Dear Messiah family,
We are in the middle of a ten day trip to Ireland. Two years ago, we made a similar trip to celebrate the completion of Amanda’s cancer treatment. Unfortunately, that trip became a tour of Irish hospitals. So, we planned this trip as a redo with happier memories. It has been a marvelous visit. Lest you think it is all pleasure, today we took a walking tour of Kinsale, a town that John and Charles Wesley visited many times. I took this photo of Market Square where Wesley preached. His first visit resulted in hecklers, one who threw a stone that struck John in the head. As our tour guide said, “thrown a little harder and we would not have Hark the Herald Angels Sing” which Wesley wrote). Future trips drew crowds of hundreds to hear him preach.
This Sunday, I invited Chris Berg to speak. Chris is a member of our congregation who wrote the book, Focused Father. I think you will appreciate his insights as a father whose children are now young adults. Father’s Day is an opportunity to honor the important role of fathers, an observance first celebrated in this country in 1908 in a Methodist Church in West Virginia.
Next week, Paul Hoekstra, Kay Schultz, Pastor Tami, and I will be attending Annual Conference. In United Methodism, an Annual Conference is both an administrative region and an annual several-day meeting of the clergy and lay leaders to organize and order the shared work of the United Methodist Churches in their region. It is at annual conference that new clergy are ordained. It is there that the pastors retire. Churches are started and some are closed here. We vote on the budget of the conference, set policies and have inspirational worship and great fellowship.
Some of you will remember Penny Meschke. At this annual Conference, she will be licensed as a local pastor and appointed to two churches, Finlayson and Sandstone in northeastern MN.
Also, the second location of Bloom opens on Monday with 16 children at Plymouth Presbyterian Church. What you initiated 19 years ago has expanded to meet a need for child care and early learning that without your scholarship assistance families would not be able to afford.
We are off to hike to Fort Charles with raincoats ready for the next shower. Blessings to you all. Looking forward to worshiping with you online this weekend.
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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Traditions Worship: 8:45 am | Journey Worship: 10:30 am
Worship Online: Live stream of our Traditions service at 8:45 am and Journey contemporary worship service at 10:30 am every Sunday morning. Prior Sunday broadcasts are available on demand all week at your convenience.