Tune-Up: Acting for God

This Sunday is All Saints Sunday at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. We remember the beloved saints of our own church who have died in this past year. We also think a bit about the saintly life, which generally means becoming more Christ-like, living and acting as Jesus would. I appreciated how Oscar Wilde said, “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” That’s true for all of us. The official saints of the church struggled with faith and relationships as much as the rest of us. St. Anthony once preached to fishes in the Italian town of Rimini because he said he was so disheartened by the stubborn hearts of the local people. They have been a tough church for him and perhaps the fish were more attentive! I think of saints as people who acted boldly and faithfully for God in whatever situation they found themselves. We can do that too. God is not always looking for astounding acts of courage but for everyday faithfulness, compassion and love that can help God’s world to be a kinder place. Every one of us could be that kind of saint! Sunday we come to church to be God’s love in action and meet the presence of God that inspires our kindness and love.

Dave Summers
Senior Pastor
Office: 602-840-8360 Ext 131

“We invite you to join us on a shared journey of life and faith, open to all, regardless of age, ability, economics, color, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, politics, theology or anything else that might separate us from each other. Whoever you are and wherever you may be on your spiritual journey, you’re invited to walk with Christ in community with all of God’s children, and embrace the endless possibilities of God’s unconditional love.”

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P.S. Next Sunday is Change the World Day at PVUMC. In lieu of our regular worship services, we are taking church out of the building and into the community, engaging in service projects with a dozen nonprofit organizations, packing Thanksgiving meal boxes on campus and much more. We hope you’ll join us for breakfast (thanks to one of our nonprofit partners, UMOM) at 8 am on the Fellowship Center patio, come to the sanctuary at 9 am for a short service of blessing, then go serve with others. If you’d like to sponsor a Thanksgiving box, you can do that online at GIVE NOW, or on Sunday morning after worship. Suggested donation is $20. Read more about the Thanksgiving Food Boxes for UMOM and thank you for being God’s love in action!

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