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


January 13th 11 am
January 20th 11 am
January 23rd 7 pm
January 27th 11 am Baptism (Building Fund Sunday)
February 3rd 11 am Communion (Food Bank Sunday)
February 10th 11 am
February 17th 11 am
February 24th 11 am Baptism (Building Fund Sunday)

Upcoming Events

Jan
21
Mon
7:30 pm Quilting Group @ Multi-Purpose Room, First United Church
Quilting Group @ Multi-Purpose Room, First United Church
Jan 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
QUILTING GROUP: The meetings of the Quilting Group for this month are Monday, January 7th and Monday, January 21st at 7:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room.
Jan
24
Thu
10:00 am Prayer Group @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Prayer Group @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Jan 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Prayer Group at First United Thursday Mornings 10 am First United offers a prayer group on Thursday Mornings at 10 am (approximately 1 hour). We make use of different forms of prayers: spoken and silent, meditative and contemplative. There is
Jan
27
Sun
11:00 am Building Fund Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Building Fund Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Jan 27 @ 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.
Jan
30
Wed
7:00 pm Book Club @ Trinity Hall, First United Church
Book Club @ Trinity Hall, First United Church
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
BOOK CLUB: The first meeting for the new year will be held on Wednesday, January 30th at 7 pm in Trinity Hall. Book for the month is ‘Catching the Wind’ by Melanie Dobson.
Jan
31
Thu
10:00 am Prayer Group @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Prayer Group @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Jan 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Prayer Group at First United Thursday Mornings 10 am First United offers a prayer group on Thursday Mornings at 10 am (approximately 1 hour). We make use of different forms of prayers: spoken and silent, meditative and contemplative. There is
Feb
3
Sun
11:00 am Food Bank Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Food Bank Sunday @ First United Church, Sanctuary
Feb 3 @ 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

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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.