John Wesley United Methodist Church, 129 N. Potomac St.
Holy Week Lunch Services at John Wesley United Methodist Church, Monday - Thursday, April 14-17 at Noon, 129 N. Potomac St., sponsored by Hagerstown Area Religious Council.
Rev. Ed Poling will share meditations on "The Last Supper: A Feast of Love." These 30 minute services will be followed by a soup and sandwich luncheon, available for purchase, provided by John Wesley United Methodist Women.
First, a story (which I mentioned in a sermon last fall). Some two hundred years ago, in the early days of gas street lights, the cities in England employed lamplighters. You see, each light had to be lit manually every evening. The lamplighter would go from light to light putting a ladder up against the lamp post, climbing up with his torch, lighting the lantern, climbing back down and moving on to the next one.
“Peace.” It sounds wonderful, it has nothing but good connotations. It's too bad there's not more of it. That's why we Christians are so concerned about it. In fact, if we were to take a survey of a cross-section of our society, and to ask people to describe how they feel on the inside about their lives and their lifestyles, we wouldn't expect to hear much about peace. In fact, it's been done, and the results show a widespread lack of contentment, a deep dissatisfaction, that people express when they really think seriously about their lives.
Just over 27 years ago, in the spring of 1987, Susie and I were searching for a new church home for our family close to our residence in Westminster. I had been to a couple of churches and the time came on a Sunday in mid-May for me to check out another one. The memory came to mind of attending the Westminster Church of the Brethren in 1964 as a high school student in the Key Club, on which occasion I heard a fiery civil rights sermon, so powerfully delivered by Curtis Dubble that it was all I could do at the age of 16 not to stand up and cheer.
The mission of the Hagerstown Church of the Brethren is to celebrate the love of Jesus Christ and glorify the Lord by striving to live as Christ lived, experiencing the power of God's healing in our lives. We seek to nurture our faith community through prayer, music and the proclaimed Word, while enthusiastically reaching out to others with compassion, respect and love for everyone so that we may grow in faith and commitment together.
The Hagerstown Church of the Brethren: A caring community gathered round the Risen Christ that …Welcomes the stranger …Empowers our neighbors …Embraces the diversity among all people as we continue the work of Jesus, peacefully, simply, together.