Worship with North Park UMC every Sunday Morning for Worship at 10:30 am. Fellowship with like-minded Christians who want the best for you, our families and our community! Let’s give thanks to God who has given us grace and together we can carry out his will for us, here on earth.
Hebrews 10:25King James Version (KJV)
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Baptism is an outward testimony of the inward change in a believer’s life.
Christian baptism is one of two ordinances that Jesus instituted for the church. Just before Jesus ascended into heaven He said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19–20).
These instructions specify that the church is responsible to teach Jesus’ word, make disciples, and baptize those disciples. These things are to be done everywhere (“all nations”) until “the very end of the age.” So, if for no other reason, baptism has importance because Jesus commanded it.
Water baptism is a beautiful picture of what our Lord has done for us. As our body is completely immersed, or water is poured on us or we are sprinkled with water, we symbolize burial with our Lord; we are baptized into His death on the cross and are no longer slaves to self or sin. When we are raised out of the water, we are symbolically resurrected—raised to new life in Christ to be with Him forever, born into the family of our loving God. Water baptism also illustrates the spiritual cleansing we experience when we are saved; just as water cleanses the flesh, so the Holy Spirit cleanses our hearts when we trust Christ.
During the age-old celebration of the Passover on the eve of His death, Jesus instituted a significant new fellowship meal that we observe to this day. It is an integral part of Christian worship. It causes us to remember our Lord’s death and resurrection and to look for His glorious return in the future.
It’s the central sacrament of the church. The bread that Jesus broke represents His body that was broken on the cross for us. The cup represents the blood He shed on our behalf, sealing a covenant between Him and us.
Communion is when we join together to remember how Jesus sacrificed for us by dying on the cross. Communion is also called the Lord’s Supper because we eat together at church just like Jesus did with His disciples the night before He died.
Jesus told us we should continue to eat this special meal of bread and wine (or grape juice) to always remember Him. The bread reminds us of Jesus’ body, and the wine reminds us of His blood. Jesus gave His body and His blood away when He died for our sins. He did this to take the punishment we all deserve so that we won’t have to be punished when we die, but will go to Heaven with Him.
We should be very serious when we’re taking Communion. It’s not a time to be silly or to talk to other people. It’s a time to pray and thank God for His love and for sending His Son Jesus for us. It’s a special time of worship and remembering.
Weddings at North Park UMC
The family reflects the wonderful and creative love of God. As a couple makes the momentous decision to marry, the North Park community is prepared to provide pre-marital conversations that focus on the attributes of a great marriage. We also offer practical guidance that helps a couple walk through these detailed decisions about the wedding day itself. This will be a joyful time as you create a memory to last a lifetime.
For more information on weddings please call (314) 868-6868.
Scriptures. Also called Holy Scriptures is the sacred writings of the Old or New Testaments or both together. Any book or body of writings, esp when regarded as sacred by a particular religious group can be scripture.
Scriptures are found in the Bible which is a collection of sixty-six books, thirty-nine in the Old Testament (or Hebrew Bible) and twenty-seven in the New Testament. These books were written over a one-thousand-year period in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic (the language Jesus spoke), and Greek.
The books are of different lengths and different literary styles. In the Hebrew Bible we find legends, histories, liturgies for community worship, songs, proverbs, sermons, even a poetic drama (Job). In the New Testament are Gospels, a history, many letters, and an apocalypse (Revelation). Yet through it all the Bible is the story of the one God, who stands in a covenant relationship with the people of God.
In early times and over many generations, the sixty-six books were thoughtfully used by faithful people. In the process their merits were weighed, and the community of believers finally gave them special authority. Tested by faith, proven by experience, these books have become sacred; they’ve become our rule for faith and practice.
We say that God speaks to us through the Bible, that it’s God’s Word. This authority derives from three sources:
We hold that the writers of the Bible were inspired, that they were filled with God’s Spirit as they wrote the truth to the best of their knowledge.
We hold that God was at work in the process of canonization, during which only the most faithful and useful books were adopted as Scripture.
We hold that the Holy Spirit works today in our thoughtful study of the Scriptures, especially as we study them together, seeking to relate the old words to life’s present realities