Read II Samuel 1: 1-15 and consider the questions  below as you listen to the message.

1. Think about love in your life. Who gave it freely and who made you work for/earn it? Were you aware of it at the time? How did each make you feel?
2. Consider the difference in love and desire.
3. Where do you most struggle with temptation?
4. What makes for real and lasting love?

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Isaiah 43: 16-21

Questions for Reflection: 

  1.  Considering the Isaiah text, upon whom does God’s favor rest? The ‘elect’ or ‘chosen?’  Who/what determines the elect? Is this text as exclusive as it sounds?
  2.  Consider the root causes of our current immigration crisis. What would need to change and where in order to address these issues? Whose responsibility is it?
  3.  What has been the greatest learning or surprise to you during this five-week study?   Where did you feel most anxious? Inspired?
  4.   In view of all you had heard or previously studied on this complex immigration issue, describe a faithful Christian response (s). How might you be part of ‘a way in the wilderness’ for the ‘strangers or ‘displaced’ among us? What might sidetrack you?
  5. What next steps might the church take to increase knowledge about the Immigration crisis and/or provide forums of action for those who choose it? What might interest you?

Persistant Questions for Reflection:

1. If you had to argue an alternate view of immigration to your own, what steps would you take? What would be most difficult for you in this exercise and why?
2. As you consider the reasons people migrate/emigrate/immigrate what might you add to the list? Under what circumstances might you pick up and leave?
3. What is a stake for you around this complex issue of immigration?

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Matthew 25: 31-46

Questions for Reflection:

  1. When and where did you first learn about the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church? (UMC)
  2. How does your belief square with the UMC official position on immigration? If not in agreement, how might you tweak or rewrite it?
  3. Reflect on how decisions are made in the UMC about social issues and your feelings about that process.
  4. What sources inform your position on immigration and other social issues in the world? Scripture? Church tradition? Experience? Reason? Other? Upon which do you most heavily rely and why?

 

 

graphic credit: http://dev.umc-gbcs.org/faith-in-action/social-principles-and-the-economic-community

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Read Luke 10: 29-37; Ephesians 2: 11-19 and consider the questions below.

Questions for Reflection

  1. Who is my neighbor and what is required of me in relationship to him/her?
  2. Talk about the purpose of fences/walls.
  3. When do the laws of ‘man’ supersede those of grace and vice versa?

Persistent Points for Reflection:

  1. If you had to argue an alternate view of immigration to your own, what steps would you take? What would be most
    difficult for you in this exercise and why?
  2. As you consider the reasons people migrate/emigrate/immigrate what might you add to the list? Under what circumstances might you pick up and leave?
  3. What is a stake for you around this complex issue of immigration?<br><br><br>

Graphic from www.whiteopinion.com

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Genesis 12: 1-3, Deuteronomy 10: 16-19, Isaiah 1: 16-17

Questions for Reflection:

  1. Talk about the inscription on the Statue of Liberty and how/when it came to be. What does it mean to you? What does it mean today and who decides?
  2. If we took today’s sermon texts seriously, what would it ask of us? What’s at stake?
  3. What steps would you take if you had to argue another point of view besides your own on the issue(s) of immigration?

 

Image Credits: “Their coming to America” By Dooley
http://mcriotenglish3.wikispaces.com/Italian+American+Artwork

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Music Fest

Psalm of Praise     

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty firmament!
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his surpassing greatness!

Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!

Praise him with clanging cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

(Psalm 100: 1-2; Psalm 150)

Standing On the Promises by R. Kelso Carter
Performed by the LOUMC Sunday School Singers

Thanks to Our Musicians
Nan Olson, SPRC

Scripture Reading and Special 2020 VISION Announcement
Rev. Michelle McKinnon-Young and Jeff Mattern, 2020 VISION Chair

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