Message: The Promise of Faithfulness
Paul teaches us in 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 to be grateful for the gifts that God has given to the church even with its frailties—gifts of understanding and caring, gifts of words that help and heal, gifts of faithfulness to Jesus Christ, gifts of shared community.
We will also receive the Human Relations Day offering. Human Relations Day is one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. This observance calls United Methodists to recognize the right of all God’s children in realizing their potential as human beings in relationship with one another. The special offering benefits neighborhood ministries through Community Developers, community advocacy through United Methodist Voluntary Services and work with at-risk teens through the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program. Offering envelopes will be available for your convenience. Checks can be made out to NMO-UMC with “Human Relations” in the memo line.
1 Corinthians 1:1-9 (NRSV)
Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind— just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you— so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.