As people were leaving the 11 a.m. service this past Sunday, one worshipper stopped me to say how meaningful “There Is a Balm in Gilead” was to him. That’s just one reason it’s good to sing hymns. The deep and rich theology can really impact us if we pay close attention to what we are singing.
The young man’s experience also makes a case for regular worship attendance. For when we miss worship, we miss the chance for the Holy Spirit to do exactly what happened during the aforementioned hymn. Make sure you don’t miss worship. Even when you travel, make sure you find a church to attend on Sunday morning. God always has something in store for you!
Speaking of worship, we will have two ONE Services in July—July 7 and July 28. Both will be in our sanctuary, and both will start at 10:30 a.m. The July 28 One Service will be our annual Christmas in July Service. You’ll see more info in the coming blue letters and worship bulletins about this event, but go ahead and plan to stay after for a wonderful lunch!
As you know, I’ll be out most of July. I’m thankful for our Staff-Parish Relations Committee who sees the importance of both study leave and rest. Know that I’m really honored to be your pastor, and that I wake up every single day so very thankful to be part of the community of faith that is First United Methodist Church. I hope to see you Sunday!