Well, beginning June 18th, the Sunday right after Trinity Sunday, we have begun a season of growth in the Christian Church year. During this season of growth, our paraments are green to signify growth. During this time, we preach and teach a lot of things that concentrate on our growth in Christ. We usually preach on some of the parables or the teaching of Christ. I know that, in the physical world, it is summer and a time when we all take vacations, myself included. Those are needful too, but I hope that you will make it a point to be at church as consistently as you can and to really grow this year in your relationship with God, as we experience this season of growth!
At the beginning of June, we just had our VBS/Church Picnic; It was a huge success with several kids and some adults here to learn about Christ during the learning time as well as good food, games, music, and fellowship afterward! This is a great way to reach out into the community as well as a good way to teach children and adults about following Christ. Thanks to all who helped make it a success! It is fitting that our VBS/Church picnic should happen just as we move into this season of growth in the Church. Our Sunday School teachers also work each Sunday to form Disciples in Christ! Thanks to our Sunday School teachers for all your faithful work in building the
Also during June, we had Annual Conference. For several years, our Conference emphasis has been to get back to Conferencing being about equipping the churches to make disciples which is in the Wesleyan Spirit, so there are always workshops and preaching to that end. I come back from Conference ready to make disciples and build the Church. This year is no exception. Conference went great, and I have been appointed to Marble Hill for another year. God is good all the time!
We need to be reminded of the cross and what God ultimately paid so that we can be put back in relationship with God: thus Lent. We need to be reminded of the resurrection and the hope that we have in Christ because of the resurrection: thus Easter, and by the way every Sunday is a little Easter (celebration of the resurrection)! Then what? What do we do after we have accepted what God has done for us in Christ and celebrated the resurrection? The growth season between the Easter cycle and the Christmas cycle is the “then what!” It is during the growth season that we learn to do something with our faith! When we come to Christ we are not finished. God is not finished with me yet! Praise God! I hope, during this season of emphasizing growth, you will determine to be here all that you can and that you will open your heart and soul to the possibilities of growth in Christ! I hope that while you are growing in Christ you will invite someone to come and be on this journey with you! Invitation is the first step toward disciple making, and it happens one person at a time, one on one! Let’s make disciples!!!
God Bless you!