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A greeting from Bishop Ken Carter

 
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"He drew a circle that shut me out—Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But Love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle that took him in!" Outwit with love at #GatherUMC --> www.gather2015.org ... See MoreSee Less

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Betty Sayner"Jesus...saw himself, up to his death, as one who was reforming his own religion, not leaving it, nor founding a new religion. (Since Judaism is archetypal religion, we could say that Jesus came to reform all religion.) That reform took off with such force that it became first a sect of Judaism, and eventually morphed into what we call Christianity, which unfortunately then put itself in competition with other religions--instead of being a nonviolent message of universal love that is needed for the maturation of all religions. Only in this much more demanding way can Jesus' message really be 'the salvation of the world.' " - Father Richard Rohr1 hour ago   ·  2
Gerald WaltzThat is what Jesus did.2 hours ago
Linda BellMy father Elmer Edwards quoted this poem to me and Nancy over 60 years ago.1 minute ago
Ellen BachmanThis is one of my favorite quotations.1 hour ago

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A Prayer to Abolish the Death Penalty --Sister Helen Prejean

God of Compassion, You let your rain fall on the just and the unjust. Expand and deepen our hearts so that we may love as You love, even those among us who have caused the greatest pain by taking life. For there is in our land a great cry for vengeance as we fill up death rows and kill the killers in the name of justice, in the name of peace.
Jesus, our brother, you suffered execution at the hands of the state but you did not let hatred overcome you. Help us to reach out to victims of violence so that our enduing love may help them heal. Holy Spirit of God, You strengthen us in the struggle for justice. Help us to work tirelessly for the abolition of state-sanctioned death and to renew our society in its very heart so that violence will be no more. Amen.
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Jim MercurioLord, in your mercy hear our prayers...3 days ago   ·  6
Charlene Smith-StewartHear our prayer!!3 days ago
Lauren Chance BoydYes3 days ago
Cindy WoodAmen.3 days ago
Penny GibsonI agree in a way Helen but some people's crimes are so hoarendess (spelling off) they need to be relieved of this world and the death penalty is the only way to achieve that.24 hours ago
Deborah CoreAmen2 days ago
Susan TerryAmen.3 days ago
Don FreemanIn this we ask Oh Lord! Amen2 days ago

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John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, died this day in 1791. On his death bed, he is said to have sung the words of this hymn, "I'll praise my Maker while I've breath" by Isaac Waats:

"I'll praise my Maker while I've breath;
and when my voice is lost in death,
praise shall employ my nobler powers.
My days of praise shall ne'er be past,
while life, and thought, and being last,
or immortality endures.

Happy are they whose hopes rely
on Israel's God, who made the sky
and earth and seas, with all their train;
whose truth for ever stands secure,
who saves the oppressed and feeds the poor,
for none shall find God's promise vain.

The Lord supports the fainting mind
and sends the laboring conscience peace.
God helps the stranger in distress,
the widow and the fatherless,
and grants the prisoner sweet release."
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Mary Ann McDonald SwensonI have been in the room there where he died. No way they could get all those people in there!3 days ago   ·  5
David AlfordLest not forget!3 days ago   ·  1
Eve HamiltonLove it!!!! Thanks for the post3 days ago
Revd Jarel Robinson-BrownJohn Wesley - Ora Pro Nobis.3 days ago
Cecelia WhitfieldThank you for sharing3 days ago
Cecilia SmeatonWow2 days ago
Susan RansomThat is beautiful.2 days ago
Joy BridenbaughGood to know!2 days ago
Millette ArnoldThanks for refreshing our history Pastor3 days ago
Dorothy Metcalfethis was My Mums Favourite hymn, she chose it for her funeral.3 days ago
Lillian IversenLiv Berit Carlsen - finnes denne salmen på norsk, tro?2 days ago

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