“We are true to ourselves and true to you, O God, without apology. Shaped by intimate, healthy relationships with God, we begin to see and know and learn differently. We learn to like and love ourselves, seeing our illumined beauty. As our love for self grows, we are able to see fully who we are and whose we are: we belong to God, and God endows us with self-worth. Amen.” ~Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan, Soul Pearls
Our scripture for Sunday from Mark 8:31-38 includes an often misunderstood statement from Jesus: “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross, and follow me.” Some have misapplied the meaning to include self-flagellation and self-abuse in various forms, such as wearing hairshirts. This is the “sackcloth and ashes” approach to spirituality. A milder interpretation of Jesus’ words is behind the idea of “giving up” something for Lent, such as chocolate.
The true meaning of this invitation from Jesus is to live with determined love. The call of Jesus is to choose each day whom we will serve: the values of our dominant consumer/power cultures (the values of empire) or the values that bring heaven on earth.
To live with determined love is to live a focused yes rather than a confining no. To live with determined love is to evaluate our habits and ask ourselves which habits are bringing more love into our lives. Are there some habits which may be causing harm? Determined love also looks at our relationships, reminding us to prioritize people over stuff. Determined love challenges our assumptions, inviting us to creative inquiry about what matters most. Determined love mobilizes action for the good of ourselves and others.
Jesus asks a question in Mark 8:36: “Why would people gain the world but lose their lives?” That is one of the most important questions we can ponder. Some spend a lifetime sacrificing relationships for career advancement. They have gained the “world” and maybe even respect. Yet such “success” is disconnected from true joy and fulfillment. The life of Jesus was given to saving lives. He showed the better way, saving people from ego and its trappings into lives of meaning grounded in determined love.
Sunday at 9a.m. and 11a.m. on live stream we’ll reflect together on love that makes a way.
Rev. Elder Dwayne
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Spiritual Gifts, Get Involved!
Your’re invited to consider sharing your spiritual gifts by making a Scripture Reading Video or sharing a Video Testimony on what MCCDC means to you.
It does not have to be long and the AV team is standing by to help you with the video. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Moving Spirit Dance Ministry
Come dance for God! No experience needed. Email Cathy Batson at email@example.com for more information. Check out past performances on our YouTube channel, including “I Can Only Imagine” (April 2019) and “Mighty River”(February 2018).
Singing to God
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Intercessory Prayer Team
Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month at 7 pm
Contact LaMar Jenkins at 202-750-08887
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Pastoral Care Meeting
Meet 1st and 3rd Wednesday, each month at 6::30pm
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LiveStream Volunteer’s Needed!
Volunteer! No experience is required. We will train you or someone you recommend. (Perhaps a student interested in picking up new skills?) Opportunities include:
o Producing the livestream itself on Sundays and for special events (greatest need)
o Assisting on Sundays by video recording and managing cameras
o Video editing (this requires access to your own computer and video editing software)
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The Soundboard Ministry Needs YOU!
Soundboard volunteers are needed for 9 am and 11 am services. No experience needed!
You will be trained on a state of the art soundboard and learn how to set up mics for services.
Ideally, you will train at the 9 am service and continue training at the 11 am service, but we are flexible.
Please contact Michael Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by to talk with any soundboard volunteer.
Please lift the following people up during your prayer time:
Please lift the following people up during your prayer time:
*Jerry Giem’s Son, Jason and Nephew, Travis * Valeria Myers’ daughter Chantelle * Michelle Lax * George Kerr, III * Mama Cee’s sister and niece
* Rose Williams * Randy Punley * Lynn Sulyma * Esther Smith * Marcus Garnett * Renee Valentine * Rose Herring * Elaine Durden-Hunter’s mother, Earline * T. Green * Evelyn Jones * Valeria Myers’ son Donald * Bob Jones’ son Chuck & wife Karen * Steve Sloane * Glenn Conrad * Arden Shutt * Renee Valentine’s brother * Kim Battle * Juanita Dara * Jeffrey Luckenbach * Anthony Goode *Diedre Gray * Elaine Durden-Hunter’s friend Saint Williams family * Cathy Batson’s niece Lisa * Cynthia Melman * Delores Fowler * Bill Stanclift’s brother James, niece Krista, nephew Paul, and several cousins *Buck Carlson at the loss of his husband Keith Richardson