Rev. Laurie Williams

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April 2019

“A Brief History of Time: 5. Tomorrow: New Life”/Ezekiel 37: 1-14; John 11:11-15, 17-20, 23-26, 34-45; Romans 8:6-11 (NJB)/Rev. Rodger Allen/4-14-19 

By |April 18th, 2019|Sermons|

Today’s sermon concludes our series called  “A Brief History of Time.” The title of the series, as explained before, was borrowed from Stephen Hawking’s book by that name, but while he looked at the physical history of the universe, things like big bang theories and expanding galaxies, we’ve looked at what can be called “salvation history” – a history of God’s relationship with humanity. For three weeks we looked at the Past: the creation of humanity at the beginning; humanity’s insistence on sinning, which became obvious very shortly after the beginning; and God’s act in the life and death of Jesus Christ to reconcile God and people, to bring us together, in spite of that sin. Last week’s topic was labelled “Today,” or the Present: How do we respond to God’s love? And today’s topic is labelled, very loosely, the Future, or “Tomorrow”: what will be the outcome of a relationship with God? […]

“A Brief History of Time: 4. Today: We Respond to God”/Eph. 5: 8-15, 19-20; John 9: 1-41, selected verses/Rev. Rodger Allen/4-7-19 

By |April 16th, 2019|Sermons|

In Part One of our “brief history,” God created us. Male and female, with certain responsibilities to carry out together. In Part Two, we responded . . . by messing up. We reviewed the fact that all human beings, from the very beginning, stray from that which God intends for us. In Part Three, God responded – by reaching out, through Jesus Christ, so that human beings might be reconciled to God in spite of their sin. This did not happen because we deserve it, or because God owes us, but because God loves us and chooses to act on our behalf. Now in Part Four of our series, it’s our turn to respond again: how shall we respond to the love God has shown to us? […]

Easter Week Celebrations

By |April 15th, 2019|Announcements|

PLEASE DON’T SKIP straight from the joyous celebration of Palm Sunday to the joyful celebration of Easter, without coming to worship to hear and reflect on what Jesus did for us on the terrible and important days in between. Be part of Holy Week worship:        Thursday, April 18, 7:00 – Our Maundy Thursday service [...]

Fluorescent Easter Egg Hunt for Youth

By |April 11th, 2019|Announcements|

The next event of the Paris Christian Youth Fellowship will be a “Fluorescent Easter Egg Hunt” (bring a flashlight!) Sunday, April 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at First Methodist Church Park. Youth grades 7 to 12 are invited to attend: bring that flashlight, and a bag for all the goodies you find. 

Puppet People Make Their Debut Sunday, April 14 at 11:30

By |April 8th, 2019|Announcements|

Our children's Sunday School class has been making "puppet people" who act out the various Bible stories the class reads together. The Puppet People will be on display at our April 14 Fellowship Time, at 11:30, and we invite you to come by "their table" and meet them.