Resources from South Central Jurisdictional Clergywomen’s Workshop

Shout out to the wonderful clergywomen who participated in my Discerning and Leading from Congregational Values workshop at SCJ Clergywomen’s conference.

Below are some of the resources we talked about. These will be available until February 1, 2020. Blessings on your discernment.

This is Us: We Are Compassionate [Beyond Sunday]

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Part of DPUMC’s unique make up is that we put love into action. We believe that when the love of God is deeply rooted in our hearts, it pours out in our actions. We help others, not for glory or duty, but because it is our nature as disciples and we cannot be otherwise.  [hear sermon audio]

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

Read:

Our scripture this week is part of a larger speech. It is the last of the discourses that structure the gospel of Matthew. This week take a look at the rest of the teaching:

Matthew 24: 3-35, Matthew 24: 36-51, Matthew 25: 1-13, Matthew 25:14-30

Reflect:

  • Dorothy Day said, “I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.” Who is least for you? What actions could express compassion toward them?

Do:

  • Put it into practice: Take a sheet of paper and list our core values: Welcome, Family, Faithfulness, & Compassion. For each, write out ways you do or could put that value into action. Commit to making those values explicit in your life over the next week.

Share:

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

 

This is Us: We Are Faithful [Beyond Sunday]

God crafts congregations with unique hearts and gifts; part of DPUMC’s heart is faithfulness. We believe in growing in knowledge pushes you to grow in deeds. We show up for God and for one another and we put our values of Welcome, Family, and Compassion into action wherever we go.  [hear sermon audio]

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

Read:

Parable of the Two Sons: Matthew 21:28-32

God at work in the world: Psalm 68

Contamination by the world: 2 Timothy 3:1-9

Reflect:

  • Ask yourself daily: What specific action did I do today that reflected my faith to others?

Do:

  • Commit to Show Up: Fall is a great time to get involved in something new. Commit to spend this semester in a new space: a Bible study, with a small group of people, a service ministry, or doing regular devotions.

Share:

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

 

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.

 

This is Us: We Welcome All [Beyond Sunday]

Core values are the things that define one church from another. 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 people of welcome. We want all people to come and feel at home here. Our efforts might not always be perfect, but we try to live into our call: Because Christ welcomes us, we welcome all to a community of love.  [hear sermon audio]

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

Read:

Hebrews 13:2

Genesis 17&19

Reflect:

  • When have I needed someone to welcome and embrace me?

Do:

  • Welcome Someone New: Look around in the places you frequent this week: church, work, your favorite hangout. Find someone who needs a welcome and engage them. Learn their story and share some of yours.

Share:

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