First United Methodist Church Mesquite, TX

We Love God, Love Our Neighbors, and Serve Our Community! Pastor- Rev. Thomas "Tom" Palmer

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The Easter Challenge Week 2- April 26, 2020 10:30 a.m.

We will go live around 10:20 a.m. in order to give people time to connect. The service will begin closer to 10:30 a.m.

Scripture Readings
Matthew 7:24-27
I Corinthians 3:11-15

Sermon
The Truth: It Changes Everything

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Greetings in the name of the Risen Christ!

I pray that each of you are doing well. This is a unique time in each of our lives and as I reflect on these past weeks, I have discovered that I was due for a personal "reset". By that I mean, reevaluating what is truly important to me, what is worthy of my time and energy, what I value most, and how I want to be once we return to "normal".

Your journey may not have led you to the same evaluation as mine, but I suspect that each of us has, in some way or form, been reshaped by this pandemic. I know that everyone's journey is different, but we do have many things we share, and two of these are:

First, we are each created by a God that loves us. Scripture says that God knew us from before we were born; we can take comfort that God is with us and never will leave us. It may seem hard to know this in these trying times but turn your face to God, see God's creation all around you, feel the presence of the Holy Spirit when you breathe, and pray for God to give you the peace that can only come from God!

Second, we are each part of a family of faith. We may not be physically together, but we are together in spirit. We worship every Sunday morning through our live stream on Facebook, we pray for those in need and celebrate the goodness of God, we reach out in love and care for each other, and we respond to those who have needs. First Church's family remains strong and will return to worshipping and being together in fellowship soon!

As someone loved by God and part of a faith family, I invite you to continue our Easter Challenge this Sunday morning at 10:30 as we examine Truth. The Bible is a wonderful collection of stories, letters, poetry, history, and narratives all providing us everything we need to lead a life pleasing to God. Join with me as together we journey from the empty tomb towards Pentecost.

Jesus is alive, thanks be to God!

Pastor Tom

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Join us as Pastor Thomas E Palmer presents the last 3 weeks of The Easter Challenge Sermon Series. Live Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

From your Music Director...
Gary Wayne Pyland

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Sunday April 19, 2020 Praise & Worship Service

NOTE: We experienced Technical Audio Difficulties today during the beginning. The first 2 songs were repeated at the end. Thanks for your patience it this process.

Pastor Tom's Easter Challenge Sermon Series Week 1 of 4

We will go live around 10:20 a.m. in order to give people time to connect. The service will begin closer to 10:30 a.m.

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Mesquite, TX 75185-2909

Sunday, April 19, 2020
The Need: Amazing Beginnings

I hope you have had a wonderful week after Easter! Our service on Easter Sunday was a reminder of what a great and loving God we all have, a God that sent his only Son so that you and I may be free.

This Sunday we begin a series called The Easter Challenge. It is a 4-week series that calls us to take on specific challenges that will help us grow in our faith.

During these 4-weeks we will discover how Jesus can help us reach our God-given potential, and how together we can be part of a church that transforms our community!

During Covid-19 it is even more important that we live and act on our mission to Love God. Love our Neighbor. and Serve the Community. We are all in this together, and with God's grace, we will not just survive, but be revived as followers of the Risen Christ!

See you Sunday!

Peace and Grace,
Pastor Tom

Matthew 16:15-18

A Note From our Music Minister

Dr. Gary Pyland has a story and hymn to share with you.

Easter Monday 2020

I hope that your Easter was as wonderful as mine. The worship was inspiring, and I thank all those who made it possible!
We continue our journey from the empty tomb, and I hope you will continue to be with us as we make our way to Pentecost. Jesus is alive and we have the chance to encounter him in so many ways. I am outside on this cool Monday and hear the birds singing, God's beautiful creation green all over, and I am amazed at how good our God is that he made all of this for us!
Next Sunday, April 19, we begin a 5-week journey called The Easter Challenge. For many, church is only a place to go on Easter Sunday. But what if it could be much more? Regardless of where you are in your relationship with God, this series will challenge you and help you grow in your faith. For thirty days, we will discover how Jesus can help us reach our God-given potential, and how together we can be part of a church that transforms the community!
My hope and prayer are that The Easter Challenge will be a time when we discover new ways to be the people of Christ, moving from an empty tomb to a powerful witness that Jesus is alive within us!
Stay safe, stay in love with God, and do not hesitate to let me know if you need anything! You are loved!
Peace and Grace,

Pastor Tom

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Happy Easter for He is risen!

Easter Sunday Praise & Worship, Sunday April 12, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

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Good Friday Service April 10, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

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Someone hopped by the church for the Egg Hunt. Don't forget to drive by, even if you missed your time!

