Next Generation of Disciples
What a truly remarkable Sunday we shared last week. The sanctuary was packed, the choir and praise team worked together and it was a wonderful expression of music and praise. We heard from campers and about our four Methodist camps. Then, as we do each year, we celebrated the day with a scrumptious meal provided to us by Patty Ferguson and her team. Taco Bar is one of the great camp traditions. That was last Sunday.
This Sunday we come together celebrating the potential next generation of disciples. We come together on Sunday to celebrate our preschool. We’ve entered into the 50th year of our preschool’s existence, and it is certainly a story worth telling. We will celebrate the staff, the families, and the deepening relationship between the worshiping community and the Preschool community. As Pastor Laura states, “We are all formed by stories and the characters in stories we learn as children, even though the meanings may change as we mature.”
Our own story has suddenly shifted, and we cannot ignore what is happening in the greater United Methodist Church. We continue in a time of change; of trying to figure out a way forward after the decisions at General Conference last week. That too will be a part of worship this Sunday. Yes, it’s a lot, but the story of Elijah and the chariot can guide us through this time of transition, of passing the torch from one generation to the next, of remembering that it is God who will give us a way forward, even if it means parting the waters in order to make a new way. It is God lifts us up, and God who helps us overcome our fears. The power of God is beyond anything we can imagine, but we’ll try and imagine some of it this Sunday. To prepare please read the story from II Kings 2:1 – 15.