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A Word from Pastor Jon

In times like these…
As many of you are aware, our denomination, the United Methodist Church, is facing a crossroads in regard to its response to the issue of human sexuality. The outcome at this point is uncertain, but in a couple of months we will have more clarity as to the direction the denomination will go and how those decisions affect our church.
So, the question that we must face is, what kind of church will we be regardless of the denominational direction. I want to repeat that we must be true to the purpose of the church and the mission we believe that God has called us to fulfill. We can feel good about our local church progress and our faithfulness to local ministries and world missions that we are engaged in. There is much work for us to do and we shall. One thing that we must have clarity on is that while human beings can and do fail us, Christ will not.
I remember a song from years ago titled “In Times Like These.” We don’t sing that song any more but the message based on Hebrew 6:19 “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure,” is still true. The lyrics go like this:

In times like these you need a Savior,
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One,
This Rock is Jesus, the only One;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!(1)

We will keep our focus on our Lord and where Christ is leading us and our faithfulness to that calling. There will be an opportunity for our congregation to hear an update on the status of the issues we are facing in the April or May time frame. We’ll keep you posted.
I’ve been reading some of the works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer lately and I want to share a quote with you:

The unity of the church will consist
not in organizations,
not in dogmas,
not in pious hearts,
but in the word of God,
in the voice of Jesus Christ.(2)

Jesus Christ is that rock upon which we stand no matter what the troubled waters are.

Faithfully yours,

Pastor Jon

(1) Lyrics and music by Ruth Caye Jones © 1944 by Singspiration Music, renewal 1972, The Celebration Hymnal, p.577
(2) Dietrich Bonhoeffer, I Want to Live These Days with You: A Year of Daily Devotions (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, ©2007), 159