This Sunday will be my last sermon in the series, “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” During the month of August we have been focusing on the infinite love God has for humanity and more specifically how that love is made visible not only in your life and mine but also in our relationships with one another as well as with those outside the Church.
As this series come to a close we will see how God’s love flowing in us and through us will have a huge impact on the world around us.
Sadly, what we witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia this past week is symptomatic of a world that is in desperate need to know what authentic, real love is all about. This Sunday I will be sharing what I believe the words on the cornerstone of the TUMC mean to us as individuals and as the family of God. I will also be sharing the story that I told 31 years ago that led to those words being placed there. My focus in scripture will be I John 3:16-19 with other references being John 13:1- 17; 34-35. The chancel choir will be presenting two anthems as we continue Camp Meeting Month; “Turn Your Radio On” and “I Must Tell Jesus/Blessed Assurance.”
For the first two Sunday’s in August we have averaged 289 in worship. Last year we have averaged 215 for the first two Sundays. We celebrate these numbers as Jesus is doing exactly what He said He would do; “on this rock I will build my church, and not even the gates of Hades will prevail against it.” As we see more and more people coming into the life of His Church, the more we see His building program happening!
After this Sunday, Donna and I will be gone for the next two Sundays as we had made plans almost a year ago to make an educational travel excursion in Europe. We will start out in Prague and travel to Passau, Melk, Durnstein, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Pecs, Belgrade, Drobeta, Vidin, Sofia, and then Paris. Please keep us in your prayers as we travel and that the knowledge we gain and the experiences we have will be used to strengthen the ministry God is having here at Trinity UMC. Also please pray for our safety as we travel. During my absence Trinity UMC will be blessed to have the Rev, Jim Mitchell, former District Superintendent of the Griffin District, bring the message on August 27th and our own Rev. Ed Wadsworth lead our service of communion on September 3rd.
I look forward to seeing you in church this Sunday as we worship and serve the Lord together.
Because He First Loved Us,