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Blooming Grove United Methodist Church
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

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Announcement of Appointment of Pastor Kathy King - effective 7/1/2019

 

See the attached announcement/welcome/introduction. 

 

 

 

May 2019 - Thoughts From Pastors J.J. and Stefanie Morgan...

  

Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! We are in the midst of this glorious season of Eastertide, the 50 days following the Resurrection to Pentecost Sunday, We have moved from the somber attitude of the Lenten season into this time of celebration and rejoicing. We are joy-filled as we know that our Christ lives, that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, our Truth, and the Way.

The above greeting is known as the Paschal greeting. It is an ancient greeting, created in the early church, used during Eastertide. It has been passed on through the generations and is used in many different Christian churches, from our Methodist tradition, to Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran, and others. With these words, we remind ourselves that the suffering and death of Jesus was not in vain, but gave us our redemption. These words are a joyful cry of Christ’s triumph over the grave, over death, over sin.

Words like these are ways we remind ourselves of the redemptive work of Christ, and how we help teach others the good news. When we become followers of Jesus, we become disci- ples whose responsibility it is to share Jesus with others. We have the privilege and the duty to share the Good News with others.

During May, we will be celebrating the fact that we are disciples and that we are called to share Jesus with the world around us. We will be learning about what it means to “be covered in your rabbi’s dust.” In the ancient world, a student (or disciple) would follow closely to their rabbi, in order to soak up as much of their teachings as possible. This phrase seeks to show how closely we must follow...that the dust our rabbi Jesus kicks up should cover us, because we are following Him so closely, learning, growing and trying to be like our Christ.

This church has discipled many generations, and we pray that there will be many future generations who will learn and grow here, who will come to know Jesus, come to experience the love and the grace of God, and come to faith within these walls. As each of us grows closer to Christ on our individual journey, we also do so as a community, bound to one another in a commitment of faith, as a family of believers. We grow with one another, we teach one anoth- er, and we spur one another to holiness. And sometimes we, as the church, excel at this. And sometimes, we don’t. But our faith convicts us to keep trying, to keep moving towards Jesus, to keep loving one another in Christ-like love. Not out of duty, but out of love for God and love for one another.

In this busy season of graduations, family gatherings, meetings, farm-life, health concerns, school, sports, and everything else that spring brings, we encourage you to take time to sit at the feet of Jesus, to be covered in his dust, to spend time in your relationship to the Holy One. Learn from Jesus, and learn from one another. Help each other grow and be discipled in faith, leaning into the loving arms of your Creator.