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From Rev. C. Nels Ledwell
 
Get Out and Walk..it will preach!
 
One day, St. Francis of Assisi, invited a young monk to join him on a trip into town to preach. The young monk was so honored to get such an invitation from St. Francis that he quickly accepted. All day long he and St. Francis walked through the streets and byways, alleys and suburbs, and they rubbed shoulders with hundreds of people.
 
At the end of the day, the two headed back home, however, not even once had St. Francis addressed a crowd, nor had he talked to anyone about the gospel. The young monk was greatly disappointed, and he said to St. Francis, “I thought we were going into town to preach?”
 
St. Francis responded, “My son, we have preached. We were preaching while we were walking. We were seen by many and our behavior was closely watched. It is of no use to walk anywhere to preach unless we preach everywhere as we walk!”
 
It’s no secret that we, the church, have forgotten what it means to preach the gospel, what it means to bring to others the good news, what it means to evangelize. The word evangelism has become a bad word in some churches, and if it isn’t outright dismissed altogether, then it is relegated as a task for only those who have been ordained, or for those who are the professional speakers, who make a living giving their testimonials and asking for altar calls, or for those who are missionaries overseas.
 
This Sunday, I will discuss with you a way to help heal our nation and communities, and yes, you may need to take a walk.
 
See YOU in Church or online,
Nels
 

Preparing for Worship

January 17, 2021
Second Sunday After the Epiphany
Scripture: John 1: 43-51
Message:  “The Call for the Test Drive”
 
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ACTS OF KINDNESS
Kindness Update – Kind Words Are Like Honey!
 
During Pastor Nels’ Epiphany Sunday sermon, we learned that the old adage, ‘Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me’, just isn’t true. He reminded us that our words are indeed powerful – they can build up (like kind words), and they can tear down (like unkind words). His sermon focused on the first chapter of the Gospel of John that referenced Jesus as The Word – The Light – The Life. Unlike the people during Jesus’ time when “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him”, we know Jesus because we have the gift of His Word! Nels suggested we reflect on the first chapter of John and have our own Epiphany and let Christ into our hearts and lives!
 
When we do this, our words, as kind words, can truly become “like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body”. The author of the story below is unknown, but it’s obvious this person believed in this concept. It is a good example of how kind words affect us, especially when they are words spoken about us!
 
One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name.
 
Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down. It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers.
 
That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that individual.
 
On Monday she gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire class was smiling. “Really?” she heard whispered. “I never knew that I meant anything to anyone!” and, “I didn’t know others liked me so much,” were most of the comments.
 
A thought to ponder and take with you this week: If someone were to pay you ten cents for every kind word you ever spoke and collect five cents for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor? This week’s kindness entry also shows an example of what happens when kind words are shared with others:
 
My daughter and I were checking out at Wal-Mart. The cashier had the most beautiful color of vibrant lime green dyed hair! My young daughter, of course, loved it, so we just had to ask if it was her real hair because it looked like it was, and we wondered how she got it that bright color! She responded that it was not – it was a wig – which was a surprise to us. We told her we loved the color and style. She went from a blank look to a nice, friendly smile as she scanned our items.
 
Have you seen God today? If you see God at work this week, there are two ways you can share what you saw!
 
1) Be a blessing to others by sharing your Act of Kindness (no names please) on our website, or use this link! Then check back each week to learn how others are passing on acts of kindness! The link is https://www.mccormickumc.org/acts-of-kindness
 
2) There is a Kindness box in the library on the window sill, along with paper and pencil. Share your God-Wink, perhaps someone else will be inspired!
 

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