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Live As If Each Day Counts

5th Sunday after PentecostJust these lines, my friends …… it was a special Sunday with several hundred of you in the building and several hundred more online sharing in the wonder and beauty of worship on the 4th of July holiday weekend. Frankly, I was quite surprised by how much participation we had, given that holidays can send in-person attendance downward. The morning...
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The Day Democracy Died

4th Sunday after Pentecost | July 3, 2022Just these lines, my friends …… to say what a wonderful day among the people of Matthews United Methodist. All morning long, our music was transcendent. At the 9:30 hour, we experienced the beautiful baptism of Ruth Isla Mitchum, daughter of Mark and Amelia Mitchum. If you missed being with us, I hope you’ll take the time...
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The Original Six-Word Story

3rd Sunday after Pentecost Just these lines, my friends … … to say thank you for your presence in worship this past Sunday. My dear friend, Rev. Luke Maybry was not able to preach due to the death of his mother early on Sunday morning in Spartanburg, but we were fortunate to have Rev. Lisa McLennan, the new Dean of...
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Father’s Day & Professor Wilson

3rd Sunday after Pentecost Just these lines, my friends … … to say it is always special to see new people joining our transforming community. On Sunday a wonderful group of folks joined us in our calling to make God’s love real to all. Join me in welcoming Richard/Terri McCoy, Brittain/ David Storey (Eliza & Liam), Laurence/Patricia Bivens, Fred/Montez Ashford,...
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On Winners & Losers

2st Sunday after Pentecost Just these lines, my friends … … it was a wonderful day celebrating our graduates and having Pastor Corey put the Word in words for us. If you missed it, you could watch it here. In addition, Rev. Amy Coles (Special Assistant to our bishop, Ken Carter) gave an outstanding presentation in The Commons of clarity...
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Counsel for a Troubling Medical Diagnosis

Pentecost Just these lines, my friends … … to say thank you for your presence in worship this past Sunday. We experienced beautiful music, pastoral prayers, baptism and a sermon from Philippians 2, The Most Difficult Instrument to Play. If you missed, you can watch by clicking here. In addition, let me say thank you to the nearly 50 of...
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Just These Lines, My Friends: Uvalde, Fighting Injustice & Memorial Day

7th Sunday of Easter | Memorial Day Weekend Just these lines, my friends … … that in 2019 I made a trip to Texas to honor a dear deceased pastor friend of mine. I had lunch in Uvalde. It is a lovely community sitting right on the edge of the Texas Hill Country and I had been there before during...
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We Are Not Worthy

6th Sunday of Easter | Mental Health Sunday Just these lines, my friends … … to say that my heart is deeply saddened again. This past Saturday, a young man entered a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York and opened fire. By the time he surrendered, he had shot a total of 13 people, most...
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Confirmation Sunday

5th Sunday of Easter | Confirmation Sunday Just these lines, my friends … … to say that it was a glorious Mother’s Day at Matthews United Methodist (MUMC). A special thank you for all our volunteers who make every Sunday morning happen. Thank you! Thank you! You can view our Mother’s Day worship and sermon, The People in Your Balcony,...