Volume 4 Issue 3 January 20-26, 2023

Hertford UMC Weekly E-News



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“Turning Stones Into Bread”


         Our text for Sunday is the story of Jesus being led into the wilderness by the Spirit where he fasted for 40 days and is tempted by the devil. Jesus had just been baptized by John the Baptist, God the Father spoke “this is my son in whom I am well pleased” and the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus and we have a picture of the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

>>>>This is the beginning of Jesus’ 3 year ministry. He is led by the Holy Spirit out into the desert where he is tempted to turn stones into bread, jump from the temple, and fall down and worship the Tempter. However, Jesus now understood whose he was and who he was and he responded with the words of God and the Tempter left him defeated.

>>>>As we look at the story regarding these “temptations” we have a tendency to reduce them to simple, carnal vices of some kind. As they use to say “I don’t smoke and I don’t chew and I don’t run around with girls that do.” We sometimes associate “temptations” with those obvious sins of the flesh which we all struggle with in some form or other.

>>>>However, the devil is not tempting Jesus to misbehave. He is not tempting Jesus to steal a wallet, cheat on his taxes, or pick a fight with his neighbor. It's deeper than that.

>>>>The Tempter is tempting Jesus to ignore his baptism, to deny who he is, to forget that he is the promised Messiah and Savior of the world. The three temptations -- to turn stones into bread, to throw himself down from the top of the temple, and to worship the tempter -- are not enticements to do bad things; they are, at root, invitations to be somebody else, to live some life other than that of the beloved son of God.

       That is what temptation is really all about for all of us. It comes in many forms and looks differently to different people. At the core temptation is more than the act itself but is always to deny whose we are and who we are in Christ Jesus. It is the temptation to live beneath our privilege as the children of God.

       Join me Sunday as we unpack this passage and see how it applies to our lives!

>>>>Grace Peace,

>>>>Pastor Gene


Sunday’s Scripture:                                    Matthew 4: 1 - 11

Sunday’s Message:                   "Turning Stones into Bread”

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.

Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

But He answered and said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”

Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He shall give His angels charge over you,’

and, In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to him, “It is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”

Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him. 

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Please Remember these in your prayers

Karen Fallon

Ernest Davenport (Husband of Sandra Davenport

Family of Jan Hostetler

Kathy Sherrill and Family - (Death of her father)

Brenda White


Wayne Ashley

Jean Ashley

Chowan River

Tom Gard 

The Landings

Bobbie Boynton

Ila Gray White

Margaret Denison

Jane Jordan

Extended Church Family  

Christine Jackson (John Christensen's Sister)

Susan Dickerson (Daughter of Maxine Dickerson)

Tommy Tilley (Father of Todd Tilley)

Gail Smith

Bodie Cestaro (Marta Colson's 2yr old great-grandson)

Janice Allie (Donna Adams’ mother)

Finn Booker (Nephew of Bob Halter's Daughter, Alyssa)

Leona Williams (mother of Andie Cook)

Diane Selleck & husband (daughter of Kathleen Selleck)

Mary Frances Baker (sister of Angela Rose)


*Bold text indicates recent additions/updates to the prayer list* 

Miriam Haskett

Given by

Thelma Skinner

Carol Kuhn

Laura Davenport Hall

James & Joann Overton

Jean & Paul Carr

Marc Scherr

Janice Boyce

Given by

Thelma Skinner

Nancy Lodge

Carol Kuhn

Jerry Lane

Janice Winslow

John Matthews

Given by

Darla Matthews


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As the new year begins and we enter a new season in the North Carolina Conference, Bishop Connie Mitchell Shelton will be holding gatherings in all eight districts. These events will provide an opportunity to get to know Bishop Shelton as she begins serving as our new episcopal leader.

Beacon District Meeting

Edenton United Methodist Church

February 6, 2023

Clergy will meet at 2 pm, and the laity will meet at 7 pm.

We look forward to these opportunities to get to know Bishop Shelton and look forward to her life and ministry among the people of the North Carolina Conference!

Come out and help us welcome Bishop Shelton to the Beacon District!

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The Outreach Ministries group needs your help. In order to help grow the membership of HUMC, we would like to send a card to all newcomers who move into Perquimans County.

In order to send this "Come meet new friends this Sunday at Hertford United Methodist Church . . . ., " we need the names and addresses for any folks who are new to the area.

Please provide this information to:

Nancy Lodge:

nancyrichlodge@embarqmail.com or (264-4143)

Lynne Raymond

63lynner@gmail.com or 426-5102 and we will do the rest.

As always, thanks for helping us grow!


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