2016.01.06 23:43:47

          I Know You!

                Order of Worship, Audio

 

Dear Friends,


Writer Debi Thomas writes about how in Celtic Christianity, Epiphany stories are stories of "thin places" - places where the boundary between the mundane and the eternal becomes permeable. In such instances, God parts the curtain, and we catch glimpses of God’s love, majesty, and power.   The baptism of Jesus is one of these ‘thin places.”  Thomas goes on to describe how Jesus “stands in line with us at the water's edge, willing to immerse himself in shame, scandal, repentance, and pain — all so that we might hear the only Voice that can tell us who we are and whose we are in this sacred season.”  

 

As we come to worship this Sunday, we will hear the story of Jesus’ baptism from the gospel of Luke. And hearing that story, we will be invited to remember the meaning of our own baptism so that we too will be reminded that we belong to God who claims us as God’s own. Our scripture for this Sunday is Luke 3:15-22.

 

Martha
Rev. Martha Wingfield 






Tags:



2015.12.23 17:41:14

          The Other Wise Man

                Order of WorshipAudio

 

Dear Friends,

 
This Sunday, we begin the season of Epiphany. The white and gold of Christmas which shined a bright light of new life on our world now shifts to green that represents the fresh experiences or epiphanies resulting from God actively living in our midst. It is a season of growth in faith and wonder. Epiphany is marked by the arrival of the three magi who come bearing precious gifts to honor the baby king. W.H. Auden, in his Christmas Oratorio, mixes the details of that story up a little bit by suggesting that the wise men came not only to give gifts but were seeking something for themselves as well.
 
The first sought Truth:
      "To discover how to be truthful now is the reason I sought the star."
The second sought Life:
     "To discover how to be living now is the reason I follow this star."
The third wanted the Way:
     "To discover how to be living now is the reason I follow the star.'
 
He is the Way. Follow Him through the Land of Unlikeness;
     You will see rare beasts, and have unique adventures.
He is the Truth. Seek Him in the Kingdom of Anxiety;
     You will come to a great city that has expected your return for years.
He is the Life. Love Him in the World of the Flesh;
     and at our marriage all its occasions shall dance for joy.
 
In worship on Sunday morning, we will focus on Matthew 2:1-12 and begin our year sharing in the sacrament of Holy Communion. The sermon is not really a sermon. I am going to share an old story called "The Other Wise Man."
 
May the light of Christ shine on you.
 
Martha
Rev. Martha Wingfield 

Tags:



2015.12.23 17:35:38

          A Brand New Start

                Order of WorshipAudio


Dear Friends,

 

A New Year begins.  It's almost like getting a new slate.  In biblical terms; "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" (2 Corinthians 5:17)

The New Year is more than a means of counting time.  It is also a reminder that we can start anew. That life renews itself and we can begin again.   This Sunday we will look at a story in Luke.  I love this story.  Simeon waits, as we have done all through Advent, for the Christ.  And when he sees him, something new has come and there is a new beginning.

We as a church begin a new year together and have no idea what we as a community will face or be able to accomplish.  As individuals we have no idea what we will face or be able to accomplish.  We, collectively and individually move into this new time.  What we have, both collectively and individually, is the promise that God will never leave us nor forsake us.  What we have is the assurance of God's presence no matter what lies in front of us.  Emerson is credited with writing,  "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."  What is within us is God's Spirit.

This Sunday join me as we examine a story in Luke of a promise made and a promise relied upon.  A man and woman who trusted and saw the fulfillment of the promise.  God with us...God within us.  Join us this Sunday and bring a friend as we look at this story of promise kept and a new beginning of living as people of promise.   


See you Sunday,


Greg

Rev. Greg LaDue


Tags:



2015.12.22 22:17:07

Family Christmas Eve Service 3:30 and 5:00 pm

The Extradorinarily Ordinary Birthday


Candlelight Christmas Eve Service 6:30 and 8:00 pm

Christmas Within Us


Tags:



2015.12.17 20:44:06

          The First Christmas Carol

                Order of Worship, Audio


Dear Friends,


Our journey through Advent has taken us from the far reaches of a stirred up cosmos to the wilderness of John the Baptist to now the seclusion of a teenage girl’s encounter with an angel. And it is in her humble voice that the message of God’s hope for the world is revealed. Mary’s Magnificat speaks of a world turned upside down – where a new era of justice and peace will break into our world with the cry of a newborn baby in Bethlehem. The scripture for this week is Luke 1:39-55 and the sermon is entitled, “The First Christmas Carol.”

 

See you Sunday,

 


 

Martha

Rev. Martha Wingfield


Tags:



2015.12.10 16:50:04

          Come Darkness.  Come Light.

