March 11, 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As I sit before my computer, the season of Lent has already begun. Our Ash Wednesday service on March 6th took us, through a guided meditation, on a journey with “The Jesus of Desert Surrender.” It was a unique experience for many of our congregation, and one that hopefully gave us a different perspective of our Savior’s time of temptation in the desert. This was followed by our services of worship this past Sunday, the First Sunday in Lent, where we shared what true sacrifice and a Lenten observance should mean for each of us, including myself.
These have been difficult and stressful times for our denomination, if not for our Church here at Boiling Springs. Throughout this past year, looking to what our denomination’s General Conference might or might not do, has been in the back of the minds of all of us. The passing of the “Modified Traditional Plan,” which essentially retains the current language in our Book of Discipline, has not diminished this stress, as the Plan had to be referred to our Judicial Council (our United Methodist equivalent of the Supreme Court) for review, as at least some of the provisions were thought by many of our delegates to be unconstitutional. The dust will probably not settle for a few months—and only after Judicial Council review, shall we know what wording may change in our Book of Discipline.
In the meantime, what changes for us as a local congregation of the United Methodist Church? As I have shared with you through at least a couple of sermons and a few Church Council and committee meetings: NOTHING! We are still called upon, to the best of our ability, to “Make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” This should not, and must not, ever change!
Our expanded Church Council, our Board of Trustees, Staff Parish Relations members, Financial Ministries folk, Discipleship Ministries areas, and all of our other committees, work areas and programs for all ages, continue to work together to make the disciples so needed in the world around us—both near and far. For there is indeed “…one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all, and through all, and in all.” --Ephesians 4:5-6
As we begin our fifth year together as your Pastor, may we be true to our faith, true to our Lord Jesus Christ, and true to each other…