Tribal Elders

In the summer of 2017, my family and I drove down a lonely road in South Dakota. We were on our way to the Standing Rock Reservation to film a native Pow Wow. But I was anxious… because we did not have permission to record the event. And, in order to get permission, we needed to speak to a tribal elder. We reached the site an hour early to allow plenty of time. As we waited for the elder to arrive, I wondered if we would be accepted or rejected. My fear was heightened by the fact that white visitors are not always warmly received on reservations, given the historic treatment of natives on this land.

As it turned out, the elder was female, and spoke only to my wife. After Mariellyn met with her for a few minutes, she returned with permission to stay and film. We were very excited, and spent the rest of the day recording the Pow Wow, which included dancers of all ages. We even got to interview a 17-year-old dancer, who spoke to the power of traditional dances.

During this experience, I was struck by how much respect the native Sioux hold for their elders. On the reservation, elder members of the tribe were treated with a special reverence, as younger leaders sought the advice of the people who had been around the block a few more times than they had.

This deference was interesting to me; because, in the wider American culture, elders are seldom given such a deep respect. In fact, today it is often considered offensive to call someone “old” or “elderly.” Instead of revering people who have an abundance of experience and wisdom, our culture is quick to push older members to the sideline in a constant celebration of youth. So, this January, we are going to look at Bible teachings on how to treat the generations who have gone before us, the wisdom that comes from experience, and the significance of how younger generations should treat Tribal Elders.

January Worship: One Month to Welcome

Center Your Life around Hospitality…

  • Bible Readings
  • 1/5            Leviticus 19:32-37
  • 1/12         Exodus 20:1-17
  • 1/19          Deuteronomy 32:1-7
  • 1/26         Job 12:1-12
  • #Set the Table
    • Prayer for Hospitality

Lord, let us set the table for our loved ones; let us set the table for our friends; let us set the table for our enemies; and, let all people feel welcome at our table. Amen.

  • Love Feast
    • Sunday, January 26, 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall

The Perfect Christmas

Christmas is a time when many people want everything to be perfect. The perfect tree. The perfect presents. The perfect traditions. And, of course, the perfect family gathering.
The only problem with wanting everything to be perfect on Christmas is nothing is ever perfect. So, this Christmas, I want to invite you to set aside your quest for perfection. Instead, concentrate on celebrating the birth of Jesus. Rather than searching for perfect moments, find your hope, peace and joy in Christ. Then, you will discover the true meaning of A Perfect Christmas.

#Center your life around faith this Christmas


Weekly Bible Readings
December 1: Isaiah 2:1-5, Christ Our Hope
December 8: Romans 15:4-13, Christ Our Peace
December 15: Matthew 1:18-25, Christ Our Joy
December 22: Christmas Sunday
December 29: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13, The State of the Church

The Church in Detroit

A lot of things happen in a church. At any given time, a church may be preparing a community meal, hosting a Bible Study, gathering together in praise, feeding the hungry, or sharing the good news of God’s Grace with the world. Sometimes at Maize Manor, we do all of these things in the course of a single day! With so many things to do in church, it is easy for the church to occasionally lose sight of the significance of our mission. 

Here at Maize, our mission is to Live Like Jesus. This means we carry on Christ’s work by welcoming, loving, worshiping, serving, and witnessing to the world – just like Jesus did. But we are not the only church who does these things. In fact, we are just one of countless churches throughout the world working to change people and communities from the inside out. So this November, during our Mission Month, we are going to discover how the church is carrying out this mission in Detroit…and how seeing the church at work in another part of the world can help us envision what God is calling us to do right here in our own community. Join us for worship next month, while we celebrate The Church in Detroit.

Witness Month Center your life around the mission of the church. 

● Weekly Bible Readings 

November 3 ○ Acts 2:37-4 

November 10 ○ Acts 2:43-47 

November 17 ○ Acts 4:32-37 

November 24 ○ Acts 2:1-13 

● #BEtheCHURCH 

○ Turn in your Pledge Card. 

● Mission Sunday