First Steps – January 24, 2022

William Tyndale translated the Bible into English during the 16th Century.  He believed every person could read and understand the scriptures if they had it written in their language.  Eventually, he gave his life for his beliefs.  In one of his sermons, he said:

Love is not the cause of forgiveness.  Forgiveness causes love.  The more we are forgiven, the more we love…but when the gospel of Christ demonstrates how God loves us first, forgives us, and has mercy on us then we love again. As the saying goes, ‘Summer is near because the tree blossom.’  The blossoms do not bring summer.  Summer brings the blossoms.

Reflecting on his sermon, I realize the order of things. Often, we think we are to generate love for others as if we have a vat of love that we simply draw from for our relationships. Unfortunately, I don’t think that vat exists—it would be nice if it did.  However, when we are loved first—the New Testament describes this love in the form of God’s forgiveness—then our heart changes to the point that love naturally flows out of that change.  

If it is difficult to love others, spend time focusing on forgiveness.  Allow God to love first, receive his love through his Spirit. Don’t worry about the relationship with others until you fully receive God’s love. Then, every other relationship will take care of itself.   

This Week’s Readings:
* Monday – Luke 21
* Tuesday – Luke 22
* Wednesday- Luke 23
* Thursday – Luke 24
* Friday- Acts 1

Prayer Requests:
* Continued Blessings in the New Year 2022!
* Strengthen the St. Paul United Methodist Church family.
* Heal those who are sick and protect those who are not.
* Give our leaders extra wisdom as they navigate this pandemic and economic uncertainty.
* Help those seeking to find their way.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.” – Philippians 4:6

At Our Contemporary Service, “It’s all about YOU, JESUS!” 🙏

You are invited to our LIVE Contemporary Service at 9AM, Sunday mornings!! We gather in our Fellowship Hall with our smiles, our coffee, and maybe a few donuts, just ready to praise HIM!! Shane is continuing a sermon series called “Be the Difference,” so please join us in worship!!
For those that are unwillingly absent, you can find the broadcast at at 9AM as well.

January 16, 2022 — “Be the Difference” Sermon Series, Rev. Dr. P. Shane Green

Worship (SPUMCColumbus)
Worship (SPUMCColumbus)
January 16, 2022 -- "Be the Difference" Sermon Series, Rev. Dr. P. Shane Green

This podcast is from our Contemporary Worship Service. The sermon is entitled “Be the Difference: When Little Is Much.”

Be the Difference Sermon Series: When Little Is Much [Worship]

Sunday, January 16, 2022
11:00 AM Traditional Worship

The Chiming of the Hour
The Welcome & Announcements by Mrs. Grace Bailey
The Cross and Flame Come to the Altar
The Prelude: “Voluntary” by John Stanley
The Hymn of Celebration: “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”
The Affirmation of Faith
The Gloria Patri
The Hymn of Preparation: “Take My Life, and Let It Be”
The Offertory Prayer
The Offertory: “O Master, Let Me Walk With You” by Robert Lau
The Doxology
The Scripture Lesson: Luke 16:1-15
The Passing of the Peace
The Registration of Attendance
The Welcome to St. Paul and Recognition of our Guests
The Children’s Moment by Rev. Dr. Shane Green
The Anthem: “Give Me Jesus” by arr. B. Harlan
The Sermon: “Be the Difference Series: When Little is Much” by Rev. Dr. Shane Green
The Hymn of Consecration: “Forth in Thy Name, O Lord”
The Flame Goes Before Us into the World
The Benediction
The Postlude: “Piece in A Flat” by Johann Froberger