                Order of Worship, Audio


 

Dear Friends,

  

"What's with the pink candle on the Advent Wreath?" Why in the midst of our purple season of reflection and anticipation do we on the third Sunday light a bright pink candle? The reason is that the third Sunday is referred to as Gaudate or Rejoice Sunday.  As we pass the midway point of our Advent waiting, we get a glimpse of the joy that will be ours on Christmas day. It is sort of like peeking at the gifts under the tree or anticipating the reunion that comes at the end of the journey.  It is sort of like saying, "We're almost there and it is going to be wonderful."

 

The scriptures for this Sunday allude to the soon to be realized joy that comes when God enters our lives in the baby Jesus. The scriptures for this week are Philippians 4:4-7 and Isaiah 12:2-6 and the title of the sermon is "Come Darkness. Come Light."

 

This Sunday, I will introduce our next all church outreach event taking place on January 16th. On that Saturday, 100 volunteers will gather and package 22,464 meals for people in need in developing countries through the Stop Hunger Now relief organization. The cost of this event is $6,500, which works out to .29 a meal. A gift of $20 will feed 70 people.  Thanks to your generosity in the Forward in Faith stewardship campaign, one third of this event will be underwritten by our 2016 budget. The remainder will be raised through our donations. If you are looking for a worthy cause for a special year end gift, I highly recommend your support of this project. Greg LaDue and I have both participated in these events in the past and they are unforgettable. You may sign up for this event or make a donation of support at the Stop Hunger Now table on the patio Sunday mornings.  You may also sign up for this event by clicking HERE.  More details will come in worship in the coming weeks.


See you Sunday, 

 

Martha

Rev. Martha Wingfield


Tags:



2015.12.03 15:52:49

          The Harbinger

                Order of Worship, Audio

 

Dear Friends,

 

Our scripture for this week (Luke 3:1-6) includes these words from Isaiah:


The voice of one crying in the wilderness:

"Prepare the way of the Lord;

make His paths straight.

Every valley shall be filled

and every mountain and hill brought low;

the crooked places shall be made straight

and the rough ways smooth;

and all flesh shall see the salvation of God."

 

In the second week of Advent, I had been focusing on the second line of the passage, "Prepare the way for the Lord."  But then, I turned on the news and saw the reports of the carnage in San Bernardino. Senseless killings at a holiday party, suspicions of terrorism, and weapons of war being used against co-workers.


After this latest event, my reading of the scripture changes focus and the first line stands out. "A voice crying out in the wilderness..."


This Advent, with three mass shootings - Paris, the Planned Parenthood office in Colorado and now San Bernardino - occurring within the span of two weeks, I suggest that we, as citizens and as members of the human family are "crying out in the wilderness." Perhaps we are, in our collective despair, at a point where words don't suffice and prayers of lament are the most honest responses to the brokenness in our world.


The preaching of John the Baptist included a two-fold message - repent and prepare. As we come together in worship on Sunday, let us be led by the Spirit to be witnesses to the message of peace and hope that can lead us from darkness to light. 

 

See you Sunday,


Martha
Rev. Martha Wingfield

 



Tags:



2015.11.24 22:23:15

          The Light in the Darkness

                Order of Worship, Audio

 

Dear Friends,


The signs are popping up all around us. Street light banners of gold tinsel are being hung on our main thoroughfares.  More and more Christmas lights appear as the dark of evening sets in along the streets of my neighborhood. Christmas songs play on the radio and peppermint stick ice cream is now available in the market.  These are just some of the secular reminders to me that Christmas is coming.  But these signs are “small potatoes” compared to what Luke says is on its way:  There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and stars.  On the earth, there will be dismay among nations in their confusion over the roaring of the sea and surging waves… (Luke 21:25-36).


That is our invitation to the season of Advent. The coming of the Messiah has cosmic consequences – even the sun, the moon and the stars will indicate that it is preparation time.  Despite this week’s rather foreboding scriptural context, Advent is a time for preparation and faithful anticipation of what Christ’s coming into our world can mean for each of us. It is good news for the hopeful and a time of exciting expectation.  For as we journey through the dark of Advent, we know that we will arrive, in due time, under the one star that shines its light down on the manger in Bethlehem.


I look forward to traveling this Advent journey with you.


