Dear Church Family,
What another great Sunday! We were blessed to receive new church members, to be led in worship by wonderful music and to share in the Lord’s Supper together. Special thanks go to Allen Jackson, Martha Frances Monroe, the Embrace Praise Team and our Chancel Choir for leading us through music.
Several of you have asked me about our next appointment. We are being appointed to Madison UMC. Sara and I are the only children for either of our families who live within twelve hours of the Jackson area where our parents live. We had hoped to be much closer to them so we are very thankful for the proximity we will have to them in this appointment.
In our traditional services this past Sunday I resumed our seven-year long ABC’s of Christianity sermon series. If you were not here, please visit our church’s Web site (www.fumcnewalbany.com) and click the “Watch Live” icon to view or listen to the sermon. In the sermon we looked at unfailing and unchanging love of God and how that trust ought to settle our hearts.
St. Augustine wrestled a lot early in his life with a heart that was unsettled. In his life there was a succession of desperate searches for fulfillment: excessive pleasures, false religions, philosophy, dissipation and distractions—futilities that left him so weary of himself he could only cry out, “How long, O Lord, how long?”. At the very moment when he uttered that cry, circumstances led his eyes to a passage in Romans that showed him he could be freed from sin. Shortly afterward, he was baptized. Eventually he would be able to write, “You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you.”
Whether it is fear of the end times (II Thes. 2:2), facing trials (I Thes. 3:3) or just the regular stuff we experience in life, if we are not sure of the love of God, we can act out and grasp to fill ourselves and calm our fears. I hope our Holy Week services and then experiencing holy communion this past Sunday were more reminders to us that God loves and that God cares for all of us. I pray your heart is settled in that. And that kind of heart will be a great gift to an anxious and frenetic world. God bless you. See you Sunday!