Central United Methodist Church
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Endicott, New York
Pastor's Corner

You know, there are times when I just have to stop and marvel at this thing called “church.” A group of persons, linked by faith and commitment, called by God to be the people of God in the world. It’s an amazing enterprise, really. To be gifted with the fellowship and nurture of the church, and to be called with God’s call to serve the world together: It is both great gift and great responsibility, and I love being part of it. I’m sure you do too. 

 

One of my favorite poets is Ann Weems, who writes wonderfully about the life of the church, and worship, and things of faith. I love this poem called “This Church:”

 

We don’t pretend to understand the mystery

   Of what goes on in God’s Church.

We just know we feel a pervading spirit of love

  That reaches into the niches of all of us

  And pulls us out into the open,

  Free and alive and belonging.

We believe this spirit of love exists because

  God’s spirit lives within this Church,

  This unity of persons trying

  To be the Good News.

We see this Church as a circle of persons

  Holding hands…and dancing…

  Supporting each other, accepting each other,

  Loving each other.

Each person in this dancing circle

  Is facing outward…reaching into God’s world,

  Listening for the whimpering,

  Watching for the hurting,

  Willing to offer a cup of cold water

   In His name.

Sometimes they need the water;

  Sometimes you need the water;

  Sometimes I need the water.

  Being a part of the Church

  Means knowing that

  The cup is always filled

 

      In His name.                                  --Searching for Shalom, Westminster/John Knox:1991, p 54

 

We have a wonderful vision unfolding for the life and ministry of Central; may the vision lead us to living this way every day.

 

 

Still in One Peace,