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Don’t Forget to Spring Forward

Daylight Savings time begins again!

On Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 2:00:00 AM (or earlier!) clocks are turned forward 1 hour to become Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 3:00:00 AM

Daylight Savings Time is not just a way to annoy us when we want to sleep in on Sundays.  The modern idea of daylight saving was first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson and it was first implemented during the First World War.

Although most of the United States used DST throughout the 1950s and 1960s, DST use expanded following the 1970s energy crisis and has generally remained in use in North America and Europe since that time.

Everybody sing along…

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Posted by on March 11, 2017 in Pender UMC, Posts of Interest

 

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Marking John Wesley’s Birthday in his Words

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A UMNS Commentary by the Rev. Robert J. Williams

As John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, grew older, he frequently commented on his birthday how he was still in good health and this was largely due to the way God had blessed him.

Wesley was born on June 17, 1703, while England was still using the Julian calendar. England adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752 and thus Wesley’s birth date became June 28.

His birthday reflections give us a glimpse into how he viewed his life, health and ministry. On June 28, 1770, he wrote:

I can hardly believe that I am this entered into the sixty-eighth year of my age! How marvelous are the ways of God! How has he kept me, even from a child! From ten to thirteen or fourteen, I had little but bread to eat, and not great plenty of that. I believe this was so far from hurting me that it laid the foundation to lasting health. When I grew up, in consequence of reading Dr. Cheyne, I chose to eat sparingly and drink water. This was another great means of continuing my health, till I was about seven and twenty…; (He then speaks of various ailments.); Since that time, I have known neither pain nor sickness, and am now healthier than I was forty years ago! This hath God wrought!

He started to set a pattern for indicating his age and his good health. One year later, he wrote:

This day I entered the sixty-ninth year of my age. I am still a wonder to myself. My voice and strength are the same as at nine and twenty. This also hath God wrought.

In 1774, he wrote:

This being my birthday, the first day of my seventy-second year, I was considering. How is this, that I find just the same strength as I did thirty years ago? That my sight is considerably better now and my nerves firmer than there were then? That I have none of the infirmities of old age and have lost several I had in my youth? The grand cause is the good pleasure of God, who doth whatsoever pleaseth him. The chief means are: (1) My constantly rising at four, for about fifty years. (2) My generally preaching at five in the morning, one of the most healthy exercises in the world. (3) My never travelling less, by sea or land, than four thousand five hundred miles in a year.

In the intervening 10 years, he repeated these sentiments numerous times, and even in 1784, he wrote:

Today I entered on my eighty-second year and found myself just as strong to labour, and as fit for any exercise of body or mind, as I was forty years ago. I do not impute this to second causes, but to the sovereign Lord of all…; I am as strong at eighty-one, as I was at twenty-one, but abundantly more healthy, being a stranger to the head-ache, tooth-ache, and other bodily disorders which attended me in my youth. We can only say ‘The Lord reigneth’ While we live, let us live to him!

In 1788, after praising God “for a thousand spiritual blessings,” Wesley listed as questions what may be some of the “inferior means” for achieving such good health into old age.

To my constant exercise and change of air? To my never having lost a night’s sleep, sick or well at land or at sea, since I was born? To my having sleep at command, so that whenever I feel myself almost worn out, I call it and it comes, day or night? To my having constantly, for above sixty years, risen at four in the morning? To my constant preaching at five in the morning for above fifty years? To my having had so little pain in my life and so little sorrow or anxious care?

Finally, on June 28, 1790, less than a year before his death, he wrote:

This day I enter into my eighty-eighth year. For above eighty-six years, I found none of the infirmities of old age: my eyes did not wax dim, neither was my natural strength abated. But last August, I found almost a sudden change. My eyes were so dim that no glasses would help me. My strength likewise now quite forsook me and probably will not return in this world. But I feel no pain from head to foot, only it seems nature is exhausted and, humanly speaking, will sink more and more, till ‘The weary springs of life stand still at last.’

As this remarkable man aged, he reflected on God’s blessings and how his lifestyle contributed to his good health. This is but a brief glimpse into his humanity and can call on us to do likewise on our birthdays.

Editor’s Note: This story was first published on June 25, 2012.

*Williams is the top executive of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History in Madison, N.J.

From http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/marking-john-wesleys-birthday-in-his-words

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2016 in Holidays, Posts of Interest

 

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The Life and Hymns of Charles Wesley

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Charles Wesley lived from December 18, 1707 until March 29, 1788.  He was an English leader of the Methodist movement, son of Anglican clergyman and poet Samuel Wesley, the younger brother of Methodist founder John Wesley and Anglican clergyman Samuel Wesley the Younger. Charles Wesley is mostly remembered for the over 6,000 hymns he wrote.

In the course of his career, Charles Wesley published the words of over six thousand hymns, many of which are still popular. These include:

  • “Arise my soul arise”
  • “And Can It Be That I Should Gain?”
  • “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”
  • “Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies”
  • “Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown”
  • “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”
  • “Depth of Mercy, Can it Be”
  • “Father, I Stretch My Hands to Thee”
  • “Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise”
  • “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”
  • “Jesus, Lover of My Soul”
  • “Jesus, The Name High Over All”
  • “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending”
  • “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”
  • “O for a Heart to Praise My God”
  • “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”
  • “Rejoice, the Lord is King”
  • “Soldiers of Christ, Arise”
  • “Thou Hidden Source of Calm Repose”
  • “Ye Servants of God”

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2016 in hymns, Posts of Interest, Videos, Webmaster posts

 

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Christmas Music, Part 7 – Hark the Herald Angels Sing

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Charles Wesley (1707-1788),  the younger brother of John Wesley wrote the words to this Christmas Carol.

