Traditional Worship | 9:30 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster
DiscipleChurch | 7:20 am | Community Breakfast | Wesley Hall
8:30 am | Chapel | Charme Robarts
9:30 am | Discussion Groups
The Gathering | 9:30 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Lance Marshall
11:11 am | Wesley Hall | Rev. Tom McDermott
Chapel Communion | 10:35 am | Chapel | Dr. Len Delony
Connections | 10:30 – 11:00 am & noon – 12:30 pm | Garden & Wesley Hall
Healthy Plate Discipleship Celebration | Noon | 5th Street
“Take Time to Play”
Dr. Tim Bruster
Acts 2:42-47 & Psalm 100
Last in the series: “Healthy Plate Discipleship”
“What constitutes play, exactly, in a busy adult life full of conflicting demands? Who has time just to play?”
This week we’ll wrap up our Healthy Plate Discipleship worship series with a serious look at “Play.” If you count both the noun form and the verb form of the word “play” in the dictionary, there are more than 60 definitions! So, I should probably start with an explanation of why we are using this word to describe an aspect of discipleship. We’re using the word because it describes the enjoyment and lightness of heart that comes from being with others in supportive community.
We have just come through a very heavy, difficult, contentious, and long campaign season. There has been very little playfulness in any of it. So, what now? That’s the question that seems to be on everyone’s lips. It seems to me that we turn now to strengthening the ties that bind us together as a nation and as a community. We need to be together and put aside what divides us so that we can devote ourselves to all that brings life, love, hope, and grace into all that we do. We need to PLAY.
The earliest followers of Jesus enjoyed fellowship together; we even read in the book of Acts that they were devoted to it. Though we may not think of it in this way, PLAY is a part of following Jesus because play brings us together and play is healing and play lightens our spirits and energizes us for the work that is ours to do. This may be something as simple as taking advantage of fleeting moments in our busy days during which we intentionally stop and allow ourselves to notice, experience, and express our joy.
When you look at the life of Jesus, you don’t see him commanding us to play, of course. Yet, when Jesus urges us to “become like a little child,” we can’t ignore the fact that the full-time “job” of a child is to play, and the experience of wonder and joy naturally goes along with it. That’s why our scripture reading is Psalm 100, filled with exuberance: “Serve the Lord with celebration! Come before him with shouts of joy!”
Isn’t it fascinating that all sentient creatures play? For human beings, making a point of taking time just to play brings about the kind of wonder, curiosity, joy — a self-forgetting — that creates space and freedom to let go of our concerns and cares, much in the same way we do when we make time and space to pray.
When you think about it, both of these Healthy Plate Discipleship practices — play and pray — put your mind into a different place. A place of letting go and returning to the presence of God.
There is much more to play with here, and I look forward to exploring the idea of play, playfulness, and making space for joy on our Healthy Plate this Sunday as we conclude our Healthy Plate Discipleship series. We won’t just talk about play, we will play! There will be a Fifth Street Celebration sure to get you started on this delightful aspect of true discipleship!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster
A psalm. For giving grateful praise.
Healthy Plate Discipleship Celebration
Sunday, November 13
Noon | 5th Street
As we conclude the sermon series that has introduced our new vision for discipleship, we now have an opportunity to look to the future and how each of us might apply this commitment to our lives!
This celebration will be your first chance to make your commitment to Healthy Plate Discipleship. You will visit six tents (one for each portion of a Healthy Plate) and collect corresponding stamps on your Healthy Plate card. Once you have collected all six stamps, turn in your card to receive your choice of a gift!
We’ll also amp up this celebration with a healthy dose of PLAY — with music from our Revolution Band, games and activities for all ages, and snacks to hold you over until lunch!
We can’t wait to see you there!
Fort Worth Marathon
The Fort Worth Marathon will run THIS SUNDAY between 5:30 am and 1:30 pm on Bellaire Drive. This should not create any access problems to church, but please note that the course does come in from Henderson Street near downtown.
FUMCFW has an exciting new vision for the future of our church. Join us in all worship services
Sundays | October 9 – November 13
for a sermon series introducing Healthy Plate Discipleship. It’s good stuff for the whole family.
Healthy Plate for Playing
Join us in all worship services this Sunday, November 13, as we wrap up our sermon series that will introduce the Healthy Plate Discipleship program to you and your family. This week we will focus on playing. Play is good for our physical, mental, and spiritual health. Having fun and enjoying the company of other people can inspire our imaginations. Play opens us up to friendships that help us bear burdens and celebrate life’s joy. Read more.
