A Word From the Pastor
We have had a lot of events coming up as we finish up lent and Holy Week, but even as our schedules get quieter we should continue to feel an impact in our lives. While we are finishing one journey, we remember that the lessons of lent should carry through. I want to suggest a few areas to think about as we all seek to grow in our faith.
1. Think about how you can engage with Jesus on a daily basis. Spend time in worship regularly, and find a practical way to incorporate moments with God on a regular basis. Remember, smaller goals are better than big, impractical goals. Got a long drive or train commute… listen to a Christian podcast or download one of the many excellent prayer apps. Don’t try an intense fast when you know that there is a special occasion coming up! The object is to help your spiritual growth, not be impressive to others.
2. Find a way to be a minister to others in your life. Write a note to someone to give them encouragement or support. Try taking the spiritual gifts assessment at http://www.umc.org/what-webelieve/ spiritual-gifts-online-assessment. Volunteer to help with Family Promise Week. There are so many different things to do that fit into your gifts, schedule, and amount of time.
3. Invite someone to church! Those who came on Easter might need a welcoming hand to let them know that they are welcome here. Help them know that there is always a place for them in our community.
I hope that you use these days of the Easter season to figure out some practices that you can keep for the days
and years to come.