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Do you ever do a happy dance in your head?

This was written over a week ago, sorry I didn’t get it published before now.  Enjoy the read:

If I had to pick a song to do my happy dance to, I would pick the first four lines of ‘I’m so Excited’ and let them loop around in my head.  To be honest, I have already done this.  I know how wonderful our Lord and Savior is and I want you to know it too.

I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it
I’m about to lose control and I think I like it
I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it
And I know, I know, I know, I know, I know… (Pointer Sisters)

Again, it has been another wonderful week here at HUMC.  Last Sunday I attended the baptism of Samuel Alexander Stewart Chambers at Beeds Lake.  Yes, it was a bit cold, but Samuel was determined to go through with the baptism.  His grandfather had been baptized by immersion at Beeds Lake and it meant a lot to Samuel to honor his grandfather in this way.  In God’s world nothing happens by coincidence, Samuel planned this with thoughts of tradition and history regarding his own family.

The confirmands were here on Wednesday to run through their parts for Sunday morning and have an understanding of the events of the service.  That is exciting.  It will be our responsibility to continue to engage these young people, making them feel at home as family of HUMC.

I also got a call this week from one of our members asking for an appointment.  (Wow, people actually do that?  Call for appointments?  Most treat my office like a drop in center.  Not complaining, either way works for me.)  Well, I met with young man Thursday afternoon.  He explained he had been very active in the church over the years, some more than others.  He had distanced himself for the last few years and was feeling the need to get involved again.  We talked about where he felt he was being called to serve and we came up with a plan.  I appreciate it when people are actively involved in the decision of how and where to serve.  So often folks sit around and wait to be asked, and often miss some wonderful opportunities if only they would step up and volunteer instead of waiting for the ‘invitation.’  Excuse me, I digress.

I do a happy dance in my head when I see God working through the folks here at HUMC.  I will end with the words of the second song I do a happy dance in my head to, because it describes who we are here at HUMC.  Here are the first four lines of ‘We are Family’ that I also happy dance to.

We are family
I got all my (brothers) sisters with me
We are family
Get up ev’rybody and sing
We are family
I got all my (brothers) sisters with me
We are family
Get up ev’rybody and sing  (Sledge Sisters)

Confirmation Sunday, May 5th

 

 

There was a time when I thought, after each major Christian event, i.e. Christmas and Easter, there would be ‘down time.’  Oh, that is so not true in the life of the church.  “Easter comes late this year.”  was a statement I heard several times at the beginning of the year.  And that may have been true, but there did not seem to be anything late about it.  It was here before any of us were ready.  Maybe part of that was due to the crazy weather during February and March, or the fact that we are all just too busy with too much to do.

Here we are, it will soon be the first of May and from there confirmation is just days away.  You know what they say about confirmation and its participants?  Once the youth are confirmed we never see them again.  I once hear a pastor say, I should confirm all the bats in the belfry then maybe we won’t see them anymore.  As I write this entry into the blog, I am thinking about what we can do to keep the youth encouraged and engaged in the life of HUMC.  The word intentional continues to float around in my mind.  We must be intentional in reaching out, inviting and engaging these new members to the family.  We must support their interests.  We must continue to show our love for them at this stage of their lives as much as we did when they were in the early years of our Sunday School program.  We cannot let the business of the activities of the church get in our way of continuing to interact with the youth.

My wish for Confirmation Sunday is that all the members of the church will show up and show support for the newest members of the church.

Holy Week 2019

 

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them

in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

-Matthew 29:19-20

 

As HUMC prepares for Easter, it is a time of new beginnings, a new season in the life of HUMC and all those who pass through the doors coming in and going out.

Today, I took some time to reflection, as plans to travel to the Heifer International Farm in August begin to fall into place.  That time will come before I know it.  I sat down today and read the cards I received at the end of the trip to Sager Brown.  This is a practice I picked up somewhere in my travels, at the end of a mission trip, to have each member take time to reflect and share with other members of the team; where they saw God in the person they are writing to.  Yes, like so many things, I hold onto the cards.  They have a way of lifting my spirits and I find encouragement in them to carry on in my personal journey with Jesus.

This Sunday in worship I am excited to announce that 5 students from the Children 1st Program will be sharing a short drama ‘The Feast’ during the Children’s Message.  I am so inspired by them.  They have so much energy and have worked hard, at the same time had fun preparing for this Sunday.  You will want to be there and witness their gift for the church.  My hope is to have more involvement with the children during worship and other aspects of life at HUMC.

I ask you to take time this Easter and reflect back over the past year and your life here at HUMC.  What inspires you?  Where do you see Jesus?  What do you want to do as a Christian, following Jesus on the journey of the upcoming year?