Dear St. Matthew’s Church Family,
I hope you are doing well today and have made it through the wet weather this week without any problems.
I’ve been enjoying my preparations for the Moses sermon series we started last Sunday. The story of Moses and the people of Israel is both fascinating and instructive. As I said in last week’s message, this is the defining story of the Jewish people. It is a story of salvation and understanding the Exodus helps us understand more fully our Christian story. I hope you’ll join us for worship if you’re in town. (Don’t forget that If you are traveling, you can listen to our audio live stream on Sunday morning or a recording of the on our website later in the week.) I also hope that you will use the Grow-Pray-Study Guide to read through the story and reflect on its meaning for your life. I think you’ll be blessed if you do.
This second message in the series is about God’s call of Moses and Moses’ response. When we take this story seriously, we learn about God and we learn about ourselves. We discover that we are more like Moses than we might expect. The message is entitled, The Power of People. The Scripture readings will be Exodus 2:11-25 and Exodus 3:1-12.
St. Matthew’s Jeremiah Project Team has been hard at work in the Front Royal and Winchester area this week. They complete their projects today and return home tomorrow (July 28). I know they have appreciated your prayers and support. The Bi-District (Arlington and Alexandria Districts of the UMC) Youth Mission Trip returns to Virginia on Monday (July 30). Three members of the St. Matthew’s Church family are participating in that trip. They have also appreciated your prayers for their safe travel and their ministry. You will have an opportunity to see and hear about all of our youth’s summer mission programs on August 26. At all three services on that Sunday, members of the Music Tour, Appalachia Service Project, Jeremiah Project, and Costa Rica Trip will tell us about their experiences. Youth Mission Sunday is a great annual tradition and you will want to join us as we celebrate youth ministry at St. Matthew’s.
Finally, the report of the Commission on a Way Forward was made public through the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church. It is a long document that contains petitions (changes to the Book of Discipline) for the three plans that have been proposed, which will be considered at a called session of the General Conference in February 2019. The entire report of the Commission on the Way Forward is Exhibit D, which begins on page 131 of the document.
If you would like to know more, there will be a General Conference briefing on Wednesday August 8 from 7:00 – 8:30pm at St. Georges UMC (4910 Ox Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030). The session is free, but participants are asked to register. Additional details and registration information is available at this link. Please keep the entire denomination in your prayers, especially the 860+ delegates to the General Conference who will be making difficult decisions about the future of our Church.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.