A couple of weeks ago I was trying to explain to Nancy Miller who hasn’t been to one of these things before what it is like. I told her, it’s a little like church because we’ll meet in the sanctuary and sing and pray. It’s a little like a “Pep Rally” because during church we will hear some things to make us feel proud and glad we are part of this place. It’s a little like Wednesday Night Live because we’ll also eat together. It’s also about 10 minutes of electing leadership and a few other necessary pieces of what we might call a meeting.
Over the last five years our Annual Meeting has indeed morphed into something like a family reunion. Many people have described their relationship to EPUMC in words that refer to a place of being safe, accepted, needed, wanted. Not all families do this, not all churches do this. We are fortunate to have the gift of a church family that does all these things.
We have learned to share this wonderful gift. On Sunday we’ll report on some of the ways we’ve done this in 2018. Mostly though it’s a day to dream about what will be the next great thing that will happen here.
Sunday is a day in which I will suggest some common language for our family to approach this coming year together so that we can…
- Grow in our vitality,
- Face the challenges to that vitality
- Embrace our mission to be Big Enough to Make a Difference and Small Enough to Care.
Beginning on Sunday we will be exploring the parables of Jesus in our worship. Parables are stories or illustrations told by Jesus in the scripture. In his parables Jesus gives us an idea, a glimpse, a snapshot of what “God’s Kind of Time” looks like in our lives. He calls this God’s Kind of Time “The Kingdom of God” in Luke and “The Kingdom of Heaven” in Matthew. In one parable, Jesus is using a celebration as a way of illustrating his point of celebrating God’s kind of time. He says,
"When you’re celebrating (a wedding,) you don’t skimp on the cake and wine. You feast. Later you may need to pull in your belt, but not now. No one throws cold water on a friendly bonfire. This is Kingdom Come!”
On Sunday we may not have a friendly bonfire, but we will have a great time for you to join. I want to encourage you to be a part of what I think is a “Kingdom Come” kind of experience this Sunday as we celebrate living in God’s kind of time together at EPUMC.
Keep the Faith,