Sunday Mornings, 9:00 am, Frasier Parlor
The United Methodist Church is facing some critical moments and important decisions. It is important that all members and all who call the UMC their church home spend time in prayerful thought and respectful conversation as we work through the coming months. To this end, a four-week gathering will be held on Sundays at 9:03 am in Frasier Parlor South. This gathering, led by Mountain View clergy and focusing on Scripture, will allow all of us to learn about and discuss challenges facing our church.
On February 5, Judy Davis will lead “We’re in this together.” Ground rules for discussion, especially mutual respect of diverse opinions, will be the focus. We will also look at how the UMC has struggled with the issue of human sexuality. The Scripture focus is Micah 6:8 – “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
On February 12, Pastor Steve will lead discussion on how we can understand the vulnerable/marginalized from the LGBTQ community. The Scripture focus is Matthew 5:13-20 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
On February 19, Pastor Sarah will consider the implications of the Western Jurisdiction’s election of Bishop Oliveto. The Scripture focus is Matthew 5:38 – 48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?”
And, on February 26, Pastors Steve and Sarah will lead discussion in how Mountain View can continue and advance the conversation, listening to one another in our differences. Scripture focus is Matthew 17:4 – “Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
Each week we will be practicing skills to stay in connection with mutual respect, looking for God in our lives and remembering that the intention is not to ‘solve’ anything rather to open dialogue and that there are no winners or losers. Everyone is invited and encouraged to join in the conversation — Sundays, 9:03 am, Frasier Parlor South.