A small boy sat in church one Sunday morning, with his mother on one side, his father on the other, and lying quietly on his mother’s lap, was his new baby sister. As the service progressed, the wooden pew became harder and harder; and the sermon seemed to go on forever, or at least it seemed forever to his little mind. He began to fidget and wiggle and whine; until finally his mother looked down at him and said, “Young man, you had better sit still or else.” In an instant those same eyes went from annoyance to eyes that said, “But if you don’t, I love you anyway.” At that moment the small boy learned about a mother’s unconditional love, a love that comes from God. At Francis Street First United Methodist Church at 12th and Francis, St. Joseph, Missouri, we believe God’s love is greater than even we can know. I’m Mike Perry, one of the leaders there, and we invite you to join us this Sunday at 8:45 & 10:45 A.M. as we explore the mystery of God’s unconditional love.
A family man sat in church one Sunday morning when he noticed a homeless man enter and walk boldly to the front. His clothes were dirty and tattered. The family man thought, “How dare this man to intrude into this beautiful Sunday morning service. This man should not be here. Someone should ask him to leave. But as he sat, the preacher paused in his sermon and gave the man an immediate nod of acceptance. In an instant, the family man realized that this man was exactly where he was supposed to be. The man had been accepted by the preacher, without hesitation, no questions asked. With that simple gesture, the family man was reminded that not a single one of us is perfect; yet each of us is a child of God, and we are accepted by God just as we are. I’m Mike Perry, one of the leaders at Francis Street First United Methodist Church at 12th and Francis, in downtown St. Jo where all are welcome. We invite you to continue your journey of faith with us this Sunday Morning at 8:45 & 10:45 as we seek to know God and follow Jesus Christ.
Have you ever heard someone referred to as a “God-fearing man”, implying that he’s a good Christian because he fears God? But I will let you in on a little secret. This statement has always troubled me. Is God to be feared? Does God want to be feared? Or does God want to be loved? Psychologists tell us that anger and resentment come from fear. But acceptance, forgiveness, and tolerance come from Love, true, unconditional love. Because if love has conditions, can it really be love? At Francis Street First United Methodist Church at 12th and Francis, downtown St. Joseph, we strive to love God, not fear him, or her. Because we believe not one of us is perfect but God loves and accepts each of us without conditions, just as we are. We invite you to join us this Sunday morning at 8:45 & 10:45 as you, and we, continue our journey into the mystery of God’s unconditional love.
St. Joseph is one great big, little town. Folks stay here because they love their neighborhoods—North End, South Side, Midtown and more. How about Goosetown, Blue Town, and Devil’s Backbone. But neighborhoods aren’t the same as communities. Too often we feel like go through life alone. Francis Street First UMC is a caring community waiting for you. Listen to Mike Perry’s invitation below.
At Francis Street First United Methodist Church at 10th and Francis downtown St. Joseph, we believe with love there is no, “if”; there is no, “however”; there is no, “if only”; and there is no, “but.” There are no conditions with love. We believe the message that Christ brought into the world was very simple. That each of us is a beloved child of the Father. And that we are loved by God without condition, just as we are. It doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor, white or black, gay or straight, male or female, old or young. You need know nothing more than this simple message. At Francis Street First we believe God’s love cannot be overestimated. Join us this Sunday morning at 8:45 & 10:45 just as you are, as we seek to explore the mystery of God’s limitless love and to follow Jesus Christ. – Mike Perry
Do you sometimes feel close to God but other times not so much? Have you ever described yourself as being spiritual but not necessarily religious? The ancient Celtic Christians used to speak of thin places. Places were the boundary between the reality of this world and the realm of God was very thin. We may not realize it but each of us has our own thin places. Places where we feel closer to God. This could be partaking in communion at a Sunday morning church service; a majestic star-filled sky, a breathtaking sunset, beautiful music, or even the sound of a baby’s cries. Whatever your thin place is, we invite you to share it with us this Sunday morning at 8:45 and 10:45. We are the Francis Street First United Methodist Church at 12th and Faraon, downtown St. Joseph, Missouri where each is recognized as a Child of God and is accepted just as you are. Join us as we seek to know God and follow Jesus Christ.