First United Methodist Church Westfield

Saturday Message

Posted by on Jan 20, 2018

Dear Friends,

In all my years of preaching, I have never preached on the book of Jonah. No particular reason, it just never happened. So when I saw that Jonah was one of the lectionary readings for Sunday I decided that this was the time. Most of us don’t know much about Jonah, except for the part about him being swallowed by a whale – or what is a more accurate translation from the Hebrew, a “large fish”. But I still like “whale.”

The passage we will read tomorrow is Jonah 3:1-10, which is about the middle of the story. The whole book is only four short chapters, so I encourage you to take a few minutes and read the whole thing. You will learn more about Jonah and what God called him to do, and you’ll gain some insight into what kind of God we have. It’s a quick read and you will be better prepared to worship. Hope Basaman is our Lay Reader tomorrow, and will read the Jonah passage to us.

The other passage is Mark 1:16-20, which is about Jesus’ calling of the first disciples. Peter Pantalena will bring our Time for Children.

Hymns on Sunday are What Gift Can We Bring, The Summons, and Lord of the Dance. The Sanctuary Choir’s anthem will be At the Name of Jesus, arranged by James Kirkby.

Rev. Dr. Nancy Duff continues to lead our Adult Faith Formation series, “Living Faithfully into Older Age.” Week three is tomorrow, at 9:00 in the Fellowship Room. Tomorrow’s class will look at Long-term Care Facilities.

The day will be fun. Jonah’s a great story, and I’m having fun working on this sermon.

With all hope and joy in believing,


PS.. Remember the Midweek Worship Service, Wednesday, January 24, 6:30pm. In the midst of your busy week, join us in the Fellowship Room for this simple worship service.