From the Pastor’s Pen
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in God.” (Lamentations 3:22-24)
November and December contain vital holidays (“holy”-days) that strengthen the human soul:
- Thanksgiving, with its theme of gratitude to God for the provision of all our needs (see Psalm 103), &
- Christmas, with its theme of anticipation of One who reveals God’s love for humanity (see John 3:16).
If ever there was a time to give thanks for God’s blessings and to long for the coming of Jesus Christ, it is in these days – a time of change, the resulting stress, and concern for the future. Sadly, this is nothing new! The people in the Old Testament, the early church in the New Testament, and Jesus’ parents – Joseph and Mary – all met significant transitions in their time.
Presently, more people are aware that the United Methodist Church is in a time of transition about its response to the issue of human sexuality. Anxiety abounds, but patient trust in God is needed! On the next page is a pastoral letter from Rev. Barry Robison, our District Superintendent, about waiting on the Lord.
And, in an effort to provide precise information about what is before the United Methodist Church, we will sponsor a seminar, General Conference 2019 Update, led by the Rev. Dr. Lewis Parks. This will be held at our church on Sunday, November 4, 2-3:30 pm.
In the meantime, we strive to be faithful and trusting in God. The work of Jesus Christ continues! We gather to worship God, we meet for Christian Education, and we reach out in various missions.
GRATITUDE and ANTICIPATION
– hallmarks of the seasons.
Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!
Pastor Lee Ellenberger