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.

Sermon Notes: When God Challenges Us to Take Big Steps

Posted on: July 12th, 2012 by admin

Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Braxton, Senior Pastor
Metropolitan AME Church
Sunday, July 08, 2012

Scripture: Amos 7:7-15 (The Message Bible): 7 God showed me this vision: My Master was standing beside a wall. In his hand he held a plumb line. 8-9 God said to me, “What do you see, Amos?” I said, “A plumb line.” Then my Master said, “Look what I’ve done. I’ve hung a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel. I’ve spared them for the last time. This is it! “Isaac’s sex-and-religion shrines will be smashed, Israel’s unholy shrines will be knocked to pieces. I’m raising my sword against the royal family of Jeroboam.” 10 Amaziah, priest at the shrine at Bethel, sent a message to Jeroboam, king of Israel: “Amos is plotting to get rid of you; and he’s doing it as an insider, working from within Israel. His talk will destroy the country. He’s got to be silenced. Do you know what Amos is saying? 11’Jeroboam will be killed. Israel is headed for exile.’ 12-13 Then Amaziah confronted Amos: “Seer, be on your way! Get out of here and go back to Judah where you came from! Hang out there. Do your preaching there. But no more preaching at Bethel! Don’t show your face here again. This is the king’s chapel. This is a royal shrine.” 14-15 But Amos stood up to Amaziah: “I never set up to be a preacher, never had plans to be a preacher. I raised cattle and I pruned trees. Then God took me off the farm and said, ‘Go preach to my people Israel.’

In order to foster a healthier culture, Mrs. Obama is encouraging the country to eat better; she is calling on our schools to include more exercise programs in the day; and she is challenging all of us to do more outside activities.

Brothers and Sisters, we live in a home-bound, in-door society. We drive or catch public transportation to work, to the mall, to the store, to the cultural or recreational events and activities, to worship, and then we drive or catch public transportation back home. It is as if walking today is taboo. For fear of violence or the probability that we might have to speak to our neighbor, we seldom sit on our porches. Seldom do our children play games outside. All the games are on the TV, the computer, the pads, the cell phones or other devices.

Present day society is most unlike years passed. Possibly because we did not have anything else better to do, when my generation was growing up, we loved to go outside and play. Among the favorite games were “hide and seek,” shooting marbles, jumping rope, jacks, hop-scotch.


Posted on: July 5th, 2012 by admin

TCR NEWS BREAK: AME CHURCH PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release – Approved by the 49th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference The African Methodist Episcopal Church today seeks to set the record straight on a statement that is misinformation at best and a lie at worst.  A July 1, 2012 story posted on the … Read more