It’s Wednesday and I’ve spent today traveling around visiting many of our more home bound folks. Within each of those visits I’ve given opportunities for each individual to vote about whether or not they feel we should become a part of the Reconciling Ministry Network. What has touched me is how deeply each cares about this decision. They haven’t shared with me what their vote may be. I don’t need to or want to know.
What I’ve seen in them was the passion, the dedication, and the commitment they have to this church; many of them a passion they’ve had for decades. They’ve been through the ups and downs, the victories and tragedies. They’ve been through all of this with multiple pastors; some of whom they’ve liked and others, well, less so. Bottom line, is that they love this church we call Aldersgate, and renewed in me the sense of dedication so many share in this place. I know I saw it in my two Wednesday Reconciling Ministry Network information gatherings last week. I experienced it in a couple of pastoral calls in the past two weeks. I experienced it again on Sunday night, this time with around twenty of our youth and parents. I’m sure it was present last night at the Common Table gathering, and was present at the young adult gathering on Monday evening.
It may surprise you that in my twenty-seven years as a pastor, and having served six churches in two conferences over those years, that I’ve not seen the level of commitment, the level of dedication, and the level of passion I’ve seen here. It’s what gives me hope that whatever the outcome may be on Sunday, that we will be okay; that we’ll continue to answer God’s call in the communities we seek to serve. All of that to say thank you; thank you for your spirit, your dedication, your love, your patience, and your grace. Thank you for caring enough about your faith to vote with your heart. Thank you for the wisdom you bring to each and every gathering.
Finally, thank you for allowing your hearts to be “strangely warmed” by the Spirit of God, whether you’ve been here for decades or for weeks, or anywhere in between. You truly are an amazing gathering of saints, and it is a privilege to continue to serve as one of your pastors. So, let’s continue to pray as we approach Sunday, and to “encourage one another as we see the day approaching.”