St. Andrew United Methodist Church
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Open Minds. Open Hearts. Open Doors.
 

 

         From the Sr. Associate Pastor’s

 

Memories of My Father (Copied) At age 4: My Daddy can do anything! At Age 6: My Dad knows a lot ! A whole lot ! At Age 8: My Father doesn’t know about some things. At Age 12: Of course, my Father doesn’t know. At Age 14: My Father is so old fashioned that he’s hopeless. At Age 20: My old man is in another time zone. At Age 25: My Dad might know something about that . At Age 35: Maybe we should get Dad’s advice on it. At Age 60: Wonder what Dad would have thought about it? At Age 70: I wish that I could discuss it with Dad Again. Me too ! 

In His Service

Terry and Mary 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Associate Pastor’s Desk

In 1 Samuel, chapter 3, we read of the prophet Samuel’s call:

4 The Lord called to Samuel. “I’m here,” he said.

5 Samuel hurried to Eli and said, “I’m here. You called me?”

“I didn’t call you,” Eli replied. “Go lie down.” So he did.

6 Again the Lord called Samuel, so Samuel got up, went to Eli, and said, “I’m here. You called me?”

“I didn’t call, my son,” Eli replied. “Go and lie down.”

(7 Now Samuel didn’t yet know the Lord, and the Lord’s word hadn’t yet been revealed to him.)

8 A third time the Lord called Samuel. He got up, went to Eli, and said, “I’m here. You called me?”

Then Eli realized that it was the Lord who was calling the boy. 9 So Eli said to Samuel, “Go and lie down. If he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord. Your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down where he’d been.

10 Then the Lord came and stood there, calling just as before, “Samuel, Samuel!”

Samuel said, “Speak. Your servant is listening.”

1 Samuel 3:4-10

Speak, O Lord, your servant is listening.” - What a beautiful way to begin in prayer. Truth be told, it was not until seminary that I learned of the idea of prayer being conversational - that it is not only a means of grace where we speak our hearts to God - our fears, joys, frustrations, dreams...but it is also a means of grace in which we center ourselves and open our hearts and minds up to the heart of God. We enter into conversation with the Divine Creator and Lover of our souls and listen for what God might say to us, how God might convict or inspire us.

The first time I heard Bishop Sue speak, she shared with everyone in the room that looking back on her pastoral appointments in churches, when asked “what might you have done differently or more of or less of?” Her response was that she wished there would have been even more prayer in the congregations she served and led - more times she prayed, more times the congregation prayed. More prayer in general.

We have arrived in the month of June. As a congregation we face all sorts of newness on the horizon - what worship will look like when we are able to gather again in person as well as a senior pastor transition - both honoring and celebrating Rev. Mack’s faithful ministry and welcoming Rev. Josh and supporting him.

As we face new and unknown horizons as a congregation, I encourage us all to be in prayer for how God would lead us to continue to be the church. Speak to us God, we your servants at St. Andrew are listening. 

Peace and Grace,

Rev. Beth+