In Christ, 

 

Martha 

Rev. Martha Wingfield



Tags:



2015.11.19 15:52:44

          The Dream of the Table

                Order of Worship, Audio


 Dear Friends,

I've got a roof over my head

I've got a warm place to sleep

Some nights I lie awake counting gifts

Instead of counting sheep

 

I've got a heart that can hold love

I've got a mind that can think

There may be times when I lose the light

And let my spirits sink

But I can't stay depressed

When I remember how I'm blessed

 

I feel a hand holding my hand

It's not a hand you can see

But on the road to the promised land

This hand will shepherd me

Through delight and despair

Holding tight and always there

 

It's not that I don't want a lot

Or hope for more, or dream of more

But giving thanks for what I've got

Makes me so much happier than keeping score

 

In a world that can bring pain

I will still take each chance

For I believe that whatever the terrain

Our feet can learn to dance

Whatever stone life may sling

We can moan or we can sing

 

In this song called, "Grateful," by John Bucchino, the author sings of his blessings. In the midst of life's difficulties, he remembers the things that matter the most and that carry him through the rough patches. Thanksgiving is our national day of reflection and remembering those "things that matter most." As we gather on Sunday, our scriptures call us to remember the blessings of the past, most particularly the blessing of God's presence with us. The scriptures are Psalm 126, Joel 2:21-27 and the title of the sermon is "The Dream of the Table."


Giving thanks often leads us to want to give back and in this edition you will note the "Giving Tuesday" announcement. I received an update that the United Methodist Church is at 90% of our Imagine No Malaria goal of 75 million dollars. Our congregational goal is $12,000 and we are at 82%. As we are on the "home stretch" of this great effort, every gift will make a difference in achieving both goals. Thanks to someone's great generosity, every gift made online through The Advance at: www.umcmission.org/give on December 1, 2015 will be matched up to $1 million. If you give online, there is a box that allows you to identify your congregation. Scroll down and find our church and your gift will be credited toward meeting our SCUMC goal.

 

See you Sunday,


Martha 

Rev. Martha Wingfield 



Tags:



2015.11.12 18:10:57

          The Courage to See

                Order of Worship, Audio


 

Dear Friends,


This week's scripture comes on the heels of a text we looked at a couple of weeks ago. In chapter 10 of Mark, two of Jesus' disciples, James and John, approached Jesus for a favor. Jesus asked them, "What do you want me to do for you?" They came up with basically an "I want to go to Disney World" type of request. They asked Jesus for favors in heaven. In today's text, a blind man is asked the same question and his answer shows that, between the three of them, he is the only one who truly sees. The text this week is Mark 10:46-52 and the title of the sermon is "Courage to See."

 

We celebrated the conclusion of our Forward in Faith Stewardship Campaign last Sunday with Jan Pruett's announcement that we have surpassed our pledge goal this year. I so enjoyed working with Jan on this year's campaign and I know you share my appreciation for her steady, optimistic and inspiring leadership. She will give a final report with the latest pledges included at the All Church Conference on Monday, November 16th at 6:30pm. If you would like to join us for the potluck dinner at 5:45pm, please bring a dish to share. Childcare is available by reservation.

 

See you Sunday, 


Martha 

Rev. Martha Wingfield 



Tags:



2015.11.03 22:24:06

 

          Get It Right

                Order of Worship, Audio


Dear Friends,


"Don't do as I do, do as I say."  That is one of my father's favorite proverbs.  He wanted us to do as he did and be obedient to his words, but at times his behavior conflicted with what he demanded of us.   Whenever we have an incongruence with someone's words and their behavior, we look to the behavior as the real information.
 
This week we examine Jesus telling us to change our behavior in dramatic ways.  Ways that challenge the behavior and conventional wisdom of his day and ours.  He really does want us to do as he does.  Do we want to?  Jesus calls us to "be perfect" and gives us standards in which to be measured.  Loving those we find least loveable...sometimes finding ourselves among them.
 
Being a follower means shifting how we see ourselves and others.  It isn't easy, but it is the difference between being in the world and not part of it.  Join me this Sunday as we examine what it means to "be perfect."

 

The scripture for the day is Matthew 5:38-48 and the title of the sermon is Get It Right.

 

See you Sunday, 


Pastor Greg

Rev. Greg LaDue



Tags:



2015.10.28 22:10:15

 

          All the Way to Heaven

                Order of Worship, Audio

 

 

Dear Friends,

 The saints are standing row on row

 engulfed in light and peace,

 stand face to face with God their King

 whose love will never cease.

 

King David sings with harp and lyre

 he's cantor of the town,

 and Mary sings Magnificat

 before her lowborn son.

 

Now Simeon begins his song

 with tambourine and drum 

while Miriam and Hannah

sing ta-rum, ta-rum, ta-rum.

 

And Luther sings just like a swan,

 while John Sebastian Bach,

 the great, great Bach directs the choir . . .

 

There's Louis Armstrong with his horn

 and Israel with its psalms. 

