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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Anniversary Celebrations

October 19, 2019

Anniversary Dinner and Silent Auction ($25/person)
followed by Concert by Jacobs Passage ($15/person)

Number of Recipes

as of Sept 19, 2019

97

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Worship Schedule

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


Oct 13th 11 am - Thanksgiving Sunday
Oct 20th 11 am - Anniversary Service
Oct 27th 11 am - Building Fund Sunday
Nov 3rd 11 am - Food Bank Sunday


 

Upcoming Events

Oct
14
Mon
7:30 pm UCW Meeting @ First United Church, Trinity Hall
UCW Meeting @ First United Church, Trinity Hall
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
A reminder to the UCW of our monthly meeting on October 14th at 7:30 pm in Trinity Hall. Please remember to bring along your personal care items. New members are always welcome.
Oct
15
Tue
10:30 am Bible Study Group @ First United Church, Multipurpose Room
Bible Study Group @ First United Church, Multipurpose Room
Oct 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Rev. Ian will be leading a Bible Study Group starting September 24th in the Multi-Purpose Room. Session time is 10:30 to11:30 am. Please don’t forget to bring a bible!
10:30 am Lectionary Bible Study Sessions @ First United Church, Multipurpose Room
Lectionary Bible Study Sessions @ First United Church, Multipurpose Room
Oct 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Rev. Ian leads a Bible Study Group in the Multi-Purpose Room every Tuesday morning from 10:30 to11:30 am. Please bring your own bible!
Oct
17
Thu
10:30 am Weekly Prayer Group @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Weekly Prayer Group @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Oct 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
WEEKLY PRAYER GROUP has started up again here at First United. Please join us on Thursday mornings, from 10:30 to 11 am in the Sanctuary. We make use of different forms of prayers: spoken and silent, meditative and contemplative. All
Oct
19
Sat
6:00 pm Anniversary Dinner and Concert @ First United Church, Trinity Hall
Anniversary Dinner and Concert @ First United Church, Trinity Hall
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tickets are now available at the church office. Cost for dinner tickets are $25 each. Dinner is a hot turkey supper with dessert. There will be assigned seating with six persons to a table. There are a limited number of
Oct
21
Mon
7:30 pm Quilting Group @ First United Church, Multipurpose Room
Quilting Group @ First United Church, Multipurpose Room
Oct 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The next meeting of the Quilting Group will be October 21st at 7:30 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room.

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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.