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It's Just A Meal

Pretty soon we're going to be celebrating Memorial Day. As a Canadian I had to learn a little about this holiday (we wrap Memorial Day and Veterans Day into one) but something I've learned is the importance of the meal. If we don't grill out something is wrong. My in-laws all meet together in the afternoon and cook something over fire. There's just something about this day that's tied to the food we eat. But have you ever been to a family celebration and someone from the family was missing? Worse, have you ever been the one missing? How does it feel to have someone you know should be there be absent, or how does it feel when it's you?

Have you ever noticed how important meals are to our holy days? In the Jewish faith the meal was part of the worship experience (like the Passover meal). When we celebrate a wedding there is always a meal and celebration that goes with it. Even now we have the family meals with our holy days/holidays, the ham at Easter, the turkey at Thanksgiving. If you don't think those are a big deal, talk to my mother-in-law who one year tried to have an Italian theme for the big family Thanksgiving meal. Pasta instead of turkey? For a while I wondered if we would ever find the body...

But holy days and meals are tied together, much like worship and celebration together. It's not something we are supposed to do alone. There is a lot of emphasis on a personal relationship with God in our modern world, and it's true that is immensely important, but there is also a relationship in light of the family. There's a reason God is often referred to as our Heavenly Father, we are a part of a bigger family. I have a personal relationship with my dad, we can talk about anything, but my relationship doesn't end at us being buddies. He's also my father. Our conversations and times together are sometimes just the two of us but many times others are included because we aren't the only two in the family (there's 13 other people in there, and that's just immediate family).

So as summer begins and schedules get hectic and everyone is everywhere, don't miss the meal. Don't forget the chance to worship together with us here at Fishers United Methodist Church. In many ways worship is like a spiritual meal and I don't want to miss it. I want to be at the family celebration and I would love to see you there too.

We should keep on encouraging each other to be thoughtful and to do helpful things. Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer. ~ Hebrews 10:24-25 (CEV)

Troy Richards
Director of Sr. High Student Ministries & Modern Worship

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WWJD and other catchy phrases

Have you heard we’re electing a new president this year?  Of course, you’ve heard . . . there’s no escaping it!  Every election season I find myself more and more frustrated with the process.  I am frustrated with a process that pushes us to reduce complex issues into sound bites and catchy phrases.  And rhetoric that focuses more on personal attacks than addressing any of the very real issues we face.  And when did it become acceptable to manipulate the human fear response to get elected into an office of leadership?  When did Facebook memes become part of the democratic system?

In 1774 John Wesley had this to say about elections: “I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them
1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy
2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against, and
3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.”

Can you imagine what an election season would look like if we adopted these three guidelines?  The church (and the people in it) should be setting the standard for healthy dialog, not following behind the world around us.  We should be leading the way in justice issues and seeking ways to end human suffering around the world.   What if we demanded respectful, meaningful dialog rather than catchy one-liners?

Now if you just really happen to like catchy phrases, try this one:  WWJD (what would Jesus do) when entering into political dialog.  Jesus challenged the leaders of his time without name calling or character insults.  He demonstrated mercy, grace, and healing for people who were “on the fringe.”  He reminds us that we are all sinners and therefore have no right to judge another person; rather we are to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit those in prison, welcome the stranger and love our neighbor as ourselves. 

WWJD in this election year?  Or perhaps the more important question is what does Jesus want us to do?  Can we model our Christian faith in the language we use to discuss important issues?  What do you think?

Jill Buckler
Director Of Congregational Relations
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