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  • September 19 Huddle Guide Sunday, September 19, 2021
    Destroying Intimacy Use this Huddle Guide to have deeper conversations with your family, friends, or small group around the message from worship on Sunday. Each Huddle Guide has suggested scr...
  • Week 3 | Unshallow Conversation Starters Thursday, September 16, 2021
    How to use this… Read through these Unshallow Conversation Starters around the dinner table or any designated meeting time with family and friends. It’s simple! Ask a question to star...
  • September 12 Huddle Guide Sunday, September 12, 2021
    Developing Intimacy Use this Huddle Guide to have deeper conversations with your family, friends, or small group around the message from worship on Sunday. Each Huddle Guide has suggested scr...
  • Week 2 | Unshallow Conversation Starters Thursday, September 9, 2021
    How to use this… Read through these Unshallow Conversation Starters around the dinner table or any designated meeting time with family and friends. It’s simple! Ask a question to star...
  • September 5 Huddle Guide Sunday, September 5, 2021
    Why Vulnerability? Use this Huddle Guide to have deeper conversations with your family, friends, or small group around the message from worship on Sunday. Each Huddle Guide has suggested scri...
  • Hurricane Ida Relief Thursday, September 2, 2021
    Friends in Christ, I hope that you and all your friends and family on the Gulf Coast were safe and secure as Hurricane Ida passed through, leaving destructive flooding and wind damage in its wake....
  • Week 1 | Unshallow Conversation Starters Thursday, September 2, 2021
    How to use this… Read through these Unshallow Conversation Starters around the dinner table or any designated meeting time with family and friends. It’s simple! Ask a question to star...
  • Try Vulnerability Wednesday, September 1, 2021
    Alyssa Robinson shares why she struggles with vulnerability. I don’t understand vulnerability. There. I said it. I’ve seen all of Brene Brown’s Netflix specials, watched a few...
  • Jesus as Lord Monday, August 30, 2021
    Rev. Karen Chraska shares what it means to her when she says, "Jesus is Lord." In G.F. Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” my favorite and the most thrilling part from the ...
  • August 29 Huddle Guide Sunday, August 29, 2021
    Jesus as Lord Use this Huddle Guide to have deeper conversations with your family, friends, or small group around the message from worship on Sunday. Each Huddle Guide has suggested scripture...
  • Jesus as Prophet Sunday, August 22, 2021
    Rev. Bill Mauldin shares why he loves exploring who Jesus was as a prophet: I have always liked a little bit of danger; I think it adds a little spice to life. As a teen I really enjoyed...
  • August 22 Huddle Guide Sunday, August 22, 2021
    Jesus as Prophet Use this Huddle Guide to have deeper conversations with your family, friends, or small group around the message from worship on Sunday. Each Huddle Guide has suggested script...
  • Jesus as Teacher Monday, August 16, 2021
    Rev. Doug Meyer shares the qualities of a good teacher and how Jesus exemplified the role of teacher. For me there are few things more fun than a class with an animated engaging teacher: one w...
  • August 15 Huddle Guide Sunday, August 15, 2021
    Jesus as Teacher Use this Huddle Guide to have deeper conversations with your family, friends, or small group around the message from worship on Sunday. Each Huddle Guide has suggested script...
  • Jesus as Friend Monday, August 9, 2021
    Rev. Daniel Humbert  shares his understanding of who Jesus is as a man, focusing on his role as a friend: I have been tremendously fortunate to have had many close friends throughout ...

Category: Pastor Note

Hurricane Ida Relief

Friends in Christ, I hope that you and all your friends and family on the Gulf Coast were safe and secure as Hurricane Ida passed through, leaving destructive flooding and wind damage in its wake. I praise God that my in-laws, who live in a New Orleans suburb, just happened to be here visiting us in Flower Mound when the storm struck! My prayer is that all the people you love were able to evacuate or find a place of refuge to ride out the storm. Hurricane Ida’s death-toll is still... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Thursday, September 2, 2021

Jesus as Lord

Rev. Karen Chraska shares what it means to her when she says, "Jesus is Lord." In G.F. Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” my favorite and the most thrilling part from the Hallelujah Chorus is when the chorus sings, “King of King and Lord of Lords!” It gives me goose bumps every time. I believe these words, taken directly from Revelation 19:16, are true. In Confirmation classes I have taught students that Jesus is Lord. In seminary I had to... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, August 30, 2021

