Thoughts: I remember hearing the word “mammon” during a tedious (to me) Sunday night church service where I was a small and reluctant member of the congregation. It was a new word to me. It sounded slimy and evil, and bits of scripture confirmed that was indeed bad – for example, “the unrighteous mammon” and “Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
The word “mammon” has never arisen in any conversation I which I have been a part. I have heard it used only in scripture readings and sermons, and then rarely. The concordance lists it as used four times in the bible. The dictionary accords it five lines and two definitions. Should “mammon” be revived? Used? Explained? Emphasized?
Discussion: What is your reaction to words like “troth,” “begat,” “firmament,” “swaddling”?
Activity: Drop a Biblical word into a conversation this week and watch for the reaction.
Remember in prayer this week Audrey Cowsert, Bob and Vivian Grusnick, Vivian Hansard, Eunice Kraase, Elizabeth Stevens, daughter-in-law of Tom and Ann, and Thelma Welbaum at Mercy Bellbrook.
This Sunday is our Ministry Fair. Bring your friends and explore our exciting ministries for this Fall. Choose one or many that interest you. Don’t miss this Sunday!
We have been challenged by the Detroit Renaissance District (DRD) to collect 25,000 pounds of donated food (not perishable) to help stamp out hunger in the Motor City. Donated food goes to Methodist Food Pantries. All donated food needs to be at church by September 30th for sorting and packing. How many boxes can Troy FUMC fill? Bring your canned goods to church and deposit into the Gleaners Food Bank boxes found in Mercer Hall before September 30th.
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