As We Forgive Those Who Have Trespassed Us. Really?

A Message from Pastor Bob:

We Methodists say it a lot. Every Sunday. Often during the week. Methodists, other churches as well, depend on The Lord's Prayer. It does cause us to pray in unity no matter how different we might be. But what about that word rarely used in modern English? What about our "trespasses"? What are we called to do with that? Here's a summary of a grand Bible story with an ending both warming to the heart and scary to the mind.

Once upon a time there was a nice couple, Isaac and Rebekah. Isaac was blessed with a special covenant (spiritual contract) his dad made with God. Isaac was to pass it on to his eldest son. Rebekah birthed twins - two boys, a few minutes apart. The first she named Esau and the second Jacob. They grew into young adults with very different personalities. Esau was to receive the special covenant since he was born first. But one day, Jacob and his mom decided he should get it. A very bully kind of plot was developed to steal Esau's inheritance. (Check this out in Genesis 24:30-45).

Upon finding out what happened, Esau was top level furious. He left the country with no intent to come back. Jacob stayed around the home area. Life continued with much joy and the occasional mishap. That's what life is, right?

Many years later things changed. Change, though we often tire of it, can be a spiritual and life building blessing. Jacob sent a message to Esau by way of messengers inviting him to come home. He had gifts to share. The messengers returned with an affirming answer, yes, he would come. But Jacob was also afraid. Was his angry brother coming back to kill him? destroy his family and property? and in someway take his revenge? That would be logical thinking on Jacob's part. (Check this out in Genesis chapters 32 & 33)

One day he could see Esau's entourage of 400 people approaching. He was scared. Concentrate on verse 33:04: "But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept." (NRSV)

One trespass forgiven. The practice of forgiving someone who has hurt you is very difficult. We say, "forgive but not forget." But really, it often takes more courage to forgive, or reconcile, someone than to just keep the grudge and hurt inside. Very difficult. Sometimes we say, "Well I'll forgive them if they'll forgive me." But it takes a first step. Somebody must take a chance and be the first one to speak up.

Just because I'm a pastor doesn't mean I'm any better at this than you are. We both know that healing starts with a first-step risk. I have had a difficult time with a close relative; I can't remember who reached out first, but I think it was me. But I am at peace now that we began to reconcile before he died unexpectedly.

My prayer is for you. What do you need to do? Ask Jesus, the Great Healer.

Blessings to you, 
Bob
Community Services League Needs
     Peanut butter, jelly, shampoo/conditioner (2 in 1), small bottles of dish soap (not dishwasher), men's shaving cream.
The Community Services League food pantry at our location receives all food that is donated at the church each week. 
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OUR NEXT MOBILE FOOD PANTRY 
date is Thursday, July 18  from 2-5pm
We helped 340 families at the June mobile food pantry.
We can always use help from volunteers anytime between 12:30 & 6:00!
We could use extra volunteers between 5:00 to 6:00 or so on Food Drop days to help clean up, get leftover food onto the truck, and unload it at the Noland Road Community Services League cooler at Noland & Truman Rd. It goes pretty fast with extra hands helping out.

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Southern Independence Transportation Ministry Help Needed

Volunteers are needed to help members get to and from services on Sundays. 
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Opportunities to Volunteer
There are lots of opportunities to volunteer in our area and at our church. Some of those opportunities are:
 
Community Services League (CSL) Food Pantry - Wednesdays from 9:00am - 3:00pm at Christ UMC. Contact Darla Pummill at 224-0403 for more information.

Franciscan Mission  - 4th Monday each month between 5:30 & 8 :00pm. They are located at 2100 N. Noland Rd. Contact Colleen Foudree at 816-478-8020 to volunteer. 

Glendale Elementary Reading Program - Monday through Friday between 9:30 & 11:30am or 1:00 & 3:00pm for one hour per week, during the school year, to listen to students read. A background check is needed. Pick a form up at the church. Contact Lyn Verstraete at 816-838-2575 for more information.
 
 
Glendale Elementary School Snack Packs - Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:00pm at Glendale Elementary, during the school year. Contact Shirley Cottrell at 373-3687 for more information.
 
Harvesters & Christ UMC Mobile Food Pantry  - Third Thursday of each month at Christ UMC. Volunteer help needed between 12:30 & 6:00pm.

 
Meals on Wheels - Drivers are needed for this program. You are assigned a specific day and route and it takes about 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Contact Meals on Wheels at 254-9566 if you are interested.
 
Sleeping Mats for the Homeless - Volunteers are needed to help cut the shopping bags to get them ready to make the sleeping mats. If you are interested in helping with cutting, or making the mats, please contact Myrtle Dye at 254-4585 or Sharon Safley at 220-0749.
 
Tabitha's Closet - Tabitha's Closet is located in the Fairmount Community Center and volunteers are needed to help sort, hang and rotate donated clothes on Tuesdays that schools are in session between 9 :30am - 2:30pm. Contact Buttons Jimerson at 228-7380 for more information.
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