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Adventures...June 2017

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son And of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.  And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age – Matthew 28: 19-20
It feels like the month of June is the time to GO as we begin summer here in Quincy!  It’s a season of going on vacation, of going forth from one grade in school to another, from going from high school to college or the workforce, college graduates preparing for a new life, going to our Annual Conference Session, or for many of my colleagues, a time of going to another church and for many of my former classmates, going to their new churches for the first time as pastors.  But the main thing is that Jesus says to GO, to GO make disciples of ALL nations, but that no matter what, Jesus is with us wherever we may go and will always be with us until the end of the age.  It’s the Great Commission that Jesus gave the disciples, b…

Adventures...May 2017

What a month April was!!  Amidst the weather not making up its mind if it would be cold or warm, we made it to the end of our Lenten journey and through Holy Week and Easter.  However, what a powerful and meaningful Holy Week and Easter we had here at Community UMC!!  Even though I am writing this installment of Adventures two days after Easter, the afterglow of our Easter Sunday is still with me as I feel uplifted from the music, seeing a full sanctuary, and that we are slowly seeing signs of Spring around here.  Our Holy Week services had a wide range of emotions from the excited shouts of “Hosanna” on Palm Sunday that quickly turned to “Crucify Him” as we made our way through Jesus’s Passion, the Last Supper, his arrest, trial, crucifixion, and death.  But of course as we heard and saw on Easter, death WILL NOT have the final say. 
            But now, we are in the Great 50 Days between Easter and Pentecost and although the candies, fake grass, baskets, and other goodies have long…

"Singing the Songs of God: The Power of Music and Praise" - Meditation, May 21, 2017

Community UMC, Quincy May 21, 2017 “Singing the Songs of God: The Power of Music and Praise” Pastor Andrew Davis Psalm 96; Psalm 150
        Now I may be a little biased being a musician, but music has always played an important role in my life and faith journey.  I have found over the years that music has the power to relax, calm, or even heal, particularly in memory care and in the hospital or nursing home.  Music helps us express ourselves in ways we may not ordinarily be able to do, as there is a special power in the songs and hymns that can bring us closer to God.  Like many of you, I too am deeply moved by the poetry and words of music, just as I am by the melodies that are written.  In a class I took at Wesley a few summers ago, “Exploring the Hymnal” with Dr. Eileen Guenther, Eileen made it a point that congregational songs and hymns are a means of “portable theology.”[1] After thinking about and reflecting further on congregational songs and hymns as “portable theology,” I find a …

"Becoming One in Ministry" - Sermon, May 28, 2017

Community UMC, Quincy “Becoming One in Ministry” May 28, 2017 Pastor Andrew Davis Acts 1: 6-14 John 17: 1-11
I’m not sure how it’s happened, but I find it hard to believe that we are already standing on the verge of summer.  Now it sure didn’t seem like spring or summer would happen after this longer and colder than usual winter we’ve had, but all I can say is that I am sure glad to have the longer and warmer days, have the windows on my truck open while driving, but also glad to be able to get up to some of our local lakes without having to 4WD through snow banks.  Plus, I’m glad to be putting in a vegetable garden and playing in the dirt, something I find renewing.  However, I’m not so sure I’m glad about the mosquitoes!!          As we are getting into a slower pace and more laid back time here in the church and remembering the memory of those who have died serving our country this Memorial Day weekend, we are also wrapping up the Easter cycle this week.  Since Easter Sunday, we have bee…