Lenten Sermon Series
Rev. Brian McPherson, preaching
February 22 “Who Said That?” Matthew 17:1-6
March 1 “Pray Like You Mean It!” Luke 11:1-10
March 8 “Walking the Wire” Romans 12:1-2
March 15 “Send Me In Coach!” Romans 8:26-28
March 22 “It Don’t Come Easy” Isaiah 58:6-11
March 29 “Living the God Life” Acts 2:43-47
Now Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that, if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way,* he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains. Acts 9:1-2
People have told us that “The Way” seems to be a strange name for a new worship experience. True, but it has deep historical significance for Christians. The early church community was defined not only by it’s worship and communion, but it’s teachings as well. “The Way” was not a convenient title but a very descriptive, intentional name given to the early Christian community who was struggling to understand the teachings of Jesus and what it meant to follow him in the world in which they lived even at the cost of their own lives. Today, we are still asking the same questions as the early church community: “what was Jesus teaching about and what does it mean for us to follow Jesus in our world?”
Even today we are striving to answer those questions in our worship, small groups, bible studies and Sunday Schools. As a church, we set a goal to create an additional worship service for Sunday morning, looking to reach a new demographic both in our Allen community as well as people in our church who may have become inactive in worship. Thus “The Way” was born. “The Way” is a teaching service, focused on scriptures and finding real life applications for what we learn every week. This service is best termed “where the Bible meets life.” We describe this service as “scripturally centered” with the primary emphasis on teaching the bible. This would also include creeds, history, culture, traditions, politics, morals, philosophy and other faith experiences.
The “Way” is a “traditional plus” worship, drawing on the best of ancient and traditionally understood sources of liturgy, hymnody, litanies, prayers, as well as significant modern expressions of worship. If you have not been to worship in a while, or are simply looking for a different worship experience at First United Methodist Church of Allen, we invite you to check out “The Way” on Sundays at 11:00am in Fellowship Hall. We want to see you at The Way. Come with questions and we’ll try to engage not only your curiosity but your faith in a worship experience rooted in the give and take of teaching and dialogue.