Maundy Thursday Service April 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

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The service starts at 12:02, so forward to that spot to watch.

[04/09/20]   For those working from home and those traveling to work daily...

Greetings everyone! Today is Maundy, or Holy Thursday, and if you have wondered where the term Maundy comes from it is an Anglo-French word, which is derived from the Latin ‘mandatum,’ meaning ‘commandment’. The term refers to when Jesus said to his disciples: “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another,” during the last supper.

As we continue through this time of social distancing and sheltering in place, we have opportunities to connect with each other in new ways and to continue the commandments which Jesus has given each of us. Our worship will be live streamed on Facebook tonight at 7:00 as we remember the last supper and Jesus' washing of his disciple's feet. On Friday morning we will have a "drive through" Easter egg hunt on our campus which will be a lot of fun, particularly if the Easter Bunny makes an appearance! And on Friday evening we will worship together via live streaming on Facebook at 7:00 as we remember the sacrifice Jesus made that sets each of us free!

And on Easter morning we will celebrate that Jesus is alive! I pray that you will join us for worship at 10:30 Sunday morning via live streaming on Facebook.

I look forward to "seeing" each of you this evening, Friday morning and evening, and on Easter morning! You remain in my prayers and please let me know if you need anything. God is good, God is with us, thanks be to God!

Peace and Grace,

Pastor Tom

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[04/06/20]   Join us for our online streaming of the Maundy Thursday Service

EASTER BASKET CHALLENGE:

OK, everyone...more Family Easter Fun! Lyn has challenged y'all to make or decorate your Easter Basket.

Rules:
1. Be creative
2. Snap a selfie with your creation
3. Send selfie through FB Messenger to First United Methodist Church Mesquite, TX or Angela Marien ONLY. (If it's elsewhere, no guarantee it will be included)
4. Do not post here or on groups (it's a surprise!)
5. Deadline is Saturday at noon.

They will be posted on this page and shared with the church member group for all to see Easter Sunday.

April 6, 2020



Dear First Church:

What a great job our worship team did this past Sunday! I want to say thanks to everyone who helped in any way and I hope you were able to join us; it is important that we continue to worship together.

I want us to reflect on what we have experienced over the previous years as we go into Holy Week this year. We have worshipped together on Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, and Good Friday, and returned to celebrate Easter morning and that is good. There is a problem, however, because in most churches, the weekday services are attended by a fraction of the congregation, which means that most people will go from a parade on Palm Sunday to a party on Easter morning, from an enthronement to a Resurrection, without ever walking through the valley of shadow. The result is to blunt the power and glory of Easter and Resurrection! Life after death without the experience of dying seems an empty promise. Resurrection after the shadows draw near is an experience of power and grace.

This year can, and will, be different. Since we could not be together for the parade of palms this past Sunday, we have to rethink our approach to everything. This year we are all faced with walking through the shadows before we experience the Resurrection.

We will worship together through streaming video this Thursday evening at 7:00, and again on Friday evening at 7:00, as we experience Holy week! Lent has been, in part, about the visceral experience of the season, the emotions that accompany our journey to the cross. May this week be a time of renewed faith, of on-going love for each other, and a remembrance of what Jesus has done for each one of us!

See you Thursday, Friday and Easter Sunday for worship!

Peace and grace,

Pastor Tom

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We continue down a journey that no one expected. There have been times in each of our lives where the journey did not go as we had planned; sometimes it worked out okay, other times not so well! This journey caused by the Covid-19 virus will have an end and I am confident that the positives will out weight the negatives when everything settles down.

There is another journey that you and I are on together, the journey into and through Lent. As we celebrate Palm Sunday in a couple of days, let us remember that we know where this journey ends! John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”

Join us this Sunday as we continue the journey together!

Peace and Grace,

Pastor Tom

[04/02/20]   Praise & Worship Palm Sunday Service Broadcast

Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Praise & Worship Palm Sunday Service Broadcast

WHAT BEAUTIFUL IDEA FOR PALM SUNDAY

How can we publicly acknowledge this important day on our calendar when so many of us will be behind closed doors?

The Missionaries of the Holy Spirit posted this idea on their page:

What if everyone on Sunday April 5 in the morning, puts a branch on the door of their house or on the window, to celebrate Palm Sunday?

It could be any green branch you can get. This would help, despite the social distancing, to be connected as we enter into the Holiest of Weeks.

Want to join?

We may be physically isolated, but not separated. We are united as the body of Christ.

We are the Church.

Yes, we are. We’ve got this. Let’s do it.

Post your pics in the comments of the announcement on the Church Members FUMC Mesquite, TX group.

