Easter. Now what?
19 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears in the midst of trials that came upon me because of the Jews’ schemes. 20 You know I held back nothing that would be helpful so that I could proclaim to you and teach you both publicly and privately in your homes. 21 You know I have testified to both Jews and Greeks that they must change their hearts and lives as they turn to God and have faith in our Lord Jesus. 22 Now, compelled by the Spirit, I’m going to Jerusalem. I don’t know what will happen to me there. 23 What I do know is that the Holy Spirit testifies to me from city to city that prisons and troubles await me. 24 But nothing, not even my life, is more important than my completing my mission. This is nothing other than the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus: to testify about the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:19-24
Here we are in the season of Easter. Now what? We truly had a wonderful Holy Week and Easter celebration! Thank you to all who worked so hard, from the actors on Maundy Thursday to those responsible for the lovely lily-covered cross on Easter, to the musicians who added so much to our experience together. It is truly the combined work of the community that makes what we do so special. We are truly blessed with so many talented people who are willing to give of themselves for the greater good.
And I’d love for that to continue. We are in the process of creating several “teams” that will be responsible for varying tasks and ministries within the life of the church. Do not be surprised if you are called upon to serve on one of these teams. With this comes with the added request that if you have a skill you would like to use more for the church, please let me know. We will find a way to use your abilities for the good of the community and our mission. We’ll make something new up!
So if we are trying to further our mission, what is our mission? As United Methodists, we do have a mission statement: “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Everything we do should somehow further is goal. And almost all what we do does, thanks be to God! The efforts, ministries, and passions of each of the congregation are vital in making this vision a reality here in South Hill. Together, we can truly show the love of God to the community, and change lives. I am constantly amazed at how much we do and how caring we are. Keep up the good Godly work!
Yours in Christ,