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WOODRIDGE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

 

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Our Mission

We are an open and loving United Methodist Community who are: Welcoming to all, United in service toward greater social justice for all, Moving forward with understanding and acceptance of all peoples; Creating disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We provide many opportunities for you and your family to connect with God and to grow spiritually.

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May
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May 26
Saturday 6:00 PM
Weekly Prayer Meeting in Fellowship Hall.
Bonfal Hall
May
27
May 27
Sunday 9:00 AM
Join us. All are Welcome!
Sanctuary
May
27
May 27
Sunday 10:30 AM
Join us for Worship. All are welcome!
Sanctuary
May
27
May 27
Sunday 3:30 PM
This group meets weekly in the Music Room. Contact: Pastor Garcia
Music Room
May
27
May 27
Sunday 7:00 PM
AA group meets weekly in Room 5.
Standing Rock
May
28
May 28
Monday 9:00 AM
Woodridge United Methodist Church
May
31
May 31
Thursday 6:00 PM
Weekly Prayer Meeting in Fellowship Hall.
Bonfal Hall
May
31
May 31
Thursday 6:30 PM
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The Week's Sermon

Our deep dive into the Acts of the Apostles continues this week. If you thought the events in previous chapters were weird, wait until you take a look at chapter 12. Let’s see…

Peter in trouble?
Peter acting goofy?
A mysterious intervention?
An unhinged political leader?
More boundaries busted?

Check, check, check, check, and check.

It certainly is a wild ride following along as these earliest of Christians try their best to go where the Holy Spirit leads them. But, believe it or not, the above list is not exhaustive.

In what other antics did our spiritual forebears engage?
How do they manage to simultaneously seem so distant and so relevant?
Does this story connect to the larger narrative the author of Acts and the Gospel of Luke shares?
How might this story shed light on our contemporary attempts at discipleship?

To experience our responses to those questions, you’ll have to be in worship this Sunday, May 27th for Pastor Dave’s sermon, “Delightfully Stranger Things.”

But wait, there’s more! This Sunday is also the UMC’s Peace with Justice Sunday. What does that mean? Follow the link to watch the video there and in less than two minutes you’ll know. Ours is a church that strives to bring to life God’s dreams for the world: that all people can live in peace and be treated fairly.

WUMC gathers for worship on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. All are welcome!

Last Week's Sermon

Learning a New Language

This Sunday we continue our journey through the Acts of the Apostles and arrive at Pentecost Sunday! This day is the celebration of the birth of the church. We are also celebrating the 50th anniversary of The United Methodist Church. Please be sure to wear your favorite reds, oranges or yellows to represent the flames of the spirit. You might have noticed that the symbol for our denomination also includes that flame of the Spirit.

Pentecost as well as our United Methodist Church remind us that the work of the Holy Spirit cannot be confined to a certain place, time or people. It invades our lives and our comfort zones to push us toward inclusion and care for others. This has been the underlying message of the entire book of Acts and it is the message that underlies who we are as the church. But it also means that we must find ways to communicate with each other that are sometimes different than what we have been accustomed to. We might need to spend time LEARNING A NEW LANGUAGE.

Our current society and especially in our media presentations would tell us that we should be monolithic, thinking, doing and speaking one language. But our passage from chapter 2 reminds us that the early believers struggled with this same issue. But, the work of the Holy Spirit says otherwise!!! So, what do we do? Where, when, how do we learn this new way of communicating with a new language? Let’s see if we can find some ways to do that on Sunday. Join us at 9 or 10:30 a.m.. ALL are welcome!


Also, please be reminded that we have shared our space with the Irshad Muslim Prayer Ministry for several years. This is the season of Ramadan, a high and holy time of year for them. As you move in and out of the building today and throughout the next couple of weeks, let us be respectful of their presence among us. I recommend this article to you for reference from Time: http://time.com/5275786/ramadan-mubarak-greeting-date.

Reflections:

"The message of God's love, and our need to share it, remains unchanged.  Our language of love should be open to sharing in different ways and different places.  Keeping the message and intent of God's love first will help us to not be lost in translation!" - Anonymous

"'Each of us have learned to speak and hear our own language differently.' But, we all have to work on our daily understanding of 'God is Love and our responsibility is to share that Love with the rest of the world.' If we remember this message and work on it the world would be transformed! 

Think less. . . . . . Love More       Worry less. . . . . . Love More

Control less . . . .Love More        Judge less. . . . . . .Love More" - Karen M.