10:30 A.M. Sunday Worship -- 9:30 A.M. Sunday School (beginning September 23rd)
Blooming Grove United Methodist Church
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

BGUMC Pastor's Page

 

Link here for an introduction to Pastors J.J. and Stefanie

 

Link here for the Announcement of Appointment from Bishop Ough

 

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

 

 

A new year. A new dawn. A new time to grow, and a brand-new start. There are a few times that happen during the year that give us that momentum to change, to start things fresh and new. A new year is one of the big moments that it happens. (The other for me is September, when the school year begins and things feel renewed again.)

I don’t spend a lot of time at the beginning of the year making resolutions, but I do spend time making plans and evaluating. I look at the year that is ending and think about the things that went well and the

things that I want to change for the future. I give thanks for the good things that have happened and I spend a bit of time mourning what was lost over the past year. And then I look ahead. To dream, to plan, to hope.

As we look to the future, in our personal lives, in our families, in our work, and in our church, we can find hope and reassurance that God holds us in the palm of His hand. The strength that we can have by sur- rendering ourselves to God is a powerful and mighty thing. The more we humble ourselves, the stronger we become in our faith and our relationship with the Holy One. It seems like an oxymoron that we become stronger the more we surrender, and yet, it is a beautiful truth of our faith. John Wesley understood this truth. His covenant prayer is one that still feels fresh and new, still can resonate deeply within us. It is a prayer used often during “Watch Night” services, which are worship services that happen late in the evening on New Year’s Eve. I invite you to spend some time with God, and pray this prayer, meditating upon each line of it. It is a powerful prayer of surrender and perfect for the beginning of this new year.

“I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.”

Friends, may this new year bring you joy, peace and a deepening of faith. Happy New Year!