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Come As You Are at Liberty United Methodist Church means being in a relaxed atmosphere where you can come casual or decide to wear your Sunday's best; worshipping God with your family, friends, neighbors and guests; being lifted up by songs of praise; being inspired, encouraged and challenged, and enjoying good food and fellowship after a dynamic church service.
Come As You Are is an invitation to come without having to "dress up" your life and heart. If you're in a good place in life, we'll rejoice with you. If you come feeling battered by life, we'll hug you and pray with you, especially when you are experiencing life challenges and burdens.
After all, Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are tired and carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. I'll give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) This is the Jesus we serve and the one we will introduce to you!
About Us Liberty United Methodist Church is a multi cultural, multi generational church located in Brentwood, Tennessee. We are a growing small congregation with a compassion for ministering and serving others beyound our walls and community. Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
1 John 4:12 (NIV)
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
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"The Mission of Liberty United Methodist Church is to be a Family of Faith actively serving God and Neighbor"
If you wish to meet with Pastor Felicia either on Sundays following the worship service or during the week, please call her, email her or send her a text message. Pastor Felicia's number is 484-919-2114 and her email is:email@example.com. Also, if anyone needs to be visited at home, Pastor Felicia will be glad to do so as well!
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MAUNDY THURSDAY OR HOLY THURSDAY?
The word “Maundy” comes to us as an Anglo-French word derived from the Latin “mandatum,” which means “commandment.” It refers to when Jesus, in the Upper Room during the Last Super, said to the disciples and we read this in John 13:34: “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Maundy Thursday (or Holy Thursday) which is today, is the Thursday before Easter. Since the focus of Maundy Thursday is on the Upper Room and the Last Super, the celebration of Holy Communion or the Eucharist is one of most ancient Christian practices of all Maundy Thursday remembrances. So, what holiday was Jesus observing? The Last Supper is derived from Jesus' Jewish heritage and His observance of a Jewish holiday. The Last Supper was a Passover Seder, the feast of unleavened bread. Jesus and the disciples are eating unleavened bread. Passover is the Jewish festival remembering the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, when they left so quickly there was no time for the bread to rise. Maundy Thursday is also associated with foot-washing. Why foot-washing? Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, an act described in the Gospel of John, chapter 13, where Jesus taught His disciples to be humble as servants. It's the ultimate act of "servant leadership." Jesus instructs His followers to love and to serve. In addition, many churches observe some variation of the ancient service of Tenebrae, the Latin word for candles. It is a service of candles accompanied by various readings of scripture and the gradual extinguishing of candles, which cast shadows of the Cross in different dimensions on the walls. Eventually the worshippers are left for a minute or two in total darkness, signifying the coming death of Jesus.
WHY IT IS CALLED GOOD FRIDAY?
The celebration of Good Friday is ancient, dating at least to the 4th century. But why is it called a “good” day? The exact details of what happened on that original Friday are somewhat different in the four Gospels, but this is what we are able to piece together. Either very late on Maundy Thursday or in the early hours of Friday, after the Last Supper, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to meditate. When He was there, one of His disciples betrayed Him by leading the soldiers to Him and portraying Him as a threat to both the Jewish and Roman authorities. He was arrested and immediately taken before the Sanhedrin (Jewish supreme court), where He was found guilty. From there He was taken to stand before Pilate (Roman governor of Judea, southern division of Palestine), thereafter taken to face Herod (Roman king of Judea), and then back to Pilate again. He was condemned to death. He was stripped of all human dignity: scourged, crowned with thorns, spat upon, made to carry a cross through the streets, actually nailed to the cross, and finally having to suffer the slow and painful death of crucifixion from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. After He died, He was taken from the cross and buried in a tomb. How is it possible to characterize the horrific events of that day as “good”? How is it that the cross of that Friday has become the universal symbol of Christendom? This would have gone down in history as just another death of a traitor who tried to overthrow Jewish and Roman officials had it not been for what followed. The third day later it was discovered that Jesus was no longer in the tomb. At first it was thought that perhaps the body had been stolen. But guards had been placed at the entrance of the tomb to keep that from happening, and then Jesus appeared to the disciples. It was clear that He had overcome death. The Apostles’ Creed, well known outline of the Christian faith ascribed to the early Disciples and used in public worship, puts it in broad but simple terms. Quoting from parts of the Creed relating directly to Good Friday: “I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: and in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord: who . . . suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried . . . the third day He rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty . . . I believe in . . . the life everlasting.” That terrible Friday has been called Good Friday because it led to the Resurrection of Jesus and His victory over death and sin and the celebration of Easter, the very pinnacle of Christian celebrations. In John 3:16 we read: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” Services of worship on Good Friday differ, but all are solemn in tone and the liturgical color is black. Some denominations have traditional types of worship services. Many Protestant churches participate in combined services from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m., the traditional hours for remembering the crucifixion of Jesus. These services usually focus on the seven last sayings of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels!
He was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the punishment that made us whole, and by His bruises we are healed." Isaiah 53:5
DAY BY DAY WALK WITH JESUS THROUGH HOLY WEEK
This year, may we commit to walk with Jesus through Holy Week. Let’s take the time to read the listed Bible passages that so dramatically chronicle Jesus’ final days. May we experience Holy Week and Easter like never before and come to realize why these truly are ‘the eight days that changed the world’.
