I've found services at the two Methodist Churches nearest me that I'll be able to attend next week on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I'm planning to attend service Christmas Eve at Old West Church in Boston, and Christmas Day at First Church, Winthrop, in Winthrop, Mass.
While the longterm problem of my work schedule remains, I'm very much looking forward to attending these services. My hope is to have some time after services to speak with the ministers and members of the congregations of these two churches to find out if there are any weekday programs (such as Men's Group, Bible Study, etc.) already in place that I might be able to attend. Or, if there are none at present, to ask if there might be an interest or possibility of beginning such a program. At any rate, I'm much more encouraged than I was a week ago.
I want to thank, again, all who responded to my last post with their suggestions and support. Your caring and concern truly mean so much. Thank you, and Merry Christmas!
Hello all. It's been a long while since I last posted here. Nothing, really, has changed since my last post in April. I'm still feeling an overall sense of unease and disconnect. I feel a bit lost, and am still trying to find my way.
My feelings of discontent seem to increase dramatically during the Holy Tides. This was so at Easter, and now in Advent with Christmas approaching my discontent seems to be ratcheting-up again. This, combined with the fact that my Mother-in-law passed away last week has me anxious and unable to sleep much. That I feel so alone spiritually, without any community, is, I believe, at the root of it.
I work every weekend, and that's not likely to ever change. Regular church attendance isn't a possibility as the two Methodist churches reasonably close to me (and the others farther afield, for that matter) have their regular services on Sunday mornings. It mightn't fix everything, but I do think I'd feel a little better if I had a church community to which I felt connected.
I'm wondering if anyone else has the problem of having a work schedule that prohibits participation in their church community? If so, how do you deal with it?
I've contacted the churches near me to ask if they will be celebrating any special services during the Christmastide that might be on a day and at a time that would be possible for me to attend. It would be wonderful if that is possible, but it wouldn't solve the longterm problem of my schedule. I also asked about any special groups (Men's Group, Study Group) they might have that I might attend. I'm hoping something might come of that. I'm still waiting to hear back from the churches.
If anyone has any other suggestions, I'd love to hear them. I've considered attending one of the local Roman Catholic churches as they have Mass every day and I could go on my days off. Maybe that would help, I don't know.
This feeling of disconnect seems to ebb and flow, but it's very heavy on me right now. I know this community isn't very active at present (none of the online communities and fora in which I participate are), but I appreciate you being here and allowing me to get this off my chest. Thank you!
why do people believe in god? can anybody give me any proof of god? how do we know that he isn't just made up and the people that made him laughed at anybody that believed the stupid stuff... how does anybody know that the bible isn't just a bunch of people, or one person, that made up a story and it is all fiction... why should anybody believe that someone came back to life and noone else in the world has ever come back to life? and if god is so almighty and all knowing why doesn't he stop war and make sin obsolete? why even have a hell... if he is so powerful why not just not allow any sin... it doesn't make sense how anybody could believe it...
what proof is there that any kind of religion or god or heaven or hell is real?
I am a recently graduated MA Pastoral Counseling student in process toward ordination as a Deacon. I wish I'd thought to post this here before today, but the UMC Young Clergy group on Facebook put out a call for bloggers who have discerned a call to ordained ministry to make a blog post about their call and put it up today (8/20). This is the message I received about it:
On Thursday, August 20, anybody who has discerned a call into ministry is invited to publish a post on what that process has been like.
What are the struggles, joys, surprises and outcomes? Who helped you along? Where are you now? What do you wish someone told you at the beginning of discernment?
We hope the outcome is two fold: *They'll be shared with young adults ages 18-24 considering a call into ministry *They'll also be helpful for young adults interested in attending Exploration 2009 this November 13-15 in Dallas
You're invited to include a link to the Exploration website (http://www.gbhem.org/exploration) and a personal invitation for young adults to attend this discerning event.
The power of community and prayer as young adults continue this discerning journey is powerful. Thanks for helping spread the word!
I just posted mine, and I'd invite any of you who have discerned a call to do so as well!
The National Association of United Methodist Scouters (NAUMS) is pleased to announce a new program of high adventure and spiritual growth for youth who are part of our United Methodist Scouting Ministry. Up to twenty boys and girls will have the opportunity to spend 12 days backpacking across Philmont Scout Ranch in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico. To prepare for this, we will gather them for three days of organizational and spiritual preparation at the John Wesley Ranch in Divide, Colorado.( Read more...Collapse )
I grew up in three different Methodist churches, and when I transferred to UTA I may have attended my parent's Methodist church, but it was my choice to attend the Wesley Foundation rather then the Canterbury Association, and I chose to go to a Methodist seminary, and pursue ordination as a Methodist pastor with all speed, rather then going to an ecumenical seminary and waiting on the ordination process. I am currently a member of Broad Street UMC, a congregation I sought out and joined of my own free will. I was thinking of all the things that my childhood formation in the Methodist tradition gave me:
1. A love for the Bible as a source of strength and comfort. I would read the Bible when I was feeling low, even during the period of HS and college when I was not a regular churchgoer.
2. A distrust of easy answers and "because the Bible says so" reasoning- for this I thank in particular First UMC in Fort Worth, which carried me through the fundamentalism of many of FUMC Irving's members (not all of them- we had a very good Sunday School teacher in 6th and 7th grade who did encourage questions and discussion, which got me through a very lonenly time in my life.)
3. A persistent identification of myself as a Christian, and a willingness to defend the reasonableness of belief in God- once again, even when I was not an active churchgoer.
4. A recognition of the importance of daily prayer- my mom, Grandma, and Grandpa always began the day with their Upper Room.
5. A love for traditional church music- and later contemporary church music as well.
6. Enough of an appreciation for what being a Christian meant that when I read in the Screwtape letters that being a Christian meant going to worship and being charitable, I realized that that was so, and that I needed to return to regular church attendance and be more generous (at the time I did not realize that that meant more then finances).