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Friday's Weekly Devotional

by: Denise Robinson

03/20/2020

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WELCOME TO “TAKE 10 AT 10:00!”

Good morning Irvington UMC and friends! It’s time for Friday’s edition of “Take 10 at 10:00” – an opportunity to stop, breathe, and join together in a time of worship and reflection. If your schedule doesn’t permit you to take the time at 10:00 am, try it at 10:00 pm, or at any other time during the day. It will be posted on Facebook and on our website at www.irvingtonumc.org. Friday’s “Take 10 at 10:00” is a weekly devotional offering a hymn suggestion, Scripture readings, and thoughts and questions for reflection. We are going to… read more

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WELCOME TO “TAKE 10 AT 10:00!”

Good morning Irvington UMC and friends! It’s time for Friday’s edition of “Take 10 at 10:00” – an opportunity to stop, breathe, and join together in a time of worship and reflection. If your schedule doesn’t permit you to take the time at 10:00 am, try it at 10:00 pm, or at any other time during the day. It will be posted on Facebook and on our website at www.irvingtonumc.org. Friday’s “Take 10 at 10:00” is a weekly devotional offering a hymn suggestion, Scripture readings, and thoughts and questions for reflection. We are going to be focusing on our “Wesleyan Way” (following a guide written by Scott Jones, a Bishop in the UMC). So, find a Bible and get a notebook or open a new computer tab, and let’s get started!

1.If you have access, go to Youtube or some other music site and listen to the hymn, “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing.” You can listen to a traditional version or there is a contemporary version by the David Crowder Band that takes it up a notch. The song was written by Charles Wesley in 1739. What is the Wesleyan view of God and Jesus in this song?

2.Icebreaker question: What is your reaction to roadside billboards or pamphlets that say things such as “If you died tonight, where would you spend eternity?” Responses might be they irritate you, you ignore them, you question whether such messages are helpful or harmful, or they make you think about your beliefs on heaven, hell, and a life beyond this one.

2.Scripture readings:find a Bible or a Bible app and reading the following verses. Leviticus 19:11-18, Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Matthew 22:34-40.

3.Questions for thought:

Deuteronomy 6:1-9 describes a covenant (kind of like a contract) between God and Israel. What are the terms of the contract? What are the people supposed to do? What does God promise to do?

The command to “love your neighbor as yourself” in Leviticus 19:18 seems buried amid numerous other instructions. Do you see a theme or thread?

Matthew 22:35 says that the Pharisees (Jewish legal and religious scholars) came to Jesus to test him with the question: “What is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus’ response comes from Deuteronomy (one of the five books of Jewish Law). What do you think they expected him to say?

Deut. 6:4 is called the “Shema” (which is Hebrew for “listen”). It is a central affirmation of the Jewish faith, so the Pharisees would have agreed it was the greatest commandment. They might not, however, agreed to what Jesus says is the second greatest commandment. What does Jesus mean when he says the second commandment is “like” the first? What does Jesus mean when he says that “all the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands?”

After listening to the hymn, reading the Bible, and thinking on these questions, is there one word that comes to mind that is most descriptive of our Wesleyan way of life? Hint: it begins with an L.


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Important Notice - New Ways to Worship Coming

by: Denise Robinson

03/18/2020

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Irvington UMC family and friends:

Keep an eye on Facebook and our website as we explore new ways to keep connected! Starting later this week we are launching, "Take 10 at 10:00!" At 10:00 am every day (except for Sunday) look for a video posting, a scripture reading, music from our sanctuary, children and youth messages, or a podcast. Listen, read, and engage with us! We hope you will join us and add your comments. We will respond and hopefully get a conversation going that will keep us united in spirit even as we are forced to separate in… read more

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Irvington UMC family and friends:

Keep an eye on Facebook and our website as we explore new ways to keep connected! Starting later this week we are launching, "Take 10 at 10:00!" At 10:00 am every day (except for Sunday) look for a video posting, a scripture reading, music from our sanctuary, children and youth messages, or a podcast. Listen, read, and engage with us! We hope you will join us and add your comments. We will respond and hopefully get a conversation going that will keep us united in spirit even as we are forced to separate in person.

As for Sundays, we hope this Sunday to bring you worship from our sanctuary at 10:30 via Facebook Live (and downloaded later to our website).

Make yourself a cup of coffee and curl up in your favorite chair or on the sofa (or stay in bed) and worship with us!

Pastor Denise

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Notice Concerning Worship Services

by: Denise Robinson

03/18/2020

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Dear Irvington UMC,
In response to the recommendation from our Bishop and in keeping with directives from our government officials, we are suspending all services, gatherings, meetings and activities at Irvington UMC. This will be our policy through at least April 4th, with the understanding that the current recommendation of the United Methodist Church is through April 13. This decision does not mean that the ministry of Irvington UMC will stop. The church office will be open, and I encourage you to stay in contact through our Facebook page, our website, or by calling or emailing us at the church.
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Dear Irvington UMC,
In response to the recommendation from our Bishop and in keeping with directives from our government officials, we are suspending all services, gatherings, meetings and activities at Irvington UMC. This will be our policy through at least April 4th, with the understanding that the current recommendation of the United Methodist Church is through April 13. This decision does not mean that the ministry of Irvington UMC will stop. The church office will be open, and I encourage you to stay in contact through our Facebook page, our website, or by calling or emailing us at the church.
We are working to provide online worship on the Sundays that we are not meeting in person, and are preparing other online worship opportunities as well such as a daily devotional or Scripture lesson for the day to be posted on our Facebook page and website, and perhaps to be sent via a “blast” email.
During this time, our church will also be on call for shut-in emergencies. If you are in a high-risk group and you need anything from the store, please don’t risk going out. We have several persons not in the high-risk category who have volunteered to run errands for those in need. Allow them to be part of the ministry of our church. Call Kim and she will facilitate the arrangements. We have also set up a call-system and will be checking on one another throughout the week. As part of this process, I want you to know that we will be working hard to stay in contact and provide for needs, spiritual or otherwise. As we become more aware of needs, we will respond to them. If you would like to volunteer or if we missed you on our call list and you would like to be called, please call or email the church office. Your concerns and needs are important to us; we are a church family, and as a family we care for one another.
As you know, the financial demands of the church will continue during these weeks and I encourage you to continue to support the church financially. You can mail or drop off your donations during office hours. We also have on-line giving options, including through Paypal. Call Kim for details.
I want say that I am so appreciative of the love and support that I have seen in our church family, and I am confident that you will support the ministries of the church as we learn new ways to minister during this troubling time. One way we can support each other during this time is through prayer. In times of distress, we have the opportunity to be light for the world. Let your light shine!
May the grace of the Lord be upon you all,

Pastor Denise

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