Posts by Genesis UMC

Posts by Genesis UMC

3:16 Devotion March 30, 2020

Turning Down the COVID-19 Noise Like you, I’ve been glued to the news. I’m waking up reading it and going to bed watching it. I find myself constantly refreshing it, not only to see what the market is doing, but also to see the new count of COVID-19 cases. It’s like I can’t stop. And at some point over the last few days, it hit me . . . maybe all of this is really affecting me. Uh, ya think?!?…

3:16 Devotion March 28, 2020

But after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who calls you to share his eternal glory in union with Christ, will himself perfect you and give you firmness, strength, and a sure foundation. Our previous volume in the Gospel Project for Kids was called “People Restored”. It covered the last books of the Old Testament with several minor prophets, and the rebuilding of the temple after the Israelites came back from their exile in…

3:16 Devotion March 27, 2020

Open Our Eyes “‘As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’ When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see.”(, NRSV) Although light is often associated with the season of Epiphany, we used Marty…

3:16 Devotion March 26, 2020

Hello Everyone, We hope that you have been able to see Craig’s sermon on Sundays .  It is a different way of doing church on a Sunday, but the sermons offer a wonderful message to encourage us through the week. Here is a devotion from utmost.org called “Gracious Uncertainty”.  This devotion talks about how the nature of the spiritual life is that we are certain of God even amid the uncertainty of our daily lives. Gracious Uncertainty by Oswald Chambers…

Dorcas Ministries Update 3/26/2020

March 26, 2020 Friends: I want to first thank you for the tremendous amount of support we have already seen from our community.  The top priority of  Dorcas Ministries is serving our clients and we would not be able to do that without you.  Our Client Services staff is working hard to ensure food is provided and crisis financial assistance is given to our neighbors in need. Residents of Cary and Morrisville are encouraged to apply online to request help. We have…

Worship Sunday March 29, 2020

Join us in worship ONLINE! During this time of quarantine, we invite you to join us every Sunday for worship. Pastor Craig’s sermons are available via YouTube every Sunday accompanied by other elements of worship. Beginning at 9 am on Sundays, you may click the link from our homepage, or view it under sermons. You can also find us via our YouTube channel: genesisumccary, or facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/genesis.umc.cary/ . We welcome you to join us in Christian community while social…

3:16 Devotion March 25, 2020

Isaiah 43:1-4 1But now, this is what the LORD says- he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 3For…

3:16 Devotion March 24, 2020

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” – This month we are learning this verse in Children’s Sunday School. It is a verse that it’s usually used to introduce Christmas time. Yes, we are talking about Jesus birth in Sunday School. And what a better time for all us to regain that hopeful feeling we have at Christmas. The most recent days have…

3:16 Devotion March 23, 2020

Good afternoon, Genesis! For today’s 3:16 prayer, I invite you to read this C.S. Lewis quote “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that…

3:16 Devotion March 21, 2020

Encouragement Scripture Reading —   Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. —  Loving others includes encouraging one another. In  , Paul lists encouragement among the gifts of grace. When people accomplish a common objective together, all are encouraged. Fellow believers encourage one another to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” ( 2 Peter 3:18 ). The Thessalonian Christians faced struggles and an uncertain future. Paul…

3:16 Devotion March 20, 2020

At a time when we all need positive thoughts, a friend posted this lovely piece on Facebook.  I thought to share it, considering our need for hope in the face of the expanding COV-19 virus and the imposed quarantine. “And the people stayed home.  And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still.  They listened more deeply.  Some meditated, some prayed, some danced.  Some met…

3:16 Devotion March 19, 2020

    This is how we know love: Jesus laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. I love the letters of John.  They are beautiful reminders of who God is and how we are to live as believers in the Truth.  In the verse above, John tells us how we know love – through the laying down of our lives. Jesus tells about his Father’s sacrificial love for…

3:16 Devotion March 18, 2020

When I was a little girl, my father was in charge of bedtime rituals. He would begin with a Bible story in the living room, then we would head to bed where we would say our evening prayers. However, my favorite ritual was when he sang us to sleep with a series of songs. As a child the full impact of that experience was lost on me, but when I look back I realize how fortunate I was. One of…

Teaching Children at Home

To our Genesis Never 2 Young Kids and families, In this time of uncertainty it is important to show children how to react rationally and in faith that the Lord has the best outcome in His plans. This Lent season offers us extra challenges to grow in faith. It is very important we pray, take care of our Christian faith, and feel spiritually connected more than ever to God and to others. Our curriculum provider LifeWay has created a Lifeway Kids…

3:16 Devotion March 17, 2020

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” During this time of quarantine, this verse seems to be stuck in my mind. Being still is my nemesis. I’m a doer. I’m a fixer. Being still goes against my nature, that’s how God created me. Now, he puts in front of me a great challenge. The original Hebrew word used for being still is ‘Raphah’. It means…

3:16 Devotion March 16, 2020

Wow!! How fitting today is 3/16 and we are beginning our prayer time at 3:16 pm.  Because of Who You Are Sandi Patty Songwriters: BILLY LEE SMILEY, ROBERT B. FARRELL This is one of my all-time favorite songs recorded by Sandi Patti many years ago.   As I listen, first to her magnificent voice, but second to these words, I cry every time. If you know me well, that does not happen often.   Sandi Patti posted this yesterday on her…