God calls us to be disciples of Jesus, reaching out in service and fellowship
to share the love of Christ.
The Individualist, Mary Magdalene
Luke 7:18-35; Mark 15:40, 47; John 20:11-18
Mary Magdalene is clearly one of the inner circle of women, one of Jesus’ devoted followers, present at his crucifixion, and all four gospels name her as one of the first witness to his resurrection. Her deep longing is to be rescued from her pain through a relationship. She is emotive and sensitive but, through her encounter with Jesus, she learns to activate her feeling into moving outwards to share them with others. In the account of her anointing of the feet of Jesus, she purchases extremely expensive perfume and makes a dramatic show of bestowing this gift on her special friend as she weeps and dries his feet with her hair. Of her action Jesus says, “she has shown great love.” And she also weeps over the empty tomb after Jesus’ crucifixion, Mary’s posture becomes an icon for the introspection that she bends inwards to face the inner emptiness of the soul searching for its absent lover. She waits, she weeps, and she is finally given what her heart longs for. After meeting with Jesus, Mary does not need to think of herself any longer as a ‘sinner’ but as a ‘lover.” She accompanies Jesus right to the cross itself and to the tomb and she becomes the first one to experience Christ as the Risen One. She thus transforms her own sense of melancholy and pain into a larger understanding of what it means to die to self. In facing the dark reality of the empty tomb, we can learn to release our clinging nature and encounter the Risen One,
Join us Sunday at 9:30 am
Welcome Worship Service and Church Picnic
September 9, 2018
Join us to enjoy the spiritual presence and preaching of our Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Seok-Hwan Hong, and be moved by our inspiring Adult Choir. Annual church picnic to follow. Please support our Penobscot Tribe mission by bringing a school supply donation. Invite a friend!
September 9, 2018
Connect with our children’s ministries at our Sunday School Kick-Off Party during worship. Kids, meet your teacher(s), greet old friends and meet new friends. Stay for our annual church picnic afterward to enroll in our amazing Sunday School, Youth Choir music program and Youth Groups. Kids, bring a friend!
Enneagram’s Nine Different Personalities
The Sensitive, Introspective Type: Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental
Type Four: Fours are self-aware, sensitive, and reserved. They are emotionally honest, creative, and personal, but can also be moody and self-conscious. Withholding themselves from others due to feeling vulnerable and defective, they can also feel disdainful and exempt from ordinary ways of living. They typically have problems with melancholy, self-indulgence, and self-pity. At their Best: inspired and highly creative, they are able to renew themselves and transform their experiences.
Key Motivations: Want to express themselves and their individuality, to create and surround themselves with beauty, to maintain certain moods and feelings, to withdraw to protect their self-image, to take care of emotional needs before attending to anything else, to attract a "rescuer."
Examples: Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Virginia Woolf, Anne Frank, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, many artists…
Biblical Figures through the Lens of Enneagram’s Nine Different Personalities
- August 26 -- The Individualist, Mary Magdalene
- September 9 -- The Dreamer and the Investigator, Joseph
- September 16 -- The Mediator and the Peacemaker, Abraham
- Sunday School returns | Sunday, September 16 | 9:30 am
Watch this spot for more information on these and other upcoming activities.
- Tuesday Prayer Group at 8:30 am at the Church
- Soup Kitchen at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 3rd Monday of the Month from 4 pm to 6 pm. Contact Matt Keefer
- Support | Meals and rides are available upon request. Contact Kathy Wilson.
- Food Pantry Collected weekly to support local area pantries. Donations can be placed in the baskets found in the entry or sanctuary.
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