Have you ever wondered how God’s Grace works in our lives? How does God call to us, save us, and make a new person of us? This article below redacted from the Book of Discipline may help you understand this concept. Grace Grace is central to our understanding of Christian faith and life. Grace can be defined as the love […]
A person becomes a professing member when they have been baptized and publicly profess the vows of the baptismal covenant, affirming their faith in God and their desire to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ. They commit to a life of service in and through the local congregation. Our understanding of what it means to be a member is […]
I struggle to feel accepted and loved by my Savior. I also feel as if I must always present myself in a perfect manner in order to be accepted. I have struggles, which I could never ask for help or prayer from the congregation because of this. You’ve shared a really important question and one lots of people struggle with. […]
Everyday ways dads can say “I love you” A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino* June 15, 2017 Dads sometimes find it challenging to express the pride and joy their children bring them. Some, like John Wesley’s father, wait for big moments to share what we feel. Taking some small steps will help dads (and moms) share their love for their […]
The General Rules of the Methodist Church The Nature, Design, and General Rules of Our United Societies In the latter end of the year 1739 eight or ten persons came to Mr. Wesley, in London, who appeared to be deeply convinced of sin, and earnestly groaning for redemption. They desired, as did two or three more the next day, that […]
I posted a few pictures and videos on Community’s Facebook page of last night. Thank you to the Dunn’s and Three in One for a wonderful program. The fellowship afterwards was nice as well, we are considering making this an annual event. To access the pictures and video go to: https://www.facebook.com/communityumcportsmouth/photos/pcb.1389396111179259/1389395931179277/?type=3&theater
As we come up on January 16th, Martin Luther King, Jr Day, I would encourage everyone to read the words of what was probably Dr. King’s most powerful and sometimes most misquoted speech. The words stand for themselves-his thoughts stand for themselves-he simply wanted everyone to have as much of an equal chance to control their own destiny and choose […]
We use our website for the big important things and to pass on information about both churches. If you are looking for our fun pictures, casual notes about events etc please check out each churches Facebook page. For Community UMC it is: https://www.facebook.com/communityumcportsmouth/ St. Mark UMC is: https://www.facebook.com/St-Mark-UMC-Portsmouth-VA-142102952538852/ We hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving and as the Christmas season is moving […]
The table of Holy Communion is Christ’s table, not the table of The United Methodist Church or of the local congregation. The table is open to anyone who seeks to respond to Christ’s love and to lead a new life of peace and love, as the invitation to the table says. Our Book of Worship says, “All who intend to […]
Here are some pictures from last week at St. Mark. You can also go to our Facebook page St Mark UMC Portsmouth and take a look at others.
We were blessed to have a couple visit us today from China. They are looking to move here and start a photography business. It was a real pleasure to have them worship with us today.
This is a modern translation of the Wesley Covenant Prayer. I am no longer my own, but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you, exalted for you, or brought low for you; let me be […]
I love the NLT translation of the prayer of Jesus found in John 17, here it is: 17 After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. 2 For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one […]
Yes, we borrowed it from Pentecost for Dummies but it is a really good description. What Is Pentecost? By Richard Wagner from Christianity For Dummies Pentecost is a Christian holy day that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit 40 days after Easter. Some Christian denominations consider it the birthday of the Christian church and celebrate it as such. Originally, […]
A few years ago a part went out on my motorcycle; I did not want to pay a mechanic so I decided to do it myself. I referenced my Chilton manual and after finding it to “techy” I went to YouTube. The video was great and I followed it step by step and all went well. I felt like a […]