Online Worship — June 13, 2021

If you’re having trouble streaming our worship videos, you may want to simply download the entire video to your device and then play it. You can do so with this link.

Our Vimeo page is: vimeo.com/abilenefirstumc.

If you want to follow along with bulletin you can follow this link or the link in the menu above.

You can make a contribution online via tithe.ly. Other options can be found here.

Previous worship services can be found at vimeo.com/abilenefirstumc.

Service for Rocky Welton

There will be a service of Death and Resurrection for Rocky Welton tomorrow (Saturday, June 12, 2021) at 1:30. The plan is to livestream the service on Phyllis’ facebook page.

I don’t know why I had never thought of posting these before, but below is the slideshow we’ll be using for his service.

Voices: A Prayer for the Day

A prayer for the day From Thomas Merton

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though
I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. [1]

Amen. We all have to face perils, we do not have to face them alone.


[1] “The Merton Prayer,” Reflections, accessed June 11, 2021, https://reflections.yale.edu/article/seize-day-vocation-calling-work/merton-prayer.

Voices: Christ’s Justice

“Peter cut off the ear of a soldier because he feared his enemies were derailing his plans for justice. Jesus healed the ear of the soldier because he knew his plan for justice included the healing of his enemies.” — Dan White Jr. [1]

As always, the way of Jesus Christ is better than the way of Peter.


[1] Dan White Jr., Twitter post, April 14, 2020, twitter.com/danwhitejr.

Fun with Technology

Well . . . the plan was for me to post a recording of yesterday’s service today (Monday, June 7, 2020). Unfortunately due to some technical difficulties that isn’t going to happen today or . . . ever. Our apologies, we’ll try again next Sunday.

New Online Worship Schedule

Tomorrow, Sunday, June 5, 2020, we’ll be beginning a new online worship schedule. We plan to livestream the 8:15 worship service on Facebook and then record the 10:30 service and upload it on Monday. You should be able to watch the livestream at 8:15 or anytime after that.

Known But to God

I woke up this morning to a Memorial Day that was cold, grey, rainy, and thus dreary. I’ve always felt that days like this are oddly appropriate for graveside services. It seems appropriate for observing Memorial Day as well. I wanted to share the picture below of a cross-shaped tombstone reading, “Here rests in honored glory a comrade in arms known but to God.” “Known but to God.” It’s enough for that soldier, and it’s enough for us as well. When we feel small and insignificant, we can find comfort in knowing that we are known to God. In time we will know fully, even as we are now fully known. (See 1 Corinthians 13:12.)

Photo by Nathan Gibbs — Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) — https://www.flickr.com

Online Worship for May 30, 2021

This service was recorded Saturday, May 29, 2021.

If you’re having trouble streaming our worship videos, you may want to simply download the entire video to your device and then play it. You can do so with this link.

Our Vimeo page is: vimeo.com/abilenefirstumc.

If you want to follow along with bulletin you can follow this link or the link in the menu above.

You can make a contribution online via tithe.ly. Other options can be found here.

Previous worship services can be found at vimeo.com/abilenefirstumc.

Observing All Saints Day Today and Tomorrow

We’ll be observing All Saints Day today (Saturday, May 29, 2021) and tomorrow. A candle will be lit in memory of every member we’ve lost since we last observed All Saints Day in 2019. This will be the last Saturday Service. The Sunday morning services will stick to the regular schedule of 8:15 and 10:30.

In the Office at Annual Conference

I’m down here in the church office in Abilene, but I’m dialed into Annual Conference.(Which is currently being livestreamed out of First UMC in Lawrence, Kansas.) Since we’re not in person, I don’t expect any really important or controversial decisions to be made, but I’ll keep you posted.

Voices: How Much I Love God

I stumbled across this quote while I was upset with someone.

“I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.”

It’s widely attributed to Dorothy Day, but I haven’t been able track it down for sure. I am quite certain the timing of my stumbling across it can be attributed to the Holy Spirit. Lord, help me to love you more. Amen.