Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
DiscipleChurch | 8:30 am | Chapel | Rev. Lance Marshall
The Gathering | 9:30 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
eleven:eleven celebration | 11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott
More Ways to Worship
Live Stream | Join us live online on Sunday mornings at 9:45 am for Children First (first Sunday of each month), 11:00 am for Traditional, and 9:30 am for The Gathering, and at 11:11 am for eleven:eleven celebration.
WRR Radio | Listen to each previous week’s sermon and music on Sunday mornings at 7:30 am on WRR 101.1 FM.
Chapel Communion | 10:35 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
Connections | 10:30 – 11:00 am & noon – 12:30 pm | Garden & Wesley Hall
“Who is Our Neighbor?”
Dr. Tim Bruster
Romans 12:9-18, Luke 10:25-29
“And who is my neighbor?”
This was the question put to Jesus by an expert in religious law. His question was prompted by Jesus’ answer to the man’s first question: “What must I do to gain eternal life?”
This was really a question, Luke tells us, that was intended to test Jesus. Jesus didn’t answer, but asked another question, putting the ball back in the man’s court: “What is written in the Law? How do you interpret it?”
And the man then quoted the scripture: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”
Jesus responded, “You have answered correctly. Do this and you will live.”
But that still wasn’t enough to answer the legal expert’s question. And he still wanted to be right. So he pressed on, trying to define more exactly what this means. I think he’s saying, in effect — as any of us might — OK, if I’m supposed to love my neighbor as myself, I need to know who my neighbor is.
This is a personal question for each of us to consider, but it is more than that. It is a question for us as a church and we’ll explore it on Sunday. Who is our neighbor? Do we know the answer to this question? I look forward to considering this question and its implications with you on Sunday as we continue our “Heart of the City” worship series.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster,
Love should be shown without pretending. Hate evil, and hold on to what is good. Love each other like the members of your family. Be the best at showing honor to each other. Don’t hesitate to be enthusiastic — be on fire in the Spirit as you serve the Lord! Be happy in your hope, stand your ground when you’re in trouble, and devote yourselves to prayer. Contribute to the needs of God’s people, and welcome strangers into your home. Bless people who harass you — bless and don’t curse them. Be happy with those who are happy, and cry with those who are crying. Consider everyone as equal, and don’t think that you’re better than anyone else. Instead, associate with people who have no status. Don’t think that you’re so smart. Don’t pay back anyone for their evil actions with evil actions, but show respect for what everyone else believes is good. If possible, to the best of your ability, live at peace with all people.
A legal expert stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to gain eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What is written in the Law? How do you interpret it?” He responded, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus said to him, “You have answered correctly. Do this and you will live.” But the legal expert wanted to prove that he was right, so he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
What Brings So Many to the Gathering?
The Gathering, a totally different First Church Sunday morning offering led by Rev. Lance Marshall, offers a casual and relevant opportunity for prayer, study, topical exploration, and high-spirited connection free from typical worship or Sunday School structures. This opportunity that Lance describes as “radically relevant, modern Methodism” is growing fast with record attendance of more than 150 people the past two Sundays. Read more.
Next Up in the Gift of Music Concert Series
The spectacular and unique collage of music offerings that comprise our 2016 – 2017 FUMCFW Concert Series, The Gift of Music, continues with The Greater Tarrant Men’s Choir: An EcuMENical Chorus THIS Saturday, January 21, at 5:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Read more.
Academy Teachers For God’s Children
Registration for Spring Academy Sunday School is underway and classes are already starting to fill up! Academy starts on February 12 and we still need volunteer teachers to help out. “This Academy model is wonderful, but it only works if everyone does their part,” says Mark Burrows, Director of Children’s Ministries. “In most cases, we already have a lead teacher in place. Bible-based curriculum and materials are taken care of. Read more.
Attend to Your Worship
Now that the holiday hustle has subsided and the new year is underway, it’s a great time to settle back in and look forward to spending more time together as a church family in worship. This is also a wonderful time to renew our commitment to making our presence here known each week by registering our attendance! Not only does filling out that attendance card help our staff keep up with who’s here, who’s missing, and who’s visiting; research shows that taking attendance can actually help a congregation accomplish more. Read more.
