Agape' MCC News & Updates
May 04, 2021
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Acts 8:26-39
Then an angel of God said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.” So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The eunuch replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:
 
“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
    and like a lamb silent before its shearer,
        so he does not open his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
    Who can describe his generation?
        For his life is taken away from the earth.”
 
The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?” He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.
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Agape' MCC Sanctuary at 10:30AM 
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Spirit Cafe'

Are you feeling a little disconnected from our Agape' community or from community in general? COVID certainly has interfered with our social lives and has made staying connected much more challenging. If the answer is yes, we have a solution for you!

We are hosting a Zoom meeting this Wednesday, May 4th at 6:30PM. Join us fo9r a time of connection and let's see where the conversation leads us!


You can view the event on the Agape' Facebook page.

Click here join the Wednesday Zoom Meet Up
Enter the meeting ID: 816-8960-6902
Community Corner


I Am Listening
Artist: Will Reagan

I am listening
I am listening

I take the time
To stop and unwind,
and listen to the sound
your sweet sweet voice


When I cease from striving
I feel Your life inside me
When I cease from striving
I feel Your life inside me
When I cease from striving
I feel Your life inside me
When I cease from striving
I feel Your life inside me

I am listening
I am listening

I am listening




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Mother's Day can be complicated.

My mother is no longer living on this physical plane with me. Our relationship is an interesting one. I am still unraveling who she is and what it means to mothered by her.

My children are adopted. They experience mother's day differently than I do.

For some mothers, a silent forgiveness may be the only gift that can be given.

There are those that still yearn for the love only a mother can give.

There are those that have unmet mothering desires.

Some have found mothering energy in the faces and hearts of those around us.

Dads, often times, are the best moms.

Whatever your story, you are loved.

You matter.

Let love enter, knocking at the door of your heart. Let her settle in and remind you of who you are. She will sit in the quiet and be a companion. Her gentle nudge to be love in the world can help heal some of the hurt.

I challenge you to sit with the uncomfortable, step out of the comfort zone, and just love and be loved.

-Trish Penland-Ashton
Heavenly God, as you open our minds;
May the Spirit move amongst us to give us more signs; 
As the baptismal waters surround us all,
Let no-one, even Gentiles, be separate from Your call. 

Those of us who love Jesus the Christ;
And those who know only the God of all might;
In knowing just one we may know the other,
It’s much like experiencing the love of a newborn’s mother. 

The Spirit who comes to drive our cause;
The cause of Jesus who’s above all our laws;
Who sprung so humanly from water and blood, 
Who spurs on our passion that comes from God’s love. 

So through the Spirit and because of God’s love;
Jesus gives us a path to abide in that love;
The love that God gives is here just for you,
If you follow God’s ways, each moment feels new. 

Not tainted by fear, nor threats nor pain,
Just constant reminders to help those without gain,
To love as you’re loved, to give as God does,
To move from servants to friends without a fuss. 

My God, you picked them and you picked me too;
And for that I promise to always be true,
To gather and search and do my best,
To love your children with the Spirit’s zest.


PRAYER SUBMITTED BY:
SARAH DE ROOY
is a member and active volunteer at MCC Sydney, a mum, and a worship guitarist.
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HAPPY
CINCO de MAYO
Wednesday May 5th

Learn more about this holiday here:
Saturday, May 8
11am EDT / 10am CDT / 8am PDT /
3pm GMT

If you speak English and are looking to create and build relationships with
others, you are invited to attend. These gatherings offer you the freedom to talk about spiritual topics in a safe and sacred environment.

May's topic: Cultural Differences
Email VirtualMCC@MCCchurch.net for the ZOOM link.

Sharing the Journey
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MCC Virtual Community
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May Birthdays

May 03 - Judy Hudson
May 07 - Mark Vega
May 16 - Helen Smith
May 23 - Teresa Mallott 
May 29 - Candy Davidson
May 31 - Tyler Spence