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Blooming Grove United Methodist Church
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

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Appointment of Pastor Kathy King - effective 6/30/2019

 

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September 2020 - Message From Pastor Kathy King

 

"Change"  

 

 

September brings about the subtle changes that tell us fall is on the way. Great! Another something to get used to? We’ve almost become acclimated to these times of changes—the old is indeed passing away.

Isaiah 43: 18-19 offers advice for those of us trying to adjust to our lives that seem to be led by change these days:  “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland."

Change can be exciting or change can be threatening or change can be downright terrifying! For those of us who are people of habits and familiarity, change is terrifying. If we are people who embrace new things as opportunities, change is exciting.

How you and I deal with change can be a matter of perspective. Optimism can help us adjust to those changes that this pandemic requires. If we hold fast to the words of the prophet Isaiah, we can move forward from the things of the past that we so desperately want to hang onto.

If we look for the new and promising things that are happening, we can discover the streams
in the midst of the wastelands of Covid. Positive forward momentum is happening in our churches—even though we are not in our churches. A year ago, none of us would have thought of online worship as a positive. Yet, how many of us could have envisioned worship where we shared the Good News with friends and loved ones from places like Alaska and Macedonia? The Word of God flows like a stream over virtual connections. We must focus on the positives of online opportunities and outdoor worship as we learn a new way of being the church. When Christ empowered the church, I’m not sure he was thinking of individual buildings built for the purpose of holding in worshipers. Perhaps our streams in the wilderness is our willingness to be a new community, gathering in parking lots, on hillsides, or at pizza farms to proclaim our hope for the new thing!

In the midst of change, may we continue to support our individual church communities for the time we can be in our buildings for worship—going in to be fed, going out to be the larger community living into the new thing Christ is visioning in this time. A community of love for God’s perfect Creation. Let it be so!

Be well dear ones and keep washing those hands.