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Our Journey to the Cross: Feb. 28, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

2/28/2018

Prayer of Presence:  Here I am as fully in your presence as I am able to be, Offering my fears, my needs, my hopes, my love, and my life. For I am yours and belong to no other. 40 Days of with Wesley by Rueben P. Job, p. 29 Scripture: Today’s reading is from Psalm 19:1-6 The heavens are telling the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard, yet ...


Our Journey to the Cross: Feb. 26, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

2/26/2018

Prayer of Presence:  Here I am as fully in your presence as I am able to be, Offering my fears, my needs, my hopes, my love, and my life. For I am yours and belong to no other. 40 Days of with Wesley by Rueben P. Job, p. 29 Scripture: Today’s reading is from Exodus 20:1-11 Then God spoke all these words: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the ...


Our Journey to the Cross: Feb. 25, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

2/25/2018

Prayer of Presence:  Here I am as fully in your presence as I am able to be, Offering my fears, my needs, my hopes, my love, and my life. For I am yours and belong to no other. (From 40 Days of with Wesley by Rueben P. Job, p. 29) Scripture: Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Mark 8:34-38 He (Jesus) called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life ...


Our Journey to the Cross: Feb. 23, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

2/23/2018

Centering Prayer: A Prayer by St. Anselm of Canterbury Teach me to seek you, and reveal yourself to me as I seek; for unless you instruct me I cannot seek you, and unless you reveal yourself I cannot find you. Let me seek you in desiring you; let me desire you in seeking you. Let me find you in loving you; let me love you in finding you. Scripture: Today’s reading is from Romans 4:18-25 Hoping against hope, he (Abraham) believed that he would become “the father of many nations,” according to ...


Ideas for sermons, ministries come from many sources

Lay Servant Ministries

2/21/2018

Those who know me, know that I read – a lot! I think I've even mentioned that on here a time or two. In the course of my reading, once in a while I even read the author’s blurb tacked on to whatever book he or she has written. Even more occasionally, the author talks about their interaction with fans. Usually this interaction involves answering fans’ questions about their work, and often the question is “where do you get all those ideas?”    The second most common question seems to be “How did ...


Our Journey to the Cross: Feb. 16, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

2/16/2018

Centering Prayer: Sit quietly for a couple of minutes and ask the Holy Spirit to be with you in this time of prayer and meditation as you seek to genuinely encounter God. Use the words of Samuel as a breath prayer as you gently breathe in and out and say, “Speak Lord, for your servant your name is listening (1 Samuel 3:10). _______________________________________________ Try the Lectio Divina Method to hear from God through scripture First Reading: Your first reading is an opportunity to get to...


Where do we go from here?

Lay Servant Ministries

2/6/2018

Lay Servant Ministry has traveled many miles in the past few years – a journey that has taken laity from a dependent, minor role in the mission of the church to recognition as a major player in making disciples. Lay Servant Ministry has moved into a leadership role in making disciples that make disciples. In order to meet the standards established by 2012 General Conference, we created and/or strengthened the district director positions and the district LSM committees in all districts in the ...


Assess your soul as you start the new year

Lay Servant Ministries

1/23/2018

The beginning of each new year is a time when I pause to do a “how is it with your soul” assessment. It is the opportunity to reflect on the precious gift of God’s grace and an opportunity “to start again” with a fresh slate by, along with God, erasing the past year’s hurts, failures and sins and to commit anew to realigning my priorities as I seek to be faithful in living into the journey of becoming the person God calls me to be.   Earlier this month, a blog by retired Bishop Kenneth Carder ...


Monsters in the dark

Lay Servant Ministries

11/29/2017

Ephesians 5:8-10 The Message (MSG) You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! The good, the right, the true — these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it. Does anyone like the darkness? Do we imagine all kinds of scary things in the darkness? Monsters under the bed? When I was a girl, my mom would ...


In Layman's Terms: Discussion with a moderator for the Commission on a Way Forward

Todd Seifert

10/27/2017

I used to think there was no more thankless job in all of The United Methodist Church than that of district superintendent. Now, I think it must be serving as a member of the Commission on a Way Forward. God bless those 32 people, especially the three bishops serving as moderators, who agreed to take on such a heavy load. That thought really hit home for me Oct. 26 when I took part in a conference call with approximately 40 communications professionals from annual conferences and other United ...


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