Pastor April's Sermon - No Pain, No Gains - 7/03

So, for the past few weeks we have been in a series focused on the Hero’s Journey.  We’ve been looking at a number of Bible characters and characters from children’s storybooks and movies and how their personal adventures and journeys lead them on a journey where they learn new things about themselves – and those discoveries help them to become transformed from the inside out.  

We’ve been using the Enneagram to talk about the different ways that we work through the longings and needs that are a part of being human.  The need to be successful, happy, safe, helpful, etc.

Each of us has a tendency to let certain needs drive our behavior more of the time and so the people whose lives we will explore today were both likely 7’s on the Enneagram.  King Solomon and St. Francis.


7’s have the need to be happy.  The type is called the Enthusiast because 7’s often have lots of things going at the same time.  They are driven by the desire to find contentment and enjoyment of life


We are going to start with some scripture from King Solomon.  Solomon, who was the son of King David, lived in Israel in the 10th century BCE and reigned for 40 years.

According to the Hebrew scriptures - Solomon built up the Kingdom to its wealthiest, most powerful and prosperous state of all time.


The first temple was completed during his reign along with many other building projects.

He was known for the excess that he had – 700 wives and 300 concubines,

And Scripture says he collected tribute in one year alone of 40,000 pounds of gold.


And yet we see in Solomon’s writings – the Song of Solomon, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes – this understanding that the material possessions and power are not really where lives real value is.


The first lines in the book of Ecclesiastes read –

Meaningless!  Meaningless!  Everything is meaningless!


And so Solomon is this interesting case of a person who both understood that happiness and meaning wasn’t to be found in the possessions and power and status of this Earth and yet – he spent most of his time and energy accumulating and seeking more of these same meaningless things –


So we start with a brief Scripture from Ecclesiastes 9 that Gina is going to reflect on




I really appreciate hearing about Solomon because I think his struggle is so deeply relevant.


He wanted so much to find a place of contentment and happiness and peace.


And I think he knew that the stuff wouldn’t bring him the happiness that he sought.


And I wonder if he was ever able to discover that which he longed for most.


Whether he ever learned to appreciate the moment and the present and just be.


To not try and acquire but just to allow what is happening now – to be the gift by which God is speaking to us.


Kollum art – tell story.


I want to read you a story of one of the great saints of the church who has been and continues to teach me about this journey of appreciating and finding joy in the simplest of things.


In creation.  In beauty.

In kindness to others.



What do we see in his life that can help us to simply live and enjoy our own lives?


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Summer 2016: The Hero's Journey - Amended

SUMMER 2016  The Hero’s Journey   Preview of “SUMMER 2016”  






















How the Journey Inward Transforms the Journey Outward

Summary of Series: The Hero lives in a world that they take as given and sufficient. Somehow they have the call or courage to leave home for an adventure of some type, to go beyond their comfort zone. On the journey, they find their real problem.  They are almost always “wounded” in some way and encounter a major dilemma, and the whole story largely pivots around the resolution of the trials that result. There is always a wounding; and the great epiphany is that the wound becomes the secret key, even “sacred,” a wound that changes them dramatically.  Their world is opened up, the screen becomes much larger, and they do too. He or she “falls through” what is merely his or her life situation to discover his or her Real Life, which is always a much deeper river, hidden beneath the appearances. The hero or heroine then returns to where he or she started, and “knows the place for the first time,” but now with a gift or “boon” for his people or her village.  They have found life energy and it is more than enough to undo the energy of death.

MAY 22 – Coming to Peace with Imperfection Scripture: Acts 9:1-20 Story: Peanuts Comic Strips – Lucy and her brother Linus. SUMMARY: Using the apostle Paul and Peanuts character Lucy Van Pelt, we explore our human striving for perfection that always leaves us angry and frustrated.  Only the humbling gift of unconditional love can open us up to accept ourselves and others and allow us to find peace in our own imperfections.

MAY 29 – I’m So Special Scripture: Genesis 37:3-11, Genesis 45:4-18 Story: Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems SUMMARY: Using the story of Joseph and Leonardo, we explore the human need to be unique and the temptation to compare ourselves to others in ways that damage our own and other’s self images.  Finding our foundation in our identity as children of God opens up our ability to be creative and loving because of our connection to God.

JUNE 5 – PRIDE INTERFAITH SUNDAY 10 year anniversary as a Reconciling Congregation with stories and testimonies of the way God has worked over time to create a place of inclusion and welcome for all.

JUNE 12 – The Need to Succeed Scripture: Genesis 25:21-34 – Jacob steals Esau’s birthright Story: Joy from Inside Out – clip on Riley’s first day at the new school - where she puts Sadness in a circle and they are sucked out of the tube into long term memory SUMMARY: Using the story of Jacob and the character of Joy (from the movie Inside Out), we explore our human willingness to deceive in order to get what we want and to achieve success.   It is only in experiences of great humility where we recognize the call to honesty and truth as the only pathway to life and peace.

