Four old men were out golfing. “These hills are getting steeper as the years go by,” one complained. “These fairways seem to be getting longer, too,” said one of the others. “The sand traps seem to be bigger than I remember them, too,” said the third senior. After hearing enough from his senior buddies, the oldest and the wisest of the four of them at 87 years old, piped up and said, “Just be thankful we’re still on the right side of the grass!”
Many years ago a church member would often say to me, “Pastor, perception is reality.” In short, what he was saying is that what you observe is what really is, nothing else. There are times when the hills seem steeper, fairways longer and sand traps longer. Since I am not a golfer, I use these analogies metaphorically. These weeks since May 18 seem to have just whizzed by. The Convergent Services are about to come to an end. A new worship schedule is about to begin. And I believe that we will be launching a new season of worship formats, exploring different ways to create worship space and culture as we are watching with eyes of our soul for what God has in store.
I am inviting everyone to invite a friend, family, neighbor and/or relative to worship Sunday morning. I will be emphasizing these next months about what it means to be a Christian, much less what it means to be United Methodist. We will be having a full schedule of events in the fall for all ages. Every area of ministry will be going full steam.
Pastor Alex and I will be preaching on a regular basis in the Modern and Traditional services, plus the new ones being formed. He will be launching a Contemplative Worship on Wednesdays in the chapel. This service will be phenomenal… make plans to attend.
What I have learned in the small group meetings recently, the 14 months of being your pastor and the countless conversations with folks, is that we are ready to be part of what God is doing in the world. When we pray, “thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven,” what we are saying is that we want to be a part of the holy excitement of what God wants us to be part of. There will be many unknowns as we launch these ministries and services; however, hold on to what you do know… that God will be with us, we will be with each other, and together we will move forward into a new future.
Sunday, I am preaching from Romans 12. The message will be on “Diversity and its Strengths.” Be sure to show up. Pray for one another. Forgive one another as we have been forgiven. I am so hopeful for the church in these days. I hope you are as well.