Archive for June, 2012

Sermon Notes: Walking Across Life’s Niagara Falls on a Tight Rope

Posted on: June 28th, 2012 by admin

Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Braxton, Senior Pastor
Sunday, June 24 2012
Metropolitan AME Church

Scripture: Mark 4:35-41 (New International Version) Jesus Calms the Storm: 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

I have concluded that if we Christians just open our eyes to the world around us, we can see and hear all kinds of common interest stories and events that will help us contextualize scripture in our modern day living. I firmly believe that the word of God is very much alive today. All we have to do is open our eyes.

Parking for Sunday, July 1, 2012

Posted on: June 28th, 2012 by admin

Dear Metropolitan Members, We will not be able to park in the NEA garage on Sunday because that garage will be used by NEA members who are in town for the NEA National Convention from June 30 until July 5, 2012. Instead we will have to park in the PMI garage at 1618 M Street…. Read more

Sermon Notes: Father’s Day 2012

Posted on: June 21st, 2012 by admin

“A God Who Will Upset Normal Expectations” or “Look at God, then, Look at Me”
Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Braxton, Senior Pastor
Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, Washington, DC

Scripture Lesson: Ezekiel 17:22-24 The Message Bible (“The great tree is made small and the small tree great). 22-24 “‘God, the Master, says, I personally will take a shoot from the top of the towering cedar, a cutting from the crown of the tree, and plant it on a high and towering mountain, on the high mountain of Israel. It will grow, putting out branches and fruit—a majestic cedar. Birds of every sort and kind will live under it. They’ll build nests in the shade of its branches. All the trees of the field will recognize that I, God, made the great tree small and the small tree great, made the green tree turn dry and the dry tree sprout green branches. I, God, said it—and I did it.'”

I am always fascinated by the stories of individuals and institutions and how they were able to rise beyond normal expectations. This week while I was browsing through a book, Richard Allen, Religious Leader and Social Activist, it came to me that the Richard Allen story is the story of both a man and an institution rising beyond “normal expectations.”

Church General Conference

Posted on: June 21st, 2012 by admin

The General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church will be held in Nashville, TN., from June 27, 2012 until July 4, 20012.  The General Conference will convene at the Gaylord Grand Ole Opry Hotel and Resort Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post