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 Backpacks and Trumpets



Link to the Service June 20, 2021


Introit: 576: Rise Up, O Men of God

Praise: 577: God of Grace and God of Glory

Preparation: 576: Rise Up, O Men of God

Response: 717: The Battle Hymn of the Republic

Closing 577: God of Grace and God of Glory

Sermon Series: Out of the Wilderness

Sermon Title:   Backpacks and Trumpets 

Scripture: Joshua 5:13- 6:11 


Cow Gate

Cow Paths


As I have taken the last few weeks to reflect on my experience of hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT), you have heard me make several mentions of the wild ponies.

One thing that I haven’t talked about was how the trail also goes right through cow pastures.

On day 2, of our hike, we experienced cows! In the picture, you will notice a gate entering a cow pasture complete with a trail blaze to confirm I was still on the trail! I remember just anticipating animals ahead that brought the energy of the hike up. It was towards the end of day 2, and we only had another mile or two before camp. As I followed the trail, I noticed cows ahead, and they were startled. I couldn’t take any good pictures of the cows because they took off too quickly. But as I hiked through the cow field, I noticed how cow paths became the trail for a moment. You’ve seen cow paths in fields before, right?

I remember my Grandpa’s farm had cow paths where cows walked each day to get food, water, and shelter. The paths were worn into the sides of the hills and sometimes rutted 2 feet down into the ground. 

This reminded me of a principle I was taught a few years back. We all have our own cow paths. They are the paths that we take when we are stressed. Cow paths are the ways that we cope with difficult times and over the years we have learned to take the same path and have similar reactions to the challenges that we face. It’s not a surprise that these paths in our lives can cause deep ruts making it hard to change course. 

When we are aware of our cow paths, there is hope that we can discover a new path of coping with difficulties. The Appalachian trail intersecting in a cow field reminded me that we don’t always have to walk the cow path, there are other pathways that can be formed. While this does take self-awareness, I want to encourage you to name the cow paths that you have formed over the years and begin to look for other pathways to constructively respond to the challenges that you face. 

This is just another way that you can hold onto the good and experience growth in your faith. I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we see how God leads the Israelites into Jericho.  

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Pastor Kevin

Kevin Davis
Pastor Broadripple UMC
Director of Visitation 
St. Luke's UMC
317-846-3404 ext.326 
317-289-8465 - Cell


Hopefully the COVID Virus is becoming controlled. With the good news that the numbers of infections show some decrease and many people are getting their vaccinations, we are open for inhouse church.

We will continue mandatory social distancing and mask requirements at this time.

We will keep you updated when we make adjustments to these precautions.



Last Month our church Parsonage experienced a major sewer problem. After an assessment from a plumber, it was determined that the entire sewer line from the house to the main sewer line had caved in all the way to the main line to the street and needed to be replaced. This resulted in a nearly $30,000 invoice for the work to be done. We were able to cover this debt with a Loan from the United Methodist Foundation. We set the loan to be paid for over the next 10 years. I would like to see that paid off much sooner if possible. We would love to have your help in making this possible. If you can help with donations, please add a gift with your contributions labeled Capital Improvements and we can reach the end of the sewer line goal.


Cathy and the Finance Team


Your contributions to the church are always a blessing. Please drop your offering in the mail slot on the front door, in the office or mail to 6185 Guilford Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220. You can also check with your bank about auto-pay alternatives.  

A Pay Pal account has been established and can currently be used for Broad Ripple UMC contributions. Click on the Donate button in the right hand column of this newsletter to contribute now. 


 br farmers marketWe are now OUTDOORS at our NEW LOCATION!

Second Presbyterian Church
North Parking Lot
7700 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46260

The Broad Ripple Farmers Market (BRFM) is committed to supporting locally grown and produced foods. The Market brings the greater Broad Ripple community the very best and freshest of each season. The Market is an event of the Broad Ripple Village Association (BRVA) and proceeds support development and beautification projects in the Village.


Check Out the Calendar --- 

We have a lot going on in our building from music to meals to mowing, to fun and games. Look at the calendar.