Jesus as Prophet

Rev. Bill Mauldin shares why he loves exploring who Jesus was as a prophet: I have always liked a little bit of danger; I think it adds a little spice to life. As a teen I really enjoyed the danger of contact sports. I always felt it wasn’t much fun unless you could get hurt. I had basketball goal in my back yard in high school that I painted the words “No Blood, No Foul." That was just a more fun way to play the game. I extended this... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Sunday, August 22, 2021

Jesus as Teacher

Rev. Doug Meyer shares the qualities of a good teacher and how Jesus exemplified the role of teacher. For me there are few things more fun than a class with an animated engaging teacher: one who captures my mind through a multisensory teaching style helping me encounter the subject from many different angles. That is the way Jesus teaches! Jesus, the teacher, used everyday items and occurrences to capture the listener’s attention and heart. From a wheat field to a water well, to... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, August 16, 2021

Jesus as Friend

Rev. Daniel Humbert  shares his understanding of who Jesus is as a man, focusing on his role as a friend: I have been tremendously fortunate to have had many close friends throughout my life. They have been there for me and with me through thick and thin, good times and bad. Like all good friends they offered me connection, commitment and companionship. A true friend will never let you down. My earliest “best” friend was Keith. He and I lived down the street... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, August 9, 2021

Jesus as Son

Rev. Dr. Nick McRae shares his understanding of who Jesus is as a man, focusing on his role as a son: Our worship series this month is called THE MAN , and it’s all about Jesus, the man. One of the central truths of the Christian faith is that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully human at the same time. Our hope this month is that, by exploring the full humanity of Jesus and the many human roles he held during his ministry on earth, we can come to a better understanding of his... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, August 2, 2021

Praying the Psalms for Understanding

As we head into Easter, Rev. Dr. Nick McRae shares how you can seek understanding in the Psalms. Join us for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter worship online or in person. Check out worship times at TMUMC.ORG/easter . Here we are, the sixth and final week of Lent, right on the cusp of Easter! I hope that these meditations on praying the Psalms have helped you encounter God through Scripture in a new way. I truly believe that praying the Psalms helps us prepare—and stay... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Thursday, April 1, 2021

Praying the Difficult Psalms

Pastor Nick McRae gives advice on how to pray the Psalms that aren't very easy to pray: I didn’t always love the Psalms. Not at all. For a long time I even avoided the Psalms because, honestly, I didn’t know what to do with them. Maybe you’ve been there, too. Maybe you’re there right now. I really struggled with the Psalms. Any given psalm I’d read might be absolutely beautiful, but then suddenly, out of nowhere, it would take a disturbing turn. Psalm... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, March 22, 2021

Seeing the Church in the Psalms

Can our Church community be found in the Psalms? Rev. Dr. Nick McRae walks us through this question: Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor and theologian who opposed the evils of Hitler and the Nazi regime. Because of his courageous work, Bonhoeffer was tragically executed in a Nazi concentration camp only 14 days before the camp was liberated by US troops. Throughout his life, Bonhoeffer was devoted to Scripture as the word of God, and he had a special love for the Psalms. He understood... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Seeing Christ in the Psalms

As you're continuing your journey through the Psalms this Lent, Rev. Dr. Nick McRae shares where he sees Jesus in the book of Psalms: As I was praying through the Psalms this week, I couldn’t help thinking about Jesus. Specifically, I found myself considering how often Jesus would ask people to keep what he was doing a secret. Again and again Jesus would heal someone and then command them not to tell anyone. And when the disciples started to figure out that Jesus was the Messiah,... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, March 8, 2021

Response to Removal of Mask Mandate

Rev. Daniel Humbert writes a letter to the church family in response to Gov. Abbott's lifting of the mask mandate: Trietsch Family, I hope you’re well and as ready for spring as I am!  I also pray your commemoration of Lent is growing your soul and helping you to move from empty to full. Today, I feel compelled to write to you in follow up to the recent unexpected announcement from Gov. Abbott regarding Covid-19.  As you know, as a faith family, in addition to... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Wednesday, March 3, 2021

How to Pray the Psalms

Today Pastor Nick shares how to pray the Psalms. This is a great way to get started in your Lenten fast each day because the Psalms are both encouraging and challenging: As I’m writing this, I’ve just finished my morning prayers. One of the psalms I prayed today begins with these lines: “I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth” (Ps. 121:1-2). Those are beautiful words. The truth... Read More
Posted by Alyssa Robinson at Monday, March 1, 2021

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