First Steps – October 19, 2020

I remember hearing a story of Mother Teresa that has always intrigued me. She was asked in an interview, “When you pray, what do you say to God?” Her response shocked the interviewer because she answered, “I don’t usually say much, but mainly listen.” The interviewer was silent for a few moments and then asked, “Okay, when you pray, what does God say to you?”  Mother Teresa answered, “Mainly He doesn’t say much but mostly listens.”  Finally, the interviewer said, “I don’t understand” to which Mother Teresa responded, “If you don’t understand, I can’t explain it to you.”

What do you believe about prayer? We often describe prayer as communication with God and God to us. Yet, in our other relationships, there are times where words are never spoken and communication occurs. For instance, there were many nights where my daughter would sit next to me on the sofa, and we might go a long time without uttering a single word. But, if you ask me if we communicated, I would wholeheartedly say, “Yes.” If you asked her, she would answer the same.

Don’t discount the importance of presence. Simply being in the presence of God can be enough.  The lesson is can we sit still long enough to communicate. Give it a try, it might surprise you.

This Week’s Readings:
  • Monday – Mark 4
  • Tuesday – Mark 5
  • Wednesday – Mark 6, Mark 7
  • Thursday – 1 Corinthians 13
  • Friday – Mark 8
Please Pray for:
  • Families in crisis.
  • Friends and family members battling illness.
  • Those seeking to find their way.
  • Teachers and students as they continue to transition.
  • The St. Paul Church family and our ministries.
  • The United Methodist Church family.
  • Our nation and our leaders.
  • The Covid-19 Pandemic.

“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

October 18, 2020 | It’s OK to Raise Your Hand

October 18, 2020 | It’s OK to Raise Your Hand

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This Week’s Service:

Prelude: “Finlandia” (Anne Walton, Piano & Wayne Martz, Organ | Recorded October 11, 2020)
Welcome / Announcements / Lord’s Prayer (Laura Marvets)
Hymn: “Come, Thou Almighty King” (Hymn 61)
Apostles’ Creed (Homer and Pam Shuler)
Sacrament of Baptism: Robert David “Bo” Bleke (Son of Michael and Campbell Bleke)
Special Music: “It Is Well” (Eric Buchanan, Connor Davis, Jay Davis, Sarah Teel, Joy Sloan, and Ken Posey)
Reading of Scripture (Guillermo, Randilynn, Maddie, James, and Christian Cornavaca)
Children Sermon (Sally Key Bowden)
Anthem: “How Firm a Foundation” (Wayne and Jeanne Martz | arr. George Keith)
Sermon: “It’s OK to Raise Your Hand” (Rev. Dr. P. Shane Green)
Hymn: “A Charge to Keep I Have” (Hymn 413)
Benediction (Rev. Dr. P. Shane Green)
Postlude: “Vater unser im Himmelreich” (Wayne Martz, Organ | Martin Luther)

Episode 5: The Discipline of Study

Episode 5: The Discipline of Study
The Celebration of Discipline

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This Week: The Discipline of Study

The Inward Discipline of Study demands that we ask ourselves this question, “What does this mean to me?” According to Foster, there are four steps involved in the Discipline of Study: Repetition, Concentration, Comprehension, and Reflection. Listen to our discussion about this Discipline.

Hosts: Tommy Bridges and John Fugh, Jr.

Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth is a spiritual guidebook explaining the twelve Spiritual Disciplines and how they can bring a person closer to God. The disciplines are divided into three groups, Inward, Outward, and Corporate. The twelve disciplines are meditation, prayer, fasting, study, simplicity, solitude, submission, service, confession, worship, guidance, and celebration. The discussion of each discipline is supported with Scriptures and scholarly quotes that help readers grow closer to God.