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by Noon Friday
Kewanee United Methodist Church
"Making Disciples - Whatever It Takes"
108 East Central Blvd. - Kewanee, IL 61443-2246
Phone: (309) 853-4497
Welcome to First United Methodist Church of Kewanee, IL!
As I write this, it is the week between Epiphany Sunday and the Sunday on which we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus.
Epiphany celebrates the manifestation of God in Jesus Christ to the whole world. Each of the three assigned Bible lections for Epiphany Sunday declared the message: God’s light has come into the darkness of our lives. (Is. 60:1-6) God’s “boundless riches of Christ” has been given to the Gentiles. (Eph. 3:1-12) The coming of the Magi represents God’s salvation being extended to Gentiles as well as Jews. (Matthew 2:1-12)
Each of the Bible lections for the Baptism of Jesus emphasizes the work of the Holy Spirit in life. “When we pass through the waters, I will be with you.” (Isaiah 43:2) Believers in Jesus receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 8:14-17) And in the Baptism of Jesus, the Spirit descends upon him like a dove and Jesus receives confirmation as God’s Son. (Luke 3:21-22) Indeed, ‘the source of all life and any opportunity for renewed life is the Spirit of God.” (The Abingdon Preaching Annual)
The mission of First United Methodist Church of Kewanee is “Making Disciples…Whatever It Takes.” We seek to make that mission as broad as possible while remaining true to the essence of what it means to make disciples. Part of the essence of our mission is to help all people realize that Jesus is for everyone (Epiphany) and that God’s spirit is working in all of our lives to give us “renewed life.” (Baptism of the Lord) We invite you to join us in this mission and we pray that in the process of our mission, each of us will indeed find “renewed life” in Jesus Christ.
In God’s Service,
Paul Copeland, Pastor
We've a Story to Tell to the Nations
1. We've a story to tell to the nations,
that shall turn their hearts to the right,
a story of truth and mercy,
a story of peace and light,
a story of peace and light.
For the darkness shall turn to dawning,
and the dawning to noonday bright;
and Christ's great kingdom shall come on earth,
the kingdom of love and light.
2. We've a song to be sung to the nations,
that shall lift their hearts to the Lord,
a song that shall conquer evil
and shatter the spear and sword,
and shatter the spear and sword.
3. We've a message to give to the nations,
that the Lord who reigneth above
hath sent us his Son to save us,
and show us that God is love,
and show us that God is love.
4. We've a Savior to show to the nations,
who the path of sorrow hath trod,
that all of the world's great peoples
might come to the truth of God,
might come to the truth of God.
We've a Story to Tell to the Nations - The United Methodist Hymnal Number 569
Text: H. Ernest Nichol, 1862-1928 (CWH attrib to Colin Sterne) Music: H. Ernest Nichol, 1862-1928
Tune: MESSAGE, Meter: 10 8.87 with Refrain
Courtesy of http://www.hymnsite.com/
L. Copeland - Senior Pastor