First, let us acknowledge that these are challenging times. There is a pandemic happening in our midst, and it has probably not reached its peak yet. Although currently, its effect seems to be worse for those over 50 and those with compromised immune systems, we must all be conscientious of our choices because we have a responsibility to one another.
Lately, I have been thinking a lot about how we fit into the narrative of our times. What role do we play here? We are a small rural congregation in north Washington Township, What service of any real importance could we possibly offer the Kingdom of God? Especially considering how far gone American society is now….But there are reasons to be optimistic.
This month is our National Independence Day. For almost 250 years this grand experiment in individual liberty and the pursuit of personal happiness has been celebrated as Our American Story. It was here, in Pennsylvania, where our Founding Fathers placed pen to parchment, pledging their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the Dream of a better tomorrow. At that moment, they were of one accord, of one mind and passion moving with unabatable determination towards the goal of a more perfect union.
Big life changes are always a little scary, but without the Hope of the Gospel, they can be unbearably so. For many High School graduates, they are leaving behind the only stability they have ever really known. Looking to the future without any idea of what to expect. Of course, the promise of the Gospel is that…
As I attended the 2018 EMC General conference in April, I was reminded that as Christians we are members of God’s Household, a family with innumerable brothers and sisters. Some have gone to ahead of us in death, and some have yet even to know the beauty of a life lived fully in Christ, but all of us are one in the Holy Spirit. This is seen beautifully in the Connectional relationship of the Global Evangelical Methodist Church.
One of the great privileges of my position as a pastor is that it affords me the opportunity to sit with people and hear them tell their stories. Ironically, many times people don’t even realize that they have anything of great interest to share. I must tell you; they are usually very wrong about that.
Over the last several months I have been thinking a lot about my time here at the Community Church of Pine Run…