Ever make the mistake of typing “Untied” when you meant “United”, as in “The Untied Methodist Church?” I have, a lot.
And I am accustomed to the smart remarks that come with that unintentional goof.
Recently I was at St. Luke Church in Goldsboro for their Homecoming. Their former church secretary, Mrs. Holloman, gave a brief and fascinating witness about St. Luke’s 69 years of witness. She told about a Sunday years ago when the church secretary (meaning herself) got the worship bulletin done for Sunday and went home in relief. Only to open her bulletin that Sunday to discover that she was at worship in St. Luke UnTied Methodist Church!
Mrs. Holloman said she was upset until she realized that if all of us untied ourselves from our preconceptions and traditions, tying ourselves instead solely to God, we would then do great things.
Wow. The only sad thing about that witness is that I had to preach right after it.
What would it mean for us to untie ourselves from preconceptions and simply do what God asks? Church – and the world – would look different.
Please ask yourself what Mrs. Holloman’s message would mean for you.
Then God gives us the grace to do it.
The things, good Lord, that we pray for, give us the grace to labor for. Amen.
Thomas More, England, 16th century
The Hymnal, No. 409
United and untied,
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