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Family of God

What does family mean to you? As I sit and write this on Tuesday morning Moses is home sick.  So I am working from home today.  He is pretty sad and pitiful so I am here taking care of him.  That is one of the things families do, we sacrifice and take care of each other no matter what is happening in life.  My mom took care of me with so much sacrificial love as a kid.  I was sick all the time and my parents where always there for me.

This week’s worship focuses on the way all Christians are called to come together as one family.  As Paul writes in Ephesians he tells a story of God’s trans-formative work in believers.  That work is brought to fullness when we are brought into God’s family.  That family transcends nationalities, transcends politics, transcends allegiances and so much more.  When we are part of God’s family we rethink the way we live in the world.  Join us Sunday to hear more as we gather as a church family!

Grace and Peace,
Travis

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New Hope

How have God changed your life?  How has faith impacted the choices you make and the way you live?  This is the fundamental question Paul is addressing in Ephesians chapter 2, how does following Jesus make us different.  For Paul, following Jesus changed his life completely.  Choosing Christ free’s us from our past and brings us into a new and hopeful future.

Too often long term Christians take this story for granted, but we need to remember the hope it offers everyday.  We have the opportunity to speak of and offer that hope to everyone we meet. This Sunday we talk about what this message means for us and the new hope we can find in it.  See you Sunday at 11!

Grace and Peace,
Travis

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Hiring Worship Leader!

Ignite Worship is the modern worship service of First United Methodist Church of Grand Prairie.  We are looking for a passionate and faithful worship leader to join our community.  We worship on Sundays at 11 am.  The worship leader will be a leader in our faith community, lead dynamic and passionate worship, create the strategy and vision for musical worship, work in connection with church leadership to grow our outreach and witness.

Responsibilities

  • Lead weekly 11 a.m. Sunday worship service and weekly music rehearsals.
  • Be a leader in our faith community, participate in non-worship planning and fellowship activities when possible.
  • Liaise with Director of Ignite Worship to plan worship services, themes and new music.
  • Manage and schedule worship team.

Requirements

  • Strong lead vocals.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to engage the congregation in worship.
  • Keyboard or guitar player is preferred.
  • Enthusiasm for modern, contemporary Christian music.
  • Committed to be an active disciple of Jesus Christ.

Hours: 4-5 Hours a week (2 hours on Sunday, remaining time is flexible)
Salary: $200-$250 a week (depending on experience)

Interested? Send resume to travis@fumcgp.org
122 N Center St, Grand Prairie TX 75050

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In Christ…

Do you ever feel like you can get lost in the Bible?  Where do you fit in?  Where is God speaking to you?  This Sunday we begin a new sermon series on the book of Ephesians as we hear the timeless call of Paul.  Join us to hear the ways our story and the story of God come together so we can be brave enough to live our lives “in Christ.”  See you Sunday at 11!

Grace and Peace,
Travis

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Lets Serve!

This Sunday is a 5th Sunday!  We are going into our community to serve and make a difference!  I am excited about the ways God is going to be using us.  We are working at Lee Elementary and Children’s First Counseling to help both groups get stuff done.  Feel free to invite friends as any helping hand is appreciated.  Make sure you remember to join us Sunday at 10 am (not 11 am) for short worship and then we go serve our community!

Grace and Peace,
Travis

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Hard Times…

This is our last week in our sermon series, Stories They Don’t Tell in Sunday School. This week we close out with talking about how we can be faithful during hardship and tough times.  What do you do when life feels like its falling apart?  What do you do when one bad thing happens after another?  How do we find God in those moments?

I am excited that Tori is being bold and is preaching this week so don’t miss out on hearing some of her story.  Join us this Sunday at 11!

Grace and Peace,
Travis

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Healing…

Being sick is the worst!  Whether its a simple cold, the flu or even cancer it is terrible to be sick.  When we are sick we can feel like everything is going poorly and nothing will make it better!  It doesn’t matter if you are a toddler or in middle age you don’t deal well with sickness.  So how does God meet us in our sickness and how do we find healing in God?

This Sunday we remember the story of the bleeding woman that Jesus healed.  We think about her circumstances and struggle.  We will also interview our very own, Dr. Ron Baxter!  Join us Sunday for what is sure to be an exciting and encouraging worship service.

Grace and Peace,
Travis