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.
We are not powerless in the face of "the spiritual forces of racism, sexism, violence, and Plantation Capitalism" that James Lawson spoke about at John Lewis' funeral. We can do something. And when asked, "Why?", we can simply answer, "Because God." We'll share a Love Feast, pray together (including a Prayer for Anti-Racism), sing together, listen to a story from Matthew 14:13-21, and feel compassion in the 1969 Elvis Presley song, "In the Ghetto."
As we continue creating a new neighborly normal together, we'll pray together, sing together, and contemplate Romans 8:26-39 and what it means to be "More Than Conquerors." We'll sit with Paul's questions (our questions?): “Who will rescue me from this body of death?" and "Who will separate us from the love of Christ?" And when we fear that the Creator and Lover of All might change their mind and leave us unloved, we'll trust the promise of the 1967 song by The Association, "Never My Love."
What is creation waiting for? What are we waiting for? We’ve been using songs from the 60s, during our 10 AM online worship gathering, to think about questions like these. This morning, it’s a Pete Seeger song from 1955 with another important question: When will we ever learn?
As we continue creating a new neighborly normal together, we'll pray together, sing together, and this week a Dylan song from 1962 will help us think about Romans 8:1-11 and how where you "Set Your Mind" is the difference between death and life. I know I set it down somewhere. And peace. Oh, peace. Doesn't that sound amazing? Sarah's children's message follows.
Sarah shares soil management advice to help us set our minds on the Spirit. Plus, donut seeds! Yup, donut seeds.
So far this Summer, songs from 1967 have helped us see the difference between the kingdoms of this world based on power and wealth and the kin-dom of God based on love. This morning, it’s a 1969 Tim Hardin hit (written by Bobby Darin), words from a guy who was blinded by the light, and Jesus telling us what we can do with toxic anxiety, that beg the questions, “Have we learned anything? Do we really understand what it means to live for freedom?” Do you remember, “A Simple Song of Freedom?”
This morning, live from Greensky Hill, our Anishinaabemowin prayers and songs and music from The Beatles will help us do something with Jesus’ teaching, "...whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones...truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward."
Last week, Buffalo Springfield helped us look at these times we’re in. This morning, live from Greensky Hill, music from The Youngbloods will help us do something with Jesus’ teaching, “A disciple is not above the teacher…” Our Take Away: “Somebody’s hurting our people. It’s gone on far too long, and we won’t be silent anymore.” I encourage you to join me in accepting the invitation from www.june2020.org to join The Poor People’s Campaign.
This Second Sunday after Pentecost, we'll open our eyes to see all the people, especially those who often feel like they don't count - perhaps because of powerful people who literally don't want to count everyone, in the census, at the ballot box, or at the table - the very "harassed and helpless" people on whom Jesus had compassion. With Matthew 9:35-10:23 and Buffalo Springfield, we'll look at how the world in Jesus' time, in the 60's, and now, needs compassion.
In 1870, William Swan was murdered for being black. None of the local white churches would bury a black man. At the end of the worship service, we walk from our hewn-log sanctuary to William Swan’s grave, so the world can see one more reminder that the particularly bad human behavior that the world has been reacting to since May 25, 2020 has been happening for a long, long time. And. There is still good in the world. And. If we love our neighbors as ourselves, love will win. Say his name.
Pentecost Sunday Live includes Pastor's Sarah's Children's Message! We'll re-center, focus on love, and continue working together to create a new normal. We will lament the murder of George Floyd; Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit; and the loss of 100,000 neighbors to COVID-19. And we will find hope in the power of the Holy Spirit to transcend difference and heal creation.
This week's video includes Pastor Sarah's Children's Message live! The service is all about what to do with the anxiety we feel, especially in the midst of a global pandemic. We can let it go.
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