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Sundays at 8:30am & 11am

  • In-person in the Sanctuary

  • Livestream Worship at 11AM on YouTube

Dear friends in Christ,

How are you doing? Do you Hear What I Hear? The voice of God does not always speak to us in the exact same way, but I do believe in a God who reveals God’s Word to us in many ways. One of my favorite places to be in relationship with God is while reading scripture. Each week during Lent we are practicing the Lectio Divina and this past Sunday I spoke about it in a deeper way. I thought you might benefit from having the process in print, so that you can use this process in your personal devotions. 

Lectio Divina has primarily been practiced in the Catholic Church, but in the last few decades it has become increasingly recognized as a helpful spiritual exercise within Protestantism. Surprisingly, the most enthusiastic about practicing Lectio Divina presently are young adults in their twenties and thirties who grew up in a more conservative tradition. 

Lectio Divina has been likened to "Feasting on the Word." The four parts are first taking a bite (reading and listening), then chewing on it (Meditation). Next is the opportunity to savor the essence of it (Prayer). Finally, the Word is digested and made a part of the body (Contemplation). 

This is how I begin my sermon writing process, two-four months before the sermon is delivered. I use the four parts of Lectio Divina outlined below. Try it! Don’t be expecting that God will fit into your time box, however. If you truly desire to experience the benefit people have experienced for centuries, it needs to be practiced over and over until it becomes natural. Insights may or may not occur during your formal time of meditation. This form of meditation opens you to hearing God’s “voice” over the course of the whole day, not simply during time spent in meditation.

1. Reading/listening: The first moment we’ll experience consists of reading the scriptural passage—Psalm 46—twice. The idea is to find a word or two, or a phrase, that sticks in your mind for whatever reason. You may want to write down these words.


2. Meditation: Involves ruminating on the passage or one of its words/phrases. The Christian pondering the Word of God. Roll the passage, word, or phrase round in your mind. Free associate with it—let images, feelings, memories, and other words arise. Don't worry if your thoughts or feelings seem "irreverent." The key is to engage authentically, trusting that being authentic is more important than being pious.

3. Prayer: This is understood as dialogue with God. This is a time for prayer focused both on the passage and on your personal life. Many people take the word or phrase upon which they have been ruminating and hold it next to a life experience or question they are exploring or struggling with, allowing that word or phrase to have a conversation with that question. Some will also recite the word or phrase as they contemplate or pray. They may close with "free" prayer—praying about anything that's on their mind, whether it connects with the passage or not.

4. Contemplation: This is a time for simply enjoying God's presence without particular words or thoughts, strategies or questions. It is also the time for making decisions about what to do with any insights received in the previous stages. What next steps are indicated, if any? Offer thanks and gratitude to God.

Now, try the Lectio Divina process on this Scripture, or choose your own.  

God is our refuge and strength,

    a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,

    though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;

though its waters roar and foam,

    though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

    the holy habitation of the Most High.

God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;

    God will help it when the morning dawns.

 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;

    he utters his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord of hosts is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Come, behold the works of the Lord;

    see what desolations he has brought on the earth.

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;

    he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;

    he burns the shields with fire.

“Be still, and know that I am God!

    I am exalted among the nations,

    I am exalted in the earth.”

 The Lord of hosts is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our refuge. (Psalm 46)

What do you hear?

Love and Peace in Christ, Rev. Mary


We are gathering at Third Monk Brewing this Wednesday, March 15, @ 7:30 pm.

This week we will discuss Wokeness, Welcome, Retreats, and Evil… and anything else that is on your heart. Please come and join us for a cold beer (…or pop) and a lively conversation.


In June 2021, Kwang and Kook-Wha Koh made a substantial legacy endowment to South Lyon First UMC to fund an ongoing science scholarship program. The application period for 2023 scholarships is Feb. 1 – March 31. For information about the program, including application criteria, look for the program information document and application form on the church website. It can be found under the “Scholarships” section of the “Grow” tab.  



Church Council and the Finance Team are pleased to support and offer the six-session Saving Grace: A Guide to Financial Well-Being course. The course will be facilitated by

Rev. Mary and Damon McInnes who took this course last year through

The United Methodist Foundation of Michigan.

We believe a link exists between good personal financial management and generosity. This course can help us as individuals and as a congregation unlock the keys to personal financial freedom and well-being. 

Money…is it good or is it bad? How do we, as people of faith, create healthy relationships with money and possessions? Saving Grace: A Guide to Financial Well-Being, adapted from the best-selling Freed-up Financial Living curriculum from Good Sense, provides the text and tools you need to address the topics of saving, earning, giving, spending, and debt, along with helpful strategies for achieving a sustainable financial life. This six-part study is based on Wesleyan values and helps you reach personal financial goals

as well as address life concerns.

This course will be offered on Monday nights starting at 7:00 pm. March 13, 20, 27 and April 10, 17, and 24. The cost for this course is $20 per household. Please sign up by March 12. Reach out to Rev. Mary with any questions.



Quilters. Knitters. Scrapbookers. Card makers. Painters. What’s your creative outlet? We’re having a retreat right here at our church, and we’d love for you to join us!! Imagine all you could do with four days away from household chores!

Dates:         Monday, March 27, 2023 – Thursday, March 30, 2023

Times:         9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Where:        South Lyon First UMC Fellowship Hall

You can come for a few hours, for a day or for all 4 days. Each crafter will have a 6’ table and a folding chair to use. Bring your gear and you may want to bring a desk lamp. We’ll have ironing boards and cutting tables for you quilters and sewers.

