Holy Week Schedule of Services:
Sunday, March 29 – Palm/Passion Sunday: Services at 9:30 AM for First UMC Endicott and at 11:00 AM for Park Terrace; reciting the Passion Narrative
Maundy Thursday, April 2 – Service of Holy Communion at Park Terrace Community UMC, 7:00 PM
Good Friday, April 3 – Service of Tenebrae (Darkness) at First UMC, Endicott, 7:30 PM; please note time of service, because of Daylight Savings Time
Sunday, April 5 – Easter Sunday: Sunrise Service at Waterman Nature Conservancy, Hilton Rd., Apalachin, 6:30 AM. Our churches will be joining with the Little Meadows, Apalachin, and Whittimore Hills UMCs for this service. Breakfast will follow at Little Meadows UMC.
Celebration of Resurrection and Life at 9:30 AM for First UMC Endicott and at 11:00 AM for Park Terrace
Pastor Dale E. Austin Exodus 20:1-17
One of my favorite quotes, which I stumbled onto only a few years ago, comes from Martin Luther, the renegade German priest who kick-started the Protestant Reformation. In a letter to a friend he laments the concept that people are simply supposed to accept, with blind devotion, whatever the Mother Church teaches them, without questioning anything. He finds it difficult to believe in a God who would bless us with intellect, reason, and the capacity for rational thought, and then ask us to forego the use or exercise of these gifts. It’s a wonderful insight.
All too often we stop at the words of the Scriptures, telling ourselves that everything which God wants us to know is contained there. Continue reading
Pastor Dale E. Austin Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Last week we heard of God making a fresh start with Noah and his family, following the great flood. In the following chapters of Genesis, we learn how the descendants of Noah spread over all the earth and developed cultures and languages of their own. In time, the world is as diverse and as varied as it had been before the flood. . . . and just as corrupt.
As was the case with Noah, God looks around and finds that not everyone in the human race is corrupt. There are pockets of virtue. There are still those who try to be faithful. Among them is a gentleman from a distant land, named Abram. One day, out of the blue, God taps Abram on the shoulder and asks him, “How would you feel about moving?” Continue reading
Pastor Dale E. Austin Genesis 9:8-17
If we take the time, it can be fascinating to compare the ways in which Christians and Jews understand many of the stories in the Jewish Scriptures, what we refer to as our “Old Testament.” We find that our understandings of the nature of God can vary considerably. For Christians, steeped in a long tradition of “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow,” we tend to favor a God who never changes, and who remains constant throughout all of history and, therefore, throughout the Scriptures. In contrast, Jews have no problem with a God who learns from experience, who may even make mistakes, but only once. Theirs is a God who is not afraid to experiment, to dabble in trial-and-error, and to learn and grow. Continue reading
Pastor Dale E. Austin Matthew 4:1-11
Hi, there. My name is Brandon Lane Zebub. I’m in the business of influencing people and helping them to make choices. Not to brag, but I’m the best in the business. Continue reading