Author Archives: John Collins

Worship — Sunday, October 24, 2021

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IIf 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 that by clicking on the link in the Vimeo logo above and then selecting download.

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

Previous worship services can be found at abilenefirstumc.org/onlineworship/.

Running to Jesus

Tomorrow (Sunday, October 24, 2021), I’ll be preaching on Mark 10:46-52 and talking about our need to set aside the things that hinder us and run to Jesus. The bell choir will be ringing “Simple Gifts” and the choir will be singing “Echo Anthem.” We’ll worship in-person at 8:15 and 10:30.

Voices: Redefining Success

I need to find a way to be reminded of this on a regular basis.

‘Jesus did not speak English, was never married and had no children, did not own a home, and died an early death, abandoned by his closest friends. In other words, very little about his life measures up to our ideas of success. Maybe, we are the ones who need to redefine success.” — Brady Boyd [1]


[1] Brady Boyd, Twitter post, September 1, 2021, 2:50 p.m., http://twitter.com/gkiely.

What’s Keeping You From Jesus?

This coming Sunday (October 24, 2021), I’m preaching on Mark 10:46-52, which tells the story of Jesus healing Bartimaeus of his blindness. Bart was persistent and made his way to Jesus despite his disability and the opposition of those around him. That prompts several questions: what’s keeping you from Jesus, what’s keeping you from being the disciple Jesus has called you to be, the person God created you to be? I would love to hear from you. You can text 620-252-9622 or email john@revcollins.com.

Faith Voices for Medicaid Expansion

I’ve been invited to join a Zoom meeting to learn more about the group Faith Voices for Medicaid Expansion. This issue matters to me because the failure of Kansas to accept the federal medicaid expansion has hurt people in need and negatively impacted hospitals and health care in Kansas for everyone—insured and uninsured alike.

I’m extending the invitation I received to all of you. Here’s a brief introduction and a link if you’re interested in learning more: https://bit.ly/3n5j14Q. And here’s a link where you can register for the webinar: https://bit.ly/3aOSIKi.

They have a facebook page. Just type “Faith Voices for Medicaid Expansion – KS” into the search bar.

Worship — Sunday, October 17, 2021

Note: I misspoke at about the 28-minute mark of yesterday’s sermon (October 17, 2021) when I was talking about love as God’s reigning attribute. What I meant to say was that when God’s justice and God’s love are in conflict, God’s love wins out.

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

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 that by clicking on the link in the Vimeo logo above and then selecting download.

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

Previous worship services can be found at abilenefirstumc.org/onlineworship/.

Love Divine Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning (Sunday, October 16, 2021), I’ll be delivering a message on the hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.” This old hymn provides a lot of information about the goal of Christian living in our present age. The choir will be back with the anthem “Blessed Assurance.”

Vintage Years

We’re coming up on our annual Vintage Years Celebration. There will be a time of special recognition for those members of our congregation who have reached 90 years or more. Our list of those hitting this milestone for this year’s celebration includes Julius Frey, Joanna Clemence, Kenneth Dawson, Verl Eckman, Louise Frey, Nadine Griffin, Carl Hansen, and Martha Zutavern. Please let us know if there’s someone we’ve missed.

Update: We’ll also be honoring those who turned 90 previously to 2020 and 2021: Joe Clemence, Rose Marie Elliott, Melva Rector, Les and Marie Thornton, Gil Green, Donna Smith, Dorothy Veach, Ray Power, Darlene Sexton, Keith Rogers, Dorothy Snider, Velma Becker, Lois Ledy, Melvin Leckron, Marvin Ledy, Helen Harrold, Virginia Hoffman, Norma Runs, and Evelyn York.

Collection for the Little Free Pantry This Sunday

We’re taking up a belated collection for the Little Free Pantry this Sunday (October 17, 2021). We especially need Energy/Snack/Granola bars, peanut butter and jelly, pancake mix (the kind that only needs water is best), macaroni, canned meat/fish, individual cereal packets, pasta, spaghetti sauce, fruit snacks, snack bars, canned fruit, and self-contained microwaveable meals, personal hygiene products, and water. As usual, cash will also be accepted.