What would Jesus say to young people
SUNDAY, May 26 at 10:00AM
Special announcement: PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WORSHIP CENTER ELEVATOR IS NOT CURRENTLY WORKING.
The series focused on What Would Jesus Say? continues. This week the question is What would Jesus say to young people? Every generation seems to have a sense of disconnection with the next, and previous, generations. Every generation has a different cultural experience. Each hopes for something better for their children’s generation but then finds their own lives complicated by life’s realities.
Many adults reflect nostalgically on their own youth, forgetting all the struggles and uncertainties that go with being young. One reason why mental health in this culture is badly underfunded is because it focuses on the needs of young people. 75% of chronic mental illness begins before age 26.
The Letter to Timothy is a letter of encouragement to a young man who grew up in what is now southern Turkey and had Jewish and Greek parents.
1 Timothy 4:7-16 (Common English Bible)
Train yourself for a holy life! While physical training has some value, training in holy living is useful for everything. It has promise for this life now and the life to come. This saying is reliable and deserves complete acceptance. We work and struggle for this: “Our hope is set on the living God, who is the savior of all people, especially those who believe.”Command these things. Teach them. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Instead, set an example for the believers through your speech, behavior, love, faith, and by being sexually pure. Until I arrive, pay attention to public reading, preaching, and teaching. Don’t neglect the spiritual gift in you that was given through prophecy when the elders laid hands on you. Practice these things, and live by them so that your progress will be visible to all. Focus on working on your own development and on what you teach. If you do this, you will save yourself and those who hear you.
If you are a youth… how do you find yourself responding to the writer’s words? Do you feel encouraged? Do you sense that people do look down on you because you are young?
If you are older, did you receive a lot of encouragement when you were young? Do you encourage young people to develop their lives and skills? Why do you think young people in this generation have so little interest in the church? Is it faith and love they are rejecting or the church as an institution?
Sunday is also Memorial Day Sunday, as we all remember those who have given their lives in service to their country.
Prayers please for:
Ruth Ann Baker
Peggy & Paul Blankenship
Jim & Johanna Brownell
Pat & Gordon Close
The family of Rev. Mary McCollum who died on Tuesday, May 21. Mary’s memorial service will be held at Fair Oaks UMC on Thursday, June 6 at 10:00am, with a reception following at St. Mel’s Catholic Parish Center.
The family of Wendy Slater who died on Saturday, May 18. A memorial service will be held at the church on Saturday, June 8 at 10:00am. Please keep Keith and his family in your prayers.
The family of Jack Carey for whom a memorial service will be held at St. Mark’s at 11:00am on Saturday, June 1 at 11:00am.
The family of Dan Wolfe, husband of Faye Wolfe, following his death last week.
The families of those who have given their lives in service to their country.
The international United Methodist Church as decisions are made about the future of the denomination.