FUMC New Albany | 207 East Bankhead | New Albany, MS 38652 | (662) 534-2206

The Pastor’s Pen

Last week I had the good fortune of attending Senior Night with our youth group. This gathering was downtown in The Basement (right under Ciao Chow). Of course, my reason for popping-in was to simply show support to our seniors and our student ministry. Yet, as God so often does, I walked away from that meeting very moved.

One by one, our seniors stood in front of their peers sharing love and thanking those present for the way they have loved and cared for them over the years. This was a deeply emotional event—one that included many tears. It was also an act of blessing, giving our seniors the chance to bless the younger students with wisdom and love.

As I walked back up the hill to our church, I remained stunned as I reflected on the spiritual depth and maturity of our seniors. I looked back on my own high school years, and I was thankful that these young people had what I did not—a community of faith that has loved them unconditionally and helped them to grow into strong disciples. That slow walk up Bankhead helped me to understand in a clearer way just how important our student ministry is to so many in our church and community.

This Sunday is another big day in the life of our church. It is Mother’s Day, so make sure you get your mom a nice gift, cook or buy her lunch, and most of all come to church with her! If your mom is celebrating Mother’s Day in heaven, be blessed by wonderful memories of how she loved you.

But at the 11 a.m. service we will also honor our high school seniors with a Baccalaureate Service. They will process into the sanctuary with caps and gowns, we will hear about their future plans, and as their community of faith we will send them forth with a blessing. It’s a big day of celebration. Know that I am thankful to be part of our wonderful community of faith and our shared life together.