This ministry is an important aspect of congregational care at Metropolitan. Each member of the congregation is assigned to a class under the care of a class leader. Your class leader serves as one of your links to the Metropolitan Family. Our goal is that a class leader will touch every member at least once each month. A “touch” may be a greeting after service, a telephone call, card, text, email, note, or meeting for coffee. If you or a member of your family is ill, in need of prayer, or facing other challenges, your class leader is a person you can reach out to in confidence. With your permission, the class leader will let the pastor and/or ministerial staff know of your need.
Under our modified system, the members of each class generally live near each other or within neighboring zip codes. Our goal is to make it easier for class leaders to visit the sick or bring their classes together for fellowship.
If your class leader has sent you a note or called, please respond. They really do want to hear from you. If a class leader has not contacted you, please notify one of the cluster leaders.
Class Leaders Council
The Class Leaders Council will meet on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. At this meeting we will plan for the year, receive training in pastoral care, and review responsibilities and expectations. All Class Leaders are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to your cluster leader.
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On Saturday, September 29, from 9am – 3pm, Metropolitan takes another giant step on its journey toward becoming a tithing congregation. As a follow-up to last spring’s highly-successful workshop, Rev. James Moody of Chicago’s Quinn Chapel AME Church returns to Metropolitan for Tithing Workshop: Session Two entitled, “Pleasing God Through How I Handle Money.”
Participants are asked to review session one of the workshop via YouTube via the links below or DVD (also DVD provided at a cost of $10) and to complete the “Belief Questionnaire”.
Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Free parking is available at the PMI Garage (right hand side of M Street, between 16th and 17th Streets) with church stamp validation ticket.
Download the Tithing Belief Questionaire and the Tithing Workbook.
Listen to the Rev. James M. Moody Seminar: “Pleasing God through I handle money” (1 – 8)
The Rev. Al Sharpton, host of “Politics Nation” on MSNBC and founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), spoke at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church on Sunday, September 23, 2012. Senior Pastor Rev. Ronald Braxton designated that Sunday a special Voter Education and Registration Day as part of Metropolitan’s annual Christian Education observance. The 2012 Christian Education theme is “Be A Disciple: Beyond Membership to Commission for Christ,” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Thanks and appreciation are extended to all of you who helped to make Christian Education Sunday and Sunday at the MET an inspiring and spirit-filled day of worship. Your participation in whatever capacity it lent itself made for an excellent service for Metropolitan A.M.E. People left with a spirit of true fellowship and joy. Thank you for going “Beyond Membership to Commission for Christ.”
Commission on Christian Education
Mrs. Eddye Williams, believed to be the oldest DC resident, passed on Sep 21. She was a long time member of Metropolitan AME. We send our condolences to her family. View this remembrance of her 110th birthday celebration. She will be funeralized at Metropolitan on Tues, Oct 2, 11 am.
REV. AL SHARPTON TO SPEAK AT METROPOLITAN A.M.E CHURCH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 ON NEW CHALLENGES TO VOTER REGISTRATION
The Rev. Al Sharpton, host of “Politics Nation” on MSNBC and founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), is scheduled to speak at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church on Sunday, September 23, 2012. Senior Pastor Rev. Ronald Braxton has designated that Sunday a special Voter Education and Registration Day as part of Metropolitan’s annual Christian Education observance. The congregation and community will convene in a single service at a special l0 a.m. worship experience. The 2012 Christian Education theme is “Be A Disciple: Beyond Membership to Commission for Christ,” (Matthew 28:19-20).
The occasion will serve to educate our congregation and the public about critical problems facing people of color, especially people of African descent. Further, the aim is to remind persons who live the Christian faith of our responsibility to address social injustice issues, especially through advocacy and direct action, including voting in national, state and local elections. Persons from DC, Maryland and Virginia will be able to register at the church on that day for the historic Nov. 6 election.
