Agape' Metropolitan Community Church
This Week's News and Updates
November 19, 2019

Due to technical difficulties, last week's service is unavailable, we will be back on track next week.
“Hold my wine and watch this…”
Rev. David Wynn

All. The. Emotions. The holiday season is full of opportunities to engage an onslaught of emotions ranging from joy to sorrow, belonging to loneliness, peacefulness to anger, confidence and fear, just to name a few. We’ve been taught that emotions are either good or bad. Dr. Susan David a Harvard Medical School Psychologist offers a different way of relating to our emotions. She writes that “Tough emotions are part of our contract with life.” I don’t remember signing that contract, but it makes sense. Dr. David posits that emotions are data…clues to what we really value in our journeys, what we need, what we will stand for or will not stand for. What would we learn about our identity and our roles if we practiced a radical acceptance of all of our emotions without judgement or critique?  

This Sunday we will explore Jesus’s example of the emotional life and how he reacted to “tough” emotions from a clear understanding of his core values. Think about it…Jesus was sad, Jesus laughed, he grieved, he was afraid, he got angry, he was lonely, he got frustrated, he felt peace, hope, joy, and love.

Jesus adapted and cultivated emotional agility…and so can we…it’s part of how we build a meaningful life. What do you want your life to be about...we'll see you and all your emotions on Sunday! 

Helping Hands
What Kind of Rebel are You? 
From Rev. David Wynn

Rebel leaders, I want to invite you to engage The Rebel Test to go a little further in cultivating your Rebel Talents. Please use the link below and I would love to see your results, if you are comfortable sharing! Happy exploring! 

Join us in preparing our worship space for the Advent and Christmas Seasons.

We need help bringing the decorations down from the attic and decorating our Sanctuary and Narthex spaces after our Worship Service, Sunday November 24.
Please plan on staying to help. The more hands we have will make quick work of this fun task.

Agape' MCC Raffle
win a 65" 4K HD Smart TV


We are raising funds to replace our security camera system which sustained unrepairable damage when the outside cameras were stolen. We have a security professional, from our sister St. Anne congregation, who has volunteered his time to install a new system. All we need is to raise the $1500 to pay for the new cameras. Tickets are $10. Drawing will be held in December 15, 2019 during our Holiday Potluck.

You can use Zelle or SimpleGive to pay for the tickets!
Mystery beyond our knowing ... 
Some of us call you God, Spirit, Presence, Holy ...
Most of us around the world don't know what to call you, or if you exist in a way that we can talk about or to you, anyway.

Nevertheless, we cry out ,,,
Because we need something ... we need you - the bigger-than-us.
We cry out as individuals,
We cry out as nations,
We cry out as those who have no voice ---
children, immigrants, asylum seekers, those whose abilities are limited by nature or society, elderly people whose decisions are made by others ...

We cry out, because we need something beyond ourselves,
and because we acknowledge that even we don't know what we need right now ,,,

Mystery, Holy, Whatever You are ... we need you.

We cry out for those feel homeless
We cry out for those in war-zones who are hiding to stay alive
We cry out for those who have only barely escaped drowning or ruin, and need breath to survive,
We cry out for those who abuse us; yet we still love them and don't know how to reckon all of that ... but we want and need to stay safe
We cry out for the voiceless who can't even formulate a prayer ...
... in this sense, we give thanks for Paul, who told us that when we cannot speak, "The Spirit Intercedes with sighs too deep for words" ...
thank you that when we are without words, you supply them, Great Mystery.

Right now, we pray for ourselves,
for our families that may or may not acknowledge us (or you),
for those who are dying,
for those who are caring for the hurt and dying,
for those who are inspiring the ones without confidence,
for those who are trying to make relationships work,
and for those who have the courage to leave the relationships that cannot work 
    in order to fulfill their calling and save their dignity.
for those that feel lost and unable to even state what they need.

Together, we offer ...
Gratitude.
Hope.
Promise.
Amen.


PRAYER SUBMITTED BY:

REV. DR. KHARMA AMOS
Associate Director of MCC

World AIDS Day
Sunday, 1 December 2019


Resources for you, your congregation and your community.
World AIDS Day is just around the corner, on Sunday 1 December. This year, World AIDS Day, also falls on the first Sunday of Advent, the day we typically light a candle for hope.

MCC churches have been sanctuaries of hope since the first days that HIV/AIDS devastated our community. Often, MCC ministers and congregants were the only ones to welcome, care for, touch, and honor those living with and dying from HIV/AIDS. Too many times, MCC would be the only community of faith open to provide burial and funeral rites when other churches would not do so.

In commemoration of World AIDS Day this year, THE HIV/AIDS Advisory Group has revised and updated the World AIDS Day pages on our denomination’s website. We invite you to take a moment and check out the resources provided in the effort to help you plan for worship or any special service you may be in the process of planning or participating in.

This Advent, we invite you take a moment and help commemorate unite in the fight against HIV, show your support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died because of HIV/AIDS by honoring this day with renewed reverence and hope. World AIDS Day is also an opportunity for you to learn the facts about HIV and put your knowledge into action. The risk is not yet over and it is important that we continue to talk about how HIV is transmitted, how it can be prevented, and to talk about the reality of living with HIV today.

You can also show your support for people living with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a  red ribbon , the international symbol of HIV awareness and support.

In Hope and Solidarity,
Rev. Tory Topjian, HIV/AIDS Affinity Group Coordinator


To view resources for World AIDS Day, click here:
November Birthdays
11/02 Carl Lane
11/08 Stephanie Lotz
11/12 Mark Howell
11/13 Cynthia Esparza
11/14 Paul Wolfer-Stephens
11/17 EmmaLeigh Roberts
11/17 Melody Remington
11/25 Gail Gore
11/27 Jimmy Marshall
11/30 Zoie Edwards

Sunday - November 24, 2019

The Gathering

Call to Worship: Mark 3: 1-6 Rev. David Wynn

Song of Welcome: "Follow the Light" Community

Words of Welcome: Rev. David Wynn

Time with our Children: Trish Ashton
"This Little light of Mine"

Preparing to Hear the Word: "Deep In Love With You" Community

Song of Response:  “Healing Rain” Community

Time of Teaching: "Hold my wine and watch this..." Rev. David Wynn

Song of Centering: " Healing Rain" Community

Community Prayer: Leigh Wolfer

Response to the Prayer:  “Be Unto Your Name”     Community

A Time of Offering: Cassy Batts

Celebration of Holy Communion: Rev. Robert Myers
All Belong Here - Community

Song of Sending Forth:   “For Everyone Born”  Community

The Sending Forth: Rev. David Wynn

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