#6 May Nexus Weekly Church Newsletter 2020 #6

#6 May Nexus Weekly Church Newsletter 2020 #6

News from Pastor Denise

Dear Beloveds,

With many weeks of this lockdown behind us, and weeks before us, this seems a good time to talk about prayer.

One particular, well-known type of prayer is the Prayer of Examen. This prayer form was developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola in the 15th century. It is often prayed at the end of the day but may be used any time. It’s a way of reviewing the day with God with the intent of examining our need for forgiveness, healing, reconciliation and recommitment.

In the Prayer of Examen, we have an opportunity to spend a few moments reviewing our day, paying special attention to the moments we most felt God’s presence with us. Conversely, this prayer also brings to light those times that we felt separated from God.

The Examen further invites us to practice living in gratitude as we are asked to remember those people, situations and events in our day for which we are most grateful, and also to ask special blessing and prayer for those hopes and concerns in our hearts.

Lastly, the Examen reminds us to ask forgiveness for any and all transgressions in which we feel we did not follow the best path that God offers to us in our words, thoughts and deeds. It is through our personal examination that redemption and a deeper relationship with God becomes possible.

My practice is to do my daily Examen at night when I go to bed. I find it comforting that God is that last thing that I think of before going to sleep. Each night, I take a few deep breaths and begin to review my day from the morning to the evening. I bring to mind all of the events, people, relationships and circumstances of this day for which I am most grateful, and I rejoice in God’s goodness in my life. I then spend a few moments remembering different periods of grace or circumstance when I was aware of God’s consoling presence during the day.

I next think of the places that I felt separated from God during the day; maybe times and circumstances during which I felt anxious or alone or just exhausted. I then take this knowledge to God in prayer and asking for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and asking forgiveness for those ways in which I separated myself from God, and those ways in which I did not act, speak or think in a manner consistent with my Christian call.

Lastly, I ask God to bless all the concerns, people and desires of my heart. I ask God to help me to be the person that God calls me to be in the day to come.

For me, the daily Examen provides a prayer structure that enables me to remember that my relationship with God needs intention, time and attention each day, and that the experiences of my daily life direct me to know the ways that God calls me and continually forms me.

I hope that you might try this prayer. May it offer you guidance in your spiritual formation.

Here are the four steps:

1. Relax, breathe deeply and review the day. Review the times that you were aware of God’s presence. Inhale gratitude.

2. Review the day considering the times that you felt separated from God.

3. Ask forgiveness for those times that you did not live out your Christian call.

4. Look toward tomorrow and a deepening of your relationship with God.

In Christ, Pastor Denise

Food Bank

There was so much excitement around donating towards the Food Bank and I’m so excited to tell you that we raised $2,597.77 plus a pickup truck of food and toiletries!

This is an amazing amount and just goes to show you how our St. Andrew’s family is ready to help out and support our community and neighbors! You are all amazing! Thank you for your kind donations and thoughtful drop off’s in the parking lot, together we CAN make a difference even if we are 6 feet apart!

Bishop’s Update

Bishop’s COVID-19 Notice #6, May 13, 2020

Worship Suspension and Building Closures Extended through June 15, 2020

As bishop of the Greater Northwest Area of The United Methodist Church, I am extending the suspension of in-person worship in United Methodist Churches and other ministries and the closure of church facilities to all but essential services throughout the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Conferences through June 15, 2020. This early in the phased reopening process, data on the spread of the virus is inconsistent and inconclusive. This date allows two more 14-day periods during which to assess whether COVID-19 cases are declining or increasing. Our churches will be on the leading edge of protecting public health, but not be on the leading edge of reopening at the risk of increasing exposures, infections and deaths.

~Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky

Nexus?

Do you have a question you would like answered in the Nexus? A poem you have written you would like to share? Please email (saumc@comcast.net) or call (360-491-2030) the church office and let us know. We will post it here.

Preschool Update

A HUGE THANK YOU to Barbara Ullmann and Sue Chase for putting together and quilting our Preschool Class Quilts this year. Two lucky families will get to keep these beauties at the end of June. Here are pictures of them…

Happy Birthday –

2-Jean Hartl

5-Gayle Judson

12-Earl Cabe

14-Barbara Hawley

14-Jackie Hinchcliffe

17-Carol Nichols

19-Bruce Kauffman

19-Greg Leppert

22-Silver Rose

23-Connie Todd-Mandler

Happy Anniversary –

5-Dave & Connie Reed

If we missed your birthday or anniversary, or if you are new to our congregation, please call the church office (360-491-2030) or write it on your attendance card Sunday so we can update our records.

