Greensky Hill Indian United Methodist Church wants all of our neighbors to know
- especially our LGBTQ2S+ members, family, & friends -
that we see all the people and we welcome all as beloved children of God. All.
Celebrate Thanks"living" with us as we continue Matthew 25 on this "Reign of Christ" Sunday. Let us take the opportunity to give thanks to Creator, as well as carry out Christ's reign where the "least of these" experience the abundance of God.
What will you do with the talents you have been given? Follow us as we journey through the parable of the talents, Matthew 25:14-30. In every gospel message, there is a call. But let it be a call to joy, not to shame or to heaviness. Let it be a call to the possibilities of transformation and growth. Help us navigate through social and racial injustice from a child's perspective. Invite the community to more— more love, more joy, more fellowship, and connection.
Some of us went to bed rejoicing, some of us went to bed weeping. Today, we remember that we have more in common than not. We walk this sacred way together: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are... If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” The Shout at Midnight in Matt. 25:6 reminds us to stay awake to opportunities to love.
For All Saints Day, we are remembering those who Derek Weber describes as “the ones who cared for you, the ones who loved you…those who loved and cared and now are no longer there to do so.” With Revelation 7:9-17 & Matthew 5:1-12, we'll reflect on both personal (including pandemic) and political grief and we'll look to the example of "they who have come out of the great ordeal" for ways that we can participate with God in bringing comfort to those who grieve.
Imagine a world where justice for all is the norm, a world where everyone does these two things. "'You shall love the Lord your God* with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment.
And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Matthew 22:37) *Feel free to use 12-Step language, God as you understand God. "We came to be aware that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity."
May I call you Moses? Essential workers, homeschooling parents, struggling small business owners, everyone who wishes the nightmare would end, you are Moses today. "The Lord said to Moses, 'I will do exactly what you have asked. I am pleased with you. And I know your name. I know all about you.'" Join us for songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, a Children's Message from Pastor Sarah, and thoughts and song by Rev. Jonathan Mays from Exodus 33:12-23.
Catch your breath. Take a Sabbath break from pandemics and politics and set your mind and heart on something beautiful. Rest with songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, a Children's Message from Pastor Sarah, Lectio Divina in Philippians 4:1-9, and thoughts and song from Rev. Jonathan Mays.
Pastor Jonathan and team serving drive-in Communion in the parking lot (with free food boxes, free cloth masks, and home worship packets), followed by Pastor Sarah sharing a message from the sanctuary on Parking Lot 106.9 FM (30:00 on the video), “Through the Wilderness: That I May Gain Christ.” As we long to gather in our historic log sanctuary in the woods near Susan Lake, let’s imagine this space as our sacred circle of trees.
We're continuing our September online worship series, "Through the Wilderness," with, "Strike the Rock." This service is all about nibi (water) and the gut-honest question, "Is the Creator among us or not?" And we'll borrow a bit of hope from the David Wilcox song, "Show the Way," when we sing, "In this darkness, love will show the way."
Let's face feelings of hopelessness and confusion with a story of hope and provision from Exodus 16. Sometimes, life is right in front of us, but we don’t recognize it. Sometimes, everything we long for, everything we need is right there, but... “Better the enslavement that I know, than the freedom that I don’t know.” - Rolf Jacobson, Fleshpots of Egypt
Our sacred text for this Sunday is a real stretch. Literally. "Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea..." (Exodus 14:21 & 27). As we wrestle with violence in the Bible and all around us, we're thinking especially about those who cry out to their mothers in their moments of crisis. Those who needed to be set free were not Pharaoh's only victims.
"Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law." - Romans 13:10
Sunday, Sep. 6, at 10 AM, we're starting our September online worship series, "Through the Wilderness," with, "Praises & Swords," a message about real love in a really violent world.
Let's walk together apart "Through the Wilderness." Together apart means loving our neighbors as ourselves by practicing physical distancing for now and social connecting always.
We remain a sanctuary of love in a setting of natural beauty.
We preserve a unique Native Heritage.
We invite people to experience community as sisters and brothers in Christ and empower people to serve all in need.
Our simple log church was built in the 1840's. Surrounded by trees marking the site of a long sacred meeting place, the church was constructed with large hewn logs notched at the corners and laid horizontally over a stone foundation. Much of the lumber used in the building was brought by canoe from Traverse City. Today the church continues to be an active, racially mixed congregation, some of whom are descendants of original worshipers.
When not practicing social distancing, we serve a free hot breakfast every Sunday at 9 a.m. and if you need extra food, we'll send you home with more. No strings attached! All are welcome at our free meals. If you're interested in worship or other church activities, you are more than welcome; however, you should never feel obligated. We also care for our community with United Methodist Women and Men's Club meetings, Grandmother Moon ceremonies, Bible Studies, children's ministry, water protector events, and other activities.
Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you'll feel welcome at Greensky Hill Indian United Methodist Church, where it's safe to ask the hard questions. We will leave no heart behind.
08484 Greensky Hill Rd, Charlevoix, Michigan 49720, United States
Rev. Jonathan David Mays, Pastor, (231) 459-8067