JUNE 19 – Finding Freedom and Humility – SAMMI PREACHING Scripture: John 20:24-29 Story: Hermione from Harry Potter SUMMARY: Using the story of Thomas and the character of Hermione from Harry Potter, we explore the human tendency to desire to have all the information before taking a risk and experiencing things for ourselves.  The invitation of Christ to have faith and trust without fully knowing invites us into the uncomfortable opportunity for transformation.

June 26 – Avoiding Life Story: Marlon from Finding Nemo SUMMARY: Using the story of Peter and the Marlon, the father in Finding Nemo, we explore our struggle with fear.  The invitation of Christ to come out on the water and experience transformation despite our discomfort is the invitation to become courageous and faithful.

July 3 – No Pain, No Gain Scripture: Ecclesiastes 9:7-9, King Solomon Story: St. Francis by Brian Wildsmith SUMMARY: Using the story of King Solomon and St. Francis, we explore the tendency to avoid pain and struggle.  The invitation toward joy is a call to walk into the places of struggle and pain and find the presence of God there, in all parts of creation.

July 10 – Freedom School Sunday Join our scholars, families, staff, and congregation for an uplifting and meaningful service focusing on the powerful work of our 8 week summer literacy program, Freedom School.

July 17 – Beyond Our Doubts – ROBB PREACHING Scripture: Luke 10:38-42, Martha Story: A Sick Day for Amos McGee – by Philip C. Stead & Erin Stead SUMMARY: Using the story of Martha and Amos McGee, we are reminded of our human need to help and serve others as a source of pride and identity.  The invitation to us is to find humility and recognize our own needs, to also be helped and served and to find freedom and life as a result.

July 24 – Playing it Safe Scripture: Jonah 1 Story: Lion King – Simba – clip where Nala finds him and he is unwilling to go back and face the family SUMMARY: Using the story of Jonah and Simba, we explore our human tendency to avoid making decisions that we know we must make, instead putting them off for another day or even running away.  The invitation is to receive God’s love for us and for others which calls us out of our unwillingness and into action. Scripture: Galatians 2:1-11 (Peter tries to play it safe)

July 31 – Tearing Down the Wall Scripture: Psalm 51 – King David comes clean before God and begs for forgiveness Story: The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems SUMMARY: Using the story of King David and our stubborn pigeon, we explore our human tendency to create walls between others and ourselves and to treat people as objects.   The invitation from God is to a place of vulnerability and love, allowing us to break down our walls and experience true connection and love with others and with God.

Positive Discipline Workshop, May 19th, 1-5 PM

Positive Discipline Workshop, May 19th, 1-5 PM
Join us for a workshop based on the bestselling guide, Positive Discipline in the Classroom, researched and written by acclaimed psychologists and educators. Learn how to develop an environment of mutual respect, cooperation, and self-discipline.

Learn practical skills to:

  • Create a climate that enhances learning and engagement
  • Overcome common communication barriers
  • Use encouragement rather than punishment and rewards
  • Understand the motivation behind childrens’ behaviors

$25 registration fee (all proceeds go to children's programming at Summit UMC) REGISTER BY MAY 10th

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For information, contact Mark Reed, Summit on 16th UMC


Godly Play, An Imaginative Approach to Sunday School, Begins Easter Sunday

Beginning Easter Sunday, April 8th, Summit is introducing a whole new way to do Sunday school. Godly Play is quite different from the traditional model in which the teacher tells the children what they need to know. Godly Play encourages participants to make meaning for themselves by inviting them into stories and providing the opportunity for them to connect the stories with their personal experience. It results in giving children Christian language and a creative environment to discover the depths of its meaning.

Buckeye Preview! A 24hour Lock-In

Are you going to OSU next year?
Would you like to know some friendly faces before you hit campus in the fall?
Connect with Summit's Campus Ministry now so when Welcome Week rolls around you'll already know a few folks on campus!
Join us for our Buckeye Preview: A 24-hour Lock-In with current OSU students involved in Summit's campus ministry. We'll give you a taste of what we do here at Summit, and tell you about all those fun places on campus you'll want to be sure to hit up when you get here.
April 14th - 15th
Noon to Noon
@ Summit Church
RSVP to Pastor Lucy Today: or 614-291-3324

RESERVED - A Youth Sexuality Retreat

Four of our youth and five adult mentors attended a youth retreat on sexuality at Christ United Methodist Church in Kettering, Ohio. We had a great time learning about our God-given gift of sexuality and how we can manage it responsibly. Oh, and the basketball and dodge ball games were pretty cool, too. Thanks goes out especially to the parents, and to the adult mentors (April Blaine, Britany Hoeffer, Cheryl Zeigler and Daniel Waechter Webb), who assisted the youth along the way. Youth who attended were Charmane and Nyquan Hall, Quincy Johnson and Raja Bruce.