The following is an antidote for folks who worry about the Church of Jesus Christ:
Knightdale United Methodist Church celebrated its 100th birthday on Sunday, August 20, with a great worship service (followed by a delicious lunch). One of the many lovely things we did at worship was share in a carefully written liturgy, based on Matthew 25. It was called a litany of commitment. The idea was that since the Lord has blessed Knightdale for 100 years they wanted to commit themselves to doing Christ’s work for the future.
In the course of the litany, 17 different ministries of Knightdale Church were specifically named. Some of them were ministries unique to Knightdale Church (“we promise you, Jesus, to welcome new friends”; “we promise to grow disciples”), some of them were ministries of The Capital District, The NC Conference, and of The United Methodist Church. Seventeen.
At the end, the young guy in front of me turned to his dad and said loudly, “Wow, we do a lot of cool stuff for Jesus!” And how cool is that?
The beautiful thing is that Knightdale is doing things only Knightdale Church can do. The beautiful thing is that Knightdale Church is doing what you and I are doing right now: cool things for Jesus.
This year we are reflecting on what it is to be generous for Jesus. I hear a lot of concern about the church (with good reason) and I know there’s always more. But I invite you to make your own commitment to so live and to so love and to so serve that someone soon will say because of you, “Wow, we do a lot of cool stuff for Jesus!”
Be blessed and do something cool for Jesus.
P.S. As I write this Hurricane Harvey bears down on the Texas coast. Harvey is no joking matter (I’m aware of the irony of how I play on my first name.) and is not cool. Pray for our friends there and be thankful that The United Methodist Church will be there because of you.
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