Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“Grace and peace to you from God our Creator and the Lord Jesus Christ!
The risen Christ is with us! Praise the Lord!”
These familiar words began every letter I received from my Bishop while a Pastor in the New York Conference. They give the reason and the assurance of why we do what we do, and what should be our motivation and inspiration each day. The risen Christ is indeed with us, and the excitement that brings is felt throughout our Church and its ministries.
Summer is just about over, and at the time of this writing, Labor Day weekend is right before us—the unofficial “end of summer” for many. Things slowly get “back to normal” (whatever that is), and we look forward to another successful program year: success not only in terms of numbers, but success in our growing depth of faith as a congregation and as divinely called “disciple-makers!”
“Wonderful Wednesdays” has begun with our “Wild, Wet & Wacky Games Night.” This great outreach program is always open to both member families and community friends, from our wee-ones through adults, including Youth Group and adult Bible study. We continue each week through next year—following the official school year. If school is closed for holiday/vacation time, then we will not meet.
Each month in this space, we will try and highlight a couple of activities or groups of which you may be unaware, especially of you are not a Church member. Church School and other fellowship activities throughout the year are always open to anyone in our area who wishes to come. We would love to have you join with us!
Sunday mornings always begin with our 8:30 AM Contemporary Service, complete with music provided by our great Praise Team! Our thanks to Jerry Gable, Bob Hardee and Len Craps for sharing their musical gifts with us. Church School for all ages is at 9:30 AM, including our adult class, immediately preceded by hot coffee, juice and delicious breakfast goodies that often include cheese grits, breakfast casseroles, and always donuts, breakfast pastries and fresh fruit.
Our Traditional Service is at 10:30 AM, with music provided by director Darlene Harmon and our Chancel Choir. Famous throughout our area, this all-volunteer choir rivals much larger choirs from much larger churches. I have always said that if God had one language, it would be music! Our Choir definitely speaks God’s language!
We look forward to World Communion Sunday on October 1st, when we will join with millions of Christians around the world at the Lord’s Table. October here at Boiling Springs UMC is Heritage Month. Each Sunday, we will highlight another aspect of our Church heritage, culminating in Homecoming Sunday, October 29th. More information and details will appear in our weekly “News and Do’s for Those in the Pews” in our Sunday bulletin.
Please remember the folks in Texas, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, as they recover from Hurricane Harvey’s devastation. Prayers for all of them, especially those who have lost loved ones, homes and businesses. God and God’s people, through the greater Church and our government, can and must echo the words of our Rev. Dr. John Wesley: “The world is our parish!”
And the Journey Continues…