(2 Thessalonians 1:11, CEB)
But my real reason for mentioning this meeting revolves around an assignment each church was given to submit 3-4 pictures of it doing ministry in its community. Admittedly, I really tried to closely follow the directions but in the end felt compelled to send in 5 pictures. We included pictures of our work in Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, and Youth Service Project. These pictures will be compiled into a District presentation to be unveiled at the Oct 17 meeting, and will then be used to introduce our District to our new Michigan area Bishop, the Rev. David Bard.
It did feel good to send in those pictures, I think particularly because it feels good to be in ministry with one another, especially here at Marble UMC. As well, it feels good to partner in ministry with our sister UMC churches here in the Ann Arbor District, and our fellow churches of all denominations here in the Milan community. It is a feeling that comes from God’s work within us, continually transforming us to be tangible vessels of God’s calling, that God may work through us to “accomplish every good desire and faithful work by his power.”
While it feels good sending in such pictures, it feels even better listening, discerning, and somehow being a part of making such pictures possible, and doing so with one another. I look forward to our continued journey together doing just that … not so much for the sake of pictures, but for the sake of working in the living power of Jesus Christ in our world.
May you continually know of God’s presence, leading, and blessing in your life …Pastor Bob