From the Pastor’s Pen
If you say that someone is holding their breath, you mean that they are waiting anxiously or excitedly for something to happen.
This is the current mood among the people in the United Methodist Church as we wait upon the outcome of the Special General Conference, held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis. Even after a direction is discerned about the LGBTQ matter, we might possibly continue to hold our breath as that plan is implemented in years to come.
Waiting with bated breath for something to happen is nothing new for those who follow Jesus Christ. The first disciples of Jesus Christ may very well have felt this way when they followed Jesus to Jerusalem. Forces were being aligned among religious and civic authorities to do away with Jesus. So the disciples experienced anxiety and fear at his arrest, trial and crucifixion, and even at his resurrection. But at his ascension, Jesus gave the befuddled disciples a task which continues to be the mandate for the Church today: Go and makedisciples… And remember, I am with you always tothe end of the age (see Matthew 28:16-20).
In his sermon at the January 13 worship service, our District Superintendent, Rev. Barry Robison, encouraged us to invite at least one new person to church before the end of the year. Are you ready to take up that challenge? It’s a worthy goal – making disciples of Jesus Christ!
And to further hearten us in these efforts during this season of anxiety, I will provide a five-week series of messages during Lent titled, Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times.
No matter what the outcome of the 2019 Special General Conference, the foundation of The United Methodist Church will always be following God’s call of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Let’s heed the risen Lord’s words,Peace be with you (John 20:24-26), and begin breathing again!
A Holy Lent and Blessed Easter to You!
Pastor Lee Ellenberger