Pastor’s Blog (Page 3)
Jesus spoke often in parables about the natural world. What questions or stirrings arise in you as the season moves to autumn? I share with you a prayer by Sister Joyce Rupp. May her thoughts guide you to places you have not gone before or in a while.
Autumn is a time of reflecting on our lives. What do we need to let go of so we may simple live? What beauty lies within us that are kept hidden in the business of our daily lives? What relationship needs to be blessed with my presence?
It is easy to become slack; believing we have a strong enough connection to God without having to pay attention. But many days of forgetting God allows the sand of our life to pile up. Using a daily devotional can help cultivate our attentiveness to God.
As the NFL season begins, the players are are committed to give their best using the gifts that each of them brings to the team. As members of Epworth, God is counting on us to use our given gifts to support the mission of making disciples.
Being intentional of inviting God into all the places we go and the relationships we have does make a difference. It makes a difference in how we see the beauty of creation, how we act and react in relationships, and most importantly, it moves us closer to God.
Igniting or re-igniting the Fire (Holy Spirit) within us is key to having a vital abundant life: individually and as a church. Sometimes it’s easier to find and articulate God than at others, but daily practice helps us to develop the habit of relating all things to God.
Transformation begins within one’s self. Each one of us must be willing to surrender and become part of the transformation that we want to see. Our Christian faith is not a once and done deal, but a way of life that is new each morning.
God is always around us and tries to get our attention. However, if we are not intentionally seeking, naming, claiming, and celebrating God in our daily lives; we miss God. God is always there, but sometimes we just do not notice.
Spiritual maturity does not take place overnight – we must grow, work, practice, express, study, share, and apply our faith in all our daily transactions to mature. We don’t know when the storms in life will come. Join with us as we prepare to fill our arks.
We are a busy church!! In this post we share news of the many goings on at Epworth – what an exciting time as we head into the summer! We’re so glad you’re part of what God is doing here!!