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On being a district director of Lay Servant Ministry

Lay Servant Ministries


Since having taken early retirement from the insurance industry (required, for self-sanity!) this has left me with time for things I once could not do, and being Lay Leader at Colby, Kansas, United Methodist Church for the past 25 years (“member of everything and chairperson of nothing”... the way I like it!) has left me thinking that serving in some way beyond the local church could be “interesting”. I was right.   I could name names to blame for how I got here (!) as your new Hays District ...

Our Journey to the Cross: March 31, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.


PRAYER Merciful and ever-living God, Creator of heaven and earth: As the crucified body of your Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy day, grant that we may await with him the dawning of the third day as he promised, and rise with him in newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.   READING 1 Peter 4:1-8 – Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same intention (for whoever has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin), so as to live for ...

Our Journey to the Cross: March 30, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.


The Twelfth Station: Jesus Creates a New Family John 19:25-27 Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.”  Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.   The Thirteenth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross Luke ...

Our Journey to the Cross: March 29, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.


The Tenth Station: Jesus is Crucified Luke 23:33-4, 47 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his clothing. When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent.”   The Eleventh Station: Jesus Promises Paradise to a Fellow Sufferer Luke...

Our Journey to the Cross: March 28, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.


The Seventh Station: Jesus Takes Up the Cross Mark 15:20 After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.   The Eighth Station: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus to Carry His Cross Luke 23:26 As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.     The Ninth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem Luke 23:27-31 A great...

Answers to your Lay Servant Ministries questions

Lay Servant Ministries


Recently I have answered several questions about Lay Servant Ministries. These inquiries have led me to share some of the information found in my responses to them. Question: Why should I be trained in Lay Servant Ministry? Answer: Effective lay ministry is intentional, with oversight by the local pastor. The best way to find out how to serve in this way is to attend a Basic Lay Servant Ministries class to help you discern God’s call. This course is required of all lay servants who wish to be ...

Our Journey to the Cross: March 16, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.


Prayer of Presence: Spirit of the Living God, free my mind from error, teach my heart the living words of Jesus, and inspire my lips to share the Good News, in the name of the Blessed Trinity. Amen. (Adapted from a Prayer of Illumination, North United Methodist Church)   Scripture: Today’s reading is from Hebrews 5:5-10 So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”; as he also says in ...

Spring is just around the corner

Lay Servant Ministries


As we all know, spring is just around the corner. Also, Easter is just around the corner. As I look out my window today, I see some snow and lots of wind. It doen’t feel much like spring. But just two days ago it was warm and sunny, so I was out looking at my garden plot thinking about what I was going to plant in a few weeks. I was full of hope and desire to get started planting, watering, and weeding my next garden. I had to stop and remind myself that it was just March 1, and we still could ...

Our Journey to the Cross: March 14, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.


Prayer of Presence: Almighty God, in you, is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Open my eyes that I may see the wonders of your Word; and give me the grace that I may clearly understand and freely choose the way of your wisdom; through Christ my Lord. Amen. Scripture: Today’s reading is from Psalm 119:9-16 How can young people keep their way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; do not let me stray from your commandments. I treasure your word...

Our Journey to the Cross: March 13, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.


Prayer of Presence: Tender Shepherd, bring to my awareness your constant companionship, to my weariness your matchless strength, to my brokenness your healing touch, and to my joy your blessing. Amen. Scripture: Today’s reading is from Psalm 51:1-12 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. ...

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