Wrestling Jacob

by Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 13AGenesis 32:22-31 The passage that we have from the Book of Genesis this morning is such a good story.  There are some bible passages that are good because they contain really good doctrine, really good theology. There are some bible passages that … [Read more…]

August Messenger

During the month of August, we’ll be ex- ploring the books of Genesis, Exodus, and Matthew. From Genesis, we’ll see how Jacob wrestled with God and won. From Exodus, we’ll hear the story of five faithful woman who did God’s will by breaking the law. And from Matthew, we’ll read three stories of Jesus and … [Read more…]

Who Will Separate Us?

Rev. Dr. David D. M. KingThe Eighth Sunday after PentecostRomans 8:26-39 This text from Romans today is a favorite of preachers. There’s a lot of good material in those few verses. I once heard the famed preacher Fred Craddock preach a forty-five minute sermon on just one sentence from this passage: we do not know … [Read more…]

Phase 2 Reopening

On Friday, we received approval to enter Phase 2 of the bishop’s reopening plan. This allows designated people to resume routine work in and around the building, and it increases the total number of people allowed in the church facility at any one time to 10. It also allows the Montessori School to operate so … [Read more…]

Let Both Grow Together

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Seven Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 11AMatthew 13:24-30, 36-43 This morning we have another parable about planting seeds. Last week we heard Matthew’s version of the Parable of the Sower. A farmer plants seeds. As they are thrown out, some seed lands on a path, some seed lands in … [Read more…]

Indiscriminate Farmer

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 10A Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 These days I sometimes feel like I’m living in a zombie movie. I mostly try to stay at home because I’m afraid of what might be lurking out there. When I’m out in the world, I’m constantly aware of … [Read more…]

I Will Go

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King Sunday 5 July 2020The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 9A Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 It has been a strange journey to get here. On the afternoon of Thursday, March 12, I got a call from my district superintendent, Rev. Erin Martin, telling me that the Bishop and the cabinet … [Read more…]

Pastor David’s First Day

It’s Pastor David’s first day in the office today. Looking to worship with you on Sunday. Early Church is at 8:30 on Zoom. Contact John Hayes for details. Livestream Worship is at 10 on Facebook live. Find it here: www.facebook.com/forestgroveumcoregon/live

July Messenger

The Church Council has elected a Reopening Task Force to work with Rev. Dr. David King on creat- ing a plan to resume gatherings and activities at the church. The Conference, and your leaders, will continue to take a cautious approach and make plans with a mind toward doing no harm. The reopening plan will … [Read more…]