This Week's News and Updates
January 29, 2019
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"Rejection"
Rev. David Wynn
 
Years ago, Agape was invited to the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Forest Hill. We were thrilled by the opportunity, accepted our invitation, and went online and registered. A week or so later, I got a call from the local pastor who coordinated the event to let me know that a “new secretary” had been in charge of sending out those invitations and had sent our church an invitation by mistake and we were “uninvited.” He explained that scripture says that homosexuality is an abomination to God and the parade was a family event. I wanted to say, “huh, did you know Bayard Rustin was an advisor to Martin Luther King Jr., and helped him organize the March on Washington, and Bayard was gay?” Or maybe “wow, that smacks of the kind of biblical hijacking that racists used to condemn black people.” Rejection begets rejection. Fortunately, I did not say either of those things, but I did ask if we could have coffee and conversation. He said yes to my invitation and even wanted to come to my church so that he could see our space. We set a day and time. The day and time came and went, phone calls went unanswered and long story short, we never talked. More rejection. 

There are few things in life that hurt more than being rejected. We are tackling a doozy of a Jesus story this Sunday…it’s got rejection flying around in all directions and I’m trying really hard to figure out where God is taking us. Spirit is having a field day with that…but here’s what I do know…if it hurts a whole lot, it can teach a whole lot. Let’s talk about how rejection can actually make our lives better…see you Sunday. 


Agape' MCC Board of Directors 2019

Back Row:
Leigh Wolfer, Ward Thulin, EJ Hudzina, Lisa Davenport, Rev. Wynn, Amy Ashton.
Front row:
Melisa Price, Cassy Batts.
Garage Sale Workday! - Wednesday
January 30, 2019 - 7:00 pm

This Wednesday evenings get-together will be a garage sale work session. Please meet Rev. David at the church by 7:00PM to caravan over to the garage sale location. There is much sorting work to do and your help would be greatly appreciated. Please join us!
Security Team Member Meeting
Sunday, February 3, 2019

The security team will be meeting immediately following the Worship Service. Please plan on attending this important meeting.
Red Tie Reception

The Coalition for Aging LGBT has so much to celebrate! Our housing guide is officially published and ready to help our aging LGBT community find housing that celebrates our unique needs! We also have lots of love coming in from all of you, so in honor of love, all the way around, we invite you to a Valentine's-themed:
 
Red Tie Reception
Feb. 9, 2019 from 4-7pm
Hurst Convention Center
 
Dance, drag show, and raffle prizes!

Please follow the link to our free eventbrite invitation by hitting the button, marked, "Secure Tickets."  

O Creator, you bring us peace that passes understanding in the midst of chaos. You bring us strength in the midst of chaos. We ask you to shower us with double portions of peace and strength. Let us not forget that those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will rise up on eagle’s wings.
 
And, when we are feeling low, remind us the Lord’s eye is on the sparrow—and that eye watches over us. When dangers, toils and snares come, we know you’ll make a way. As turmoil swirls in our governments around the globe, in our streets and, maybe even in our homes, we know you’ll make a way.
 
And, we know you’ll give us joy—joy that makes us dance and sing. Sing hosanna in the highest. Shower us with joy in the midst of pain and turmoil. Shower us with joy in the midst of the mundane. Make your presence known always. We lift thanks and praise to you, O Lord, for your faithfulness.

 
PRAYER SUBMITTED BY:
REV. JASON CARSON WILSON
Minister of Liberation Formation, MCC of Washington, DC
February Birthdays
  • 02/16 - Tru Edwards
  • 02/18 - Kevin Harkins
  • 02/23 - Lynne Fratt
  • 02/27 - Julie Korek
  • 02/27 - Paxton Roberts

Sunday - February 03, 2019
Epiphany 4
Call to Worship - Media

Opening Song - "Oceans"

Welcome and Greeting - Rev. David Wynn

Time wih the Children - Trish Ashton

Gospel Reading - Luke4: 21-30 Lynne Fratt

Song of Response - "In the Secret"

Time of Teaching - "Rejected" Rev. David Wynn

Centering Song - "I Will Change Your Name"

Community Prayer - Kevin Harkins

Prayer Response - "I Will Change Your Name"

Bringing our Gifts - Cassy Batts

Celebration of Holy Communion - Rev. Robert Myers

Song of Sending Forth - "Sing Over Me"

Announcements and Benediction - Rev. David Wynn
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