• Thoughts from Thomas Merton

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    Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk who lived a great deal of his life in Kentucky at the Abbey of Gethsemani (they make excellent bourbon walnut fruitcakes there by the way).  Merton, originally from France, would have been 101 years old today (January 31st).  I highly recommend to you his autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain.  His writings have changed the lives of many people through the years.

    In our worship service, I will be including one of his prayers for us to use in our own personal and corporate devotion to God, the text of which is reprinted below for you to pray at other times this week, if you so choose:

    “My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”

    May his prayer be our prayer today, and may the peace of Christ be with you all.

    Curtis+


  • Thoughts from Thomas Merton

    primary-merton

    Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk who lived a great deal of his life in Kentucky at the Abbey of Gethsemani (they make excellent bourbon walnut fruitcakes there by the way).  Merton, originally from France, would have been 101 years old today (January 31st).  I highly recommend to you his autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain.  His writings have changed the lives of many people through the years.

    In our worship service, I will be including one of his prayers for us to use in our own personal and corporate devotion to God, the text of which is reprinted below for you to pray at other times this week, if you so choose:

    “My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”

    May his prayer be our prayer today, and may the peace of Christ be with you all.

    Curtis+


  • Historical 1800’s Christmas Eve Service

    6761Thanks to all who joined us in our Historical 1800’s Christmas Eve worship service this past year!  We had a record attendance of 308, and we were able to usher in Christmas Day in grand fashion as it might have been done when our church was first founded in the Beaverdam Valley some 215 years ago!  Some images from the service can be found on our website among the other special event photos by clicking here.  Thanks also to Mardy Murphy for these great photos!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


  • Advent/Christmas at Asbury Memorial UMC

    6496bwsPlease make plans to join us this season of Advent and Christmas at Asbury Memorial.  We have several wonderful events that will be happening over the next few weeks.

    Our children will be presenting a special program during the service on Sunday, December 13th at 11:00 am which you will not want to miss.

    The following Sunday our Chancel Choir will be presenting a Choral Christmas Cantata that promises to be spectacular during the worship service on December 20th at 11:00 am.  6448s

    We are pleased to say that we will again be presenting our Historical 1800’s Christmas Eve Candlelight service on December 24th at 5:00 pm.  Last year we had an attendance of 303 at that service, so you’ll want to be sure to arrive early to get a seat.  Parking will be available on Beaverdam Rd., Kimberley Ave., and overflow parking will be available in the parking lots of Jones Elementary School and the Beaverdam YMCA.

    Our service will begin with a special concert of period music by the group Primrose featuring instrumentation of the hammer dulcimer, harp, and guitar.  Additionally, the old pump organ has been refurbished for this year’s worship service, allowing us to hear the sounds of the old organ that haven’t been heard for almost a century!  We will also be treated to music on the flute by Dr. Leslie Welker.  Our service will feature period music (all from the early 1800’s or before), and the worship leaders will be clad in period attire as well.

    0414-nite-christmas-webThe liturgy of the service itself is taken from John Wesley’s Sunday Service  for the Methodists in North America (1784).  Come out and experience the true meaning of the Christmas season as it might have been when our church was founded by Bishop Francis Asbury back in 1801!  If you happen to have some “old timey” clothing you are encouraged to wear it too.  It promises to be an unforgettable experience for all ages.  A nursery will be provided for young children.


  • Thoughts from Thomas Merton

    Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk who lived a great deal of his life in Kentucky at the Abbey of Gethsemani (they make excellent bourbon walnut fruitcakes there by the way).  Merton, originally from France, would have been 101 years old today (January 31st).  I highly recommend to you his autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain.  His… Read more

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