Matthew 18:20 "For Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."
Mission Statement for midland Park UMC
Therefore, we the people of Midland Park UMC, will reach out, invite, and introduce people to Christ by being disciples, using Christ as our model. We will prosper and grow, and be a meaningful instrument in the well-being of and service to the
Midland Park community and the world!
Midland Park UMC Annual Mother and Daughter Banquet
Our Mother and Daughter banquet will be on May 7th, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. All mothers and daughters of the church are invited (and please invite other family members, friends, and neighbors). It will be an evening of fun for all! The food will be provided by the United Methodist Men and the New Hope Circle. Put this date (May 7th) on your calendar for the Mother and Daughter banquet! There will be door prizes! —New Hope Circle
E-Sermon for 4/5/2020 - Palm Sunday
E-Sermon for Sunday, April 5th, 2020 Palm Sunday Theological Reflections on Matthew 21:1-11 NRSV (Scripture found at the end of the E-Sermon) Everybody loves a parade! Well, almost everybody: I' m not particularly fond of parades. Oh, I enjoy the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV with the balloons, bands, floats, and Santa. If you can get past all the shameless use of personalities to promote the shows on the network, it's fun to watch. And there's the legendary Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena on New Year’s Day with about the same fare plus some awesome flower arrangements. Other favorites include Mardi Gras in New Orleans, St. Patrick's in Boston (don't forget Savannah); remember when the circus came to town, and of course there's always the local downtown parades on the 4th of July!! If I can "attend" in the comfort of my living room watching the television: maybe parades are OK; but in person out in the elements: no thank you, please. I do not do crowds. Don't do sports arenas or concerts! I have been practicing social distancing long before it was cool! Catch me in a Disney World attraction queue: no way. I am a small group kinda guy; that's why a church like Midland Park is just my style. And so, I might have been hanging around in the year 30 CE when Jesus and a small band of followers paraded into town. If you read Matthew's text for today, you would think the entire population of Jerusalem had turned out for a ticker tape parade honoring a national hero. The Bible tends to exaggerate sometimes. If Jesus' entry had drawn a huge crowd, the Roman Military Police would have been on every street corner making sure no one was causing any trouble. Passover was a troubling time for the Romans expecting revolution. Nope, no MP's in sight. But there were those who had heard that Jesus and the boys were headed into town. They gathered on the East side of town at the gate closest to the Temple as Jesus was approaching from the Mt. of Olives outside of Bethphage. Matthew describes how Jesus instructed two of the disciples to run ahead and arrange for transportation: 1st century Uber style on a donkey, but in Matthew not just a donkey but a donkey and her colt (twice the horsepower). The Jewish crowd would recognize this as a Messianic sign from Zechariah 9:9, for God's chosen one would come in this fashion. The donkey was also symbolic of humility for the donkey is a humble beast: low in stature compared to a charging white stallion ridden by powerful generals and royalty. So here comes Jesus followed by his rag tag disciples into the metropolis of Jerusalem. Upon his entry, those gathered were cheering, waving tree branches, laying down their cloaks, honoring him as the true King that he is. They claimed this was what was proclaimed through the prophets (Zec 9:9, Isa 62:11). There was euphoria for they felt the Lord's Messiah had come to them, so they shouted: "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" Hosanna in Aramaic means "help, I pray" or loosely "save us." The people were anxious to be free from the oppression of Rome and without realizing, free from the oppressive rule of the Temple elite who were leading them astray. They were looking for a hero; and though Jesus didn't quite fit the conquering king porfile, he would be their one hope. They had heard of his mighty acts of mercy, his teaching, his love and compassion. He was "the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee." They needed help. Hosanna! Like the people of Jerusalem that Sunday morning before the Passover, we too, are looking for divine help. Our lives have been radically changed; life as we knew it does not exist. We seek relief. Hosanna! We turn to the Lord in prayer to remove the affliction that is suppressing us. People are getting sick in great numbers; so many face financial devastation. Supplies and food are running short. Nothing is open. Hosanna! The crowd in Jerusalem was eager to welcome Jesus when they felt he was the one to accomplish the mission. It's funny how we rally around someone/something when we think it's the answer. We in modern times do the same; we will jump on some new idea, some new method, follow some new person who we feel will help us. The only One who can help is God! No politician, leader, vaccine! God is the answer. We need to turn to God and we need to trust God. At first, this may be the case; people will turn to God. I recall following the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11 how so many people turned to God. Church attendance was up; people were reading and studying scripture; there was prayer. As time passed, the enthusiasm and zeal for the Lord waned. Like any new toy, interest faded. Remember that cool present you just loved last Christmas; probably sits unused. People buy boats, use them for a brief time, and then they sit idle. Same for golf clubs, tennis rackets, swimming pools, you name it. We lose interest. The next "new" thing catches our eye. And we move on influenced by other gadgets. I hear people saying now: "I can't wait for us to return to how things were." I hope they don't return to the way it was. I pray that we as children of God can fully embrace the love and Grace God offers; that we can do the same to one another. That any new found faith becomes stronger and never fades. I pray that each new day we can arise and say "Thank you, Oh, Lord! for this new day and new opportunity to make a difference." I pray the same gentle kindness and care for others will continue. The crowd in Jerusalem turned on Jesus in one short week influenced by corrupt leadership and selfish desires. As we welcome Jesus into our hearts with shouts of Hosanna, let us be fully sincere to following in his ways, his teachings, his compassion. Let us truly be Christians in all we do and all we say. Let's make a true difference in our community, in our nation, in the world. As we celebrate Palm Sunday, welcome Jesus into your world. To show solidarity with Christ, try placing a palm or tree branch out front of your home. We may not be able to assemble together and process with palms, but we can be together in other ways. Jesus is not just someone to bail us out in times of trouble; Jesus should be our way of life. Let's celebrate what Jesus is doing in our lives every day. We could even have a parade! – Pastor Harry
Matthew 21: 1-11 NRSV
Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
21 When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.[a]” 4 This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,
5 “Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; 7 they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. 8 A very large crowd[b] spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
10 When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Please continue to tithe.
With the suspension of church services for the entire month of April, our "normal" schedule will be much different for a short period of time. Many of our members bring their Tithes and Offerings on Sunday and place them in the offering plate during Worship. Unfortunately, this option is not available until we resume Worship Service (hopefully beginning with the first Sunday in May). We ask that you continue to tithe to the church by mailing in your envelope to the church address at: 2301 Midland Park Road; North Charleston, SC 29406. The mail is collected daily. If you would prefer to drop your tithes off in person, the church office shall remain open during normal hours (Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.). We ask that you please let the church secretary know if you plan on dropping off your envelope by calling 843-553-3537. We will all get through this together! “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!” [Psalm 31:24]
Our Church Choir - We always have room for more!
Our Choir meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Choir Room located in the Educational Building. We would love for you to be a part of our worship through song! (We have temporarily suspended our normal schedule due to the COVID-19 crisis. Please check back for updates!)
Bible Study for the entire month of April has been canceled! We will advise for the future dates.
The Bible Study will be led by Pastor Harry Gindhart in the Conference Room. We have started out in the Book of Isaiah. We will continue to meet every Wednesday unless otherwise informed. Come join us for study and discussion!
Ministries that Midland Park UMC support!
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Church office closed remainder of the week).
COME AND WORSHIP WITH US!
(ALL CHURCH SERVICES AND EVENTS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL). We have Church School that begins at 9:45 a.m. followed by a worship service at 11:00 a.m. led by Pastor Harry.