Stone United Methodist Church
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Creating a Community of Caring Christians

Pastor's Reflections


Dear Friends,

Throughout September we have looked at the parables of Jesus found in the Gospel of Luke. In chapter 14 we hear Jesus’ story about a person who throws a big dinner party. The invitations are delivered to many but when it comes time for the meal, everyone has an excuse for why they can’t come; “The first said “I have bought a piece of land and I must go out and see it, please accept my regrets. Another said “I have bought five yoke of oxen and I am going to try them out; please accept my regrets. Another said, “I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come” (Luke 14:18-20). The host then comes up with Plan B sending a messenger out into the streets to invite the blind, the lame, the poor and the outcast. The celebration is a huge success with everyone taking part, everyone that is but those who first said “I cannot come”.

 Why did those first folks say no? What held them back from the celebration…work, responsibilities, relationships? Why do we say no to celebration? Why don’t we respond to Jesus’ call to celebrate life? Perhaps like those characters in the parable we have things to do, people and situations to take care of; perhaps we are waiting for the “next time”.

 Each day we are invited to celebrate life, breath, our very being. Each Sunday we are invited to worship, pray, and sing, giving thanks for new life in Christ. Each Sunday in October we will celebrate with a particular focus...our commitment to the world, our welcome of guests, the wisdom of our grandparents, and the privilege and responsibility we have to give financially to Christ’s work in the world.

 I hope and pray you will say yes to the invitation to celebrate Christ in your life and Christ made real through your participation in the body of Christ we call Stone United Methodist Church.

 In the Name of the One who gives us all reason to celebrate…Pastor Sarah



    Stone United Methodist Church, I love this place!

    In the Peace, Power and Presence of Christ...Pastor Sarah




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