Central United Methodist Church
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Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY

Relationships, Not Rules
Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost
June 19, 2016

Central United Methodist Church - Online Video
Greeting & Announcements Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 1:08
We Are Called to Worship Bill Carmine 5:53
Jesus, United By Thy Grace" Song #561 7:35
Children’s Time Kelly Devine 11:03
Piano Solo Sean Stafford 15:35
1 Kings 19:9b-15a Sandra Felton 18:25
"Change My Heart, Oh God" Sean Stafford 20:26
Welcoming New Members Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 26:00
Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 31:54
Galations 3:23-29 Bob Wilcox 43:30
Message: "Relationships, Not Rules" Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 45:28
Blessing & Benediction Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 58:54

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1 Kings 19:9b-15a The Message (MSG)

He walked forty days and nights, all the way to the mountain of God, to Horeb. When he got there, he crawled into a cave and went to sleep. Then the word of God came to him: “So Elijah, what are you doing here?” “I’ve been working my heart out for the God-of-the-Angel-Armies,” said Elijah. “The people of Israel have abandoned your covenant, destroyed the places of worship, and murdered your prophets. I’m the only one left, and now they’re trying to kill me.” Then he was told, “Go, stand on the mountain at attention before God. God will pass by.” A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper. When Elijah heard the quiet voice, he muffled his face with his great cloak, went to the mouth of the cave, and stood there. A quiet voice asked, “So Elijah, now tell me, what are you doing here?” Elijah said it again, “I’ve been working my heart out for God, the God-of-the-Angel-Armies, because the people of Israel have abandoned your covenant, destroyed your places of worship, and murdered your prophets. I’m the only one left, and now they’re trying to kill me.” God said, “Go back the way you came through the desert to Damascus.
Galatians 3:23-29 The Message (MSG)
Until the time when we were mature enough to respond freely in faith to the living God, we were carefully surrounded and protected by the Mosaic law. The law was like those Greek tutors, with which you are familiar, who escort children to school and protect them from danger or distraction, making sure the children will really get to the place they set out for. But now you have arrived at your destination: By faith in Christ you are in direct relationship with God. Your baptism in Christ was not just washing you up for a fresh start. It also involved dressing you in an adult faith wardrobe—Christ’s life, the fulfillment of God’s original promise. In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, since you are Christ’s family, then you are Abraham’s famous “descendant,” heirs according to the covenant promises.