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BETHLEHEM
United Methodist Church

Fishers, Indiana

A Continuing Faith Community since 1844

Welcome to Bethlehem United Methodist Church. Here you will find a unique church family growing together in faith through worship, service, and fellowship. We are a congregation of mostly older adults, many of whom have been transplanted from other parts of the country to be near grandchildren and retire in this area, sharing friendships and community rooted in faith in Jesus Christ.  

May 18, 2024
Message from Pastor Jean

 

Scripture: Romans 11:33

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

 

Words of Not Much Wisdom:

“I think I have the window seat.” The woman who was to be my traveling companion for the two-hour flight, said to me. I smiled and stepped back so she could get in. She had problems with getting her bag placed overhead and getting all her stuff under the seat. The people boarding behind us looked at me like it was my fault, I just wanted to say, “hey, I don’t even know her” but instead, I just smiled and did a shrug of apology. Seated, she did not open the window, nor did she speak to me. She placed her ear buds, turned on her “notebook” and settled in for her trip. Getting the message loud and clear, I settled for the two-hour flight, happy to nap and do a game on my phone. There is something about getting up in the middle of the night, racing through the airport, and finally settling in that always causes me to fall asleep stooped. Head bobbing, drooling, and no – piggy snorting a huge snore. I even woke myself up. With an apology on my lips, I turned to my seat mate. She was still watching the movie, and thankfully, totally oblivious When the plane landed, she lifted the window shade, and turned to me, “really bumpy flight.” “Yes,” I agreed. She needed me to help her with her bag, stand forward so she could get out, and of course she decided to chat. She had been present but completely unavailable during the entire flight, and now she wanted to be my new best friend. Being just this side of rude, I ran into the terminal, and found the first bathroom.

When I came out of the stall, there she stood waiting, and looking annoyed that someone was in her way. I smiled and she had zero recognition of me. I moved passed her and realized that we had just spent two hours in the same space, and she had not been present except when she needed something from me. At first, I was insulted, and then realized this was about her being absent in her own life, not me.

In part, this is what this scripture is about. God has offered us the opportunity to live in His love, joy and richness of His presence. We take as if we are entitled, living unavailable and choosing to be absent from God; That is, until we need something. Then we are more than happy to lift the shade, ask for help, and then go back to being oblivious and absent. God does continue to love us, but our choosing to be absent and unavailable has its cost. We chose to miss out on the joy, love and presence of God. 'Good thing God is always available and present, even to us.

That’s what God’s love is about.

See you in Church

Pastor Jean

  WORSHIP WITH US  

Join us at 10am Sunday for Family-friendly Worship!
Adult Sunday School at 9am.

Bible Study is held on Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm.

For more information, contact pastorbethlehemumc@gmail.com.

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