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May 2019

Weve been having some work done at our house. For months now, weve been in the process of having the 80-year-old house rewired. While were at it, were getting painting done both inside and out, and attempting to get rid of some things that, as the book says, no longer spark joy. Some of you may have heard about this book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo. It has sparked a movement of getting rid of things that weigh us down and hold us back. The criteria for getting rid of something is if it doesnt fit, or doesnt match our current lifestyle, or is broken, or doesnt spark joy when we look at it, we should thank it, and let it go.

It can be hard to let go of something that tugs at the heart strings, bringing back old memories. Most of the time, its not the object itself, but the memories of people associated with it. I still have things that my grandparents gave me as a child. I dont really like them, but its a reminder that they loved me and gave me something to show it. It might be time to let the objects go and cherish the memories.

We can also tidy up our spiritual lives. Weve all had times weve messed up. Sometimes royally. As followers of Jesus, in the Wesleyan tradition, we have grace to help us let go. When we find faith in Jesus, we can seek forgiveness. Justifying grace in response to our repentance means that the slate is wiped clean. Its as if it never happened in Gods eyes. But we humans have a tendency to hold on to those times, and to keep the memory and hurt alive. It may be time to let it go, and allow God to do a new thing in our hearts and lives. As Paul says in the letter to the Romans:
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. (Romans 6:5-7 NRSV)

Weve just experienced Easter and the joy of Resurrection. Because he lives, we can face tomorrow. Because he lives, all fear is gone, so says the song. May we let go of the things that keep us from living in the fullness of the joy of following Jesus. And may we spark something in the lives of those who do not yet know him.

Happy Easter! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Grace and peace,
Pastor Carole
(423) 349.7531
Rock Springs
227 Church View Drive - Kingsport, Tn. 37664
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Festival of the Christian Home/Mothers Day
Scripture: Acts 9:36-43
Sermon Life Overflowing
May 19 5th Sunday of Easter
Heritage Sunday
Scripture: Acts 11:1-18
Sermon Changed Hearts and Lives
The early church struggled with who should receive the message of salvation Gods word. Scripture tells us that the apostles and others were spreading the word even to, gasp, the Gentiles. Peter had a vision of how Gods kingdom could be. What was his vision, and what happened as a result?
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May 5 3rd Sunday of Easter
Native American Ministries Sunday
Holy Communion
Scripture: Acts 9: 1-20
Sermon New Sight, New Life
Saul was spewing murderous threats against followers of Jesus. On his way to Damascus to gather prisoners of the Way, he encountered a bright light and Jesus. Blinded, he was dependent on others to help him get around. He was directed to the house of Anninias, who wanted no part of being around Saul of Tarsus. What happened that made him change his mind? What happened to Saul? Come this Sunday as we find out the rest of the story, and what it means for us.
May 26 6th Sunday of Easter
Memorial Day Weekend

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