The pious take their usual place

 and gravely wave their palms.

 

From every nation they have come

 to sing in this great choir,

 their music raises up to God 

whose face is like a fire.

 

Author unknown, translated from the Dutch by Gracia Grindal.

 

All Saints Day is the church's Memorial Day. Traditionally, it is celebrated on either the Sunday before or after November 1st; this year we worship on the very day. All Saints Day began as a day to honor Christians who were martyred in the Roman persecutions. Over time, it has been transformed into an opportunity to honor all departed Christians. However, when you study the Bible you will see that saints are not those who have died, but those who aspire to lead a holy life. A saint is someone whose life reflects the goodness and joy of God. Their lives are not characterized by perfection and purity, but by fidelity to God and compassion to others.

 

In worship, we name those whom we have lost this year and celebrate that they reside now in a place of peace and wholeness and joy in the company of God. The scripture for this week is Revelation 5:11-14.

 

In the name of Christ, whose love will never cease, 


 

Martha

 

Rev. Martha T. Wingfield



Tags:



2015.10.22 15:12:10

          Forward in Faith

                Order of WorshipAudio


Dear Friends,
O God, you are my God, and I will ever praise you.
I will seek you in the morning, and I will learn to walk in your ways;
and step by step you'll lead me, and I will follow you all of my days.
 
We gather this Sunday to dedicate our Forward in Faith pledges for 2016. This is a high moment for our fellowship as we bring together our gifts in affirmation of the ministry of our church. The guiding image for this lively campaign has been a boot print symbolizing taking a step forward in faith as we look to the future with hope, expectation and joy. The scripture for the day is Philippians 3:4b-14 and the title of the sermon is Forward in Faith.
 
I'll see you Sunday, 
 
Martha
Rev. Martha T. Wingfield

Tags:



2015.10.15 14:43:23

          The Widow's Might

                Order of WorshipAudio


Dear Friends,

 

I am going to present this week's scripture to you as a riddle. Here it is: What text in the Gospel of Mark could rightly be titled "Pretentious Pretenders Pressuring Penurious Pensioners?" Here's another clue. This story is often thought to be about giving but it really is about trust. If you need another clue, look in chapter 12.

 

This is going to be a great Sunday in worship. The Celebration Choir is singing, the Bell Tones are ringing and the Wiggling Worshipers are...well,...wiggling.

 

I look forward to seeing you,

 

Martha

Rev. Martha T. Wingfield


Tags:



2015.10.08 15:27:37

          Calling "Shotgun!"

  Order of Worship, Audio


Dear Friends,


This week, our scripture passage is another episode on the journey to Jerusalem that began in chapter 8. On the way, Jesus teaches his disciples by word and deed about the life of discipleship. However, it seems that the more Jesus reveals to his disciples about who he is and what claims that makes on their lives, the more confused the disciples appear to be with his teachings.   Our scripture for this week is a clear example of their spiritual blindness. Early on in chapter 3, Jesus gives the Zebedee brothers, James and John, the nickname of "sons of thunder." In our passage for this Sunday, Mark 10:35-45, a more apt title would be "Sons of Blunder." After Jesus speaks to his disciples about his impending suffering and death, James and John see this as an opportunity to secure their own salvation by asking Jesus if he will save them a good seat in heaven. Jesus corrects the self-seeking brothers with a teaching about true greatness. The title of the sermon is Calling "Shotgun!"

 

In Christ,

 

Martha

Rev. Martha T. Wingfield



Tags:



2015.10.01 16:44:49

        The Welcome Table

                Order of Worship, Audio


Dear Friends,


This Sunday is the kick-off of our Forward in Faith Annual Stewardship Campaign. The campaign theme is based on our guiding scripture from Philippians 3:12-14, "Because Christ Jesus has made me his own, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."  “Pressing on toward the goal..” is the journey of faith that we live out individually and as a congregation. 

 

The chairperson of our "Forward in Faith" campaign is Jan Pruett and I am very excited about her leadership in this important event in the life of our church. Each Sunday, Jan will share how our successes in 2015 form the solid foundation for our exciting 2016 ministry goals. Each week we will also view a video presentation featuring our members that addresses the stewardship question of the week. This week's question is, "What do you value about the ministry at San Carlos United Methodist Church?" Beginning next week, Jan will also have a column in the email news answering questions about this year's campaign.

 

I hope you will be present every Sunday in October so that you might be fully informed about the ministry goals of this year's campaign. Then, join us in worship on October 25th when we take a faithful step forward and dedicate our 2016 pledges.

