Good Folks, it Friday, October 11, 2019. The weather is predicted to be wet and significantly colder. Maybe summer has left its grip on our area?
Well, it has been a roller coaster of events in my life these last three weeks; however, I thank God for the healing that I have received through medicines and technology. I thank God for Edna who was my constant nurse and companion and advocate, and my children who worried about their dad but helped in the healing with love and support. The church, what can I say but thank you for being the church in supporting me and my family through this health crisis.
Folks, I take responsibility for a clogged artery which resulted in an insertion of one stent. I should have taken better care of myself in my diet and weight. The doctors can only do so much. A change in life style of self-care is now in the works. I wonder if the church oftentimes sees and feels the symptoms of something “not right” and does not do anything about it?
When I was in my 20’s, the world was “my oyster.” Today, although I enjoy oysters, it is radically different. What is constant is change. Our communities change like our bodies. What changes we make are important for a healthy life and healthy church. Heck, relationships are constantly changing and must adapt, compromise and compensate accordingly.
Mission statements are important. Let me share two of them”
- The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
- A community of faith sharing God’s love with everyone.
The question arises, how is this accomplished? What is the first step? Who is in change? Who is responsible?
I am tempted to answer these questions, but I won’t. I would welcome your response(s).
Thank you for being the church that faithfully lives out its membership vows: Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service and Witness.
Blessings from Duncanville,
Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Psalm 150:6 (NRSV)
Let everything that breathes praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!