Prayer Requests

You are invited to call in your prayer request to the church office (360-491-2030) or to any time of the day or evening. If you get an answering machine, please leave the request or your name and telephone number.

Please pray for God’s peace & presence St. Andrew’s Families:

—Dave Reed —Jackie Hinchcliffe

—Dick Hinchcliffe —Vi Statler

—Tom Lund —Carol Nichols

—Mary Novy —Jim Martin

—Barbara Hawley —Phil & Pat Latimer

—Dr. John Britcher —Bea Aho

—Bill Bush —Sumi Atkins

—Sara Lyon —Jerry McKusker

—Marian McKusker —Karen Langlois

—Donna Brooke —Lois Brighten

—Gary Skaar —Lillian Carr

—Amy Dickey & Family

 

Church Directory

 

Have you lost your church directory? Do you need to connect with new members? Please call the church office (360-491-2030) or email Kathy at saumc@comcast.net to get a replacement.

Children & Youth Ministries

Hey everyone!

This Sunday you're invited to join other youth from around the South Sound Co-Op in our vitutal youth group!

1:30pm-3:00pm

via Zoom

If you have a desktop/laptop with a camera, mircophone & speakers, or a smart phone or tablet simply click on this link on Sunday:

https://greaternw.zoom.us/j/543509527

Three Ways to Connect

God is steadfast and will see us through this.

Sunday Worship

YouTube link for Sunday’s worship video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PT-lkd7TlE.

It is being hosted on the new South Sound Co-op YouTube channel and will premiere every Sunday morning at 10 am.

If you have problems connecting please try:

https://www.facebook.com/standrewsumclacey/

This is our Facebook page and all Sunday Worship Service will be here as well for you to watch.

Morning Prayer

Monday - Saturday at 9:00 am

https://greaternw.zoom.us/j/378293561

Bread of Life

Thursdays @ 10:30 via Zoom

Please call the church office for that link to be sent to you. 360-491-2030

John Wesley 1703-1791

John Wesley, who is credited with being the founding father of Methodism, was born on June 28, 1703 in Epworth, near London. He was the 15th child of 19 brothers and sisters of which only 9 lived beyond infancy. He graduated from Christ Church, Oxford in 1724 and ordained a deacon in 1725.

Wesley organized small Christian groups that involved intensive and personal accountability, discipleship, and religious instruction. These groups increased in number such that Wesley eventually appointed itinerant, unordained evangelists (laity) to lead some groups. These groups were considered religious fanatics and were ridiculed for their methodical study and devotion; hence the name “Methodist”. This was a term of derision at the time, however Wesley considered it a compliment.

In 1736, Wesley and his brother, Charles, sailed to Savannah, Georgia, to preach to the natives. This was an ill-fated trip resulting in legal proceedings against him, so he chose to flee back to England in 1737. He and his brother did publish a collection of hymns, while there; the first of many. In 1738, while discouraged, he had his well known “Aldersgate Experience”. While the minister was describing the change which God works in the heart, “I felt my heart strangely warmed”. “I did trust in Christ and he had saved me from the law of sin and death“.

In 1739, he preached in the open air to miners in Bristol. Prior to that he considered preaching outside a pulpit as “almost a sin”. In 1743, as the numbers of societies increased, he drew up a set of “General Rules” for the societies. These became the nucleus for our current “Book of Discipline”. The moral and spiritual fervor of his societal meetings is expressed in one of Wesley’s most famous aphorisms: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can”.

Wesley believed that the living core of Christianity was reveled in his now famous “Quadrilateral”: Scripture, Tradition, Personal Experience, and Reason. He did not contend for “sinless perfection” but felt that a Christian could be made “perfect in love“. Wesley organized a number of societies into “circuits”, under the leadership of a superintendent, and periodic meetings of clergy and lay ministers evolved into the “annual conference”, the fore-runner of our organization today. The leaders of the circuits were appointed, usually for 3 terms, the begins of our itinerant pastor structure.

Wesley was a keen abolitionist; speaking out and writing against the slave trade as the “sum of all villainies”. He traveled widely, generally on horseback, preaching two and three times each day. He practiced a vegetarian diet and later abstained from wine for health reasons. He married unhappily and was separated 15 years later.

Wesley’s health declined sharply towards the end of his life. He died on March 2, 1791. Because of his charitable nature, he died poor. It has been said that “when John Wesley was carried to his grave, he left behind him a good library of books, a well worn clergyman’s gown, and the Methodist Church“.

~Rich Green

 

 
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