God’s definition of a blessed life is surprisingly upside-down in comparison to the world’s definition. In the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:1-12, Jesus shows how God’s way of looking at life can bring blessing to us, even when it is counter to the world.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled….”

Think about what Jesus says. He redefines what it means to be empty and to be full, to have what matters — a relationship with God, the kingdom of heaven! Sometimes, we have to learn to look differently, in an upside-down way, to see what God wants.

Beginning January 28, 2018, Paradise Valley United Methodist Church begins a three-week sermon series on generosity that examines what it means to live The Good Life… right here in Paradise Valley. The image of the bird and the nest evokes the idea that we build a nest for our young, for those who come after us, the next generation. We are blessed when we provide for others, find joy in our relationships and learn to trust God for all our needs.

As we take a deeper look into what that entails, we invite you to take a few moments to consider the good life at PVUMC. Each week, we will ask you to share your responses to one of the following questions.

Week 1 (Jan 28): What do you love most about this church?
What draws you here and makes you stay? What feeling do you get when you are at PVUMC?

Week 2 (Feb 4th): Who at church makes a positive difference in your life?
List a person or persons, or even small group, who make a positive difference in your life. Who demonstrates what is good about PVUMC?

Week 3 (Feb 11th): What is one hope or thing you would like to see happen here at the church in the coming year that will enable us to demonstrate the good life of faith?

If you’re unable to join us for worship, you’re invited to email your responses to Laurel Hickok, Generosity Ministry Team co-chair.

Thank you for prayerfully participating during the service or by email. We look forward to hearing from you.

The responses are on display in the narthex of the sanctuary and on the walls of the chapel. You’re invited to stop by and read what they say.

On Sunday, February 18 and 25, you’re invited to pledge your support to the church by turning in your pledge card or pledging online. The new online form will be available by Friday, February 16.

The question of generosity was raised by the psalmist, who wrote: “How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me?” (Psalm 116:12, NIV). We can only find the answer in our hearts. Nothing we have is too big or grand to offer to God. No gift is too small if it represents our generous hearts, given in thoughtful prayer and sacrifice. We pray you will make it your personal goal to grow this year in your giving.

Thank you for your generous gifts to Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. Together, we are God’s love in action!

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