FUMC of Arlington

Sermon Series: "Homecoming"

Sermon Series: "Homecoming"

No matter where we go or what we do, being able to come home to church and God is always reason for gratitude and celebration.

September 8 | "Coming Home From Joy" | Matthew 17:1-7

Many times in life we experience joy and happiness. Mountaintop experiences are a great part of what makes up our life story, however, sometimes we get stuck on the mountaintops of life and forget how important it is to bring that joy and happiness back into our everyday life. Join us at FUMCA as we come home from a great summer and apply the joy that God has given to us into our routines of daily living.

September 15 | "Coming Home From Pain" | Genesis 8:1,15-20

Suffering, loss, and pain are common experiences in life. We learn to cope with the things in life that cause us pain and too often we get stuck in those hurtful experiences. God does not desire for us to suffer, but God deeply desires for us to come back to God and to our family of faith when we have been lost in suffering and pain. Please know that no matter what you have experienced, you can always come home to God!

September 22 | "Helping Others Come Home" | Matthew 18:10-14

Not only are we welcomed home by God, no matter what we have experienced or where we have been, but we are also called to invite and welcome others home. It is never our job to judge if others deserve to come home, it is always our job to welcome them home with loving arms of grace. just like God welcomes, forgives, and loves us unconditionally, so we too are called to welcome others as God has first welcomed us.

September 29 | "Coming Home to Celebration" | Luke 15:11-24 

When we and others return to God and return to faith communities, there is reason for great celebration! We are called to be people who celebrate each and every time someone returns to God's family. Remember the stories in scripture of the lost coin, the lost sheep, and the lost (prodigal) son? They all end with celebration over the return of the one who was gone. God ccelebrates when we return, no matter why we have been away, and we should celebrate when others return home.

Homecoming Celebration: September 28 & 29

You are invited to Homecoming Weekend - a time of family, friends, food, and fellowship!

Saturday, September 28: Church-wide Picnic from 5:00-7:00 pm
Invite your friends to join us on the church's west lot under the oak trees for:
• Grill-out
• Music from Center 313
• Cornhole tournament
• Other games & fellowship

Sunday, September 29: Sunday Morning Brunch
Brunch foods will be available between 9:00-11:00 am throughout the church as you mix, mingle, and fellowship between services and the Sunday school hour. Join us for worship at 8:15, 9:30, & 11:00 am. Bring a dish to share with others!

If you or your Sunday school class/small group would like to volunteer on either day, please contact the church office at 817-274-2571 or mclark@arlingtonmethodist.org