Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of living into this exciting time of your sweet Holy Spirit being in our lives and actions in so many ways!
The decision by both church councils on August 26 to request a joint team to plan how we move Forward Together as one congregation to accomplish a shared mission in our changing context speaks of God’s love and action among us! We are entrusted with the ushering in of Christ’s Reign move fully in our day and time; what an amazing responsibility that is so full of Joy!
Be in prayer as our Lay Leadership committees work to recognize and then nominate those persons who can best be part of this team. Be in prayer that everyone one of us will be actively engaged in the work of the Holy Spirit in this time. Be in prayer that we may all engage one another so beautifully that people paying attention will marvel at our love for one another.
Do no harm. Do all the good you can. Stay in love with God.
Those three sentences are Bishop Reuben Job’s way of speaking the Three Rules of being a United Methodist.
May our respect and care for one another, our enthusiasm for moving into new territory and our love of God abound in this season!
Grace and peace in Christ Jesus! +Melisa
Deep in the woods as the light is fading seeing the path can be difficult. I love to hike along a trail that is marked sufficiently well that even I can follow the path. But let me be caught outside as the sun sets and the path becomes difficult to see. It is then that I most need another hiker to help see the path ahead and to keep on going!
Light is necessary for us to see. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12).
One of the great opportunities for each of us in life is this ability to be involved in Light – – – casting away darkness, casting away fear, and living in transparency.
When we choose Light we are choosing not to operate in secrecy or deceit, we are choosing not to prefer darkness or giving in to fear.
To have Jesus’ Light is to walk in the Light of Life (John 8:12).
So what does that mean today? Perhaps today is a day to see Light as the way to be, to speak and to act in our world (and especially among ourselves). With OneVoice we have a great platform to shine Light so that together we showcase and live more fully into the journey God intends for us! A journey always with Light and with fellow sojourners, helping us all to build the path as we go!