Looking Ahead…

Fall 2018

During the month of September, we will glean from the wisdom found in epistle of James in the New Testament for a no-nonsense, practical approach to living as Christians in the world.  This will be followed in October by a worship series on the Old Testament book of Job as we ponder the mysteries, the questions, and the perplexities of life.  Join us for worship this fall as we explore some of the wisdom writings of the Old and New Testaments.

September 30                                                                         19th Sunday after Pentecost

Text:    James 5:13-20

Title:    The Healing Power of Forgiveness

The last chapter of the Epistle of James reminds us that forgiveness participates in God’s global redemption effort and contributes to the transformation of this whole broken world back to God’s intended goodness.  Join us for worship as we encounter James 5:13-20 in our message, The Healing Power of Forgiveness.



October 7                                                                                    World Communion Sunday

Text:    Job 1:1; 2:1-10

Title:    A Man from Uz

Other:  Holy Communion/World Communion Sunday Offering

The book of Job is a complex work, exploring the intricate intersection of God’s sovereignty, human faith, and innocent suffering.  It is also a troubling work—troubling for the unsettling questions it poses to a neatly arranged faith.  Join us for a closer look at the life of Job (Job 1:1; 2:1-10) in our message, A Man from Uz.  We will also be receiving the World Communion Sunday offering.  What would it look like if the church today imitated Jesus’ affirmation of the full dignity and God-given potential of all women and men—especially those who’ve historically been assigned to the world’s margins?  On World Communion Sunday your giving helps to provide scholarships for national and international graduate students whom God has gifted to learn and to serve.  Offering envelopes will be available for your convenience.

October 14                                                                               21st Sunday after Pentecost

Text:    Job 23:1-9, 16-17

Title:    In the Crucible of the Question

Arguing with God is an act of deep faith—deeper, perhaps, than a passive acceptance of whatever happens as God’s will, or a carefully crafted theological rationalization for why things are.  Join us as we find Job seeking an audience with God to share his complaint in our message from Job 23:1-9, 16-17, In the Crucible of the Question.

October 21                                                                               22nd Sunday after Pentecost

Text:    Job 38:1-7, 34-41

Title:    Out of the Whirlwind

In a very literal sense, the book of Job raises more questions than it answers.  At the very least, however, we are assured that God is God, and we are not; and that we are human beings who struggle with things we cannot understand.  Nevertheless, our hope is tied to the firm conviction that this same God will take care of that which we don’t understand, as we see in the created world around us.  Join us as we look at God’s response to Job’s complaint (Job 38:1-7, 34-41) in our message, Out of the Whirlwind.

October 28                                                                               23rd Sunday after Pentecost

Text:    Job 42:1-6, 10-17

Title:    Happily Ever After?

At the end of the story, Job acknowledges who God is, repents in dust and ashes, and is restored.  His deepened experience of God summons him to new perceptions, leads him to life outside of himself, and creates of him a new being in the midst of community, where he bestows an inheritance even upon his daughters.  Our message, Happily Ever After? will come from Job 42:1-6, 10-17.



November 4                                                                                                  All Saints Sunday

Text:    Isaiah 25:6-9

Title:    A Foretaste of the Feast

Other:  Holy Communion/Commemoration of the Saints

All Saints Day, celebrated on November 1 or on the first Sunday in November, is a day of remembrance for the saints with the New Testament meaning of all Christian people of every time and place.  Join us for worship as we encounter Isaiah’s image of the great banquet on the mountain, a time when “the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces.”  Our celebration will include Holy Communion and a time of remembrance for church members who have died since last November.

November 11                                                                           25th Sunday after Pentecost

Text:    Mark 12:38-44

Title:    A Widow’s Might

The story of the widow giving all that she has (Mark 12:38-44) demonstrates not only her total trust in God, but also offers a glimpse into what Jesus is all about—giving the whole of his life for the redemption of the world.  Join us as we think about what it means to give sacrificially in our message A Widow’s Might.

November 18                                                                           26th Sunday after Pentecost

Text:    1 Samuel 1:4-20; 2:1-10

Title:    Hannah’s Song

After years of barrenness, Hannah prays desperately for a child, vowing to dedicate the child to God.  God’s response to Hanna’s distress points to God’s compassion for all who suffer unjustly at the hands of others.  Join us as we think consider this important story that leads to the birth of one of Israel’s most important prophets.  Our message, Hanna’s Song, will come from 1 Samuel 1:4-20; 2:1-10.



November 25                                                                                     Reign of Christ Sunday

Text:    Revelation 1:4-8

Title:    Sing!

Other:  United Methodist Student Day Offering

Reign of Christ Sunday is a celebration of the coming reign of Jesus Christ and the completion of creation.  The Revelation to John begins with a great shout of joy, celebrating the triumph of God, the full realization of God’s justice in a world filled with injustice and suffering.  In Christ, God has decisively entered the world, reclaiming lost territory as God’s own.  Join us for our message, Sing! as we look to the inspiration of Revelation 1:4b-8 to remind us that, when all else seems to fail, people of faith can rejoice in the good news of God’s coming reign.  We will be joined by the Blacksburg Brass Ensemble who will be accompanying on hymns and providing special music.

Additionally, we will receive the United Methodist Student Day offering.  United Methodist Student Day is one of six church-wide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church.  This initiative calls the church to support students as they prepare for life in uniting faith with knowledge. The special offering provides scholarships for qualified United Methodist applicants.  Offering envelopes will be available for your convenience.