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arrow icon. Wounded for Whom? 
A Meditation for Good Friday 2008

In reflecting on the lectionary texts for Good Friday, Isaiah 53:5,6 demanded my attention. I am struck by the power of Jesus being wounded for me, for you, for us. A single word in this text jumped out at me - the word iniquity. Iniquity means "gross injustice; wickedness; sin." 
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Bible | Communities | GBGM programs | Lent | Partners/partnerships | North Eastern U.S. | United States |
Date posted: Mar 20, 2008
arrow icon. Where Will Our Help Come From?  
Lent 2008

I live in a place that knows how to ask the question: "Where will our help come from?" The voice that sings the 121st song is not foreign to Palestine or to Palestinians. Living here, working and speaking each day with Palestinian Christians, I hear in almost ever word the question: "Where will our help come from?"
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Communities | GBGM programs | International affairs | Lent | Missionaries | United Methodist Church | Youth | Israel | Middle East | Palestine |
Date posted: Mar 19, 2008
arrow icon. Feasting Upon Bread and God's Grace 
Maundy Thursday 2008

Eucharist I can't recall now who said it; it started out as a joke. My Young Adult Missionary class had just gotten out of a communion service during our training last summer. We were eating the leftover bread, and someone had joked about how tasty the grace of God was – warm and chewy, perfectly accompanied by a few drops of grape juice.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Lent | Missionaries | World |
Date posted: Mar 19, 2008
arrow icon. Seeing Jesus' Face 

Watching the movie ‘Prestige,’ a film about two rival stage magicians trying to outdo each other perfect the ‘disappearing’ act, reminds me of the walk to Emmaus. In that account, which followed sometime immediately after Jesus’ resurrection, Jesus disappeared in front of two disciples after breaking the bread they were about to eat after the day’s journey. 
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Bible | Christian love | Lent | World |
Date posted: Mar 19, 2008
arrow icon. 'Faith...Just a Little Faith' 
A few years ago a movie came out called The Sixth Sense. I never saw the movie but we all know the catch line "I see dead people." That alone was enough to make me decide that I didn't want to see the picture, it just seemed morbid. As I read the Scriptures for today this phrase kept coming back to me..."I see dead people." 
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Children | Christian love | Communities | Lent | Missionaries | Prayers | United States | South Central U.S. |
Date posted: Mar 10, 2008
arrow icon. Seeing with New Eyes 
For over 20 years, my job required my family to move about every three or four years. Each move would take us somewhere new and exciting. As "outsiders", we would see our surroundings with fresh, new eyes. In the beginning, we would be anxious to take advantage of our "newness", visiting all of local tourist attractions, the beaches, the museums and the zoos. After a period of time, we would settle into the everyday routine of life and would tire of site seeing. I often think of how many wonderful sites we missed simply because we became complacent.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Bible | Children | Communities | Lent | World |
Date posted: Mar 10, 2008
arrow icon. 'God Can' 
As we move in this third week of Lent we discover a theme around thirst. The Israelites wonder as they wandered in the wilderness in desperation for fear they wouldn’t have nourishment and would die of thirst. The woman at the well, a Samaritan woman at that, is in conversation with Jesus who is physically thirsty and he offers streams of water that will lead to eternal life so they will never be thirsty again. In Romans, we are reminded that we have the love of God which has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Communities | Jesus Christ | Lent | World |
Date posted: Feb 21, 2008
arrow icon. Christ on Earth 
Lent 2008

In the context of Lent, we are called to look at where Christ is, was, and will be in our world. In Psalm 121 and Genesis 12 we are called to remember the very physical nature of our Judaic- Christian experience with God. Lift thine eyes to the hills, not past reality into a different realm. The Lord is right here, in the mountains of our lives. The Lord is aware of our struggles as we climb through life and will not let us stumble or lose our way.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Jesus Christ | Lent | World |
Date posted: Feb 12, 2008
arrow icon. 'I Am Not Alone' 
Lent 2008

As a deaconess candidate, I consider myself to be a lifelong learner in theology and the ways of The United Methodist Church. In fact, I just recently completed the Old Testament and New Testament courses this winter and walked away from that experience understanding why people refer to the Bible as "the living word."
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Christian love | Jesus Christ | Lent | United Methodist Church | South Eastern U.S. | United States |
Date posted: Feb 10, 2008
arrow icon. All of Nature Fasts and Prays 
Ash Wednesday, 2008

