Mount Vernon First UMC’s Bicentennial Celebration

I didn’t get to preach today. Instead, our congregation wrapped up its bicentennial celebration with Bishop Michael Coyner joining us for worship.

Indiana became a state in 1816. Mount Vernon was established as a city in 1816. First United Methodist Church beat them both by a year. The Methodist congregation in this area actually dates back to at least 1799. It’s pretty neat history.

I don’t have a sermon to post, but I thought I’d at least post a few pictures and the Scripture text Bishop Mike used for his sermon.

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We used two communion sets. The silver-plated set is from the late 19th or early 20th century. The glass & ceramic set is the one we started using this month. I figured a mix of old and new would be fitting.

Matthew 5:13-16

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. (NRSV)

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Here’s to the next 200 years.

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