WORSHIP AT CUMC
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10 a.m. and 11:11 a.m.
March 5 Bread (Matthew 6:7-14) Matthew 4:1-11
After Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights, he was tempted in the desert and replied, “It’s written, ‘People won’t live only by bread, but by every word spoken by God.’” Because Jesus became fully human, he understands the world in which we live—the temptations and the trials. However, because Jesus is divine, he will set us free from past failings and by grace, help us overcome temptation.
March 12 Birth (Jeremiah 31:33-34) John 3:1-18
Nicodemus sought out Jesus at night looking for answers. Jesus told him, “I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” We receive new life as we practice our faith in spirit and in action. To live the “born-again” life means utter dependence on the one who created you. Live as though your life depended on God, not your bank account, your status or your job.
March 19 Water (Matthew 5:43-45) John 4:5-42
Jesus broke the mold and surprised his disciples when he spoke to the women at the well. Drop your stereotypes and allow God to be in the midst of conversation with you and those you think you’ve figured out. Go to new places to meet new people. Because of the church’s reputation as a place for people who have their lives “together,” many are not willing to come to you. Where will you go to engage?
March 26 Sight (Luke 17:11-19) John 9:1-41
Jesus healed a blind man. A miracle happened, and, instead of praising God, naysayers demonized Jesus, the one through whom the miracle was made possible, for healing on the Sabbath. Do we praise God, or do we rationalize the results? God is at work in the world today performing miracles all the time. Can we see God’s miracles every day, or are we blind to God’s work? Develop new sight to see God’s work around you. Pay attention!
April 2 (Communion Sunday) Tears (John 2:13-16) John 11:1-45
The Shortest verse in the Bible is “Jesus Wept,” which was Jesus’ reaction when he arrived with his friends after Lazarus died. No doubt they were angry that Jesus did not come sooner and that God let their brother and friend die.
Anger at God should not halt our relationship with God. God is present and can draw even nearer to a broken heart. Dialogue with God over things are not right in the world, and discover how much of it you may be able to change by changed actions.
April 9 (Palm Sunday) Perseverance (Luke 19:28-40) Matthew 27:11-54
Jesus’ arrest, torture, and crucifixion shows the worst of humanity and the best of God. God’s love could not be overcome by humanity’s rejection, nor will it ever be. Exemplify God’s love for those who have rejected you, and whom you have rejected.
April 15 Easter (John 11:17-27) John 20:1-10