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Easter is a Season, and a Lifestyle

04/17/17

A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson Each year, I lament that the enthusiasm and joy of Easter dissipate by the next day.  The most glorious time for worship and new life in the Christian calendar is only one day for many persons. After our exuberant Easter worship this week, I ask you to join […]

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A RESURRECTION FOR GENESIS

04/12/17

A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson Even before I came to Genesis, I was intrigued by the new intersection at Cascade Road and I-96.  I read the news about its upcoming construction, and could not understand what they were doing, except that it was a new concept in traffic engineering. By now, most of […]

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Palm/Passion Sunday

04/05/17

Sunday, April 9, is Palm/Passion Sunday.  We will join in the joyous triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, shouting “Hosanna!”, and then move to the agonizing death of Jesus on the cross.  Worship with us as we share the experience of Holy Week, and come back Thursday for a 6:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday service of […]

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CARE, OUTREACH AND JUSTICE

03/28/17

 A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson What makes us a vital dynamic church?  The people, of course! “I am the church! You are the church! We are the church together! All who follow Jesus, all around the world! Yes, we’re the church together! “The church is not a building; the church is not a […]

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GOD SAID, “I’M DOING A NEW THING” Isaiah 43:19

03/21/17

A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson   March 19 the congregation of Genesis voted unanimously to move this summer to Snow Avenue.  We accepted the gift of the Snow United Methodist Church, which will close May 7 after 120 years of mission and ministry in eastern Cascade Township.  We will have a building, parking lot […]

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Come and See

03/15/17

A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson Bobby Jo Valentine has presented two concerts at Genesis, including one on March 14.  One of his CDs is titled “A Place to Belong.”  However, the song lyrics are a lament, repeating “I Don’t Have a Place to Belong.” How unfortunate when anyone anywhere does not have a […]

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How Long, O Lord, How Long?

03/07/17

A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson Sunday afternoon Ellen and I went to see Ragtime: The Musical at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.  As I have done too often, I did not research the show before I went.  Thinking that I was going to see a happy show with lots of Ragtime music, I was […]

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Tell Me the Stories of Jesus

03/01/17

Lent has begun, and with it the emphasis on self-examination and changing our lives.  For many of us, it is a time to reflect more intentionally on how we live our lives as Christians. During Lent, our theme will be “Living Stories: How to Follow Jesus Today.”  I will be preaching on the stories of […]

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Change–A Mixed Blessing

02/21/17

Change is a mixed blessing.  We can’t stop it, even though we try to resist when what we value is threatened.  Without change, there could be no improvement in our lives. We have been reading the Old Testament stories of the Hebrew people as they came to Egypt and then were freed to wander in […]

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Here’s What I Think of You

02/14/17

When there is a new pastor in the church, one of the favorite topics of conversation is “What do you think of the new pastor?” There’s another important question on the minds of many persons, even though it is not as often expressed openly.  That question is, “What does the pastor think of us?” It […]

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