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  • FUMC dressed for Christmas complete with snow.
  • To God be the Glory
  • Winter Beauty, courtesy of our Lord; and photo credit to Rev. Ray.
  • Resurrection Cross 2015
  • Ready for Advent - First Sunday
  • Ready for the Advent - Second Sunday
  • Third Sunday of Advent
  • Our beautiful Sanctuary - Ordinary Days
  • A Light Unto the World
  • I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
  • Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind......
  • Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
  • For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
  • On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
  • The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.
  • Pat & Ray
  • Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
  • Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying,"I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life."
  • God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
  • Summer is Beautiful at FUMC
  • The Covered Bridge in our beautiful city.

When we speak of Heaven’s beauty, we may talk about the crystal sea, street of gold, walls of jasper, and gates of pearl; but I have a suspicion that the greatest beauty may surprise us all. It may be the very thing that we find difficult to look at on this earth.

We have all seen common things that have transformed into beauty. Hans Christian Anderson’s little barnyard bird suffered abuse and was called the ugly duckling, but became the most beautiful swan. The caterpillar crawls on the ground; and then takes to the sky on the wings of beauty.   

“Do you have any identifying scars?”  That was one of the questions that we had to answer at our induction into the military.  It was a sobering question.  Life on earth doesn’t come without scars.  Most of us have a scar and a story to go with it; if not on the body, certainly on the heart.  

At funerals we bury scars with talk of them being made new, but I wonder: being made new is not being removed, but made beautiful.  Of course I am talking of the scars that were made by sacrifices of love.  The worn and calloused hands and hearts of parents who gave the best of their soul to their family, the bleeding hero who gave a life to save a life; and a long list of scars that came because of love for God and others.

One verse in the Bible describes what I think must be the most beautiful sight in Heaven.   John saw “a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain (scarred), standing at the center of the throne…” (Revelation 5:6).  Those scars were for you and me.  They mean healing has come and reaches as far as the curse is found.

Jesus said to Thomas, “Look at my hands, touch my side and believe.”  Are there some people who have scars because they loved us; parents who worked hard to provide, loved ones with wounded hearts because of our rebellion or choices, the people who stepped in when we needed someone?   Perhaps it is time to appreciate those scars on earth that have come because of Love.  How much sacrifice has been made for our wellbeing and happiness?  How much have we taken for granted?  Today is a good time to remember and be thankful.

Grace and Peace,  Rev Ray

 

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FUMC of Elizabethton, TN
325 East E Street
Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643
Phone (423)543-3505
Regular Schedule  
Sunday
  • Worship Service
    – 9:55 AM
  • Sunday School
    – 11:20 AM
  • 4:12 Youth Ministries Jr. High - Grades 6 thru 8
    – 4:10 PM to 5:30 PM
  • 4:12 Youth Ministries Sr. High - Grades 9 thru 12
    – 5:45 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Bible Study
    – 6:00 PM
Wednesday
  • Coolagers (grades K - 5th)
    – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Life Lessons in the Fellowship Hall
    – 6:00 PM
  • Chancel Choir Practice
    – 7:00 PM
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