Message from Pastor Carol: August 2017

Do Not Worry, Holy Covenant
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about the decreased summer giving, about who will give and who will not or about how we will ever pay for our apportionments. 
Look at the original body of families that were standing in an empty lot. They stepped out in faith and we now enjoy the fruits of their labors. God took their faith and built a thriving and committed community as well as the funds for our current facilities. Are we not stepping out in the same faith so that God can make us a committed and thriving community for generations to come? 
And can any of us, by worrying, add a single hour to our workday?
And why do we worry about completing our “to-do” list or having enough lay members to staff ministry?  
Consider the preachers on horseback in the early American Methodist movement. How they preached and studied and taught and served. It was because of these dedicated servants that the American Methodist Church was established. If God so empowered them and worked through them to form a denomination in a new land, will God not much more empower us – you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry, saying, “How will I get all of this done?” Or “How will we ever get people to come together and work for the greater good? Or “When will we have enough money and resources so we can feel secure? 
For it is the corporate event planners who strive for these things and indeed our heavenly Father knows that we need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and God’s righteousness and all these things will be given unto us.
So do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will bring failing AC units, changes in leadership both professional and lay, budget overages, and member conflict which will provide many worries of their own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Based on the teachings of Jesus found in Matthew 6:25-34 and Luk12:22-34.


Pastor Carol