From the Pastor
Grace and peace to you in Jesusí name!
Love. Pray. Serve. Three simple words to guide our ministry. Three simple words...and yet, complex when we consider their implications.
Over the last two months we have studied the first two components of our mission statement. What does it mean to love as God loves or to love our neighbor as ourselves? Do we pray without ceasing?
Our focus for April is SERVE. Jesus has been pretty clear in Scripture that we should serve one another with joy; that living a life of faith is intertwined with service.
When we serve, we become the hands and feet of Christ, we reflect the light of Christ in our actions, we show the world another way to live. And it is in serving that we often discover the essence of who we are.
All three of our words; love.pray.serve. are action words! Glyndon UMC offers a number of ways to serve. Serving as a greeter or usher on Sunday mornings offers those with a smile and the gift of hospitality a way of welcoming guests who often have their own fears or preconceived ideas of what this church might be like.
Our liturgists bring the Word of God to life as they read with passion and dedication. Hospitality continues in Dew Hall every week with the sharing of coffee and conversation, healthy food and fellowship.
Our choir members and bell ringers bring honor and glory to God in worship. Our acolytes bring the light of Christ into our worship space.
To serve as a member of our leadership is a valued contribution. Our individual gifts are combined to create a community of faith where shared leadershop is becoming a new way of being in ministry together.
Co-chairing a committee or team is another way of combining our gifts to serve God through the church.
To serve in mission is another way that God calls us to be in ministry. Locally, we continue to participate in the Food Pantry at the Community Crisis Center and Sarah's Hope at Hannah Moore. This summer we are encouraging everyone to participate
in the ministry of First Fruit Farm where you can plant or harvest fruits and vegetables that feed the underserved in area soup kitchens or you can support our team by fixing lunch. Whether you serve in Baltimore City (Brigitte's Place) or
support Genesis House at the Children of Zion Village in Africa, we become the presence of Christ. Financially, we continue to support additional missions through our designated giving and our apportionments.
Ultimately, we will andwer to the Lord for all that we have done and all that we have left undone. When we reflect on Matthew 25, may we respond as well, "Lord, when did we see you?" These words ring
true, "I assure you that when you ahve done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me."
May the Lord bless you as you serve in His name,