First United Methodist Church of Gadsden

Changing Lives By
Sharing Christ, Making Disciples, Serving People and Giving Hope


Sermon Notes:  5/31/2018 and 6/3/2018

“How Close Can You Be?”

 Luke 23:32-35 and 39-43 (NKJV) 32 There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. 33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots. 35 And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.”

39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” 40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” 43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

The Cross-is the central fact of our faith. It is no accident that our thoughts continually bring us back to Golgotha. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 1:18, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

The Scripture reveals to us that on that day there were two other crosses on that hill. The God of providence and wisdom captured this scene in Holy Scripture. God would never have allowed and accident here. Those two thieves’ crosses carry their messages for us too. Through the sermon this week, we will learn a powerful yet potentially dangerous lesson from these two other crosses.

We will have Holy Communion this Sunday. Is it possible for a person to participate in Holy Communion but not know the Christ of the cross?

Prayer – Dear God, as we share in Holy Communion this week… help us to learn the lessons from all three crosses on Golgotha. Amen.

Pastor Harvey

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Thursday Worship:

5:30 PM, Sancutary


8:45 AM:  "Celebration" Worship, Contemporary Style Worship --Gym.

10:00 AM: Sunday School and Small Groups- Education Building

10:55 AM:  "Traditions", Traditional Worship --Sanctuary

Wonderful Wednesday Dinner and Small Groups
will resume on Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Nursery available on Sunday mornings.


Save these Dates:

  • Sunday, June 3-Tuesday, June 5, North Alabama Conference UMC, Annual Conference  Above all, clothe yourself with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  --Colossians 3:14  
  • Sunday, June 10-One United Worship Service followed by lunch honoring Harvey and Lana Beck.   
  • (Children will sing at the luncheon.)  Please make a reservation in the church office (256-543-8200)
  • Monday, June 11-Thursday, June 14, "Shipwrecked" Vacation Bible School, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
    Register online by clicking on the logo:

  • Sunday, June 17-Father's Day and VBS Celebration
  • Wednesday, June 20, Summer Fun Night for Kids, Mini-Golf at Noccalula @ 5:30 pm.
  • Sunday, June 24-Pastor Harvey Beck and Lana's last Sunday 
  • Wednesday, June 27, Summer Fun Night for Kids, Meet at the church at 6 pm.
  • Sunday, July 1-Welcome Pastor Sam Hayes, Senior Pastor and Pastor Andy Yarnell, Associate Pastor
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