The church should never be a social club for members only. The church is you and I with God’s divine help learning to love those who love us and to especially love those who don’t. The church exists to see us through times when life or people’s behavior is simply not fair.
The ‘feast’ describes God’s invitation to go out into the world and be the church, make a difference, heal the sick, help the poor, care for the needy. Our ideal response should be to say ‘yes’ with faith believing that our service to God is more important than our occupation, our family or even our very lives. We say yes, knowing there are obstacles but trusting in God to provide answers, resources and courage to enable us to do far more than we ever imagined possible.
Recent events have been traumatic for The United Methodist Church I love and serve. A called general conference of delegates from churches all over the world, met to talk about resolving differences over human sexuality, differences that divided many denominations over the last few years. But instead of resolving differences Read more…
Some of you may be saying, Daisy is a dog, a pet. It’s one thing to be emotional but isn’t this kind of love and attention a little much? Maybe. Maybe not. But I learned a lot over the last few months. God occasionally puts us in situations which bring little honor or praise. Caring for Daisy taught me the importance of serving others with humility and grace.
Don’t forget to fly the plane, could be applied under almost any circumstances. As a pastor, it’s tempting for me to focus on the day-to-day issues that constantly demand my attention at our church and lose sight of what a church could and should be.