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When the Church Is Truly a Church

06/28/17

A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson   Genesis United Methodist Church is at an awkward stage of its life.   We are devoting hours to moving to our new location, thanks to the many volunteers who are helping us to make the move to Snow Avenue.  It is a temporary situation for this summer, as […]

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Exodus and the Promised Land

06/22/17

A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson Our Jewish friends and neighbors tell us that the Exodus in the Old Testament was a life-changing experience for their people.  From the Passover incident in Egypt to their journey in the wilderness for 40 years, they were formed as a people of God.  Every Jewish child is […]

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Worshipping the Creator

06/07/17

A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson   “O Lord, When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you care for them?” (Psalm 8) Our recent summer-like weather has led many of us to resume the wonderful outdoor activities […]

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The Holy Day We Often Forget

05/31/17

A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson Ask any church goer what are the big days at their church each year, and you’ll hear Christmas, Easter and probably Mother’s Day.  The one we tend to forget is Pentecost, the celebration of the birth of the church through the coming of the Holy Spirit. This Sunday, […]

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Reflections from 1 Peter

05/24/17

Beloved friends, don’t be afraid when your world seems upside-down, or you feel tested.  It happens to everyone in one way or another.  Be joyous even when things are difficult, for you don’t know yet what Christ will do for you.  If others speak poorly of you because of your faith, you are blessed, because […]

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Looking Back, Looking Forward

05/18/17

A Message From Pastor John Ross Thompson I have always been a student of history. It was clearly my favorite subject in school and college. What happened in the past helps us to know why things are the way they are today, and hopefully helps us as we move into the future. This Sunday, May […]

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Worship in Many Different Ways

05/10/17

A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson    We all like what is familiar in worship, but we also need change from time to time to make worship more dynamic and meaningful.  The only time in common about the following worship services is that they will be at 9:30 a.m. May 14 we celebrate Mother’s Day.  […]

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Let’s Talk

05/04/17

A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson When issues are complicated and confusing, there’s nothing like face to face communication.  Let’s talk about the issues in our United Methodist Church denomination regarding LGBTQI persons. Following worship this Sunday, May 7, I will meet in the sanctuary with any persons who are interested in discussing the […]

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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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