Castile United Church of Christ

4 Washington Street, Castile, NY 14427

“Meals & Missions”

2018 ‘Meals & Missions’

We, at the Castile United Church of Christ are trying to increase the community’s awareness of one of our outreach programs. It is called, “Meals & Missions”. This is a Community Luncheon served on the 2nd Thursday of each month from  12:00 – 2:00 PM at the Castile United Church of Christ’s Dining Hall. The new mission componant is to encourage ALL of us to give back from the blessings we have received.

COME AND JOIN US

Gather at 12:00 PM

 For more information contact the Castile UCC Women’s Fellowship Group at 493-2840.

 March’s Focus: Peace – It is in Giving that we Receive

It is in giving that we receive

The Story Behind the Peace Prayer of St. Francis

The anonymous text that is usually called the Prayer of Saint Francis (or Peace Prayer, or Simple Prayer for Peace, or Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace) is a widely known Christian prayer for peace. It is often associated with the Saint Francis of Assisi (c. 1182 – 1226), but it is entirely absent from his writings, the prayer in its present form has not been traced back further than 1912.

Its first known occurrence was in French, in a small spiritual magazine called The Little Bell), published by a Catholic Church organization in Paris named La Ligue de la Sainte-Messe (The League of the Holy Mass). The author’s name was not given, although it may have been the founder of La Ligue, Father Esther Bouquerel.

The prayer was heavily publicized during both World War I and World War II. It has been frequently set to music by notable songwriters and quoted by prominent leaders, and its broadly inclusive language has found appeal with diverse faiths encouraging service to others. Young Francis grew up in opulence and adored a life of finery and fun. But throughout his youth, he was confronted with poverty and it began to slowly and profoundly affect his worldview. He often gave away his money to the beggars looking for alms. Francis’ father, however, was not please. After he renounced his father and his fortune, Francis lived as a beggar in the countryside. I believe it is the message that is important, not how it came to be. Peace is what is important and reaching out to our fellow man.

Sometimes Christians are called to turn the world upside down. To bring the exact opposite of what we find in our world. St. Francis’ prayer asks for strength to give of ourselves to meet the needs of others. He recognizes that it “is in giving that we receive”, that as we give of ourselves, we receive the peace and blessing of our risen Lord Jesus.

The Prayer of St. Francis

Lord make me an instrument of your peace

Where there is hatred, Let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, Joy.

O Master grant that I may never seek,

so much to be consoled, As to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love with all my soul.
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are

born to eternal life

 

 Febrauary’s Focus: Faith, Hope & Love…

Faith, Hope, and Love?

We have all used these words, but do we understand how unique the biblical meanings of these terms differ from the way the world views them?

The Bible often describes faith, hope, and love in ways that are different than worldly ideas of these terms.

The Bible has a great deal of teaching on each of these three words, and the New Testament often places them within the same context.

Let’s look at how each of these terms is unique when compared to worldly understanding.

FAITH MEANING (according to Wikipedia)

Faith is confidence or trust in a particular system of religious belief, in which faith may equate to confidence based on some perceived degree of warrant. faith must be a determined vital act of will, not a culling and extolling of “ancient proofs”.

Faith is often thought of as something that requires blind trust because no evidence exists to confirm it. This is not how the Bible defines faith. Rather, the biblical definition is a confident trust or belief in God that is often based on recognizing God’s nature and His promises. He trusts in the impossible—in spite of the fact that no one has ever observed such a thing.

 

HOPE MEANING (according to Wikipedia)

Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: “expect with confidence” and “to cherish a desire with anticipation”.

The Christian’s hope is “an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast,” because it is rooted in the completed work of Jesus Christ who paid for all of our sins on the Cross (Hebrews 6:19–20). Worldly thinking produces hopelessness. Manmade religions promote their own versions of paradise that can only be attained through human effort.

 

LOVE MEANING (according to Wikipedia)


Love encompasses a variety of different emotional and mental states, typically strongly and positively experienced, ranging from the deepest
interpersonal affection to the simplest pleasure. An example of this range of meanings is that the love of a mother differs from the love of a spouse differs from the love of food. Most commonly, love refers to a feeling of strong attraction and emotional attachment.[1] Love can also be a virtue representing human kindness, compassion, and affection—”the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another”.[2] It may also describe compassionate and affectionate actions towards other humans, one’s self or animals.[3]

Ancient Greek philosophers identified four forms of love: essentially, familial love (in Greek, storge), friendly love (philia), romantic love (eros), and divine love (agape). Love has additional religious or spiritual meaning. This diversity of uses and meanings combined with the complexity of the feelings involved makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, compared to other emotional states.

Love in its various forms acts as a major facilitator of interpersonal relationships and, owing to its central psychological importance, is one of the most common themes in the creative arts.[6]

Love is also misunderstood in our world. It has been distorted, redefined, and perverted so that all manner of vices are described as love. The Bible describes true love as being self-sacrificial rather than self-seeking. It seeks what is best for others rather than self and is based on God, who is love (1 John 4:8). True love is appropriately defined in one of the Bible’s most famous passages:

For God… so loved the world… that He gave… His… only begotten Son,…. that whoever believes in Him… should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

Do we recognize the unique significance that faith, hope, and love should have in our lives? If we look for the deeper meanings of Faith, Hope and Love we should also consider what these three words should mean as we reach out to others.

FEBRUARY MISSION OUTREACH…

January :  Seeds of Kindness

Seeds of Kindness Lesson Instructions