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Thanks to God for all the blessings of the Spirit! Here we are in the month on November, and it seems everything this month is happening at the same time! Sunday the 4th is both All Saints Sunday and the end of Daylight Savings (Fall Back 1 hour!); Tuesday the 6th is Election Day (don’t forget to vote!); Sunday the 11th is Veteran’s Day as well as Worship (the Cannons will be going off at 6a.m.!); Saturday the 17th is both our UMW Bazaar here at the church as well as our Charge Conference in Riverton (if you are interested in attending I will have seats available in my vehicle); and then Thanksgiving! So much to do and to be thankful for; in the midst of changing times; but sometimes it also seems overwhelming. With all the divisive rhetoric I see and hear every single day I must focus on God if we desire to be at peace. I am continuously shocked by the level of venom and lack of civility in our public discourse; and then horrified when it spills over into acts of evil committed by unstable people who take to heart the “us vs. them” speech being used by all sides; which flies in the face of what we believe and find in the scriptures. Our discourse should not be tribal, there is no “those people” in our faith; we are one, united by the grace and love of Jesus Christ. I can disagree with someone and not hate them, I can be upset at someone and not disavow them, and I can speak a dissenting opinion with insulting my brother or sister. I can only accomplish this by remembering on whom my faith and salvation are based. In these times I read the red letters, and I am convinced to be in love with God all the more because of what Jesus says here: One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions. Mark 12:28-34

When I am tested by the darkness of the world, I remember to love. When I see people doing evil things and ask God why these things happen-I see people who do not love and have no love in their lives. If we want to change our world, our country, our community- we must love God and our neighbors. We must count our blessings and thank God for the love we have in our lives. We cannot exclude anyone or divide ourselves into factions; but rather come together under the grace of God. John Wesley put it this way as a guide to living the Christian life: “Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God.”

Be blessed in this season and may God bless you with love and fellowship!

Pastor Donnie Holt

 

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First United Methodist Church-Douglas, Wyoming
136 South 5th Street
Douglas, Wyoming 82633
Phone (307)358-3616
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Office Hours
  • 9am-Noon Monday-Thursday
Sunday
  • Sunday Morning Lectionary Bible Study
    – 8:30 AM
  • Worship Service
    – 10:00 AM
Wednesday
  • Free Community Meal
    – 5:00 PM
  • Choir Practice
    – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday night Bible Study
    – 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM
  • CSI ~ Christian Student Inspiration! YOUTH
    – 7:00 PM
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