Mar 15 2017

Pastor Jeff Symonds

In his book, Velvet Elvis, Rob Bell tells the story of having his bill paid at a restaurant. “We were finishing our meal when I noticed that the waitress brought our check and then took it away, and then brought it back again. She placed it on the table, smiled, and said, ‘Somebody in the restaurant paid for your meal. You’re all set.’ And then she walked away. I had the strangest feeling sitting there,” Bell said. “The feeling was helplessness. There was nothing I could do. It had been taken care of. To insist on paying would have been pointless. All I could do is trust that what she said was actually true and then live in that. Which meant getting up and leaving the restaurant. My acceptance of what she said gave me a choice: to live like it was true or to create my own reality in which the bill was not paid.”

This is what it means to be a true believer in Jesus Christ: to trust that we don’t owe anything. To trust that our sins have been forgiven, our debts have been paid there on the cross. Grace has paid the bill. This is every bit as hard to do (or harder!) than Rob Bell’s experience in that restaurant, but this is what we celebrate every Easter, and in many ways, every Sunday in Worship. Thank You, Jesus!

Grace and Peace,

Aztec United Methodist Church

Sunday Schedule

8:45am   Sunday School
10:00am Worship Service

Community Assistance

Community assistance is available between 8:30am and 1:00pm from Monday through Thursday.

Upcoming Sermons

March 19 “Pardons Unlimited” Romans 5:1-11

March 26 “Know the No’s” Ephesians 5:8-14  

April 2 “Innovating to Zero Sin” Romans 8:6-11  

April 9 (Palm Sunday) “Kings, Colts, Crowds, Cloaks and Kenosis” Philippians 2:5-11

April 16 (Easter) “No Memorial Needed” Matthew 28:1-10

April 23 “Peter’s First Sermon” Acts 2:14-32  

Child Care Available

Child care is available between 8:45am and 11:00am so that you are more easily able to attend the service and Sunday school.

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  • Today’s Reflection NO MATTER HOW distorted and hurtful our powers within, they were originally created from the divine source, and they hold the potentiality for the unique and beautiful. … Our fear, when healed, becomes intuitive, empathetic compassion and sensitivity toward others. Our destructive anger, when healed, becomes a passion, a hunger and thirst for […]

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