You are Invited! Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church Sundays with the MET presents a Delightful Afternoon of Tastes and Sounds of the Caribbean featuring, in concert, The Bel Canto Singers of Nassau, Bahamas, Directed by Mr. Eldridge McPhee.
This 16-member vocal ensemble is known for its rich and robust singing style. You will experience exciting music—Modern, Classical, and Spiritual—with a Caribbean Flair. Join us on Sunday afternoon, June 5, 2011, 3:00 PM in the Metropolitan A.M.E. Church Restored Sanctuary at 1518 M Street NW in Washington, D.C.
We are celebrating the kick off of Metropolitan’s 173rd Anniversary Season and observing the United Nations International Year for People of African Descent
FREE ADMISSION and Free parking available directly across from the church in the NEA parking garage
On Sunday May 29, 2011 at the 9:00 a.m. worship service Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, The National Cathedral of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will honor the memory of and pay tribute to the African American Soldier. The preacher for this worship service will be Minister Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Perry Nelson Dent Jr., Associate Minister of Shiloh Baptist Church, Alexandria, Virginia.
Rev. Johanna Green and Family at the luncheon in her honor.
On Sunday, May 21, 2011 we honored the Reverend Johanna Newberry Green, who has attended and served at Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church her entire life. View more photos on our Facebook page.
1 Peter 2: 2-10 2-3 You’ve had a taste of God. Now, like infants at the breast, drink deep of God’s pure kindness. Then you’ll grow up mature and whole in God. The Living Stone and a Chosen People: 4-8 Welcome to the living Stone, the source of life. The workmen took one look and threw it out; God set it in the place of honor. Present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life, in which you’ll serve as holy priests offering Christ-approved lives up to God. The Scriptures provide precedent: Look! I’m setting a stone in Zion, a cornerstone in the place of honor. Whoever trusts in this stone as a foundation will never have cause to regret it. To you who trust him, he’s a Stone to be proud of, but to those who refuse to trust him, The stone the workmen threw out is now the chief foundation stone. For the untrusting it’s a stone to trip over, a boulder blocking the way. They trip and fall because they refuse to obey, just as predicted. 9-10But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. The Message Bible Translation
In the Commentary on the scripture, William Barclay gives behind the scenes insights into Peter’s writing of the letter to the five early Christian churches. The early Christians were tolerated by the Romans. People blamed Nero for starting the great fire in Rome so he could rebuild Rome to his own liking. Nero blamed the Christians for starting the fire. As a result, they were subjected to mockery, they were nailed to crosses and subjected to the cruelest kinds of torture ever invented. Their religion was proclaimed to be unlawful. Barclay said it was in this atmosphere that Peter wrote to a tormented people. He wrote telling them that there was “no place for small Christian living”, and that the time for bold Christian living was upon them.
Despite the harsh economy, most of us who came to worship this morning are doing okay; things are much worse for others. Others would view the house you live in as a mansion; they would think your clothes were fit for royalty, and that your food was the best. We are not living under public persecution like the early Christians.
Peter’s charge – for bold Christian living – is applicable to us today. Racism, sexism, colonialism, spiritualism, terrorism, capitalism – they all tear at the core of the House of Zion. Natural disasters, war, and upheaval claim our attention and fears. Despite these things, there is no place for small Christian living. God is calling on Christians to live big, bold lives for Christ. Now is our opportunity to be a solid rock!
In the text, Peter suggests that we are to become a living stone to witness God in a tormented world. In verse 5, he says: “let yourselves be built, like living stones, into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ…” God is calling us to holy living. We are called to be living stones, transformed by a living Christ to be a cornerstone in the world…or in DC, or in Maryland, or Virginia. We who know the goodness of God must be the message of hope, love, joy, and peace. God is calling us to be living stones.
If you look around, many people in our community are looking to find a way out. As Christians, we must be committed to be a living stone for them. The world is not looking for a preacher; the world is looking for a people who will stand up and live what they preach. We become a living stone for the world when we are rooted in Him, in His word, in His teachings.
At this juncture, when the tide turns on your life, you must be strong. No more feeding on baby’s milk; you need to be living stronger, committed to His word. Only then will you become a building block, trusting Him, reading His word every day. Those who obey and trust him, he will not let be put to shame!
The Sisters of the Covenant’s (Women’s Ministry) “Just Desserts” Fundraiser will be held on Sunday, June 5, after Sunday School (12 noon). They are seeking donations of your favorite desserts to be sampled. The categories of desserts are: cakes, pies & cobblers, cookies & bars (brownies, etc.), Jell-O molds, puddings, and others. The cost of the fundraiser is $5.00 which would allow you to sample the various desserts.
On Saturday, May 21, 2011, 12:00 noon, Metropolitan A.M.E. Church will honor the Rev. Johanna Newberry Green at an Appreciation Luncheon.
The Reverend Johanna Newberry Green has attended and served at Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church her entire life. She was baptized as an infant at the church by Rev. William H. Thomas, Metropolitan’s pastor at the time. In 1943, under the pastorate of Rev. J. Campbell Beckett, Johanna became a fourth generation Metropolitan member. Her great-grandparents were among those church members who washed bricks that were used to build the Metropolitan A.M.E. Church edifice.