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The Pastor’s Pen

Sunday was simply wonderful. We had good attendance at worship, especially when you take into consideration that it was Memorial Day Weekend and we had a pretty nasty storm blow through that knocked out the electricity to many homes early Sunday morning. I’m sure we would have set a Memorial Day Weekend record if it had not been for the storm.

Spencer Day provided the special music at both of our traditional services. It is difficult to explain, but his music touched me (and surely others) very deeply. It was the best rendition of “Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone” that I’ve ever heard. Spencer will be participating in an internship this summer at M28 youth camps with Eddie Willis and Thomas Toole, our new youth minister. He is one talented young man who will be used mightily by God!

But what I witnessed on Sunday afternoon was also very inspirational. All over town I saw our church members in action—sawing and toting limbs, bringing food and water, giving out hugs and love, delivering ice, and organizing for recovery. It was the church being the church, and it was wonderful to see in all of its glory and fullness.

The lesson? Small acts of ministry and kindness go a long way to bring healing and wholeness. Our community won’t be fully recovered from the weekend’s storm for some time, but thanks to the people called Methodists as well as other Christians, you can definitely feel hope in the air. I’m sure that Jesus was proud of his disciples who were dispersed all over our community as they ministered to people in need.

When the church is the church, powerful things happen. On that note, I remind you that this coming Sunday is Pentecost, the day we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the Church.

You need to be here. Why? Because it’s our weekly family gathering. But also this: I’m going to tell you how all of the wonderful things that have happened in our community over the past week actually happened.

See you in worship!