This is Us: We Are Family [Beyond Sunday]

We are all united in the mission of making disciples, but just like people, God crafts congregations with unique hearts and gifts. DPUMC is a family. We care enough to support one another; we trust enough to hold together through disagreements; we love enough to fight for what’s most important.  [hear sermon audio]

Devotion time is crucial to your growth in faith.  Here are some resources for yours this week:

Read:

John 14:15-29

1 Corinthians 12:13-30

Reflect:

  • What did the family I grew up in teach me about relationships?

Do:

  • Get to know someone: Change your pew next Sunday, or your service, or come early. Make an opportunity to talk to people in the church you’ve never really met. Learn why they are a part of this family.

Share:

  • Share an invitation to church. Invite someone to come with you next week and experience our family.

 

[Beyond Sunday] Washed by Grace 4

Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing… Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach…He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish…

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”  A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.”  He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.

-John 21:1-19 (selected)

Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  Our need for Christ, and for a community, remains the same age to age. But the world keeps changing at an ever quicker pace and how we share the God’s grace has to change from time to time too.  The good news is God is always ready to do a new thing and call His children home.   [hear sermon audio]

 

This week, take some time to go deeper.  Ponder your own baptism, or what being baptized could mean for your life.  Read and reflect on these scriptures and questions.

Texts to read:

  • Isaiah 43:1-3, 8-14, 18-19
  • Matthew 28:16-20

Questions to ponder:

  • Who first invited you to church?
  • What difference has being a part of a church made in your life?
  • Who in your circle might need to be invited?

Do and share:

  • Invite someone to church.  Offer to pick them up or meet them at the door; to sit with them; and take them to brunch or lunch afterwards.
  • Pray about who you might intentionally mentor over the next year.