Thoughts from the Pastor

April 2019
Thoughts from the Pastor,

If someone asked you to tell them about your church what would you say? Recently I noticed that some people identify the Mora UMC building location as across from the Dairy Queen on highway 65 and I’ve heard the Ogilvie UMC location recognized as across from the old school.  Being fairly new to the area neither of these landmarks get me to the correct buildings.

Buildings change as new ones are built and old ones torn down, but the responsibility of the church has not changed. We are called to be so much more than a building.

Matthew 25:35-40 says,

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Do you remember learning the song that started with I am the church, you are the church, we are the church together?

I am the church! You are the church!
We are the church together!
All who follow Jesus,
all around the world!
Yes, we’re the church together!

1. The church is not a building;
the church is not a steeple;
the church is not a resting place;
the church is a people.

Together we are the church and together we live into the words of Matthew 25:35-40

We as the church are called to meet the needs of others. Meeting the needs of others looks like delivering Meals on Wheels, coordinating and volunteering at the food shelf, spending time with children in our schools, inviting family and friends to church, jail ministry, hospital visits, sending cards and making phone calls, and the list goes on and on.

It is a joy for me to be appointed to serve at churches that strive to meet the needs of others.

To God Be the Glory!

Pastor Deb

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