Read Ephesians 4: 1-16
From him (Christ) the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work
Ephesians 4: 16
I am not a sports enthusiast; however, even I know that Tom Brady will not be playing as quarterback for the New England Patriots for the beginning of the 2016 National Football League (NFL) season. He is not even allowed to be in the stadium as they practice. I marvel at the hope of the team to continue even in their disappointment. They are committed to go out onto the field and give it their best. They are not giving up. They are not saying, “We are not playing until Tom returns.” They are remaining loyal to do the best they can, using the gifts that each of them brings to the team. While they admit it will be different and difficult without their gifted quarterback present, they remain committed.
As we begin our church fall Kick-off this Sunday, I reflect on the 255 disciples listed on Epworth’s membership role. I wonder how many members will be in church on Sunday, committed like the Patriot team players. Will they remain loyal to the covenant they made with God and the community? Will they be willing to use their given gifts to support the mission of making disciples so that God’s kin-dom will come upon the earth? Do they understand that God is counting on them, symbolized as the fans, NFL, and Tom are counting on the rest of the Patriots team?
Epworth UMC is kicking-off their fall season with a new vision plan to support the United Methodist mission of “Making Disciples for Jesus Christ.” I hope that you will join us for worship at 10:00am on Sunday as we begin a sermon series based on our new vision. I hope we can count on you: your loyalty, your commitment, your engagement to be part of Epworth UMC’s team.
New, exciting, blessed things are happening at Epworth UMC. The men’s group will be hosting a brunch following worship. I invite you to join “our team.”
In Christ’s Light and Love,