This Week’s Reflection
“When songs rise within me, I will sing them.” ~Morgan Harper Nichols, All Along You Were Blooming
A prophet is not just a person of words. Prophets are also composers, lyricists and singers. Oleta Adams wrote and performed “I’ve Got to Sing My Song.” It is a prophetic song that conveys the power of God’s dream for her, to “Sing a praise to heaven above… Sing from deep within my soul.”
Her beloved parents had their dreams for her. God had different dreams. Oleta Adams embraced God’s dreams for her and she continues to touch countless lives through the songs of her soul.
In Sunday’s scripture from Jeremiah 18:1-6, God has something new to convey to the prophet Jeremiah: “Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words” (verse 1).
At the potter’s house Jeremiah sees a whirl of creativity. The wheel spins beauty into formation, then suddenly what seems to be nearing perfection is “spoiled in the potter’s hand” (verse 4). All seems ruined, until with a different touch the clay is reworked into a new vessel. It is beautiful and good.
God is the Ancient of Days. The songs of our forebears invite us to remember our foundations. And God is also about new beginnings and new songs. God shapes and reshapes. Through the Holy Spirit God says to our spirits: “Come here, I’ve got something to show you.”
One of our members came to church wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with a life-giving question: “What dream did God give you?” We live in a day when the dreams of some have been unfulfilled and the dreams of others have been disrupted. If you feel like your dreams have died and you can’t begin to imagine new ones, know that God the Creator of Dreams is creating new dreams for you and your life.
We are invited to sing a new song. With Oleta Adams we,
Sing it high, sing it low
Sing it from deep within my soul
Sing it loud and make it clear
Sing so everyone can hear.
See you Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Eastern in person at Fifth and Ridge NW, online, or later on demand.
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
MCCDC Senior Pastor
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Breast Cancer Walk
Please plan to join MCCDC in the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s annual “More than Pink” Walk to End Breast Cancer on Sunday, September 18th at 7:00 a.m.
You can join in person at Freedom Plaza, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenues NW or participate virtually.
Click here to join or donate to Team MCCD. Contact Rev. Cathy at email@example.com for more information.
MCCDC Leadership Opportunity
Are you looking for a new way to serve your MCCDC community? Can you envision yourself in a leadership position? And do you have a passion for innovation, hands-on implementation, and transparency? Then we might have just the right opportunity for you!
The Board of Directors is looking for motivated and qualified candidates to run for one of the three open seats on MCCDC’s Board. Two positions will be open due to term expirations in 2022, and one appointed Board Member’s position will also become available in December.
If you feel called and have been a member of MCCDC in good standing for the past six months, you are eligible to run. Please submit a brief resumé and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com no later than Sunday, October 16, 2022.
Bible Study’s Summer break is over. Come join us on Tuesday, September 6th at 7:00 p.m. ET.
• Launch Zoom and enter Meeting ID 434 566 329
• Dial (301) 715-8592 by phone, using the same Meeting ID
Thank You for your Generosity
Generosity Prayer #30 by Clara Carter, MCCDC Prayer Supporter
“God, what is it You want to do through us?” —MCCDC—
“Those who need money and those who can give money meet on the common ground of God’s love.” ~Henri Nouwen
Dear God, thank You for the opportunities presented to Metropolitan Community Church of Washington DC that encourage our faith to endure the process of building our minds to receive Your abundant blessings.
God, it is You who gives us the ability to get wealth. We are grateful for Your Holy Spirit that instills in us a desire to build a more prosperous inclusive Christian community. We are also grateful for what other spiritual places of worship are doing to further Your work throughout the world.
Thank You for wisdom that helps us to remain with You on the common ground of Your unconditional love. Thank You for Your grace that enables us to prosper in all things good. We sing and praise You in Your many names! Amen.
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. And try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.” ~Malachi 3:10 (NKJV)
One by the name of Joseph, in Acts 4:36 was called “Barnabas” by the Apostles, because he had an encouraging spirit. His words consoled and encouraged those who heard him. For those interested in learning more about Barnabas Culture, MCCDC Ministry Intern Rev. Teresa Tygart will host training sessions 7:00 p.m. Eastern, Thursday. Click Here to Join The Zoom Thursday Nights For more information or questions Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support for Tim Helm
Beloved longtime MCCDC member Tim Helm is recovering from spinal and back wound complications at BridgePoint Hospital on Capitol Hill. Tim welcomes your calls in the afternoon and evening at (202) 368-9877.
Tim, our love and prayers are with you!
~Your MCCDC Family
Please lift the following people up during your prayer time:
Vernessa D. Wilson for successful anticipated surgery, Jay Nitz, his sister Sherri and family for their mother’s peace and comfort in hospice * Rev. Dr. Robin Hawley Gorsline • Denise Wright, her mother Lucy Mae Coombs and her aunt Lottie Mae King • Bob Jones healing from his recent fall & Jerry Giem’s health • Michelle Lax • George Kerr, III • Dr. Veronica Franklin • Cecilia Hayden-Smith for healing from upcoming medical procedure, for Granny’s comfort and a painless transitioning • Esther Smith for continued health • Rose Williams continued healing • Tim Helm • Randy Punley • Lynn Sulyma • Marcus Garnett • Renee Valentine & Renee Valentine’s brother • Arden Shutt • Buck Carlson • Delores Fowler • Evelyn Jones • Steve Sloane • Glenn Conrad • Anthony Goode • Jeffrey Luckenbach • Cathy Batson’s niece Lisa • Kim Battle • Mark Kelly and Bill Campbell health • Joshua Benkins, for health of his father Isaac David Benkins • Elaine Durden-Hunter, for healing for her mother, Earline T. Green, and dog, Angel • Marvin White, whose step mother passed of C19 • Angela Terrell • Tim Helm • Mike Washington • Angela Dodd needs prayer for healing • Cameron & Sabrina Beauford, for the health of their unborn baby. Kia Murphy for healing from long term COVID-19 affects
“Church Ministries & Events”
Come and join the Virtual Voices of MCC Choir! Lift your voice in our virtual rehearsals while singing from the comfort of your home. For more info, email Music Minister Deidre Mouton Gray at email@example.com.
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
Join the Virtual Voices of the MCC Choir. Lift your voice in our virtual rehearsals while singing from the comfort of your home. Email Music Minister Diedre Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Barnabas Culture Sessions
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