It’s hard to be patient with any of this, much less all of it! This Sunday, Rev. Linda McDermott will join me in looking at patience as a virtue we might practice in a new, active way that will bring hope and interest to our politically charged, socially distanced, pandemic time.
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These are interesting times; people feeling unheard, unseen, even compelled to do the unthinkable. There’s a lot of anger out there. Times like these call for extreme measures, radical acts of spiritual resistance. Last Sunday we looked at the importance of our words. This Sunday, it’s time for some radical hospitality.
How do we speak and live into the path of Shalom, into the Kingdom of God, in these “interesting” times? For the next few weeks, I’ll be joining others for these Sunday reflections, as well as inviting some guest storytellers and musicians as we explore: “Interesting Times – 6 Virtues for Bringing Interest & Hope to Times that Seem Otherwise,” and let’s lean in to these interesting times with one another, see you Sunday.
This Sunday, Linda and I are going to conclude our series, Disruption: Parables for the Pandemic, with a special look at where we’ve been and what these parables offer, as the next steps on the path of Shalom, in a time of systemic dysfunction and pandemic anxiety.
This Sunday, I want to think with you about the crazy, fascinating, unbelievably huge reality of the systems we live in and the way we relate to, sustain, or change them. Once we’re willing to take a hard, clear look at them, we may discover the incredibly transformative and healing potential of small, intentional acts of humility, courage, and connection.
This Sunday, Linda and I continue our conversations with our new series, “Disruptions: Parables and Pandemics.” Parables are meant to awaken us, to open us up to new ways of seeing something, of relating to the world, to God, or to ourselves. What inspires you to think differently? Come to eleven:eleven and explore these ideas with us!
The parables of Jesus are meant to baffle, and by that I mean to shake off our blinders, to reveal something we had not seen before, to think differently about things. Join us this Sunday as we explore Jesus the storyteller — and how primary means of teaching was through the use of parables.
Sundays | 11:00 am | Live Stream
Led by Dr. Tim Bruster
An inspiring service of worship in the traditional style with special enhancements designed to engage people of all ages. This service features the traditional elements of worship, including sermon, hymns, liturgy, and monthly Communion. Worship music includes various choirs, orchestra, and instrumental ensembles for special music. This service takes place within the beauty of our Sanctuary and utilizes the stunning music of our 160-rank pipe organ.
Children (Kindergarten and up) are provided with special bulletins. Added features such as the “Faith Like a Child” time (children’s sermon) and sidebar commentary to our younger worshippers are included to further enhance meaning for all ages.
Contact: Elaine Johnson | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sundays | 9:30 am | Live Stream
Rev. Lance Marshall
This First Church Sunday morning offering led by Rev. Lance Marshall is a casual and relevant opportunity for worship, learning, and prayer. The service emphasizes in-depth Biblical teachings that explore the foundations of our faith. Sermon messages bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the challenges of our daily lives. The Gathering is a warm and welcoming community inviting everyone to connect socially, intellectually, and spiritually within First Church.
Contact: Rev. Lance Marshall | email@example.com
Sundays | 11:11 am | Live Stream
Rev. Tom McDermott
We love laughter and no-holds-barred messages that question the answers and unmask the illusions as we search for the next chapter together. This is 55 minutes of authentic storytelling, great coffee, and meaningful conversation — with the music of Brad Thompson (Fort Worth Star Telegram’s “Best Local Musician”) and the Revolution Band doing some of your favorite pop, classic rock, and acoustic songs.
We’re passionately inclusive here at eleven:eleven, whether you identify as LGBTQ+ or straight, conservative or liberal, Christian or agnostic, young or old — or anywhere in between and beyond. We’re casual, “come as you wish,” non–traditional, and always curious about kindness, justice, our stories, Jesus’ life — and how to do our lives better.
Here’s your invitation to reconnect your spirit without disconnecting your mind. We believe in the universal love of God and your next adventure. Join this growing community and become part of our story — and let’s see where it takes us! #1111FUMCFW
Contact: Rev. Tom McDermott | firstname.lastname@example.org