John Donne possessed the gift of writing an opening line which carved a channel for the rest of his poem.
“Sweetest love, I do not go for weariness of thee.”
“Death, be not proud.”
“For God’s sake, hold your tongue and let me love!”
Jesus began his Sermon on the Mount with eight memorable beatitudes. No one would have remembered a sermon which began, “It’s so nice to see you all here today,” or “I want to remind you that our pledge campaign is underway, and we need all of you to give generously.”
Most of us remember at least some of the beatitudes. This mnemonic device will help. Remember four p’s, three m’s, and one h: poor in spirit, pure in heart, peacemakers, persecuted; meek, merciful, mourn; hunger and thirst.
Discussion: That historical examples show the meek inheriting the earth?
Activity: Memorize the eight beatitudes.
Remember in prayer this week: Francis Corera at RO Beaumont, Bob Grusnick at Heartland, Vivian Hansard, Eunice Kraase, John Northey, and Tom Stevens.
Join us this Sunday for Noisy Sunday with your loose change and loose dollar bills. Following worship, the Health Pros offer free blood pressure checks. Our Winter Ministry Fair happens during our coffee fellowship time. Need a table? Email Tom Stevens. Want to find out where you may fit in? Stop by each table and explore the possibilities!
Sunday, January 29th, from 1:00 to 3:00pm will be a memorial visitation for Sandy Northey. Her memorial service will be at 3:00pm in our sanctuary. A meal will follow hosted by the United Methodist Women. Let us share Sandy’s celebration of life together.
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