On the first day of the week, Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey fulfilling an ancient prophecy (Zechariah 9:9). Throngs welcome Him with the words of Psalm 118:25-26, heralding Him as the Messiah, the coming King of Israel.
Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:1-11
Jesus returns to the Temple to find it full of traders and moneychangers. Saying they have changed a ‘house of prayer’ into a ‘den of robbers’, He angrily drives them out.
Matthew 21:12-17; Mark 11:15-18; Luke 19:45-48; John 12:1-11
Jesus teaches in the Temple, where the Pharisees hotly dispute His authority. Later, He leads the disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane and delivers what has become known as the Olivet Discourse, the last of five great discourses recorded in Matthew’s gospel. Judas conspires to betray Jesus.
Matthew 21:23-25; Mark 11:27-13;37; Luke 20:1-21;36: John 12:37-50
Thought to be a day of rest.
Matthew 26:1-5; John 13:21-35
In an upper room, Jesus prepares both Himself and His disciples for His death. As Paul described it, the Messiah takes on ‘the very nature of a servant’ by washing the disciples’ feet. He uses this simple last supper to give the Passover meal a new meaning. The loaf of bread and cup of wine represent His body, soon to be sacrificed and His blood, soon to be shed. With this He institutes the Eucharist using the words we still use today. Jesus instructs the disciples, ‘A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another as I have loved you.’ In Latin, this is mandatum (root of the word mandate), hence Maundy Thursday. Jesus then again leads the disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane and asks them to wait (‘to keep watch’) while He prays. In agony as He confronts His impending death, He prays ‘for the sin of the world’ and we glimpse the Son of God at His most human as He begs His Father to ‘take this cup from me’.
Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-23; John 13, 14, 15 & 16
Following betrayal, arrest, desertion, denial, condemnation, beatings and mockery, Jesus bears His cross to Golgotha (The Place of the Skull) for death by crucifixion with two other prisoners.
Jesus’ body is laid in the tomb before 6:00 p.m. when the Sabbath begins and all work stops. The body lies in the tomb throughout the Sabbath.
Why Good Friday? Probably to show that Christ’s death has finally liberated us from sin. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, it is known as ‘Great Friday’, in Israel ‘Big Friday’ and in Germany ‘Friday of Lamentation’.
Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 22:66-23:56; John 18:28-19:37
Early in the morning, women go to the tomb and find that the stone at the entrance has been rolled away. An angel tells them that Jesus is alive and gives them a message. Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene in the garden, to Peter, to two disciples on the road to Emmaus and later that day to all the disciples, except Thomas.
Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24: 1-49; John 20
As we begin our Holy Week journey with Jesus and His disciples, may we better understand Jesus' self-emptying, sacrificial love for us and more willingly embrace all the sacrifices that God's love calls us to bear. May we all have a blessed Holy Week!
"SPIRITUAL FORMATION & SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES"
LIBERTY LUNCH BUNCH
Our lunch dates have been changed to 1st Fridays of every month. Our next lunch will be Fri, Nov 1st. at Vanderbilt Legends Club, 11:30am. Everyone is invited. RSVP via text to:
Peg (615) 202-0461 or
Sylvia (615) 427-8562
VENTURING - BSA OPPORTUNITIES at Liberty starts in 2019. Venturing is an inclusive program through Boy Scouts of America for males and females aged 14-21 (or 13 and completed the 8th grade). It's operated through Venturing Crews, units of youth and advisors that meet on set schedules and plan activities and events for youth like you! Be on the look-out for more information.
Men's Fellowship Ministry - Service Projects opportunities and Fellowship gathering throughout the year. Contact Dale Bartholomew firstname.lastname@example.org 615-290-6496 for details and to sign up for service projects. This ministry is opened to all men or young men who are interested in worshipping God through service.
Al-Anon Meetings are held Mondays at 6:30 pm at Liberty in the Fellowship Hall. These sessions are open to anyone who has been impacted by someone with a drinking problem.
Piano and Voice Lessons At Liberty - Now enrolling students ages 4-adult! What is offered:
- Private piano lessons (30 minutes or 1 hour)
- Private voice lessons (30 minutes or 1 Hour)
Pre-school instruction is unique, as student actually learn to read music and play piano. Instruction catered to the interest of the child with the goal of becoming a well rounded musician. Music Theory and History incorporated in lessons Performance opportunities
About the Instructors:
Cassidy Gephart holds a Bachelor of Music from Belmont University in Commercial Music with an emphasis in piano performance. Along with her most recent instruction in jazz and other popular styles, she has a background and extensive training in classical music. She is dedicated to providing an enjoyable, formative experience and instilling a love for music in all of her students.
Arianna Hume holds a Bachelor of Music from Belmont University in Commercial Voice. Thanks to her private voices studies at Belmont, her regular experiences as a performing artist and session singer in Nashville, and her teaching background, Arianna now has a very well-rounded approach to teaching voice. In her studio, she strives to create a unique environment where each student is given the freedom to realize their potential and explore their own instrument, building th foundation needed to become a competent musician.
Our Youth Group is growing! Please consider signing up to provide a Sunday meal or come and fellowshipping with these amazing young people on Sunday evening from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.