August 2017

on August 01, 2017 by The Rev. Dr. Philip Bertolo Wood

             The Japanese poet Basho, creator of Haiku, wrote:

                          Each day is a journey
                          and the journey itself, home.

             In the Acts of the Apostles we read that we are followers of the Way, as believers in Jesus.

John Wesley spoke of Methodists as a Movement, going on to perfection.

A journey on the Way, going on, moving toward perfection in loving God with our hearts, souls, minds, and all our strength and all our neighbors as we are loved by God.

Not static, nothing stationary.

That's who we are and Whose we are.

Our Church becomes a Mission Station, moving quickly and decisively to meet the needs of the entire Family of all ages, with absolute inclusion, both inside and outside our walls. For we will not live in Monuments to past accomplishments however positive they were. The only permanence that we have is that Christ is the solid rock upon which we stand, with all else being sinking sand, because Jesus loves us, just as our hymns witness to us.

The direction of our time together in ministry?  Here it is, Sisters and Brothers, nothing more and nothing less.

So our opportunity now to try all that is good news as we move forward, remembering the constant message of the angels, "Do not be afraid!"

See you in Church to recharge!