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“But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.” 2Corinthians 4:7-10 NRSV 
          This is an exciting time to be part of the Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church!  God is moving in our congregation! 
          The Church can be an amazing, powerful force for good in this world. We have built hospitals and colleges, camps and food pantries, we have marched and lobbied for social change and justice. I still believe with all of my heart that the only hope for this broken world is Jesus Christ, and the vehicle God has chosen to work through and reveal Jesus through is the Church, the Body of Christ. 
          "But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us!" The Church is full of and is led by broken flawed people! I have people approach me all the time and say that they won't participate in the work and worship of the Church because of this flaw or that flaw in the people of the church or the organization. I say nonsense! Nonsense! 
          We are not inviting you to come and worship a pastor or those in the seats next to you -- we are a gathering of broken sinners who are being saved and sanctified together by an awesome God! Come and worship the lover of our souls with all of the other cracked pots that have found hope in the love and grace of God! 
          "We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.” If you are looking for a gathering of picture-perfect saints with perfect hair and flawless lives and attitudes, stay at home and watch Joel Osteen and friends. If you are looking for real people finding real grace and strength for real life -- turn off the television set and find a church family. Immediately! We need you, and you need us!  
           There are exciting things happening at the Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church, and we need your help!  Come and join us for worship this Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30A.M. - we'll save you a seat!

In Grace and Peace, Bill Mudge