O Give Thanks to the Lord; A Biblical Journey of Thanksgiving Rev. Keith King
At the heart of our faith is the practice of gratitude. Thanksgiving is not simply a holiday with turkey and dressing, thanksgiving is a spiritual discipline that allows us to live a life aware of the presence and power of God at work in our world. Join us for this four week study as we look at the Bible and daily practices to help us live in a spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving.
What are the most important issues for Methodists? How do we handle differences of opinion within the family of faith? Are there certain things Methodists have to believe? John Wesley, the founder of Methodism said, “The distinguishing marks of a Methodist are not his opinions of any sort…as to all opinions which do not strike at the root of Christianity, we think and let think.” There are issues that have caused disagreements within many mainline denominations. Sometimes you might hear beliefs ascribed by some United Methodists that don’t represent your own beliefs. It is important that we know what we believe as individuals and as a family of faith. However, there is a difference between what we believe and our faith. Beliefs are our thoughts as to specific issues. The beliefs might be shaped by our upbringing, our culture, or the way we interpret scripture. Faith is the trust we have in God’s constant good will toward us as the children of God. Join us as we discuss some of the more divisive issues that churches can face and how we can still live together with respect.
The Future of Methodism; The Future of St. Luke’s
Dr. Bob Long, Rev. Wendy Lambert, and Rev. Josh Attaway
Methodism is the Christian movement founded by John Wesley in the 1700’s. One hallmark of Methodism is that it doesn’t believe any one person or group has all the truth; it chooses to “think and let think.” Rather than ascribing to a certain set of doctrine, the goal is to follow the One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. St. Luke’s embodies Methodism in its focus on the direction of Christ to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Join Dr. Bob Long, Rev. Wendy Lambert, and Rev. Josh Attaway as they look at the bright future of St. Luke’s as it lives out the heart of Methodism when it shares God’s love and brings hope to the world.
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