Central United Methodist Church
Monday, November 12, 2018
Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY
A Reconciling Congregation

The Big Risk
Rev. Mark Marino
Sept. 3, 2017

Central United Methodist Church - Online Video
"Allegreto" Sarah Stefflik & Martha Weber 0:30
Greeting & Announcements Amber Gaylord 1:35
We Are Called to Worship Amber Gaylord 3:18
A Time for the Child in All of Us Rev. Mark Marino 4:45
"Song for the Gulf Coast" Martha Weber, Connie Lamondo 9:08
Joshua 23:14-16 Anne DePugh 11:6
"Angelico" Martha Weber, Connie Lamondo 12:36
"Here I Am, Lord" Song # 593 17:40
Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer Rev. Mark Marino 23:15
Philippians 3:7-16 Deb Fisher 29:12
The Sermon Rev. Mark Marino 32:12
Celebrating Holy Communion Rev. Mark Marino 52:55
"Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore" Song # 344 55:12
Blessing Rev. Mark Marino 57:55
"Menuet" Sarah Stefflik & Martha Weber 58:23

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Joshua 23:14-16   The Message (MSG)

14 “As you can see, I’m about to go the way we all end up going. Know this with all your heart, with everything in you, that not one detail has failed of all the good things God, your God, promised you. It has all happened. Nothing’s left undone—not so much as a word.

15-16 “But just as sure as everything good that God, your God, has promised has come true, so also God will bring to pass every bad thing until there’s nothing left of you in this good land that God has given you. If you leave the path of the Covenant of God, your God, that he commanded you, go off and serve and worship other gods, God’s anger will blaze out against you. In no time at all there’ll be nothing left of you, no sign that you’ve ever been in this good land he gave you.”

Philippians 3:7-16   The Message (MSG)

7-9 The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness.

10-11 I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it.

Focused on the Goal

12-14 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

15-16 So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.

The Message (MSG)

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