A Word From the Pastor
Pastor, Rob Allen
Over the last month, we have discussed the covenant taken in order to become a member of a local church within the United Methodist Church. In order to become a professing member within the local church, we must be baptized and then publicly profess our faith in God and our desire to live as a disciple of Jesus. At that moment, we also commit to a life of service in, and through, the local congregation by actively participating in the ministries by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness.
I chose to have a discussion related to this covenant, or vow, because all too often we forget that membership in a local congregation of the United Methodist Church requires some effort and commitment on our part. It reminds me of something my mom would often tell me, "Saying so, doesn't make it so." In other words, it has to be more than just words. Frankly, if we really lean into that thought, being a member of the church is more than words and more than showing up once a year for a special event or for Easter or Christmas.
Don't get me wrong, it's wonderful to be able to catch up with old friends and their children. Yet, when we join the church, we make a promise of action. With that, we must also be understanding that there are times in our lives that health, family issues, or work commitments may not allow our regular involvement in the ministries of the church.
Over the next few weeks, we will be reviewing the membership roles so that we, as a church, might reach out to some folks, lovingly remind them of their commitment, and invite them to rejoin the family they once treasured (and likely continue to treasure). As we identify those people, we will provide a list so that you might also begin to (as Paul said in Hebrews) "Discover ways to encourage others and motivate them toward acts of compassion, doing beautiful works and in love. This is not the time to pull away and neglect meeting together."
As we work through this, let us lift our brothers and sisters in prayer and find creative ways to encourage them in their journey to be dedicated and committed followers of Christ.