This week we are presenting a worship service provided by the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, featuring music from churches around the state and an inspiring message from Bishop Ken Carter.
The hope is that this service will provide a Sabbath rest for pastors, worship leaders, laity, and staff who have been working so hard to provide virtual worship these many weeks.
Next Sunday, June 28, we will have a live worship service in the Fellowship Center at 9:15am. This will be the final service for Joining Hands Mission United Methodist Church and Pastor Mary Ashcraft. COVID-19 precautions will be observed including taking temperatures, seating with social distancing, and wearing face masks. Breakfast burritos will be served outside from 8:30-9:00. Food will not be allowed inside the building. We hope you will be able to join us for this significant service.
Here’s a brief message from Jimmy Ashcraft concerning next Sunday’s service:
Jesus Calls Us to Be About the Work of God (Matthew 9:35-10:1)
Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness.
“You Have Been Commissioned to GO!!” (Matthew 28:16-20)
The Great Commission
Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted! Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
“Speaking of a Future Gift for All Who Believe” (John 7: 37-39)
On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)
[Jesus looked up to heaven and said,] “Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began. I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word.Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, for I have passed on to them the message you gave me. They accepted it and know that I came from you, and they believe you sent me. My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory. Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are.”
What a Friend
Days of Elijah
Due to some technical difficulties, in lieu of a sermon this week we will reflect on the activities and accomplishments of Joining Hands Mission.
“Be Righteous to Witness for God” (1 Peter 3: 13-17)
Scripture (New Living Translation)
Who will hurt you if you do what is right? But even if you suffer for doing what is right, you will be happy. Do not be afraid or troubled by what they may do to make it hard for you. Your heart should be holy and set apart for the Lord God. Always be ready to tell everyone who asks you why you believe as you do. Be gentle as you speak and show respect. Keep your heart telling you that you have done what is right. If men speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see the good way you have lived as a Christian. If God wants you to suffer, it is better to suffer for doing what is right than for doing what is wrong.
Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness. You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. As the Scriptures say,
“I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem, chosen for great honor, and anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”
Yes, you who trust him recognize the honor God has given him. But for those who reject him,
“The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.”
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
“Has Your Heart Been Warmed by the Spirit?” (Luke 24:28-32)
Scripture (New Living Translation)
By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared! They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”
Pastor Mary also makes an important announcement during her sermon.