Winfield United Methodist
Sunday, July 21, 2019
To make disciples for Christ dedicated to making a difference in the world.
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 Greetings Church!
By the time you read this, I will be in the thick of fatherhood. i write this just a couple of days before Sully will be born with no knowledge or experience of what lies ahead! As with any new parent, i am nervous, fearful, and anxious for what lies ahead and what kind of parent I will be. Yet these feelings are far outweighed by the joy and anticipation of being a father for the first time. Kendra and I are embarking on uncharted territory and embracing something that is totally new for us. We serve a God who calls us into new possibilities and new opportunities for living out the mission of making disciples and reaching our neighbors for Jesus Christ. A God who leads us into new ways of serving, new ways of loving, and new ways of leading in the place where the Lord has called us. the Lord tells us in Isaiah 43:19:
"See, i am doing a new thing!
now springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland."
God is always leaning into new possibilities, and calls the Church to follow. As you have heard emphasized over and over again, the mission of Winfield United Methodist Church is to Make Disciples, Change the World. We grow as disciples by committing to Loving; Learning; and Leading in new ways. The journey of being a disciple and sharing the gospel can lead us into strange and unfamiliar territory. We are not a people who remain stagnant and unmovable. Rather, we are a people who are committed to loving and learning as the spirit leads. My hope in the 40 days of Lent is that we take the time to reflect on these questions:
What does it mean to be a disciple?
How do I live out my call to Love; Learn; and Lead at Winfield United Methodist Church?
i also ask that in this Lenten season that you pray daily for the Methodist Church. We are a global body of over 12 million Christians who span the cultural and theological spectrum. the recent Special Session of the general Conference passed the Traditionalist Plan, and many parts that may be unconstitutional are being reviewed by the denomination's Judicial Council in April. If you celebrate the passage of the Traditional Plan, God sees you and loves you. If you pained by the passage of the Traditional Plan, God sees you and God loves you. Our global body of the United Methodist Church is hurting and in many ways divided. Yet we are an Easter people who know that God is in the business of resurrection. theologian Fredrick Buechner wrote: "resurrection means that the worst thing is never the last thing." We testify and proclaim a God who brings new life in broken and parched places. I urge you this Lenten season to pray for resurrection power and new life for the United Methodist Church. I ask you to pray that we stay focused on our single most important mission of making disciples so that others might know salvation in Jesus' name. Between March 1-April 14, I will be on paternity leave with the newest member of our family, Sully, as I begin the journey of learning how to be a dad. Kendra and I both deeply appreciate the outpouring of love and kindness that we have experienced from our church family. you will be in the wonderful hands of rev Barry Ball, who will be preaching, leading worship and offering pastoral care.
Grace and peace,
Pastor Chris