Bless 800 Others — As Well as Yourself
Through Our Annual Thanksgiving Basket Ministry
When you think about Thanksgiving, what comes to mind? For a lot of us, it’s a family feast full of turkey, dressing, and dreamy desserts followed by football (and maybe a nap) on the couch. Unfortunately, that’s not the way Thanksgiving looks for everyone. Here’s how we can count our blessings and share with less fortunate others through our annual Thanksgiving Baskets. With your help, we will provide 800 local families with a holiday meal this year. Read more.
Healthy Plate Discipleship Celebration
As we conclude the sermon series that has introduced our new vision for discipleship, we now have an opportunity to look to the future and how each of us might apply this commitment to our lives! This celebration will be your first chance to make your commitment to Healthy Plate Discipleship. Read more.
John Hamlin Eubank, son of Megan & Jeffery Eubank
Peggy Von Duynn
GIFTS & MEMORIALS
First Street Methodist Mission in Memory of:
Jeff Dodd by J.L. Ballard
Thanksgiving Baskets in Memory of:
Larry J. McQuien by Carol McQuien
Nelda McQuien Laney by Carol McQuien
First Street Methodist Mission in Honor of:
Inquirers Class by Virginia Dorman
Thanksgiving Baskets in Honor of:
Carol Ketchins by Pat Merrill
The Gathering in Honor of:
The Gathering by Margaret K. Watkins
We Look Forward
I hope those who attended our recent All Saints’ Concert, “A Celebration of Life,” have by now had time to appreciate and reflect upon this most impressive event. Our choirs and Dr. Bradley, along with our friends of the First Church Orchestra, did a magnificent job of presenting three major compositions. Read more.
I Know Where I’m Going to Be This Sunday After Church!
Make plans now to join me on Fifth Street after church THIS SUNDAY for our churchwide Healthy Plate Discipleship Celebration from noon – 1:30 pm. I am so excited about this — and have been since Rev. Casey Orr first described the concept about a year ago. Read more.
I wanted to say Thank You. Sunday was very special to me personally. Getting to see all those kids show such tender care while their “lovies” were being baptized . . . Read more.
Guitar Class — The “Chicago Cubs” of Academy!
You did it! You finally won the Academy Attendance Challenge!!! Way to go, Guitar Class. That means you get a pancake party. And it will be THIS Sunday. (If we wait any longer, we’ll be bumping into Thanksgiving week, and then busy December.) Read more.
Looking forward to Sunday. We have a request from the Art class. They need fabric scraps and magazines. If you bring old magazines, please make sure the images are kid-appropriate. (Sometimes it’s not even so much the content as the ads.) Read more.
What does “something is at stake here” mean to me?
Rev. Lance Marshall
On Sunday morning I let slip a phrase that sits at the very center of my understanding of who God is and what it means to be a Christian. Answering Dave’s questions about the role that worship played in my spiritual growth brought me back to what it felt like to really experience God’s grace for the first time. Read more.
One More Thing on That Healthy Plate
Oddly, I’m in a bad mood while I’m writing this blog. Not that it is odd for people to be in a bad mood, or for me to be in a bad mood, but I’m supposed to be writing about PLAY. Read more.
Well Balanced: A Healthy Plate Youth Ministry — “Worship”
We’re so in the weeds with Healthy Plate Discipleship right now! (If you didn’t laugh at that sentence, watch more SNL). This week’s topic was “worship” — arguably the thing that is the easiest way to define us as Christians. I wrote a couple of weeks ago about balcony worship, what it’s meant to me and to our students, and that is a crucial piece of what we offer for worship as a youth ministry. But to avoid redundancy, I want to tell y’all a little about youth worship. Read more.
It’s Been a Good Day — Cultivating Joy!
Rev. Tom McDermott
This morning, I held the door open for this guy coming into the bank. He was maybe late 30s and wore a tan shirt and khakis, shoes a little muddy, like maybe he was a landscaper and had already been at a job. He politely thanked me and then held the next door open for me. We nodded respectfully as we both stood in line for the teller. Read more.
The Spiritual Life of Paradox
Dr. Len Delony
In this time of change and in a world of “house divided,” take time to nurture your spiritual heart early and often. This reflection by Parker Palmer points us toward a pearl of great price (Matthew 13:45-46). May all your actions be from a place of grace and a response to God’s love and wisdom. Grace and peace in this challenging time. Read more.