What is worship? Traditionally we gather in our church buildings and sing hymns, say prayers, offer gifts, care for one another, read scripture, and listen to a sermon. As our spirit is renewed we are sent out into the world to live out our faith. As a parish, we are stretching our practice of worship. We are taking our faith to the streets on the 5th Sundays for Worship Without Walls. This is a chance to put our faith into action collectively. This Sunday we will serve hungry people through the ministry of Loaves and Fishes. Details are below. If for whatever reason you can’t join us, I encourage you to set aside time on Sunday to draw close to God.
Dear Fellow Pilgrims on this journey of faith,
Today Psalm 71 has captured my attention. The author reflects on the presence of God through his or her whole life. V. 17-18: “Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation.” God is present every day of our lives offering us love and guidance and also inviting us to service and action. The ways in which we receive and the ways in which we give change in different seasons of our lives, but the call to do both remains the same. I remember when I was a youth talking with a woman who was in her 80’s. She shared with me enthusiastically what she had learned reading the bible that morning. I remember realizing in that moment that this journey of faith is a lifelong endeavor. Her testimony to me that day had a lasting impact. May we all find ways to receive God’s love each day. And may we be intentional about declaring God’s power to the next generation in word and deed.
Park County United Methodist Ministries
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