United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Service Times
Praise Style - 8:30 AM
Sunday School - 9:45 AM
Fellowship Time- 10:30 AM
Traditional Style- 11:00 AM
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Welcome to the United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon!

 The congregation at Mount Vernon United Methodist is a warm and welcoming group-- eager to meet you and excited about worship.  Come visit and see for yourself how God is working in our church and in our lives.  We think you'll agree that the "UMCMV" is a pretty amazing place to be!

 

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PASTOR BILL’S BYTES

As we come into the season of Advent, the theme of our preaching series resonates in my mind – “Under Wraps: The Gift We Never Expected.” Truly, we humans, who have persistently tried to go our own way instead of following the leading of God, have created a world that is full of conflict and of persons going many different directions, leading to conflict and suspicion and fear, which turns into hatred. The expected gift had been a conqueror. But Immanuel – God With Us – comes as a humble peasant child, born in a stable to Mary and Joseph, a couple who had not even had a chance to consummate their marriage.

In this world, where conflict rages even within the church, we are reminded in this season that God With Us chooses to be rebirthed in us as the Prince of Peace. This season calls me to recommit myself to following the Prince of Peace by recommitting to practice non-violence. My advent spiritual practice will include daily praying the prayer of St. Francis. Will you pray it with me?

 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.