Robert Glenn Baker
GIFTS & MEMORIALS
First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Bobbie & Donald Kilpatrick by Deborah Lynn & Kevin Kilpatrick
Byron Searcy by Elias James Nader
Byron Searcy by Martha & Charles Brooks
Byron Searcy by Robert Park
Foundation Fund in Memory of:
Betty Fox by Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Mays
Byron Searcy by Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Mays
Mary Andrews by Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Mays
Walter Gates Jr. by Mr. & Mrs. Michael Gower
General Fund in Memory of:
Betty Fox by Anne Skipper
Betty Fox by Linda & Daniel Roe
Betty Fox by Susie Ray Faires
Sean Epperson Kilpatrick by Deborah Lynn & Kevin Kilpatrick
Music Ministries in Memory of:
Peggy Maurer by Mrs. J.W. Renfro
A BIG Assortment of Music Headed Your Way
The holiday season has come and gone. The music presented during the Advent season was spectacular and meaningful. I am truly grateful for all the talents this church possesses as it pertains to music. With that, I want to inform you of some upcoming opportunities to hear yet more outstanding music. Read more.
And Then There Were Five . . .
Wanted to give you a heads-up that Therapy Dogs is now full (along with Visual Art, Mad Scientists, and Legos). Three other classes are very close to filling. We still have spots in five classes: Read more.
Busted. I’ll make it up next week.
Rev. Lance Marshall
I got busted on Sunday. We spent The Gathering focusing on the letter from John of Patmos to the church in Thyatira, a continuation of the “What Does Revelation Reveal?” series. The letter challenges the church to stop listening to a leader who allows them to accommodate to the religious and social pressures of the Roman Empire. Read more.
One Step at a Time in the New Year
It is not a sprint to get into better health this year. It is one step at a time to meet your realistic goals. Yes, I said realistic goals. Many times we fail at our goals — not because we didn’t put in the effort, but because we started with a short-term goal that should be a long-term goal. Read more.
Two Exciting New Ministry Opportunities!
Rev. Chuck Graff
This Sunday Dr. Chris Manno will begin a new two-part book review on “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.” This is a great book and an opportunity to grow and learn through his amazing leadership! You will not need to read the book in advance. Please see details below and call Gayle Ammerman to sign up today! Read more.
Thank You for Your Love
Linda and I deeply appreciate all the care and concern people have shown us these past few weeks after the death of Linda’s mom on January 2 and my mom January 13. This afternoon, Thursday, we will bury my mother beside her parents and other family members in a section of plots at Greenwood Cemetery that has been in our family for generations. Read more.
Learn more about upcoming events as well as additional church activities by clicking on the links below.
During the month of January, please bring Liquid Laundry Soap to:
First Street Methodist Mission | Monday – Thursday | 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
OR the donation bins at the East, West, & Garden entrances | Sunday mornings
Mondays & Tuesdays | 9:30 – 10:30 am
10:45 – 11:30 am | Chair yoga
Wednesdays | 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Thursdays | 8:30 – 9:15 am
Room 320 | Led by Linda Blanchard | All ages & fitness levels
Registration required | $70 per 10-class punch card
9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 154
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren
Registration required | Book available for $16
Sundays | 9:30 – 10:30 am | Room 350
Check-in | 9:00 am
Rehearsal | 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Concert | 5:00 pm
Registration required | $15
Lunch provided onsite
Sundays | 11:00 am – noon | Room 331
Led by Dr. Chris Manno
Registration required | Book available for $12
Noon – 1:00 pm | Room 154
9:15 am | Refreshments & gathering
9:30 – 11:00 am | Book discussion | Room 350
Led by Rev. Linda McDermott | Registration required
8:00 pm – 1:00 am | Registration required
11:00 am worship | Sanctuary
Reception in Children’s Wing Atrium following ceremony
9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Room 350 | Led by Rev. Chuck Graff
$30 for materials & lunch | Registration required
Sundays | 4:00 – 5:15 pm
Foundation Building, 2nd Floor Counseling Room
Led by Charme Robarts | Registration required
11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Friday, 2.3
Betsy Price, Mayor of Fort Worth
Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | Room 231
Led by Rev. Lance Marshall
3:00 – 5:00 pm | Beth-El Congregation
4900 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109
2.13 Spectrum Chamber Music Series Concert
7:00 pm | Chapel
Second Tuesday of each month
7:00 – 8:30 pm | Wesley Hall
8:30 am | Registration required by January 20
2.26 DFW Brass Concert
3:00 pm | Sanctuary
Mondays & Wednesdays | 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Justin Youth Building Gym | 801 W. 5th St.
Waiver required | Registration required
Tuesdays | 7:00 – 8:00 am | Room 154
Led by Fred Cantu and other leaders
First Wednesday of every month
Noon | Room 230
Saturdays | 8:00 – 9:00 am
6:45 am | Cowtown training
The Trailhead at Clearfork
4801 Edwards Ranch Road
Fort Worth, TX 76109 | Waiver required
Sundays | Pack backpacks for 1 hour between 9:00 am – noon
First Street Methodist Mission