Rev. Al Sharpton is the founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), a not-for-profit civil rights organization headquartered in Harlem, New York, with approximately fifty Chapters nationwide. As one of the nation’s most-renowned civil rights leaders, Rev. Sharpton has been praised by President Barack Obama as “the voice of the voiceless and a champion for the downtrodden.” and by former President George W. Bush who said that “Al cares just as much as I care about making sure every child learns to read, write, add and subtract.” NAN has recently opened a Washington, DC Bureau to monitor and work on social policy issues that involve Congress and the White House.
This special religious service, Sundays with the MET, is a collaborative effort of Metropolitan and its outreach arm, the Daniel Alexander Payne Community Development Corporation.
The service will be led by the The Christian Education Commission, in partnership with the Circles of Twelve, under the umbrella of “Sundays with the MET.” The Circles is a unit of the Daniel Alexander Payne Community Development Corporation, (CDC) Metropolitan’s outreach arm. For further information contact Anthony Hawkins, 202.331.1426.
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Rev. Dr. Ronald Eugene Braxton, Senior Pastor
Metropolitan AME Church
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Scripture: Proverbs 1:20-33 (NIV Translation)
There are a many voices that make a claim about their wisdom and how one should and should not live in the real world. We are bombarded with seminars and workshops, motivational speakers, life coaches, cultural commentators, preachers, TV talk show hosts who seem to somehow know everything about life and how one should live. I am just amazed at how in the TV arena, people seem to be a great authority on life and living — no matter what their background — Rachael Ray (a chef), Anderson [Cooper] and now Katie [Couric]; of course “Dr. Phil” (though I don’t know what kind of doctor he is), and not even to mention the queen: Oprah. Kenneth Carter in his Pastoral Perspective of this text is quoted as saying, “If the Proverbs have been marginalized, the church might at times confess that its wisdom has suffered a similar fate in the culture.”
More and more I am resolved to understand that life is tough. And if you have not yet experienced that life is tough, just keep on living! People are having to make life and death decisions, and they are hungering and thirsting for answers and solutions. They will go where ever, listen to whomever, pay whatever — if they feel, sense, and think they can find and hear seemingly clear and confident solutions and answers that will help make the difference in their everyday walk.
I have also come to believe that the wisdom of God is too often played down. We live in a society and a world that could much benefit from it if we allowed it to show up in our everyday living and walk. Sometimes I believe that neither the church nor church people really understand the power that Godly Wisdom could exert over life if it is held fast to and proclaimed with zest and zeal.
For a few moments this morning, I want to share some proverbial thoughts with you about what happens, “When Godly Wisdom Shows Up in Your Everyday Walk.”
Wisdom reveals herself like God, inviting us to a life of harmonious balance
The book of Proverbs, though seldom read or preached from, is a collection of the multi-generational, diverse, wisdom sayings of Israel’s mothers, fathers, elders and scholars that were organized, edited and compiled over centuries, offering to her readers and hearers the godly wisdom, life’s lessons, and sometimes plain common sense and advice on how to live and walk every day.
In our text, Wisdom takes on the personification of a Woman. Kathleen O’Connor in her exegetical perspective writes, “Whether or not Wisdom is God in this text, she reveals herself like God, makes demands like God, and promises freedom and life to her followers like God. Whoever she is, her appearance destabilizes complacency, closed-heartedness, and death-dealing behavior that comes from ignorance, hatred of knowledge, and refusal to commit to the way of Wisdom. She invites everyone to a life of harmonious balance in the midst of daily life.”
The term “harmonious balance” resonated for me, because, if ever there was or is a time for, “harmonious balance in the midst of daily life” now is that time.
Of these times, the Rev. Kellie Hayes prays, “In the midst of war, recession, gun violence, middle-east unrest, joblessness, renewed bigotry and hate, help us to remember that you are still our God and that you are still in control.” When there is so much going on in lives, we need the collective wisdom of the generations; we need the collective wisdom of the elders, mothers and fathers; we need the Wisdom of God to show up in our daily walk, bring harmonious balance in our lives, and keep on reminding us that, though it might appear to be so, God has not turned over our world to His opposition.
