Series: A Place at the Table

Slide5Lebanon UMC: creating a place at the table* for everyone

* tables of food, conversation,
decision-making, and communion

Together at Lebanon United Methodist Church, we are creating a place at the table for everyone. We believe this is God’s calling and vision for us, drawing on our gifts of hospitality and inclusion, and meeting the longing we see in our community for food and for connection.

In his ministry, Jesus often drew people together around a table: to converse together, to learn and listen, to feed physical and spiritual hunger, and to share in God’s presence. When we set a table as Jesus does, we invite people into deep community. In worship, we are setting a place for each person at every table: the communion table, the banquet table, the tables of friendship, conversation, and decision-making. We will especially recognize the tables of conversation during our Reconciling Sunday service (October 22, featuring a conversation-message with Pastor Becca and Jonathan V.), and the connection of communion with those who have gone before during our All-Saint’s worship service (November 5).

We also will come together around the table in other ways this month:

Saturday, October 14, noon – a place at the food table
          – Saturday Afternoon Lunch Together free meal for the community

Sunday, October 22, 3 p.m. – a place at the tables of conversation
– “Seeing Each Other: A Panel Discussion about Stereotypes and Their Effects”

Wednesday, October 25, 7 p.m. – a place for healing
          – prayer service for healing (you are invited to bring a picture or symbol
of someone or something in your life in need of healing)

It is God in Christ who invites all to this table—come exactly as you are.

Sermons in this series: 
October 8 – Whose Table Is It?
follow up action: Free Community Lunch Oct 14, creating space at the food table
October 15 – Guest preacher Chris T.
October 22 – 10 Years Reconciling: past, present and future (a dialogue message)
follow up acton: Seeing Each Other panel discussion, Oct 22, 3 pm
A place for healing- October 25, 7 pm, bring needs for healing to the table of grace
October 29 – Expanding the Table
November 5 – Save me a Place – Communion Table with the Saints

 

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Sermon: Caring, Sharing

Slide6“Caring, Sharing”

(September 17, 2017) One of the defining characteristics of the People of God is the compassion and care we show one another, and that this compassion is rooted and grounded in God’s love for us. In this message, we also celebrate the deep compassion our community shared with one another during and after a horrible tragedy in our region. (Leviticus 19:9-14, 18, 33-34Philippians 2:1-10)

Series: Imagine the People of God

Slide6Fall Worship Series – Imagine the People of God

“Believing, receiving, becoming God’s love, imagine the people of God.”  – Mark Miller

What does it look like to live as a community of “the people of God”? How are our lives transformed when we believe, receive, care, share, seek, and dream as God’s children?

This fall, we gather together again as the Beloved Community, the people of God. We will look at the lives and experiences of the early church as they sought to be faithful disciples of Jesus, and we will dream and vision of how we as a church can be ever-better vessels of God’s love on earth. Together we will unlock the gifts God gives us for our life together: gifts of imagination, compassion, transformation and fruition.

At Lebanon UMC, we are creating a place at the table for everyone! Join us as together we imagine better relationships, better community, a better church, and a better world!

Sermons in this series: 
September 10 – Imagination
September 17 – Caring, Sharing (Compassion)
September 24 – Transformation
October 1 – Fruition

Series: A Future With Hope

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Summer Worship Series – A Future With Hope 

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” — Jeremiah 29:11

 We ease into the summer season: a time for planting, growing, and sitting back to enjoy the fruits of hard work. As flowers, vegetables, and trees flourish in their own time and season, we are reminded that growth takes time, and that God’s timing is often much longer and more far-reaching than our own.

Have you ever been frustrated or impatient with how long it takes to grow and change as God’s people? Maybe you wish your life would turn around right now, or that there could be a “quick fix” for our congregation as we live into our mission and ministry, or that the world could instantly be filled with the hope and joy God offers. But growth takes time, and we who plant the seeds of hope and change, who nurture the tender shoots of new life, are in it for the long haul.

This summer in worship, we plant, we tend, we wait with patience, and we celebrate the promise and presence of God now, and in our future filled with hope.

Sermons in this series:
June 18 – A Future With Hope
June 25 – The Opening 
July 2 – The Planting
July 9 – The Nurturing 
July 16 – The Residing 
July 30 – The Building 
August 6 – The Bearing 
August 13 – The Sustaining 
August 20 – The Remembering 
August 27 – The Releasing 
September 3 – A Future With Hope 

Sermon: Let (it) Go

emerge series“Let (it) Go- Leaving Behind what We Don’t Need”

(May 21, 2017) Sometimes, too much change, even good change, like leaving behind oppression in Egypt, or like God conquering death in Jesus Christ, can throw us off balance. It can be hard to let go of the past, no matter what that past is like. Gently, we offer to God those things that we need to let go, like the empty shell of a chrysalis, so that we are ready to journey on. (Exodus 16:1-3, 9-12John 21:1-14)

Sermon: Unwrap & Unfold- Unbound

emerge series“Unwrap & Unfold- Unbound”

(May 14, 2017) An emerging butterfly– or human child– is strengthened by the process of breaking free. Much as we might wish we could save our children from hardship, and much as God might wish to save us, God’s children, from hardship, the struggle is part of what strengthens us so that we will one day be able to soar. Unlike moths and butterflies, we do not struggle alone. Like Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, we are surrounded by a community that struggles with us, and that aids us in the unbinding. (John 11:1-44)

 

I tried and failed to show this video clip from ABC’s show “Lost”. I described it instead, but the illustration goes faster if you have the option to watch it.

Sermon: Stir- Wake me Up

emerge series“Stir- Wake me Up”

(May 7, 2017) A brief reflection on a day when we celebrated camping Sunday still offers time to ask– when and where and how to we begin to awaken to God’s new thing? Are you falling asleep just as the story gets interesting, or are you beginning to awaken? (John 10:1-10Matthew 28:8-20)