This Week in Worship – Aug 18

Dear Grace Family,

Watching the news this week, I have found it difficult to comprehend the destruction caused by wildfires in Hawaii. We have witnessed the power of tornados here in Kansas, but I cannot imagine what the people on Maui experienced as the fires came sweeping through their towns. I found these before and after pictures of Lahaina United Methodist Church. The sanctuary in this church was built in 1922 and has been in the community since 1896. They had just started a restoration project to celebrate the 100-year-old building.

Even though the church building is gone, I still have reason to hope. Somehow the sign survived. In fact, it looks like it wasn’t even touched by the fire. It reminds me that church buildings may come and go, but the witness of the church remains. I have no doubt that the United Methodist community in Lahaina will rebuild and continue to be a source of light and hope as they proclaim the resurrection love of Christ that heals broken lives.

My second reason to hope is The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). UMCOR is already working to meet the needs of the people of Maui. United Methodists around the country have made donations that will go directly to disaster relief in Hawaii. If you would like to contribute to UMCOR, you can do so here. I love UMCOR because 100% of our donations reach the people it is intended to help.
This Sunday I will continue our sermon series, “What’s So Amazing About Grace” as we talk about the third type of Grace Dispenser – artists. We will also welcome our new organist, Zaheer Popo, in worship at 9:00 and 11:00 am. In Common Grace, Mitch will preach the final sermon of his series “A Matter of Convenience.” It will be a great Sunday to worship together either in person or online.

Grace and Peace,

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