Trinity United Methodist Charge
Monday, October 21, 2019

Message from Pastor Sam

                                                                         Love one Another                                               May 14th, 2019

 But I am giving you a new command. You must love each other, just as I have loved you. 35 If you love each other, everyone will know that you are my disciples. (John 13:34 CEV)

          Greetings; Brothers and Sisters in Christ

                  We have had a wonderful Spring and blessed Easter Season; the earth has brought forth the beauty of God’s creation, with new life and hope. I do not know about you, but I look forward to the spring of the year, most of the time. This Spring has been busy, always more than can be accomplished; yet we still need to take time to reflect upon the Love that God has blessed us with. A love in which Jesus said his disciples would be known by, a love that we are called to share with the world around us.

      Not only does Jesus call us to love others, as United Methodist we are called to love them in a way in which we make disciples. The Book of Discipline; the United Methodist book of law, states in Paragraph #120, that the mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Friends you simply cannot make disciples without love, the love that Christ shared with us and the love we are called to share with the world.

    In the past few months our Denomination, has not been doing very well at sharing love. In fact, I would say that we have failed miserably at it. Before someone gets all bent out of shape just let me say, I write this article not with the point of view of any group associated within the United Methodist Church, rather I write as a Christian. You see whatever side you land on in the LGBTQ issue, I want to remind us all of one thing, we are called to love one another with the love in which Christ loved us.

     Our Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball has said that whatever our perspective is in relation to the 2019 General Conference “we must remember we are called to make Disciple’s”. I say making Disciples is not possible without love, and if we refuse to love we have turned our back on one of the greatest commandments that Jesus gave us. I think we as the Church should find ourselves focusing upon loving one another, my prayer is for us to focus upon sharing Gods love with the world around us.

    We have attached a Letter from Bishop Steiner Ball on what Changed at General Conference 2019, it is for your information and if you would like to discuss it with me or our District Superintendent, please contact Me. I need you to remember two things 1st we have a regularly scheduled General Conference in 2020, the issues of 2019 will arise again, of that I am certain. Secondly remember we are called to be the Church and too love others no matter who they are, there national origin, where they live, rich or poor and yes even their sexual orientation.

   The Apostle Paul wrote that there is no distinction in Greek or Jew, for all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.

God Bless

 

Pastor Sam