Dear Messiah family,
Last weekend, I did something that I don’t remember ever doing. Amanda was attending a conference in Seattle to pick up needed CEUs, and I tagged along. I had no agenda. I walked the streets of downtown Seattle, visited an art museum, walked through their world famous farmer’s market, discovered some great restaurants, read a book that I want to tell you about in January, met up with a friend I had not seen in 38 years, and did a whole lot of listening. It is hard not to listen. And I heard words that affirmed and lifted up, but I heard a whole lot of words that were hurtful – often, I think they were not meant to hurt, but what I overheard would make me cringe.
I think James, the brother of Jesus, must have heard words similar to what I was hearing. And he heard words that hurt coming from those who were followers of The Way (the way of Jesus). Me & My Big Mouth – haven’t we all thought that at times – how what came out of our mouths did harm? This Sunday, I would like to help us examine the Power of Words and a way to keep us from doing harm. I’m reminded that’s the first rule that John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, asked of Methodists – do no harm. We’ll poke fun at ourselves as we consider what is a very serious topic, especially at a time when airwaves and social media sites are filled with a lot of “noise.” I hope you can worship with us.
I’d also like you be greeted by Carol Erickson, our missionary to Imara International. She has returned to this country for a few weeks and brought with her one of the Kenyan board members for Imara. I’d like you to meet her as well. We support a lot of great mission projects close to home and around the world. The way you provide this support is one of the strengths of this church. You helped to start two mission projects – Bloom Early Learning & Child Care here at home and Imara International half way around the world. Imara holds its annual fundraising gala on Sunday evening, November 3. I serve on the board for Imara and as a result, I continually hear the stories of the ways God is using the support of this congregation to change the life direction of Kenyan girls and their children. At the Gala, you can hear first hand some of the amazing things that have happened in just the past few months.
Speaking of the way this congregation mobilizes to serve, I hope you have set aside Saturday morning, October 26 to participate in our Make a Difference Day. Together, we can make an impact in ways beyond what any one of us alone can do. I hope you will be ready to join forces with others from Messiah. It is an opportunity to get acquainted with others from Messiah and put your hands and feet to work for Christ. There are projects in the building and in the community, projects for all ages and ability levels. Last year, our goal was 150 participants which we exceeded. I’d like us to match last year’s participation level, but to do that we need at least another 60 people to register.
It’s Friday so it’s my afternoon with Basil. If you haven’t heard about my grandson, I have a news item to share with you on Sunday!
It’s a beautiful day filled with beautiful colors. I hope you can step outside and enjoy this multi-colored world that God has provided. Then join us on Sunday as we give thanks to the God who makes it possible.
In Christ’s love,
Please Pray with Me
Gracious God, we pray for the Holy Spirit to break through and renew Messiah United Methodist Church, unleashing a fearless, Spirit-led congregation! Empower our pastors, leaders, and everyone who walks through our doors with the contagious, miraculous, saving message of Jesus. Boldly use each of us, without limits, to reach new people and heal a broken world. Create in us a joyful heart for all that You are doing in and through us to change lives and transform the world. We pray in the precious and powerful name of Jesus. Amen.
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