Eat your breakfast at home and bring your lunch. (Sack lunch or something for the microwave.) We’ll coordinate with each other about what we’ll do for supper each night.

Hope to see you – and maybe your friends – there. Contact Kathy Smith for further information,

or to let us know when you’re coming!

On March 28 with Tiny Homes In a Big City by Faith Fowler. Tiny Homes In a Big City, by Reverend Faith Fowler is the story of Cass Community Social Services, a Detroit based nonprofit that is in the process of building a neighborhood of 25 different Tiny Homes in the northwest part of the city. The homes are being built to allow extremely low-income individuals a way to eventually own their own homes. This is the only rent-then-own tiny home development in the United States.
In Tiny Homes In a Big City, Reverend Fowler, Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services, responds to inquiries from other nonprofits and government officials who seek to replicate the Detroit program. She explains how the decision to build the Tiny Homes was made, provides a comparison with other organizations that have used tiny houses for people experiencing homelessness, explains the philosophy behind their plan and offers the logistics of building the homes - from the idea’s infancy through occupation. The book also provides online feedback (positive & negative) and questions that were received when a video about the project went viral in the fall of 2016.


To give visual praise to our Risen Lord, we are offering the opportunity to order daffodils or tulips for Easter Sunday, April 9th. If you have any questions, please email Nancy Wade at or Terry Bond-Manville at If you wish to order one or more in honor or in memory of a loved one, please indicate that information. Order deadline is March 26th. Please place a check in an envelope with "Easter Flowers" noted in the memo section of your check and on the envelope. Please place the envelope in the offering box or in the drop box next to door #4. You may also make a payment using the MISC tab on our website Giving page. Please indicate "Easter Flowers" in the memo section. Flowers may be taken home after the 11AM Easter service.



We are hosting a 24 Hours of Prayer event from 7PM on Holy Thursday, April 6th, to 9PM on Good Friday, April 7th. The goal is to accumulate a total of 24 hours of prayer during that time period. Participants have two options for prayer time. They can pray at home or they can pray at the church in the chapel. Prayer times in the chapel will be for 1 hour after the Holy Thursday service and 1 hour after the Good Friday service.

If you would like materials for prayer or reflection, they can be found at the 24 Hours of Prayer table outside the chapel. If you would like to pray for members of the congregation, you can pick up a list of names of people in the congregation from the table.

If you have any questions, contact Lindy Juergens at the office at 248-437-0760 or at If you would like us to set aside some materials for you, contact the office at 248-437-0760 and we can have them ready in the office or put them in the outside bin at door #4.

If you would like to participate in the 24 Hours of Prayer event, you can sign-up on the kiosk or online by clicking this link.



Use this Aubree's flyer for the next "Dine to Donate" day on April 23rd. Please remember that this flyer must be presented in person or on a Smart phone before ordering, so that 20% of your bill is donated to the Capernaum Health Clinic. We appreciate your support and the support from Aubree's for the free health clinic in our community!


Are you interested in taking the Heart Saver CPR/AED class for adults, children and infants? We are planning to host a class instructed by Cindy Conrad, Lieutenant/EMS Coordinator South Lyon Fire Department. The class would be open to anyone 12 yrs and older for $22.50/person and would last approximately 2hrs. We need to know if you are interested and if one of these two dates (or both) would be convenient for you: April 26 (6-8PM) or April 29 (10AM-Noon). If you are interested, please sign up below. If you have any questions, please email Tina Sain.



The option to donate to the church by way of Text-To-Give on your phone has returned. To send a donation, send a message to the number 844-418-2873.

Your message should be in the format

# oper    or      # mom

For example, if you want to give $10 to the Operating Fund (also called the Annual Ministry Fund), text “10 oper” to the Text-to Give phone number. If you want to give $15 to the Mission of the month, text “15 mom” to the same phone number.

If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Secretary, Lindy Juergens.


Are you in need of medical equipment? We may have what you need! We are now serving as an extension of the Center for Active Adults' Medical Loan Closet. Inventory will vary, but all equipment is available on loan to residents of South Lyon and their families.

Email Jen Denny or call the church office

for more information.

Visit our Music Ministries Page on Facebook


Saturday, June 10th, is the date for the Christian oriented day at the Tigers. HOME PLATE is an annual outreach event held at Comerica Park at which current and former members of the Detroit Tigers, along with other professional athletes, share about their careers as professional athletes and their faith in Jesus Christ.

Men, women, boys, and girls of all ages attend this pre-game event from church and community groups located in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Ontario.

Please also keep our prayer partners in your devotions:  
Bethlehem Temple UMC – our sister church in Liberia
Helen Roberts-Evans – our covenant missionary in Liberia
Local Ministry Partners – Capernaum Health Clinic & Active Faith
The United Methodist Church
Giving Options
·       Use WebGive at our website by clicking here or by using the our QR code :            

·       Use our giving app on your phone, VancoMobile
·       Dropoff a check in our drop -box at door #4 at the church
·       Mail a check to SLFUMC, 640 S. Lafayette, South Lyon, MI 48178
·       Explore other options on the Giving page of our website by clicking here here

Please be aware that we will never ask for your financial, account, or payment information by email. If there is a question, you will be contacted by phone or in person by a staff member.

Staff members will never ask for gift cards or financial help by email.

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  • Tuesdays - Thursdays 9am - noon

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