March 6, 2011: Spring Break Worship

This morning, we took a much more low key approach to worship knowing that so many of our friends would be out of town on Spring Break, etc. So we had a different kind of worship at the RISE Mission House.

One of the things we believe about worship is that people connect with God and with each other in different ways. So from time to time, we like to mix things up and get out of our cozy red seats at Court Square Theater and do something as an act of worship.

So this morning, as an act of worship, we made Birthing Kits for pregnant women around the world who don't have adequate tools or resources.

Take Sierra Leone for example. In that country one in eight women dies during childbirth because she doesn't have what she needs. 1 in 8.

So that's why the birthing kits were so important. They'll end up somewhere like Sierra Leone to save two lives -- a mother and her child.

Our Scripture for the morning was Micah 6:8.

But he's already made it plain how to live, what to do,
   what God is looking for in men and women.
It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
   be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don't take yourself too seriously—
   take God seriously.
After reading this Scripture, we discussed who, in fact, our neighbors are and about how we are a part of a neighborhood much more than the people on our street, in our community and in our faith community. We're called to be a part of a global neighborhood -- a part of something greater than ourselves.
For more information on the Maternal Mortality Crisis around the world, click here or download a PDF of the report here.

The kits we made will end up with the United Methodist Committee on Relief and will be sent around the country and the world wherever there's a need.