Charles was a hymn writer and a poet, also known as one of the people who began the Methodist movement in the Church of England. Hark the Herald Angels Sing appeared in 1739 in a book called Hymns and Sacred Poems.

Wesley envisioned this being sung to the same tune as his hymn, Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,  and in some hymnals it is included along with the more popular version.

This hymn was regarded as one of the Great Four Anglican Hymns and published as number 403 in “The Church Hymn Book” (New York and Chicago, USA, 1872).

To celebrate the invention of the printing press, Felix Mendelssohn composed a cantata in 1840 called Festgesang or “Festival Song”. The melody of Mendelssohn’s cantata was then used by William H. Cummings and adapted it to the lyrics of Wesley’s “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”.

Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

And, of course, no one can do it better than The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

 

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2015 in Christmas Music, Holidays, Posts of Interest

 

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Why the Wesleys, and others, came to be called Methodists

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Those who went to the kickoff for A Disciple’s Path heard part of this story from Pastor Dan.

For those who missed it or need a refresher, here you go…

 

Holy Club. Bible Moths. Methodists.

These are just a few of the names people called Charles and John Wesley and those gathered around them before anyone called their group a movement, let alone a church. Charles and John Wesley are considered founders of the Methodist movement that led to what is now The United Methodist Church.

It all began around 1728 with a few men at Oxford University, where Charles was finishing his studies. Charles Wesley had not always been very good at focusing on his studies or his faith. His first year at school was full of diversions like playing cards and enjoying music, theater and dancing. Nevertheless, by his final year, he was ready to devote himself to a more focused method of engaging study and faith.

Charles knew he could not do this on his own. He gathered with others in a small group, a practice common at Oxford in those days.

Read more at http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/why-the-wesleys-and-others-came-to-be-called-Methodists

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2015 in Get Involved!, Pender UMC, Posts of Interest, Videos

 

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Today at Pender UMC

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At our 8:15 & 11:00 worship services on Sunday, August 31st, we return to a part of our heritage as Methodists, the Campmeeting. It will be a time to sing the old hymns, enjoy the upbeat worship and hear a sermon series based on the importance of “Revival.”

RevKev will be preaching on “Survival vs. Revival” (Psalm 51:10-13)
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At our 9:30 Common Ground Worship Service, we will have a guest preacher, Suzanne Spencer.

Suzanne Spencer retired as a UMC pastor after serving three churches on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. God called her into pulpit ministry late in life after a career as a social gerontologist, doing clinical research in geriatric medicine and managing assisted living facilities in the Richmond area. Her association with Pender began with a trip to Greece and Turkey led by Pastor Kenny and has continued on short-term mission trips to Peru. Her sermon title for Sunday is “Who?” (Matthew 16:21-26)

 

Click on this link to find out more information about our upcoming sermons.

Also today:

Upcoming Events! Watch for more information:

  • August 31: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • August 31: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • August 31: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Pancake Mix and Syrup
    • 46 oz. bottles of oil, fruit juices, plastic bags and egg cartons are always needed and welcome too!

    Donations can be left in the blue grocery cart in the coat rack section.

  • August 31: The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 164 sermons available.  More information
  • August 31: Blessing of the Backpacks; 9:30am worship service
  • August 31: New Directions Sunday School Class will begin a new study, “All In” by Mark Batterson. The following is a brief synopsis regarding the study – “Nothing belongs to you — not even you! Discover the radical act of dethroning yourself and enthroning Christ as King of your life!” New members are always welcome!! We meet in Room 206 at 9:30 AM. If any questions, feel free to contact Carol Wilson If any questions, feel free to contact Carol Wilson by email or at (703) 815-1744.
  • August 31: Sunday School Classes.  Read the brochure
  • August 31: Time Out for Parents,  9:15-10:30 am
  • August 31: Beginner’s Bible Study, 9:30-10:40 am for 12 weeks
  • August 31: Disciple II Bible Study, 4:00 pm
 

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Today at Pender

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Please join us at our 8:15, 9:30 & 11:00 worship services this Sunday, August 3rd, as we return to a part of our heritage as Methodists, the Campmeeting.

It will be a time to sing the old hymns, enjoy the upbeat worship and hear a sermon series based on the importance of “Revival.”

At the 8:15 & 11:00 Worship Services, Pastor Kenny will be preaching on “Why Revival?”(Psalm 85) Why do we need revival in the saints’ life? Why do we need revival in our community and in our world? Revival is a new move of God revealing His grace and power among us. Let’s see why we need that this Sunday.

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At our 9:30 Common Ground Worship Service, RevKev will be preaching on the “Stories of Jesus: More than Enough.” (Matthew 14:13-21)

Click on this link to find out more information about our upcoming sermons.

Listen to past sermons in the Pender Podcast.

What to expect at Pender UMC

Directions to Pender

Also on Sunday:

  • August 3: Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • August 3: This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • August 3: Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • Condiments
    • 46 oz. bottles of oil, fruit juices, plastic bags and egg cartons are always needed and welcome too!
  • Donations can be left in the blue grocery cart in the coat rack section.
  • August 3: The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  There are currently 158 sermons available.  More information
  • August 3: Sunday School Classes.  Read the brochure
  • August 3: Time Out for Parents,  9:15-10:30 am
  • August 3: Beginner’s Bible Study, 9:30-10:40 am for 12 weeks
  • August 3: Disciple II Bible Study, 4:00 pm
  • August 3: Sing ‘N’ Celebrate, 7:00 pm More information

 

 
 

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