This Sunday, I invite you to join me in exploring Matthew’s account of Jesus’ encounter with a Roman Centurion in Capernaum, whom Jesus proclaimed demonstrated a most extreme faith — a faith and compassion beyond any that Jesus had seen and experienced in all of Israel. It is an amazing scripture about the unlimited possibilities of faith and applying faith to our specific life situations (“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” — Hebrews 11:1). I encourage you to read and discern what this scripture (Matthew 8:5-13) means for you prior to our worship together on Sunday morning.
On this Memorial Day weekend, we will also hear special faith stories about:
• George C. Woodard Jr., who served during World War II as a military police officer in a 1944 New Guinea prisoner of war camp, and the hand-painted flag the prisoners gave to him;
• A special pocket devotional FUMC gave to World War II soldiers in 1943; and
• Other faith-related stories.
Our Archives and Library are displaying the flag, the pocket devotional, a poster from the Wesley Bible Class, and other information in the Library and in its hallway display case this Sunday. Please stop by the Library to view them, and I look forward to seeing you in worship.
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Chuck Graff
Associate Pastor of Adult Ministries,
Welcoming Ministries Involvement