Canada Geese and a partly frozen pond in Olkahoma near Turtle Rock Farm. At Turtle Rock Farm we are committed to learning from and being healed by God's good creation. As we enter a period of the church year when we dedicate ourselves to fasting-and-prayer, we find it imperative to notice what's happening in creation.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Agriculture | Christian love | GBGM programs | Lent | Missionaries | Prayers | United Methodist Church | South Central U.S. | United States |
Date posted: Feb 05, 2008
arrow icon. Global Song: Making Black History Month a Musical Celebration  
As you consider ways to celebrate Black History Month in your worship services, explore the rich diversity of hymnody and song that has been born out of the African American experience. The collection, Beams of Heaven, 46 hymns of Charles Tindley, is a treasure to share with your congregation as a part of Black History Month. Churches who want to offer solos or duets may consider some of the spirituals found in Steal Away to Jesus.
Source: Evangelization and Church Growth
More about: Civil rights | Lent | Music | United States | World |
Date posted: Jan 15, 2008
arrow icon. Giving Thanks for Enduring Love 
After reading these passages, the verse that captured my attention was from Psalm 118: O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever! (Psalm 118:1)
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Bible | Christian love | Easter | Jesus Christ | Lent | World |
Date posted: Apr 05, 2007
arrow icon. Sitting at the Foot of the Cross 
Good Friday commemorates history’s most famous public execution. It is a day of deception, death, and destruction. On this day we take solace from the words of Psalm 22 as some believe Jesus did while dying on the cross. In spite of our repulsion at this cruel method of torture and death, we cling to the cross. My clinging to the cross was recently called into question. 
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Christian love | Easter | Jesus Christ | Lent | World |
Date posted: Apr 05, 2007
arrow icon. The Calm Before The Storm 
It had been a hard week for Jesus and the disciples. Jesus had done his best to make his closest disciples understand what was about to occur as they journeyed together to Jerusalem. Again he rebuked the Pharisees, who continued to think that “keeping the law” was so important.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Christian love | Jesus Christ | Lent | World |
Date posted: Apr 01, 2007
arrow icon. Memories of the Role of Women in Lenten Services 
When I was a little girl back in the early 50’s, I really didn’t know much about the season of Lent. However, I did know about Good Friday. We had the day off from school, and Dad didn’t have to go to work. When Mom woke us up, there weren’t any of the normal morning smells of coffee brewing or breakfast being prepared about the house. Instead, Dad was gathering his yard tools and Mom was getting groceries, bedding, and clothing together. We were preparing to go to our church, which was approximately 12 miles from where we lived. 
Source: GBGM Mission News
More about: Children | Christian love | Communities | Easter | Family | Lent | Women | United States |
Date posted: Mar 30, 2007
arrow icon. Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday Bible Texts 
We offer you two texts from Luke (New Revised Standard Version) to consider on This special sunday.
Source: GBGM Mission News
More about: Easter | Lent | World |
Date posted: Mar 30, 2007
arrow icon. Business Is No Longer the Same as Usual 
As I reflect on my life, I ask how I got to this point. It is clear to me that business is no longer the same as usual. I am a born-again Christian who has been on this faith journey since October 1996 after a divorce and a miscarriage. I knew I could not continue on the same path that I was on. There was no peace in my life and I desired to have peace.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Christian love | Easter | Family | GBGM programs | Lent | United Methodist Church | Women | South Central U.S. | United States |
Date posted: Mar 27, 2007
arrow icon. God’s Lavish Love 
One of the themes for this week is God’s lavish love: a constant, persistent, and inexhaustible love that desires, searches, and joyously celebrates our return whenever we have strayed or wandered away. During our times of being lost, the knowledge that this abundant love is seeking us and ready to welcome us back can be a great source of comfort and hope.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Christian love | Communities | Jesus Christ | Justice | Lent | Missionaries | Prayers | North Central U.S. | United States |
Date posted: Mar 16, 2007
arrow icon. Finding Grace 
Casimira Rodgriguez Romero and Carolina Labrada We understand that the grace of God is an undeserved gift. Isaiah presents it to us directly--in a simple way that makes it completely clear to us.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Christian love | Communities | GBGM programs | Lent | Women | World |
Date posted: Mar 06, 2007
arrow icon. Standing Firm in the Lord 
The first week of January is notorious for football games and championships. During the 2007 mission team orientation, I thought I had prepared my team to understand our mission was to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi, Mississippi. I was leading a team of 30 volunteers. In the past, I had led small mission groups of 10 to 12 members.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Christian love | GBGM programs | Lent | Mission opportunities | Prayers | United Methodist Church | Volunteers | South Eastern U.S. | United States |
Date posted: Feb 27, 2007
arrow icon. Love and Forgiveness 
I miss being a kid, when I was being fed and clothed by my parents and older siblings and life seemed to be so satisfying. On the other hand, I am happy to be a grown-up. Our world needs grown- ups who can make a difference in other people’s lives.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Christian love | Family | GBGM programs | Health | Jesus Christ | John Wesley | Lent | Missionaries | Peace | Prayers | United Methodist Church | Older adults | South Eastern U.S. | United States |
Date posted: Feb 23, 2007
arrow icon. 'Return to Me With All Your Heart'
 Ash Wednesday, 2007

My grandmother died in Franklin, North Carolina, on Ash Wednesday 1979. Each year, as Lent approaches, I remember her life, her death, and the disposition of her ashes.
Source: GBGM Mission News
More about: Communities | Family | Lent | United States |
Date posted: Feb 20, 2007
arrow icon. Missionary Minute: Easter Day
 April 16, 2006

In Luke 15, Jesus tells a familiar parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices.”
Source: Advance
More about: Christian love | Communities | Easter | Lent | Missionaries | United Methodist Church | Advance | Partners/partnerships | Methodism | Africa | Tanzania |
Date posted: Apr 16, 2006
arrow icon. Sacred and Imperishable 
Rev. James Dwyer shares a story with children. When I look at the recollection of the events around the resurrection of Jesus in Mark 16, I am aware all evidence says that the gospel originally ended with verse 8. The remaining verses were someone’s effort to add important stories from the other gospels and a few questionable views from elsewhere to “complete” a gospel that some, at least, felt was too open­ ended.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Bible | Christian love | Easter | Jesus Christ | Lent | United Methodist Church | Methodism | World |
Date posted: Apr 15, 2006
arrow icon. A Man Died 2000 Years Ago on a Wooden Cross 
Wall Around Bethlehem in July,2005. A man died 2000 years ago on a wooden cross. He was condemned as a criminal but to this day millions honor the man crucified and cherish the crucifixion. ... Every Good Friday and throughout the year, thousands of followers of Christ retrace the path through which he carried his cross.
Source: Mission Personnel
More about: Christian love | Easter | Jesus Christ | Lent | United Methodist Church | Methodism | Israel | Palestine |
Date posted: Apr 14, 2006
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