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The Pastor’s Pen

Sunday evening was a whirlwind of activity for our church!

The youth had their Water Wars, the children painted kindness rocks, a small group gathered to hear from missionary Fred Curry about his work in Costa Rica, and Jill Shaw led a women’s Bible study.

As you catch your breath from that long sentence, I’ll now tell you a little about another gathering that took place on Sunday evening. It was the first session of what I’m calling “Three Months of Prayer and Preparation.” Simply, the goal is to meet together for prayer and discernment, asking God what exactly it is that He would like us to be doing on Sunday evenings in the life of our church.

We began our time together by sharing glory sightings—examples of how we’ve seen God move in our lives, church, and community. We then celebrated Holy Communion together and spent time in prayer at the altar. The overwhelming of consensus was that receiving Holy Communion and praying together on Sunday evening “just felt right.”

We then discussed our schedule for the next several months. The first resource we will engage is called Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition. This is a fantastic devotional workbook that helps its users connect to and engage the spiritual disciplines that John Wesley found so vital to the spiritual life. In addition to this resource, we will also be engaging other books that outline what small groups in the Wesleyan tradition look like.

Perhaps the Holy Spirit has nudged you to join us on Sunday evenings. I hope so. We won’t be meeting this Sunday as we’ll all be at the church picnic. But trust that I would be most delighted to have you at our next gathering on September 25 at 6:00 p.m. Please let me know if you plan to attend so that I can make sure we have enough resources.

Above all, I covet your prayers. It was clear to me at our Sunday night time of prayer and communion that God is on the move. What an exciting time to be part of FUMC New Albany!