1. To Reject God’s Wisdom is to Self-Destruct
Here is a frightening thought — and the text is pristine clear about it: (1) To reject the wisdom of God is to eventually self destruct. The Message Bible, starting at verse 29, helps us here and I am changing the phrase “the fear of God” to what it means, “Because you hated knowledge and would not respect, obey, reverence and stand in awe of God; because you wouldn’t take my advice and brush aside all my offers to train you; Well, you’ve made your bed—now lie in it…Don’t you see what happens, you simpletons, you idiots? Carelessness kills; complacency is murder.”
What a lesson for every one of us to heed this morning! What a lesson for every church, for every family, for all the nations of this world? To reject the wisdom of God is to eventually self destruct!
Here is the second thought. (2) It’s free. The wisdom of God is free. The revised text put it this way, “Give heed to my reproof, I will pour out my thoughts to you. I will make my words known to you.” The Message Bible puts it a little clearer: “About face! I can revise your life; Look, I’m ready to pour out my spirit on you; I’m ready to tell you all I know.”
In the arena of our simple ordinary living where our joys, fulfillments, sadness, failures, sinc, disappointments, frustrations and excitements take the stage and come front and center, the wisdom of God free for us to taste, to swallow, and to heed. It’s FREE! Again, Kathleen O’Connor put it this way, “The mundane human life is the hallowed place, the sacred ground where one may encounter Wisdom herself, if[you pay attention].”
Someone ought to witness in here this morning that God’s wisdom does not cost a thing! If you live close to God, if you make the best effort you can to walk everyday with God, the wisdom of God will freely show up in your walk, in those places where — in moments of the most need, in moments of crises, in moments of fear, in hospital rooms, in doctors’ offices, in court rooms, on the job, wherever you walk when the, “Rubber hits the road.” And it’s free!!!
Have you ever been in a situation when you didn’t know WHAT to do, and you finally turned to God; you started meditating on it, and God showed up! And you know it was God; it came to your Spirit. And it was free! As the text says: “Seek ye first God’s wisdom…and all things will be added unto you.”
In chapter 6 of the book of Romans, the Apostle Paul talks about Christ as God’s free gift to living and walking a real life, (Message Bible v. 22) “As long as you did what you felt like doing, ignoring God, you didn’t have to bother with right thinking or right living or right anything…Where did it get you? A dead end… But (in Christ) you have discovered the delight of listening to God…and what a surprise!” Because, when you listen to God, when you walk with God, when you obey God, what do you get? “…a whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way…it is God’s freely given life, real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus.”
3. When you walk and live in the wisdom of God, nothing can shake you!
When God’s wisdom shows up in the places in your life that really matter, when God’s wisdom shows up in those place where it really counts, you no longer live by trial and error; hit and miss.
Some scholars say that the lady in the text overstates the security and promise in verse 33; that when wisdom shows up and you listen, you “will be secure and you will live at ease, without dread of disaster.”
I disagree, and here is a final thought. (3) When you walk and live in the wisdom of God there is not much on earth that can shake up your life. God’s wisdom will help you live with a certain ease, peace and fearlessness. Tension, conflict, disruption, disaster, failures, and disappointments you seem to take — trusting God that, “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord” and live (my words) according to His wisdom.
Whatever life puts on your plate, when God’s wisdom shows up, you walk with a certain rhythm and cadence that feels right — trusting, hoping and believing that God will work it out…whatever it is…God will provide…whatever it is, just wait on God…whatever it is, God will give you the strength to stand and walk through it and the knowledge to deal, deal and deal in the right places and at the right time.
