Take a moment and recall a favorite teacher. What did you like about them? My guess is alongside of many other wonderful skills, they had the ability to tell great stories. Most of us enjoy a good story. A well-crafted tale makes us use our imaginations and experience something beyond our present reality. Stories help us to connect the dots to greater understanding and propel us to new insights. Jesus was a great teacher who brought about new understanding about God and God’s Kingdom through the art of storytelling.
This summer we will be exploring Jesus parables during our Sunday morning worship time and a theme from that Sunday’s parable during our Wednesday evening worship experience. So for example; this Sunday our gospel text and sermon will be based in Luke 15 which is the Parable of the Forgiving Father (otherwise known as the Prodigal Son). Wednesday evening worship on June 6th will focus on the theme of grace. For our sermon time we will watch a five-minute video clip from The Work of the People and then have short discussion around what the term “grace” means. Sunday and Wednesday worship services will be completely different and yet compatible. Come for one or come for both!
After worship on Wednesday evenings we will have time for some fun yard games and maybe a popsicle or two. So bring your favorite yard games and I will bring the popsicles. Let’s pray and play and have some fun!
Also, I only had one brave soul invite me to walk their neighborhood with them but the offer still stands. I would love to come to your neighborhood and walk with you and learn what you love about where you live. Call me, text me, catch me after worship and let’s go for a walk.
I would also like you to consider what the role of Vacation Bible School has on our community. In the past this has been a very strong and vibrant ministry of Bethesda. I realize we are a different society now and many of you work full time during the day. However, children still need safe, fun places to go during the day in the summer months and children definitely need to learn about God. If we are going to thrive as a community of faith, we need to be concerned for not only for our congregational children but our neighborhood children. The truth is there are many helpers that have volunteered but we need teachers. Would you please pray and consider being a teacher for VBS.? At this point in time we need six more teachers or we will not be able to have a week long VBS. We will be having a bible school meeting on Thursday June 7 at 7pm. Please consider what role God might have for you this year at VBS. Let me know if you are willing to be a part of VBS.
Monthly Prayer Activity
What you will need. – Your whole self.
Where you will need to be. – Outside or by an open window.
Go outside or open a window and sit in a comfortable location. Ask God to help you be pleasantly present. Using all your five senses experience God’s creation. Have a conversation with God about your environment. What are you experiencing at this very moment that you cannot experience at another time of the year?
Example: “There is Robin gathering things to build a nest.”
After noticing all that has been brought to your attention have a conversation with God about one of those things.
Example: God, what can that Robin teach me about You and your care for me? What nest have you provided for me? What kind of nest do you want me to provide for others? Etc.
Don’t try and control the conversation, let go where your thoughts and God take you.