Campbell UMC-Mail for July 23, 2008
Worship for July 27th.
The sermon this week will be “What You Can, Where You Are” by Andy Bryan. Andy has a couple of surprises (remember his “sacred songs” two weeks ago?”) this week so come by and join in our worship. The scripture is from Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52. We will be celebrating a New Member and a Baptism during the 8:20 service.
I got a crown up in’ a that kingdom – ain’t-a that good news!
I’m a’gonna lay down this world, gonna shoulder up’a my cross,
Gonna take it home to my Jesus, ain’t-a that good news! – traditional spiritual
The Gospel according to Matthew contains more than forty references to the Kingdom of Heaven or some linguistic variation thereof. John the Baptist announces it first in chapter three, and Jesus echoes John’s proclamation one chapter later: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
The Greek word translated in most versions of scripture as “kingdom” is basileia (Βασιλεία), and it means not only the territory ruled but maybe more specifically the dominion, authority, or sovereignty to rule. That’s why I prefer the word “reign,” it gives a fuller sense of the word’s meaning. Jesus came to inaugurate the reign of God in the world.
This Sunday, we’ll focus on a couple of the parables of Jesus recorded in Matthew chapter 13 that discuss the reign of God. From a tiny mustard seed, a great shrub grows; with a bit of yeast, a great amount of dough is leavened. How does something so small and insignificant have such a big and momentous effect?
And what might that teach us about our gifts, which at times seem so small and piddly? Could it be that if we give our small, piddly gifts, it might make a momentous difference somehow? Maybe even a “reign of God” kind of difference?
The title of a book I saw recently turned out to be better than the book itself. It’s called, “What on Earth Are You Doing, For Heaven’s Sake?” (Read it out loud a couple times.) Jesus announced that the kingdom of heaven is here – now – all over the place! And ain’t-a that good news?
See you in church, Andy B.
Dear Campbell UMC,
We’d like to say a special thank you to all of you who have so graciously opened your homes to host a “get to know the new pastor” event. We are having such a wonderful time talking with so many of you in a less structured, more intimate setting. What a great way to begin getting to know everyone.
Thank you, The Bryan Family
What’s New on the Website?
It’s not there yet, but we will be putting the music and some of the testimony from Biker Sunday on the CamBlog within a day or so; there are a couple of technical issues to be solved first. You will find them under “Worship – Sermons” and “Worship-Music.”
This is the last week for our “Christmas in July” toy drive. You can find the wish list for Christmas in July on the CamBlog and in this week’s newsletter. Bring an unwrapped toy and put it under the tree in the hall outside of the sanctuary so we can help Crosslines help others in December.
What’s Happening! The Campbell Calendar has a complete listing of all activities.
July 27th is Campbell Day at Republic Aquatic Center. There are some spots left for this great time of fun in the sun. The signup is in the Hospitality Room but if you cannot come in please send an email to Kris Keller (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Melissa Dodd (email@example.com). Cost is $5.00 per person with children under 2 years free.
The Beth Moore Live Simulcast is Friday August 1st and Saturday August 2nd at the Evangelical Free Church. You can sign up in the Hospitality Room or by sending an email to Melissa Dodd (firstname.lastname@example.org). Cost for the two day session is $25.
Campbell’s UNO’s Singles Group will meet at Scrambler on Republic Road for brunch on July 27th following the 3rd worship service. Call Sue Brokaw (889-0283) if you wish to attend.
Committee Meetings. (These are open to all members of Campbell UMC unless noted.)
Monday, July 28th, Church Council will meet in the Hospitality Room.
The Middle School Youth will be leaving at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30th for their Mission Trip to the Harvester’s Community Food Bank in Kansas City.
We are no longer accepting applications for Assistant Director of Small Wonders. We had some great candidates and have filled the position.
We are, however, accepting applications for Small Wonders teachers. Our preferred applicants will have a degree or coursework in elementary education and/or early childhood development and some experience in a preschool or daycare setting. If you have an interest in working in a dynamic Christian preschool environment where you’ll find enjoyment in helping young minds grow, please contact Jacquie Mais (881-2018 or email email@example.com) for more information.
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