and God’s victory over it
* the cross reconciles us to one another
* the cross calls us to serve
Up next Sunday, we are doing another fun summer series partnering with NYNE Productions: The Gospel on Broadway. NYNE will be providing guest musicians each week. Each sermon will take a look at a Broadway musical and connect it with biblical and theological themes. You don’t have to particularly know or enjoy musicals to connect with the sermons; the musical is just a starting point, and the sermons will ultimately be about biblical insights for our lives today.
July 7: The Sound of Music
July 14: Newsies
July 21: Man of La Mancha
July 28: Come From Away
I know many of us, myself included, have seen the heartbreaking news of children suffering at the border. While we may not agree on the best immigration policies for our nation, we can all agree that children suffering is a tragedy. I know we all wish we could do something to help. Here are a few ideas:
UMCOR is not able to distribute hygiene kits in the detention centers, but they are distributing kits to nearby transitional shelters. You can make kits (instructions here) or donate to UMCOR directly.
Justice for our Neighbors is a United Methodist Immigration Ministry that offers legal services as well as humanitarian aid, and you can read more about how to support them on their website.
And, of course, contact your representatives to express your views, and most of all, pray for these children, their families, those working at the border, and our nation’s leaders.
Finally, there was an insert in your July newsletter that explained that our Church Council is considering a new leadership structure for our church. Many other United Methodist churches are also adopting this simplified model of governance. The goal of this change would be to streamline administrative committees, and get more people volunteering in hands-on ministry. Grab a newsletter this coming Sunday if you want to see more, or plan to attend the Q&A session about it on July 14 at 12:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
On a personal note, thank so many of you for purchasing a copy of my book of sermons, Sermons for a Modern World. The publisher’s proceeds support ministries that alleviate hunger and poverty in Tennessee.