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So Watch Yourselves

Here we are, America. It’s been less than one month since we got a new president. For many, Facebook has become a place we visit with fear of what our friends and family might say about their approval or disapproval of President Trump’s first few weeks in office. But the truth is, it’s time to take a deep breath. It’s time to remember that the same people you are avoiding today are the same people you were having barbecues with this past summer, making friendly small talk with at back ... Read More »

I Chose Forgiveness

Editor’s Note: During Floris UMC’s February 2017 sermon series, “Unburdened,” we asked congregation members to anonymously share their stories of forgiveness. The following is one of those stories. My life changed in July of 2010. I’d quit my job and uprooted my kids from their school and home to move out to Virginia. I took a call halfway across the county from my husband, who had moved a month ahead of us, that left me reeling. He didn’t love me anymore, and my future had suddenly, to me, gone sideways. ... Read More »

A Poem on Forgiveness

Editor’s Note: This poem was written by Rick Wormeli. It was inspired by Floris UMC’s sermon series on forgiveness titled, “Unburdened.” Dad, can you forgive me? For the times I cursed your authority when I knew you were so wrong, but later found how right you were? For the times of struggle when I did not turn to you, yet that was the very thing you wanted most—to be needed? Mom, can you forgive me? For the times I misinterpreted your encouragement of me as disappointment in me? For the ... Read More »

Forgiving Family

Editor’s Note: During Floris UMC’s February 2017 sermon series, “Unburdened,” we asked congregation members to anonymously share their stories of forgiveness. The following is one of those stories. When it comes to family and money…I would have never thought that my family would choose money, but they did. More than 20 years ago my aunt passed away without a will. My aunt had substantial wealth. She owned several homes in the area and lived on a big farm in Luray, Virginia. This was my mother’s sister. So, when mom was ... Read More »

God is Love

Editor’s Note: During Floris UMC’s February 2017 sermon series, “Unburdened,” we asked congregation members to anonymously share their stories of forgiveness. The following is one of those stories. My mother was incapacitated from a stroke, and when she passed away my sister and I found out that our brother has spent quite a lot of her money only to better himself. We were always a very close-knit family so this came as quite a shock to me. The amount he spent was astonishing, but the real hurt came from his ... Read More »

Sermon Response: To my New Master ~ Wendy LeBolt

I know (in my head) that I am forgiven. The problem is, day to day, I don’t feel that way. I am tempted all over again to give in to the stuff I just asked forgiveness for. And I feel lousy. I think, “after all Christ has done to forgive me, how come I can’t keep from sinning?” In fact, I think my sin-meter is turned up. I’m more aware of my sin. Perhaps my problem is this: I want Christ’s forgiveness to be sin prevention. Instead, it’s a dance. ... Read More »

Sermon Response: Texting Your Pastor ~ Wendy LeBolt

I wonder how many other churches were worshiping by text this week. Leave it to Floris UMC to be thinking outside the box! I have a confession to make: I was in Richmond at a conference. I did actually attend church there. A dear friend is the pastor. It was quite a reverent affair. Solemn. Diligent. Liturgically sound. Definitely no cell phones. The only break with protocol was during children’s time when several children crawled up on the pastor’s lap and his grandson snuggled next to him to be sure Grandpa saw ... Read More »

Sermon Response: Honoring God in Marriage

I just love it when Tom pulls out the props. If you missed it, you’ll want to catch it on the podcast. He saved the toughest topic for the last in this series on Forgiveness: forgiveness in marriage. Some marriages, he said, dance the round and round. It looks very much like what we did at prom. Slow, circling, awkward, perhaps with a limp. What we had planned looked very much more like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Synchronized, beautiful, perfectly timed, deftly executed. Pure joy in motion. If you’re a married ... Read More »

Sermon Response: One Big Awkward Family ~ Wendy LeBolt

I’ll admit I was a bit concerned when I read the Friday status post of the Floris graphics specialist: “on Awkward Family photos for a work-related assignment.” I wondered what our Pastors were up to. I shouldn’t have worried. What a way to bring some humor to an incredibly difficult subject: Forgiving Our Families.  We’re not “stock photo” families, we’re “awkward families.” But that’s what I find incredibly powerful about the preaching on Sundays. At Floris, they are willing to start a real conversation about the tough stuff. And that starts a buzz. Out in ... Read More »

Wednesday Worship, You are Forgiveable ~ Wendy LeBolt

We confess to you, all-knowing God, what we are. We are not the people we like other people to think we are. We are afraid to admit, even to ourselves, what lies in the depths of our souls. But we cannot hide our true selves from you. You know us as we are, and yet you love us. Help us not to shrink from self-knowledge. Teach us to respect ourselves for your sake. Give us the courage to put our trust in your guiding power. Raise us out of the ... Read More »

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