Good Folks, it is Friday, January 10, 2020. You have 350 shopping days until Christmas. Avoid the rush.
It seems like a blink of our eyes that a decade has come and gone. The concern of Y2K brought fear and anxiousness of the uncertainty of how our computers would function once January 1, 2000 arrived. We survived. We learned something about the algorithm and programming of our electronics. Yet, anxiousness and uncertainty is not far away on other matters.
This May 5-15, in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, The United Methodist Church General Conference will convene. They are the only body that speaks on behalf of the church. Legislation will be introduced for a variety of topics, one being the issue of human sexuality. Please pray for the church, its delegates, our episcopal leadership, so that wisdom may prevail. This issue has come before the Conference for some 40 Years plus. It is an issue that hurts. Divides. Creates fences. And the farthest thing that happens is for love to be manifested.
You will read many commentaries and speculations regarding General Conference. No official decisions have been made. The church has been divided on this issue for many years. I believe that in this year’s General Conference, the “line has been drawn in the sand.”
I will be working to bring together reading material on this issue. I will be scheduling some congregational discussion groups. It will be a time to listen and pray and have hope for the church we love. Will we have anxious and uncertain times ahead? Yes! What happens at General Conference does affect our local church.
Some would ask, have we been “still” long enough? For some, now is the time to act. Others, let us wait and be still and see how God leads. For others, it is time to find another place to worship.
We are on a new journey as a church. It will be a roller coaster of a ride. Hold on to your faith. Pray. Encourage one another. Do not lose heart. God is with us.
Blessings from Duncanville,
Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This link from our Resident Bishop, Michael McKee.https://ntcumc.org/news/bishop-mckee-responds-to-protocol-agreement-on-separation