 

This Sunday is also World Communion Sunday. On this special day, every Christian throughout the world has the chance to join in taking communion together. As we gather in our sanctuary, the same thing is happening in your friends' churches, or in far away places like New York and London, in big cities and small towns all over the world. This is the day when those who follow Jesus share a meal together.

 

The scriptures for this Sunday are Mark 10:13-16, Ephesians 4:1-6, and the title of the sermon is The Welcome Table.

 

In Christ,


Martha

Rev. Martha T. Wingfield


Tags:



2015.09.24 15:23:13

           Have You Received a Call?

                Order of Worship, Audio

 

Dear Friends,


This week, we are pleased to welcome Rev. Mark Trotter to be our guest preacher. It is always a wonderful treat to have my father with us in the pulpit. He brings such insight, humor and faithful witness to his sermons and we are invariably led to hear the text in new and challenging ways. The title of the sermon is “Have you Received a Call?” and the scriptures for this week are 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 and Matthew 4:12-23.


I look forward to seeing you this Sunday,

 

In Christ,

 

Martha

Rev. Martha T. Wingfield



Tags:



2015.09.16 19:48:13

          Seeing the Invisible People

                Order of Worship, Audio


Dear Friends,

 

In his book, Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster makes a distinction between true servanthood and what he calls self-righteous acts of service. He points out that merely doing acts of service does not make us faithful servants. Acts of service are defined as deeds that we do for others while at the same time keeping track of who gets the credit. Very often, we make sure that our efforts are recognized and we appreciate when "credit is given where credit is due."

 

Foster defines true servanthood as service rooted in a relationship of love for another person. Out of love, we just do what needs to be done without concern for credit or recognition.

 

Acts of service are often measured in terms of success or failure. Acts of true servanthood are not held up to standards of measure but are responses to a call to be faithful.

 

In this week's scripture, we come upon a rather embarrassing moment for the disciples. Jesus catches all twelve of them playing a rousing game of "Anything you can do, I can do better." Instead of scolding them, Jesus sets a child in the midst of these grown men to teach them a lesson about the difference between acts of service and true servanthood. I hope you will join us in worship this week as we open our hearts to the good news in Mark 9:30-37.

 

In Christ,


Martha

Rev. Martha T. Wingfield


Tags:



2015.09.10 15:31:58

           What the Heavens are Telling

Order of Worship, Audio


Dear Friends,

 

“The day of my spiritual awakening was the day I saw – and knew I saw – all things in God and God in all things.” -Mechtild of Magdeburg

 

Our praise of God in worship is focused this week on Psalm 19, what C.S. Lewis called “the greatest psalm.” In this beautiful psalm, we follow the movement from wonder and awe at God’s glory, to reverence for God’s goodness manifest in the Torah and the covenant community, to the psalmist addressing God directly in a prayer that all he or she says and all that the congregation prays will be “acceptable in thy sight.” This flow of the psalm lets us see how the life of faith involves a kind of alignment between the great deeds of God’s creative action and our response in faithful and humble living. So, in preparation for worship, read this psalm and then go out and lay in a hammock and look up, for surely “the heavens are telling the glory of God and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.”

 

Our Fall program kicks off this week as we welcome back the choirs and dedicate our Sunday School teachers for the coming year. Everyone is welcome to “Lunch on the Lawn” at Fellowship Hall after second service.

 

I look forward to seeing you there.

 

Martha

 Rev. Martha Wingfield




Tags:



2015.09.02 20:03:54

          Ephphatha!

                Order of Worship, Audio

 

Dear Friends,

 

Labor Day Weekend marks one of those in between times - in between Summer and Fall, in between vacations and school.   "In between" times are seasons of potential and possibility. Straddling the threshold between the present and the future, we don't know what is going to happen next. In such uncertain times, our attitudes can largely affect the outcome. Do we look forward with hope and anticipation? Or do we put our trust only in the things we have experienced and know? If given a choice, do we open a door or set a lock?

 

The text we look at this week is a call to possibility and new life. In Mark 7:31-37, Jesus heals a man who can neither hear nor speak. After employing a combination of gentle touch and old-fashioned spit wash, Jesus calls out to the man using the Aramaic word ""Ephphatha!" which means "Open Up!"  Jesus tells the man's ears to open up. Mark was telling his readers to open up to the possibility that Jesus was the Messiah, not just for the Jews, but for all people. Come to worship this week with open hearts ready to listen to what possibilities for healing and growth God is offering to you.


See you Sunday,

 

Martha

Rev. Martha T. Wingfield 



Tags:



Page 5 of 8
<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Next > End >>
© 2017 San Carlos United Methodist Church
Connected Sound - Websites for the Barbershop Community