Pastor’s Message

Jul 1, 2019 by

Greetings!

Whirlwind! That’s what comes to mind as I begin this article, not only to the mind but truly what has been happening for some time now. In some ways, the wind has become a breeze or ceased to whirl in such a chaotic fashion. Answered prayers! Confidence that God is at work in the whirl of the wind! Seeing how things are coming together have created more of a calming breeze and hope for today and the future.
I don’t know of too many people who like the whirling wind. The chaos causes uneasiness and disturbs our peace. The peace that we seek to live into daily is harder to experience with the distraction of the whirlwind. So how do we keep our peace, God’s peace given to us amid the turmoil? I know from experience it comes from centering ourselves in prayer, speaking the powerful word of God over our situations, our minds, our bodies, and our spirits. Peace comes from trusting in the One who will carry us through the whirlwind. And not all whirlwinds are bad because some whirlwinds are good things happening in our lives, bringing blessings.
One whirlwind was the awesome experience of finishing the journey to ordination and full connection as an Elder in the United Methodist Church. I am thankful to God and all those who journeyed with me to the culmination of this work of God. I know it’s only by God’s hand I made it! But amid the celebration was the reality the UMC is still not settled, the wind is still whirling, and we are headed towards something we cannot clearly see as of yet. But even still, we trust God is in the whirlwind and will bring a blessing as we remain steadfast and focused on him.
As we enter this new year, year five for Linden and Markham, and year four for Marshall (can you believe it!?) my prayer is that we become more and more like Jesus. I pray we find our true authority as believers and speak to the chaotic winds in our lives and the life of the church. I pray we seek to live as a people surrendered to the Spirit and allow Jesus to reign in our lives, not the chaos of what we see in the natural, and trust the One who says, “Come, follow me!”
Let us pray together and ask God, “What can we do for you, Lord? And for the people who have yet to know you?”  “Lord, how do you want us to be your hands and feet, reveal your love and grace, and welcome others into your community?” How can we be the Church in the world today? Pray!
Jesus tells us to, “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened” (Mt. 7-8).
Let us join together in prayer as we seek God’s will and way for us in this new season. God’s blessings to you all!

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