Archive for July, 2012

Sermon Notes: Because He Looked on My Life with Compassion

Posted on: July 26th, 2012 by admin

Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Braxton, Senior Pastor

Sunday, July 22, 2012
Scripture:  Mark 6:30-34; 53-56.  The Message Bible.  Supper for Five Thousand.

Noted African American theologian, the late Howard Thurman wrote these words: I Give Thanks to God with My Whole Heart:

I give thanks unto God with my mind.  I count one by one much that has come to me to make me glad.  I remember the simple delights—The taste of food, the tasteless refreshment of cool water, The feeling of fatigue followed by restful sleep, The friendly greeting of many who pass me in the daily round and whose smiles deepen my faith in ordinary kindness.  I remember, yes, I remember, And in my mind I give thanks to God.  I give thanks unto God with my feelings.  There are dangers which are now passed—I escaped; how I do not know.  Vast is my relief that my hunch was wise to hold my tongue, When to have spoken would have hurt far beyond my powers ever to amend or heal.  The mood that settled was of despair unrelieved and stark; Then a change came out of nowhere.  All I know is the cloud was lifted and once again I was free.  With sheer feeling I give thanks to God.  I give thanks unto God with my life. The will to do more than the situation requires, The desire to be better than I am and to work at it, The urge to be thorough even in simple things, The delight in my friend’s good fortune, The sympathetic outgoing of myself in times of another’s need, The thoughtful telephone call, the urgent letter sustaining the hand of a public servant who serves the common conscience—All these and more are my thanks to God with my life

Sermon Notes: When You Feel Ill Equipped

Posted on: July 19th, 2012 by admin

Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Braxton, Senior Pastor
Metropolitan AME Church

Scripture: Ezekiel 2: 1-5

Feelings of Being Ill Equipped

I was reading an interesting book a few days ago. In the introduction to her book, Memories of God, Theological Reflections on a Life, Roberta Bondi characterizes her early childhood as a little girl who lived her life feeling ill equipped for any good thing to offer anyone, or any good thing to come her way. She writes about herself that she was, “A timid little girl who was afraid of everything.”

To compensate for her ill equipped feelings, Bondi immersed herself in reading stories of persons who were strong and fearless. She writes, “I loved the stories of the brave Madeline (the character in the classic children’s picture book by the same name). Madeline was not afraid of mice…to the tiger in the zoo, Madeline just said ‘pooh, pooh’…”

Youth and Young Adult Talent Showcase

Posted on: July 19th, 2012 by admin

The Love and Peace Unit (LAP) of the Sarah Allen Missionary Society is hosting its 4th Annual Talent Showcase to highlight the talents of young people from Metropolitan and the community on Saturday, August 4, 2012, at 2 p.m. in Metropolitan’s historic Douglass Hall. Proceeds will support Metropolitan’s continued restoration.

Sponsorship Levels: Donor – $15+, Sponsor – $10, Patron – $6, and Children – $3.
To have your name included in the souvenir program, please submit your donation by Sunday, July 29, 2012.

Participants Wanted: Young people, ages 4-39, are welcome to participate.

Rehearsal: There will be two rehearsals on Sunday, July 22 and July 29, immediately following Church School in Douglass Hall. To sign up, please contact Peggy Gatewood at 202.203.4642. To make a donation, please contact Dianne Black at 202.832.1373 or Janet Oakley Huggins at 202.726.4133, or see any member of LAP.