One writer said that we have to qualify for what God’s wisdom offers. That’s what’s wrong with churches sometimes – they make you feel like you’ve got to “qualify” for God’s wisdom. They got it wrong. You might not get it all; you may not get everything out of life you think you ought to have, but God’s wisdom will save you from a whole lot of trouble and lead you in right paths you would never have found.
And I declare, if you call on him and try with all your might to honor, praise and reverence God, His wisdom will lead and guide your life. It will show up where you live; it will show up where you work; it will show up behind the steering wheel; it will show up at the busy intersections of your life; it will show up where your challenges fix stumbling blocks in your path; it will show up with your questions, doubts and fears.
I’ve a message from the Lord, Hallelujah!
Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Braxton, Senior Pastor
Metropolitan AME Church
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Scripture: James 1:17-27
Scripture: James 1: 17-27 (The Message Bible translation): (Every good and perfect gift comes from God; Listen with your ears) Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures.19-21 Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.22-24 Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.25 But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action.26-27 Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.
In his homiletical perspective of this text, Peter Rhea Jones gives a quote from the late, renowned, theologian and preacher, Henry Emerson Fosdick, former pastor of the Riverside Church:
“Those who reflect upon their lives and conclude that they have received far less than they deserve tend to be among those from whom no great living comes. Others evaluate their lives, think they have broken about even, and conclude that they got about what they earned. Rarely do you see any exceptional living from them either. However, those who readily reckon they have received far more than they deserve are among those who do indulge in great living.”
Just for a few moments, allow me to prick your consciousness and spirit around the thought, “Indulging in Great Living.”
Whatever is said about the economy, for most of us, these are still economically very hard and difficult times. For most of us, every penny, nickel and dime count, so most of us find ourselves tightening the money belt; paying down personal debt; spending wisely and cutting costs become critical for survival.
Lessons learned from tight economic times: Making the best of a “little bit”
Though difficult and hard, these are not necessarily bad times. I submit that during these times, there are great lessons to be learned. If no other lesson, “how to make the best of a little bit” can be one of those lessons we can revisit from our parents and grandparents.
I think that there is at least one spiritual lesson to be gleaned from tight economic times. It is your personal perspective that sustains your life and that keeps you looking up and doing regardless of times and situations. When you don’t have as much as you used to have, or as much as others like you might have, but you are clear — pristine and crystal clear — that what you do have is a blessing and a generous gift from God, you have learned a great lesson.
A few days ago a commentator said to a man who had been ravaged by hurricane Isaac, “What will you do, you have lost everything,” And the man responded, “No, I have my life and that’s everything.”
When I first started on this sermon, the initial thought was to preach, “God is still in the blessing business.” The more I looked and read, the more it came to me that the writer James had a two-fold emphasis. In what I want to call the great Apostolic era, this lone writer who apparently is the brother of Jesus, wrote to all the Jews who had been dispersed and scattered across the world as he knew it and he called upon the children of God to be mindful that everything they had, whether much or little, was a gift from God and, further, such a recognition should call and compel them, TO INDULGE IN GREAT LIVING.
1. Everything – however much or little – is a blessing, and a gift, from God
Here is a thought. (1) Every Christian, every child of God ought to recognize that everything, however much or little, is a blessing and a gift from God.
The story is told that a rural mid-western born and reared daughter decided to pull up roots and go to a large city in the East to make her fortune. Eventually the daughter fell on hard times. The parents, filled with fear and worry, begged the daughter to return to the safety of home. The young girl resisted, trying to make it on her own. Still not getting it, the parents, with a heart full of love, offered to help. “What do you need,” they asked. The daughter, graciously replied, “I don’t need anything. I am doing just fine. I have food, a roof over my head, gas in my tank, caring parents, a fabulous family, good friends and a part time job. But even if I had none of these things I would still be so blessed to have God’s love which is the best thing of all.”
