The First Reading: Mark 7:1-15

The First Reading is a weekly vlog that looks at the scripture and themes coming up in our worship together at Franklin United Methodist Church.

The reading for Sunday, January 24, 2021, comes from Mark 7:1-15.

We hope you’ll consider joining our worship together on Sunday, January 24, 2021, at 10am ET as we continue reflecting upon this text. To join the service using Google Meet, click here.

#COVIDMemorial

Today (Tuesday, January 19, 2021) at 5:30pm ET, Franklin United Methodist Church will ring its bell and turn on its lights as part of a national #COVIDMemorial in honor of the lives lost to COVID-19.

You are welcome to light a candle or ring a bell from wherever you are, and join in prayer for those suffering from COVID-19, medical staff, scientists, and others both treating those with COVID-19 and making and distributing vaccines.

The First Reading: Mark 4:35-41

The First Reading is a five-minute (or less!) vlog that looks at the scripture and themes coming up in our worship together at Franklin United Methodist Church.

The reading for Sunday, January 17, 2021, comes from Mark 4:35-41.

We hope you’ll consider joining our worship together on Sunday, January 17, 2021, at 10am ET as we continue reflecting upon this text. To join the service using Google Meet, click here.

The First Reading: Mark 1:1-13

The First Reading is a five-minute (or less!) vlog that looks at the scripture and themes coming up in our worship together at Franklin United Methodist Church.

The reading for Sunday, January 10, 2021, comes from Mark 1:1-13.

We hope you’ll consider joining our worship together on Sunday, January 10, 2021, at 10am ET as we continue reflecting upon this text. To join the service using Google Meet, click here.

Life Together || week beginning January 3, 2021

The Christian life is meant to be lived in community, together with others. Utilize the resources and opportunities below to share life and grow in faith together.


“Taking Faith Home” (Daily Devotional)

“Taking Faith Home” is a weekly spiritual formation resource for you to use in your daily personal or family devotions and/or with a small group. Use it creatively in a way that fits your context. You can view/download/print this week’s “Taking Faith Home” by clicking the picture below.


DREAM.ThinkDoBe

Join us Tuesday at 7:30pm as we explore faith from a Progressive Christian perspective. This is an extended series broken into four, five-week sessions. We are currently working through the first session: Dream. Each meeting is self-standing. Drop into the study as you are able from week to week. Our time will begin with checking-in, prayer, and a video. The bulk of our time will be discussion. This week we will be discussing:

January 5, 2021
Introduction(s) & the Spectrum of Faith
VIDEO

You can join our gathering using Google Meet by clicking this link (https://meet.google.com/zxe-kcbu-hxf) or by calling 661-527-2948‬, the PIN is ‪883 139 733‬#.

This small group discussion is open to everyone. Study Guides will be made available for this study, if you would like to receive paper copies via USPS, please contact the Church Office (office@franklinumc.org).

You may find Living the Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity (New York: HarperOne, 2012) helpful supplemental reading for this study. It is helpful but not required.


Weekly Check-in & Discussion

You’re invited to join us for a time of checking-in as we encourage one another in our daily lives, pray, read scripture, and journey along the Way together. Here is when we will be gathering this week:

Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 7:30pm
Discussion of the Devotion from “Taking Faith Home”

You can join our gathering virtually through Google Meet by clicking this link (https://meet.google.com/txp-ndfa-ivu) or by calling 1-440-467-1448, the PIN is 220 679 745#.

All are welcome. The discussion will be as unique as the perspective each person brings to the gathering.


Book Club

The Book Club meets monthly on the second Monday of the month at 7pm to discuss a book determined by the group. The Book Club is currently reading The Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and will meet (virtually) on Monday, January 11 at 7pm.

Worship Together || Sunday, January 3, 2021

Join us as we worship together on Sunday, January 3, at 10 am ET. You can join this service virtually through Google Meet by clicking this link (http://meet.google.com/ens-kcoq-bgg) or by calling 1-262-885-7027, the PIN is 172 874 072#.

