“Fairview United Methodist Church”
We are many generations – different ages and different life experiences – but each of us on a unique journey and on a different step of that journey.
For the next four weeks Bro. Rainwater will be leading a series entitled “Freedom”. This week Bro. Rainwater’s message will be “Freedom from Fear and Death” . The scripture’s that he will be speaking from are Philipians 4:4-7 and Hebrews 2:15. Please join us this week as we “Celebrate Freedom”.
Mickey Rainwater, Pastor Fairview UMC
How do I begin to say “Thank You” for the open arms with which you have received the Rainwater family? You have already blessed us in so many ways. Last Sunday was amazing. I can scarcely imagine how worship could have been any more powerful than what we experienced together. Thank you for your encouragement last Sunday, and the many who have spoken blessing over us through out the week. I am grateful for your passion, your witness, and “the fire that burns in your bones.” United we will be an amazing witness in this community and around the world of a community “growing in God’s grace.”
One of my hopes moving forward is to be able to work with the preaching pastors (that’s me, Gilbert Harris, and Roger Williams) to do team preaching. Almost two months ago the three of us and Wesley Rouse met one morning to begin discerning how we might lead the Fairview congregation in worship at both sites (the Main Campus, and the Remedy Campus). Knowing the Fourth of July was ahead, we made the choice to have a July worship series called “Freedom.”
For most of us, our minds immediately rush to the freedom so many have given their lives for that we enjoy today. And while I do not wish to take anything away from that, in July I want us to focus on the deep need so many experience to be free from the spiritual bondage we find ourselves in. George Acevedo is the pastor of Grace UMC in Tampa, Florida. I have listened to George and his team teach, and in January I visited his church for what they call a “Grace In Action” weekend. These experiences over the last year-and-a-half have helped me to accept that we all have an “It.” With little exception there’s something, our “It,” that keeps us from being as whole, as free, as we know God has created us to be.
With that said, during the month of July, in all of our worship services we are going to be looking at: Fear/Death, Addiction, Debt, and Religion. So this Sunday, there will be a celebration of our blessings we have as a free nation, but I want to talk to you about how Fear, and Fear of Death can keep us from living as freely as God created us to live. The scripture passages we will be using on Sunday include: Philippians 4.4-7, 1 Corinthians 15.51-58, and Hebrews 2.14-15.
Invite a friend, neighbor or family member and let’s worship “the Holy One” together this Sunday.
With my love and prayers,
From the Pastor’s Desk