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March 31, 2020

Dear First Church:

I want to let you know a couple of things today. First, how thankful I am for our worship team and to thank them for the great job they did this past Sunday! It is important that we continue to worship together during these trying times. Each week we are learning more about how best to connect with each other and to remain a family of faith. If you have prayer concerns we need to lift up please send me a text or email.

Second, I am considered “presumptive positive” for the virus and will be giving a message this week from my house. Valerie and I are in self-quarantine for the next couple of weeks but are both doing fine. My symptoms last week were mild, and I am feeling much better this week.

As we approach Palm Sunday this week and remember the beautiful parade of palms in the past in our church, let’s also reflect on one of the storms the disciples faced before they entered the beautiful City of David. In Mark 4:35-41 we read the story of Jesus and the disciples crossing the sea when a storm suddenly arises and threatens to sink their boat. The disciples are afraid, their cry is the ultimate cry of fear, of doubt and abandonment, repeated often in the stories of God’s people. Where is God in the midst of my distress? Has God abandoned his people? It is a cry repeated in so many ways in the midst of the terrors and distresses of our world today. If God is so great and powerful a creator, if God really cares about this world, then why do events in the world and in my life go so badly? Our simple answer is quick to be voiced, either God has no power, or God does not care for us or the creation.

The cry of the disciples, and our cry, is a prayer for deliverance. And notice how Jesus responds, it is immediately and directly answered. Jesus does not chastise or reason with the disciple’s fears. He does not seek to correct their poor theology or remind them of the whole tradition of God’s deliverance and care for the people of Israel. Instead he immediately “woke up” and rebuked the winds forcefully with his double command: “Be silent! Be still!” The response of the winds is also immediate, the wind ceased and there arose a “great calm”.

We do not know when this pandemic will end, we do not know when our storms may subside, but we do know that God is in the boat with us and that he hears our cry! Palm Sunday is coming, a victory is coming but we are not there yet, there are still storms we have to go through together. May we keep the faith, stay together, believe in the power of God to protect and see the faithful through uncertain days.

We will worship Sunday and celebrate the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. It will be a great time of thanksgiving, prayer, music and giving glory to God!

Peace and Grace,

Pastor Tom

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March 27, 2020

Dear Church Family,
I pray that each of you are doing well, that you are staying at home as best as possible and practicing social distancing when you have to venture out. I wanted to give you an encouraging word this afternoon and update you on a few things.

First, an encouraging word. Jesus said in Matthew 6:31-34, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

In these difficult days it is easy to worry about tomorrow, to fret about the future, for that is our human condition. But as followers of the Christ we know that God is with us and does not abandon us! Billy Graham said this many years ago, “We are rich in the things that perish, but poor in the things of the spirit. We are rich in gadgets, but poor in faith. We are rich in goods, but poor in grace. We are rich in know-how, but poor in character. We are rich in words, but poor in deeds.”

Today we can begin to change! By recommitting to the study of the teachings of Jesus, reconnecting with our family of faith, and being renewed in the power of the Holy Spirit through prayer we will take the words of Jesus to heart! God is with us through these days and we are seeing fresh expressions of goodness if we have the faith to look.

Now for a few updates; first, I will be contacting the Disciple Bible Study group about continuing our Thursday night study using Zoom conferencing. I also want to see who would be interested in a weekly short devotional also using Zoom conferencing. If you have a desire, shoot me an email letting me know what time and day is best for you and I will try to set something up.

Second, we are continuing to pray for one another, and I ask you to send your prayer requests to Jessica at the church email address. Praying and caring for each other is something that takes on even greater significance in these days.

Third, we will worship Sunday through Facebook and you do not have to have a FB account, there is a link on the church’s web site that allows you to view the service. Last Sunday was a great experience and outpouring of love! We had probably as many people worshipping through Facebook as we have on any given Sunday morning, what a blessing!

Fourth, remember to continue to support First Church through your Prayers, Presence (via on-line worship), Gifts, Service and Witness. We will emerge stronger than ever!

And finally, I will not be present to deliver a message Sunday, I became ill earlier this week but am slowly improving. I have not been tested for Covid-19 as my symptoms are mild, but I will be self-quarantining for the next week or so on orders from my doctor. We will have Holy Communion so prepare now to celebrate the Lord’s Table on Sunday. I will consecrate the elements in a safe and protected manner and look forward to being with you in spirit.

Thank you First Church for your faithfulness.
Peace and Grace,
Pastor Tom

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The Easter Challenge Week 2- April 26, 2020 10:30 a.m.
Sunday April 19, 2020 Praise & Worship Service
A Note From our Music Minister
Easter Sunday Praise & Worship, Sunday April 12, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.
Good Friday Service April 10, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday Service April 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

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