You can download the bulletin for this service below. To add this event to your Google calendar, click here.

All are welcome.

Can’t join us virtually/in-person?

This post will be updated to include music and other videos from our Worship Together. Use the videos below in your devotions to worship asynchronously.

Hymns & Songs

“We Three Kings,” No. 254, The United Methodist Hymnal (1989)

“Father, We Have Heard You Calling,” No. 3065, Worship & Song (2011)

“The Lord’s Prayer,” No. 3068, Worship & Song (2011)

“Amen, Amen” (Refrain ONLY), No. 2072, The Faith We Sing (2001)

Other Videos

“Google–Year in Search 2020”

New Study: DREAM.ThinkDoBe

Join us Tuesdays at 7:30pm beginning January 5 (2021) as we begin a new video series entitled DreamThinkBeDo. This series provides an overview of progressive Christianity. The series is broken into four, five-week sessions. Each session is self-standing. Drop into the study as you are able from week to week. Here’s an extended overview of the entire 20-week study.

We will begin the first five-week session, “Dream,” on January 5. Here are the study themes:

January 5
Introduction(s)

January 12
“Faith as Journey”

January 19
“Stories of Creation”

January 26
“Reconciliation”

February 2
”Jesus”

February 9
“Risk”

Each session will begin with a 20-minute video. Videos and study-guides will be made available ahead of each session. Discussions will be based on the study guide and participant insights and questions.

This small group gathering and discussion will be facilitated virtually by Pastor Jacob. All are welcome to attend and participate. You can join our gathering using Google Meet by clicking this link (https://meet.google.com/zxe-kcbu-hxf) or by calling 661-527-2948, the PIN is 883 139 733#.

Life Together || week beginning December 27, 2020

The Christian life is meant to be lived in community, together with others. Utilize the resources and opportunities below to share life and grow in faith together.


“Taking Faith Home” (Daily Devotional)

“Taking Faith Home” is a weekly spiritual formation resource for you to use in your daily personal or family devotions and/or with a small group. Use it creatively in a way that fits your context. You can view/download/print this week’s “Taking Faith Home” by clicking the picture below.


Book Club

The Book Club meets monthly on the second Monday of the month at 7pm to discuss a book determined by the group. The Book Club is currently reading The Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and will meet (virtually) on Monday, January 11 at 7pm.

Worship Together || Sunday, December 27, 2020

Join us as we worship together on Sunday, December 27, at 10 am ET. We sing carols and go through the ABCs of Christmas. You can join this service virtually through Google Meet by clicking this link (http://meet.google.com/ens-kcoq-bgg) or by calling 1-262-885-7027, the PIN is 172 874 072#.

All are welcome.

Can’t join us virtually/in-person?

This post will be updated to include music and other videos from our Worship Together. Use the videos below in your devotions to worship asynchronously.

Hymns & Songs

“O Little Town of Bethlehem,” No. 230 (v. 1-2 & 4), The United Methodist Hymnal (1989)

“If I Could Visit Bethlehem,” No. 3063, Worship & Song (2011)

“Away in a Manger,” No. 217, The United Methodist Hymnal (1989)

“Peace on Earth (Silent Night),” Franklin UMC Virtual Choir

“The First Noel,” No. 245, The United Methodist Hymnal (1989)

“Go Tell It On the Mountain,” No. 251 (vs. 3), The United Methodist Hymnal (1989)

“Amen, Amen” (Refrain ONLY), No. 2072, The Faith We Sing (2001)

Christmas Devotions

The Christmas season is a time for us to remember God’s love, found in Jesus Christ, breaking forth into our world. It started with a child laid in a manger and continues in and through us. Use the “Taking Faith Home” resource below to guide your personal devotions and discussions with your family and small group. You can view/download/print “Taking Faith Home” for Christmas by clicking the picture below.

You can view our Christmas Eve Service below and check out our Christmas 2020 playlist on YouTube where you can sing along to all the songs and carols we’ve sung in worship these past few weeks.