April 27, 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the lands! Serve the Lord with gladness,
Come before His presence with singing! Know that the Lord, He is God!
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves!
We are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand!
Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise!
Be thankful unto Him, and bless His name!
For the Lord is good—His mercy is everlasting to everlasting!
And His truth endures to all generations!”
Recognize Psalm 100? I hope these words are not only familiar now, but will be even more so after this coming Sunday. They will be our Call to Worship for April 29th. This will be the fifth Sunday of the month, where we traditionally do not have a preached sermon, but instead praise God with a Song Service. We are changing our format, combining both services of Worship (into 10:30 AM only) and will indeed be making “…a joyful noise unto the Lord!” There will be musical numbers by our Praise Team, our Chancel Choir, a mother and son duet, and a soloist or two as well. Yes, we’ll also sing some favorite hymns suggested by our congregation! If this new format works, we’ll repeat it (with different music, of course) on other fifth Sundays.
Our Church season of Easter (yes, Easter is both an event and a season) draws to a close as we remember Jesus’ ascension into heaven (on Thursday, May 10th) followed by the coming of the Holy Spirit (as Jesus had promised) on the Day of Pentecost – May 20th. This most special day is considered truly the Happy Birthday of the Christian Church! With the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples, the Holy Trinity, as we know it, is complete! As Reginald Heber famously wrote in 1826,
“Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty! God in three persons, blessed Trinity!”
Warmer weather is here, spring has already sprung, and summer will be here before we know it. While some churches feel the need to slow down a bit for the summer, here at Boiling Springs we’ll keep feeling the excitement of a rebirth here among our members and friends. One of my “summer concentrations” will be visits to many of the homes of those children who attend our “Wonderful Wednesdays” program, whose families are not among our Sunday worshippers. Additionally, we will continue, along with Chairperson Walt Crozier and our “Forward Focus—Strategic Planning” Committee, concentrate on visioning for our future, and making concrete plans for implementing that vision. We have no time to waste!
My personal thanks to our Church Council members, our Staff Parish Relations Committee, the Board of Trustees and all our other officers, as we do our collective very best to “…make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!” This must not be just a United Methodist “catch-phrase.” It must be who, what and Whose we are about! As Jesus Christ himself said, “ I assure you that whoever believes in me will do the works that I do. They will do even greater works than these…” God’s greatest blessings to us all…