May 5, 2017

Dear FUMC Family,

I hope you’re having a good week.  I’m looking forward to Sunday and want to invite you to join us here for worship at 8:30 or 11:00 a.m.  We’ll share in Holy Communion at both services.  At 11:00, we’ll recognize our 2017 Disciple Bible Study Graduates and welcome new members into our church family.

Sunday’s scripture is Luke’s incredible description of the early church from Acts 2:42-47.  I’d encourage you to take just a minute to read it if you can.  As scholars have pointed out, it is amazing that Luke’s description follows right on the heels of his account of Pentecost, a “mountaintop” moment for their faith when God sends the Holy Spirit upon the apostles like tongues of fire.  They have this incredible experience of God’s presence and power and then, Luke says, “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”

Too often, we expect our relationship with God to be all mountaintop moments.  But Luke says the early Christians went from the mountaintop to the everyday life of being church.  As we receive new members this week, we’ll get to hear again the promises all of us make as members to support the church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.  That’s basically what the early Christians were doing, too!  It was their faithfulness in the ordinary, everyday work of worshipping, praying, studying scripture, caring for one another, and sharing their faith that they continued to grow with God’s dynamic power.

What does it look like for us, in the ordinariness of our days, to grow in our faith?  How can we meet the Risen Christ and experience his dynamic power in our lives?  Perhaps we would do well to heed the wisdom in Luke’s description, and like the early Christians, commit ourselves to one another and the life of our church family in a renewed way.

On Sunday, we’ll think more about these questions, celebrating the good news that we meet and encounter the Risen Christ as we are part of community together.  I hope you can join us!

Don’t forget our Children’s Service Opportunity this Sunday from 3-5 p.m. in the Old Fellowship Hall.  They’ll be making Mother’s Day cards and baskets for the moms at Catherine’s House.  Email Stefanie Pruden at stefpruden@gmail.com if your children can join us!  As always, friends are always welcome!

Thank you for the joy of serving as your pastor.  See you on Sunday!

In Christ,