Welcoming. Nurturing. Serving.
Hospitality is different in Northern Virginia from rural Southwestern Virginia. In the mountains, someone might invite you over to sit a spell on their front porch, offering a glass of “sweet tea.” In Alexandria, in part because we don’t often have front porches, we are more likely to say, “Meet me…Continue
Added by FUMC on August 10, 2017 at 10:53am — No Comments
This week we begin a sermon series on the life and faith of Abraham, an early figure in our religious history who shows up not too far into the book of Genesis. Abraham had quite a life, and a calling. He is considered a leading figure in three of the world’s major religions (Islam, Judaism,…Continue
Added by FUMC on August 3, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments
In my four years at Emory & Henry College, my major morphed into an interdisciplinary combination of music, psychology and religion. It became an illustration of how my life changed from high school to graduate school. And how God began calling me into ministry. I had always loved piano,…Continue
Added by Mary Beth Blinn on July 24, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments
Things You Won’t Find in the Bible: Forgive and Forget.
Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Ephesians 4:25-32
At Dillon Roof’s court hearing, Nadine Collier said, “I forgive you.” It was just nine days after her 70 year-old mother, Ethel Lance, had been killed along with eight others at a…Continue
Added by Mary Beth Blinn on July 20, 2017 at 12:40pm — No Comments
“I'm that little bit of hope. When my back's against the ropes.”
~ R. Kelly “The World’s Famous”
I love the song “The World’s Famous.” Many of us have had a time when it feels like our back is against the…Continue
Added by FUMC on July 14, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments
I'm just now “finding” songs in our almost 30 year old United Methodist Hymnal. I’d seen this one before, on page 120, but I had not really absorbed the words until this week:
Your love, O God, is broad like beach and meadow,
Wide as the wind, and our eternal home.
Added by Mary Beth Blinn on July 6, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments
We often throw words around to prove a point or to bolster our position. There’s an extra punch when we say, “But it’s in the Bible!” This month we consider popular phrases that you won’t find in the Bible. We are on a search for the truths we will find there.
And so we begin this week…Continue
Added by FUMC on June 30, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments
Ask anybody who’s been on a mission trip, and they will say, “It was a blessing. I’ll never be the same.” Talk with them long enough and you may hear about the hard work, the heat, the snoring in the room, the early hours, the disappointments and the difficulties. But for most, this is not the main thing.…Continue
Added by FUMC on June 22, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Taking time to walk in the woods, to hike a mountain, or to walk along a riverbank is something I…Continue
Added by FUMC on June 8, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Save the Date October…Continue
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On Good Friday, we mourned Jesus death. On Easter, we rejoiced in Jesus’ resurrection. This Sunday, Ascension Sunday, we celebrate…Continue
Added by FUMC on May 24, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments
The Ephesians were alive physically but dead spiritually.
Paul chose this to recognize the idea that, someone who is dead cannot revive himself, as one without God cannot revive his own spirit into new life. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of God’s great love with which God loved us.” Paul presents why we were rescued from this state of spiritual deadness:…Continue
Added by FUMC on May 19, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments
For some, Mother’s Day is difficult. It can make all too poignant the recent death of a mother, or the deep sadness of not being able to have children, or the reality of a mother whose parenting has left scars and pain. Because of this, some…Continue
Added by FUMC on May 11, 2017 at 4:31pm — No Comments
In my four years at Emory & Henry College, my major morphed into an interdisciplinary combination of music, psychology and religion. It became an illustration of how my life changed from high school to graduate school. And how God began calling me into ministry. I had always loved piano, but…Continue
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You, Lord, are both Lamb and Shepherd.
Added by FUMC on April 7, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Death and other forms of loss seem to be the antithesis of life. Some of us have had more than our share of death and loss. We ask, “Why?” “Where were you, God?” “Will I have hope again?” Grief is the deep sorrow that accompanies this kind of loss but it is also the process that gets us through it. …Continue
Added by FUMC on March 30, 2017 at 3:53pm — No Comments
About a month ago I attended a seminar on Leadership and Emotional Intelligence. Lynne Alley-Grant, the presenter at the workshop, explained how we have different versions of ourselves. We have our open self which is information about ourselves that we know and others know. We have our hidden self which is…Continue
Added by FUMC on March 22, 2017 at 6:06pm — No Comments
If you’ve tried to get a drink of cold water in the church Fellowship Hall lately, you have run into a problem. The water fountain does not work. I don’t know how long it’s been broken, but I suspect some people have gone away thirsty. The good news is that our hard-working Trustees have a plan to…Continue
Added by FUMC on March 16, 2017 at 4:23pm — No Comments