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Rev. John Shaver – “Journey to Joy”

5-7-17 Audio

Order of Worship

“Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences.” – John Wesley

Dear SDUMC Family,

First, I want to take a moment to thank the youth and youth leaders of our church for an inspiring Youth Sunday. If you weren’t able to be at church last week, please take a few minutes and listen to their inspiring and uplifting messages. Here’s a link Youth Sunday Messages . The youth reminded me that we are more than just a gathering place on Sunday but a campus where hope abounds as we come together in Christian unity.

The messages reminded me of a passage in a devotional by Henri Nouwen, “We become neighbors when we are willing to cross the road for one another. There is a lot of road crossing to do. We are all very busy in our own circles. We have our own people to go to and our own affairs to take care of. But if we could cross the road once in a while and pay attention to what is happening on the other side, we might indeed become neighbors.”

As we live the days between Sundays, I pray that we each can find some ways and take a little time to cross the road and reach out to our neighbors. Imagine the changes we would begin to see in our corner of the world if we took a little time each week to walk across the office, the classroom, the sidewalk or the aisles in a store to reach out to a neighbor. Again, I give thanks for the youth of our church as they reminded me in their messages that they have been given this example by so many of you.

I look forward to joining with you for another Joy-filled Sunday as we give thanks to God for the many people who worked together to bring about the renovations in the Sanctuary and Chapel. We’ll take a few moments to recognize the teams that worked tirelessly in various ways to bring the plans to fruition. There will also be a special time between the 9 and 10:30 worship hours to thank those who labored throughout the renovations…and share in fellowship with our church family.

I’ll see you at 8 AM (In the Chapel) or 9 AM and 10:30 AM (In the Sanctuary). Have a blessed Friday and Saturday!

Grace and Peace,


PS Don’t forget to bring some food for “Share The Table Sunday” as we share in Communion this week.



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