Centerport United Methodist Church
The Pastors' messages comes from the October issue of our monthly church newsletter - The Focus.

It is already the beginning of October. By now, everyone has settled into this new fall season. Summer vacations are over, school is in session, and the leaves are just beginning to turn those beautiful colors! It was wonderful to celebrate our Sunday School classes as well as our New Music Director, Joe Ferrante, and his beautiful family Megan, Thomas, Madeline, and Max on September 16th. Another new year beginning. Every Sunday morning, our children and youth will have an opportunity to learn so much that will help them for the rest of their lives.
 
Here are just some of the reasons our young people need to come on Sundays:


 
  • Learn about God, Jesus, and the Bible
  • Experience the love of Jesus in the caring presence of the church family

  • Discover how faith can make their lives so much better
  • Nurture and develop their own faith
  • Hear stories about being in loving service to others
  • Participate in loving service to others
  • See evidence that God is an important part of the daily lives of caring adults
  • Learn to work together with others
  • Practice appreciating and caring for God’s world
  • Develop self-esteem based on being loved for who they are and knowing themselves to be beloved children of God
  • Learn to understand and express their feelings of love and compassion
  • Have fun in a caring, supportive environment
  • Develop meaningful relationships with caring adults and other young people
  • Develop a life-long relationship with God
  • Learn to prayLearn the best answer to any children’s sermon is “Jesus!” – which is not a bad answer to most questions in life
In fact, if we were really honest with ourselves, these reasons for young people to come to church also apply to us as well. Since we are all on a journey, we need to come to a place to worship God, to be in community with others, to struggle, to celebrate, to laugh, to cry, to pray with, to grow with and to share. What better place to be on Sunday mornings?
 
This year, we are off and running, I know the Holy Spirit has some big, exciting plans for us! So hang on to your hats and come along for the ride. It will be so interesting to see where the Spirit leads us. Please invite your friends, colleagues, neighbors, and family members to join us for church, Sunday School, and any events we have. We will be doing more and more to reach out into the community to welcome others to join us, but the way that always works the best is through each one of you! Come join us for World Communion Sunday, October 7th, and every Sunday this season. You will not want to miss it!
God bless you.


Pastor Roy        

 


Greetings My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

   We are entering the month of October, in a little while it will begin to become dark earlier, there will be a bit of a chill in the air, leaves will turn color, and we will sit and ponder all the things we said we were going to do this summer but somehow never got around to. Soon we will enter the season of autumn… but do you know what today is?                           “24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalm 118:24 KJV

 

This is Today…not yesterday…not tomorrow…It is Today, which is the present because it is a gift from God. God made Today and God has given us the opportunity to experience what is His creation. Today you opened your eyes. Today you have the breath of life running through your lungs. You are alive…Today!

 

And do you know what we are supposed to do with this glorious present?

 

We are called to: REJOICE and Be Glad In It!

 

We won’t cry about what happened yesterday. We won’t beg for what we feel we need to happen tomorrow. We will take Today as our opportunity to experience all that God has provided for us in this thing called life, and we will be glad for the opportunity. We will Rejoice in the opportunity to move, to breathe, to share with others, to receive Grace, to Give Grace, to feel the Peace of God and to share it with others, to Love…and to be Loved!

 

There is something else we need to realize about Today: Today may not be filled with the events or occurrences that you think you need. Today may be a day faced with challenges. Today may be a day where you deal with frustrations. But understand this my Brothers and Sisters: It is Today…and it is the Day which God has made for Us!

 

In life, we learn from challenge, we grow from dealing with our disappointment, we gain wisdom from addressing the roots of our frustrations, and we move on, we move forward as we grow and develop into stronger, wiser and better individuals. God’s children, who are more equipped for service to the Lord and for service in The Lord’s Kingdom!

 

“My Hope is built…on nothing less…than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame…but wholly lean on Jesus’ name On Christ…the Solid Rock I stand…all other ground is sinking sand…All other ground is sinking Sand!”

 

Your Hope is built on nothing less that Jesus. Your Hope is built on the sharing of His Blood for you! Your Hope is built on the righteousness that was demonstrated as he walked and talked and taught amongst mankind while He was on the Earth.

But what exactly is Hope? Hope is trustful expectation…particularly with reference to the fulfillment of God’s promises; Hope is anticipation of a favorable outcome under God’s guidance; Hope is confidence that based on what God has done for us in the past, Hope guarantees our participation in what God will do in the future. This Christian definition is in stark contrast to the definition of Hope in the secular world…where Hope is “a feeling that what is wanted will happen”

 

As Christians we live in hope because we know what God has done in Jesus Christ through the resurrection. We live with hope and as a result we 

live in the present with confidence and face the future with courage. We understand that the hope that we have is a gift from God and it serves as our anchor. Our Hope is strengthened by Our Faith!

 

   To be a Christian is to have Faith which is: The acceptance of Christ’s lordship (His God-given, absolute authority). A personal relationship with God, that determines the priorities of one’s own life. A relationship of Love, built on Trust and Dependence. “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2Corinthians 5:7). The personal conviction of Faith is what encourages Christians to continue Hoping for the fulfillment of the promises of God.

Thus Hope and Faith…have an interdependent relationship in our lives!

 

We will come into situations that tempt us to rely on man, but as Christians we must hold on to our Faith, lean on it, use it for our support, and place our trust in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

“On Christ…the Solid Rock I stand…all other ground is sinking sand…All other ground is sinking Sand!”

 

A foundation of a building that is constructed on sand…will never be able to support that building. As Christians we are blessed with a strong solid foundation for our beliefs, for our actions, for how we are to go about living our lives. And that Solid Foundation is Jesus Christ…and turning to anything else for your support is futile…it’s sinking sand…it cannot and will not support you! You have to stand on Christ!

 

Today is the Day that the Lord has made…Rejoice, Be Glad in it…and move forward…

 

Seek out a relationship with God or Strengthen Your Current Relationship with God. Look and Learn from the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and lean on them to help you develop a strong, Faith Based relationship with God. A relationship of Hope, of Courage, of Strength of Purpose…all because of the Strength of Faith! Learn about our God, His Will and Purpose for us, and you will fall in love with Jesus…It will be the Best Thing You Have Ever Done!

 

Brother Wayne Redman
Certified Lay Minister