Movement of the Spirit
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first two weeks with the Aldersgate community! This week, I will share the message in worship for the first time. This summer is a time when I’m getting to know you and you are getting to know me. It is also a time when the Spirit is moving among us, inviting us into ministry in new ways. Sometimes the movement of the Spirit is scary, and almost all the time, change is hard. However I’m hoping that we take the time we need to build trust together so that we can enter into this new phase with confidence and joy, even if there’s much about it that is unknown.
We will use an ancient formula from the early church to wonder together where the Spirit is calling us. We will consider who I will be as your clergy. We will examine some of the canon that is most significant to the invitation that we have heard from Spirit in this time. And we will identify some of the fundamentals of our faith, that may unite us and also may be an opportunity for debate, what some might call a creed. The clergy, canon, and creed formula will inform our work together, will inspire new conversations and, if we are lucky, will provide the backdrop for the Spirit to surprise us with some new insight for what is coming our way. Based on Jesus’ word to Peter in Matthew 14:22-33, “Come.”