Next Steps

New World UMCPastor's Blog

Next Steps Friends, it is that time of year when summer winds down, school starts, and we head into the fall. We are in transition in many ways in our lives and as a congregation. By faith, we continue to move towards becoming a Modern, Christ-Centered Community. So, what’s next? How do we discern where God is leading? What should our next steps be? Prayerfully, I have some thoughts to share about where I believe God is leading us. In June we walked through a section of our community and prayed for homes and families. We will venture out again with a second prayer walk later this month. When we connect with our community through prayer, we open avenues for … Read More

Let Us Pray

New World UMCPastor's Blog

Let Us Pray Friends, I must admit I am at a loss for words. The tragic events of this past week dominate my thoughts and I am certain that I am not alone. To be honest, words fail me. I am left to wonder if there is anything to be said that would be meaningful. How can we make sense of the violence and senselessness of mass shootings? To tell people to pray sounds spiritual, like the thing a pastor should say, but it rings hollow. To send our thoughts and prayers to El Paso and Dayton sounds trite. We have prayed, we have been praying and yet it seems that evil continues to thrive. This week has been a … Read More

Keep Praying

New World UMCPastor's Blog

I want to thank you for coming out to pray for our community this past Sunday. We had 45 participants including the children who walked around the church and those who prayed in the sanctuary. We prayed for over 100 homes in our community and met some of our neighbors. What a great way to let those around us know that God cares for them and we care about them. We also had a meaningful time of fellowship at a local restaurant and shared our experiences. I hope you will continue to be in prayer for our neighbors and for our congregation. I am grateful for your openness in allowing God’s Spirit to lead us beyond the walls of our … Read More

Time Out

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When my children were young and needed the occasional reminder that they had rules to follow, I would place them in “time out.” Sometimes this was helpful in correcting their behavior, sometimes not. But I still believe the time out was valuable. Time out gives time to calm down, time to re-think behavior and, allows breathing room for everyone. Time out can provide space for grace. Jesus said to his disciples in Mark 6:31, “Come away with me. Let us go alone to a quiet place and rest for a while.” The text says there were so many people coming and going that the disciples didn’t have time to eat. Jesus called them away, offering them a time out from … Read More

Let’s ROC

New World UMCPastor's Blog

Let’s ROC On Sunday, June 30th we are going to take a step of faith and ROC out! We will be Reaching Out for Christ as we prayer walk through the community. We will gather for a short worship service, and then head out to pray for our neighbors. As we walk through the neighborhood, we will pray for God to open our eyes and our hearts to the needs around us. I want to encourage your participation and ask that you begin praying right now. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide us, empower us and lead us to the people we are called to serve. Amazing things happen when God’s people pray! Sign up will begin this Sunday, June … Read More