I was reading an interesting article from PewForum.org talking about the rise in the number of people in America who do not associate with any organized religion. When asked, they mark “none of the above.”
Now the article was from 2012 so the data is not all that current, but the reasons behind the numbers were interesting to me. People are not going to church not because Mom or Dad stopped making them — that is only part of reason. They think churches are too political, too money hungry, too interested in power or too conservative. Several people have been raised without the church influence — they might believe in God but not the church so much. They believe that they don’t need a church to tell them how to live or think.
I don’t think Dunbar United Methodist does that!
We don’t care if you are Republican or Democrat. We don’t care what your views on government are. Heck, we don’t care if you are only there for the coffee. We want you there. To share, to care, to be apart of something more than yourself.
That was another reason people don’t go to church: society is disconnecting from one another. We spend too much time on our phones or our computers, but not enough time interacting face-to-face. Sometimes the outside world is a scary place, but I think churchgoers see the good in everyone.
DUMC tries to have a place for everyone to belong: Sunday School classes, Women Circles, Men’s Fellowship Breakfasts, Wednesday evening classes and activities. We want you to make a connection, find a friend, share a talent or side dish at the community dinner.
My Sunday School class encourages us to be better people, and if you can’t, come share the story with us. We can all enjoy a good laugh.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year….
Advent is back upon us. A time of hope, peace, love and joy. A time for family and friends; for baking and fun; for lights and gifts. A time to reflect on the year that is closing and rejoice in the year that will be.
I love Christmas — the lights, the crowds, the smells, the fun; but as an adult, I have lost the wonder, the awe of the season. This year, my pastor has chosen to give a sermon series on the Wonder of Christmas. She is encouraging us to explore the season with new eyes and try to recapture the wonder of the season.
Each week has a focus: last week (the first of the series) was the journey of the Magi to find the Christ-child. We need to be as diligent in searching for the Wonder of Christ this Advent season. Is it in the eyes of a child receiving gifts? or the feeling of love as we gather with friends and family? Is Christ present in us as we give to others this season? We are all called to be like Christ! What better way to show that then if the offering of love that comes so easily this time of year.
I hope you can come join us at Dunbar United Methodist Church this advent to renew your Wonder of Christmas.
We read about all this stuff that Jesus did; turning water to wine, raising the dead, healing the sick, and teaching us to pray. But did Jesus ever get sick?
I just spent a week with a hacking cough, intermittent fever, and aches. I stayed away from people as much as I could. Slept as much as I could. Now I wonder, did Jesus ever get sick himself?
From the time he started his ministry, he was surrounded by people. In the temple, there were people. By the sea, there were people. Only during his forty days in the wildness before his ministry began was Jesus not surrounded by people. Some may think that he was sick during that time — arguing with the Devil, but was he really sick?
Not that anything is wrong with people. But with people comes germs and with germs comes sickness. Did Jesus ever get overcome by all the germs? I don’t know. Being sick doesn’t make for great drama. A sick Jesus would not make for an interesting person. If He came here to experience the totality of human experiences than he had to get sick sometime. Maybe during the first thirty years of his existence that is just glossed over in the christian Bible.