“Back to School: The Three Simple Rules – 1. Do No Harm” – August 15, 2021

Rev. John Shaver

Sunday, August 15, 2021 at 9:30am
Outdoor & Livestream Worship

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“It is therefore expected of all who continue in Methodist societies and classes that they should continue….by doing good; by being in every kind merciful after their power; as they have the opportunity, doing good of every possible sort, as far as possible, to all….” John Wesley

Dear SDUMC Family,

I hope you are having a good Saturday morning, and I look forward to worshiping with you tomorrow!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll begin to see a lot of traffic around our schools, students carrying backpacks on our sidewalks, and preschool students heading back to our campus. I would ask you to join me in prayer for our teachers, administrators, students, and parents in this time of continuing challenges.

As students begin a new school year, the first few weeks are often a time of reminders: reinforcing what was learned last year, the school policies, where things are located, and how to work together in the school community.

When I was thinking about all that it takes to start a new school year, I thought it might be important to remind ourselves how Wesley (and others) taught us a graceful way to work together in the church community. John Wesley wrote about three simple rules to remind people how to apply their faith to everyday life, and not only live in a way that honors God, but encourages continual growth development of our faith, and how to care for our neighbors. So, I hope you’ll join us in worship (in person or online) for the next three weeks as we explore how we can live into Wesley’s Three Simple Rules: Do no harm, Do good, and Love God.

Have a wonderful weekend, and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday at 8 a.m. (in the Chapel), 9:30 a.m. (in the Founders Hall Patio Garden area), or on Livestream (9:30 a.m. on Facebook or our website encinitaschurch.com and throughout the day on our YouTube or Vimeo Channels – you can find the links on the church website).

Grace, Peace, and Weekend Blessings,
John

P.S. Don’t forget this Sunday will be our blessing of the backpacks. As we are all children of God, bring your backpack or whatever you use to work to receive a blessing upon your life in the coming year. Also, join me in bringing a new backpack, school supplies, or a donation for Operation Backpack as we help to share hope with underserved students in the Greater North County region.

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