Our Purpose

Money power fameWhen the writer of the book of Ecclesiastes decided to determine his purpose in life, he started by accumulating a vast sum of money only to discover that it didn’t provide the meaning he had hoped for. Then he sought power, attained it, and discovered that it too failed to satisfy. Next came a scandalous pursuit of pleasure; then fame and celebrity. Finally, at the end of all his efforts, he uttered his famous words:

“Vanity, vanity, all is vanity.”

Or, as another translation says, “All of this is like chasing the wind.”

God’s 24/7 Clock

We were not created to chase the wind. We are created to join God on a mission. Some people think of God as hanging around beyond the edges of the universe somewhere, listening to really good worship music. The Bible sees it much differently. It teaches that God is at work 24/7, all over our world, filling God’s followers with grace and mercy and power to reclaim and redeem and fix this broken planet.

It isn’t as if God has work gloves on and calls us to roll up our sleeves and join God with our talents, our money, our time, and our passion. God wants his mission to become ours. “If you’re into chasing the wind, God tells us, “you can keep right on doing that. Or you can hook up with me, and together we’ll transform this hurting planet.”

Team Up with God

TeamWhat would it feel like to lay your head on your pillow at night and say,

“You know what I did today? I teamed up with God to change the world.”

The desire to be a world-changer is planted in the heart of every human being, and that desire comes directly from the heart of God. We can suffocate that desire in selfishness, silence it with the chatter of competing demands, or bypass “This is What I was Made For” on the fast track to personal achievement. But it’s still there.

Whenever we wonder if the daily nine to five grind or our round-the-clock parenting tasks are all there is to life that divine desire nudges us.

Whenever we feel restless and unsatisfied, the desire whispers in our soul.

Whenever we wonder what a life of real purpose would feel like, the desired calls us to something more.

Jesus Made It Clear

Jesus made it pretty clear what God’s idea of a transformed world would look like, first within the community of believers called the church, and then as the values of that community spread out into the world. When he said we should love the Lord our God with all our heart and soul and mind and strength, and our neighbor as ourselves, he was calling us to trade a ritualized religion for a genuine love relationship with God and to offer the same kind of attention, honour, and compassion we give ourselves.

global reachWhen Jesus punctuated his teaching with concern for the poor, the powerless, and the oppressed, he was describing a new value system. When he said, “Take up your cross and follow me”, he was telling us in graphic terms that following him would require sacrifice, hardship, and death to something selfish inside of us.

Our call to love our neighbor as ourselves includes our neighbor across the globe as well as the one next door. The transformation God longs for transforms everything: marriages, families, friendships, economic and political systems. It lifts up the humble, humbles the proud, and draws people together across racial, social, and cultural divides.

Acts 13:36 speaks about the Old Testament character David. It says simply “And David served the purposes of God in his generation.” I love the clarity of that single sentence.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God.

© Rev. Ian March-MacCuish. All Rights Reserved

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Worship Schedule

Every Sunday at 11 am
First United Church Mount Pearl
Current Season: Lent

March 17th 11 am - 2nd Sunday of Lent
March 17th 7 pm - Service of Gospel Music
March 24th 11 am - 3rd Sunday of Lent
March 31st 11 am - 4th Sunday of Lent, Baptism
April 7th 11 am - 5th Sunday of Lent
April 14th 11 am - Palm Sunday
April 19th 10 am - Good Friday Service (led by UCW)
April 21st 8 am - Easter Sunday, Communion
April 21st 11 am - Easter Sunday, Choir Cantata
April 28th 11 am - Baptism

Upcoming Events

7:00 pm Book Club @ First United Church, Trinity Hall
Book Club @ First United Church, Trinity Hall
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The next meeting of the Book Club will be on Wednesday, March 27th at 7 pm in Trinity Hall. We will be discussing the book ‘The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story’ by Hyeonseo Lee. New members
11:00 am Building Fund Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Building Fund Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Mar 31 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Building Fund Sunday  The last Sunday of the month has been designated as Building Fund Sunday. Envelopes are available in the church pews if you would like to make a contribution. Thank you for your continued support.
7:30 pm Quilting Group @ First United Church, Multipurpose Room
Quilting Group @ First United Church, Multipurpose Room
Apr 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The next meeting of the Quilting Group is April 1st at 7:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room. 
11:00 am Food Bank Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Food Bank Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Apr 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Food Bank Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary | Mount Pearl | Newfoundland and Labrador | Canada
Food Bank Sunday at First United Church: The first Sunday of the month has been designated as Food Bank Sunday. All donations go to Bridges to Hope. Members of the congregation are asked to bring along any non-perishable food items
8:00 am Fish and Brewis Breakfast @ First United Church, Trinity Hall
Fish and Brewis Breakfast @ First United Church, Trinity Hall
Apr 19 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Our annual Good Friday Fish and Brewis Breakfast is coming up on April 19th from 8 am to 10 am.  Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children.  Tickets will be available at the door.  Then join us for
10:30 am Good Friday Service @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Good Friday Service @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Apr 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Please join us at 10:30 on Good Friday as the UCW lead this special service with spiritual music and prayer.  

Constant Contact

SNAC – Recycling Project

Help support SNAC (our Youth Group) and take care of the environment at the same time.

Donations for the food bank can be made through the Bridges to Hope web. Just click on their logo and follow the path.