If it’s no more than waking up in the morning, see it as a blessing and a gift from God…if you don’t have a job, just to be able to go looking and hoping for a job is as a blessing and a gift from God…in your sickness, sadness, and hard times, count every hour as a blessing and gift from God…snow, rain, heat, whatever the case, count life as a blessing and gift from God. I know it is a hard concept to grasp and wrap your arms and faith around, but to the best you can heed the Apostle’s Paul’s words, “In all things give thanks.” James in verse two put it this way, “Count it all joy whenever you become involved in all kinds of testing, for you are well aware that the testing of your faith produces unswerving constancy.” My own take on this is “whatever comes in a day, Praise God and declare, Hallelujah anyhow!”
Indulging in great living not only calls upon us to recognize that all we have is a gift from God, that God is a benevolent, good and gracious God, but further, we are compelled to pay very close attention to the details of how we live our lives in the reality of this God.
2. Don’t just TALK about Jesus: LIVE, GIVE, and LOVE live Jesus!
Verses 19, 22, 25 and 27 of the scripture help us here: “be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger…. be doers of the word, and not merely hearers…not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing…care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world…”
This is the second emphasis of James. Our world today is one where just about everything goes; whatever pleases us is to be accepted; whatever makes us happy seems to be the order of the day. Unfortunately, preaching today is centered more around prosperity, getting and gathering rather than calling people to pay more attention to the details of how their lives and living measure up to the Word of God.
The older I get the more I am convinced that nothing takes the place of quality living. What is in a person’s pocket should not determine the quality of their living. You don’t need to own stuff to love people. You don’t have to have much to treat others as you would have them treat you. You don’t have to be rich to be generous, wealthy to be kind, prosperous to offer small gifts, to extend from your mouth and heart gestures of goodwill, hope and encouragement. Indulging in Great Living means—don’t just preach about Jesus, don’t just talk about Jesus; don’t just tell others about how religious you are. Live in the power of Jesus, walk in the power of Jesus, love like Jesus, speak like Jesus, help others like Jesus, give like Jesus, and live as close as you can by in the power of His Word. Let the word of God be a lamp to your feet and the light on your path. Let the Word of God order your steps every day, in all that you do and say.
Initially, I talked about the two emphasis of James in this text, God as the great giver, and us as the recipient. James’ focus appears unbalanced with an emphasis on our response to God’s generosity. But then I realized that the equation of what God does for us, what God in Christ has done for us, will never balance out to the price that was paid. His love is so underserved, His gifts and kindness is so unwarranted. So indulging in Great Living not only recognizes that all we have is a gift from God; it not only pays close attention to the details of how we live in this world but, finally, and this is the third point of the sermon: (3) Indulging in Great Living is life lived doxologically.
3. Indulging in great living is living life doxologically…by cultivating a lifestyle of GRATITUDE
It sounds heavy, but it really isn’t. Everyday– “Praising God from whom all blessings flow…” cultivating a lifestyle of gratitude…trying to count your blessings and as best you can… naming them one by one…never stop living like God has promised good to you, and that His word is your hope secure…morning by morning trusting always in His faithfulness, believing that all you need, He will provide.
Whatever the world throws your way, however hard and trying life might become, live with the blessed assurance that Jesus is your provider, and if nothing else, you will praise him all the daylong!
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Metropolitan AME Church 3rd Annual Historic Preservation and Restoration CRAB FEAST
Friday, September 14, 2012
Martin’s Cross Winds
7400 Greenway Center Drive
MENU: Endless steamed, hard shelled
crabs, plus a sumptuous buffet of succulent beef, pork,
chicken and seafood entrees; tasty vegetables and
salads; luscious desserts; and beverages.
Events: Hand Dancing Contest
Zydeco Dance Demonstration
Tickets: $65.00 per person. Tickets available online or on Sunday.
Children under 12 – $50.00 (Limited number of tickets)
For more information contact: Isiah Dupree at
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View more photos from last year’s event.
Sponsored by the Mighty Men of Metropolitan and the Love and Peace Unit of the Sarah Allen Missionary Society
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