Why THIS Church?

Whatever else America is about, we certainly are all about choices. We have options! Did you ever wonder what it is that inspires you to choose one thing over another? For those who worship at First UMC Burlington, why? Why attend this church rather than another one?

The text for Sunday, September 21, is an extended portion from the Gospel of Luke. We will hear a passage from Luke 14:7-24 which includes an experience Jesus had and a story Jesus told. The experience Jesus had caused him to consider what it meant to be hospitable. The story he told was all about how we respond to God’s invitation. We will wrap both together as we consider this next question in our September “Why?”series. We have explored Why Jesus? We have discussed Why Church? This week we spend time with the question Why This Church?

Scripture Lesson: Luke 14:1, 7-24

Message: Why THIS Church?


Why Church?  Michael Lukaszewski hit the streets and asked people if they went to church, and if not, why not?

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church – They are asking: Why go to church?

It’s old, but still makes the point. What if Starbucks Marketed Like a Church?

What if Worship was like an NBA Game?

Parody is like irony – potentially humorous, potentially offensive. It helps us examine ourselves without having to take things too personally. Here is a video – a parody – of a “Contemporvant Worship Service“.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.