Pastor’s Message – October 22, 2019

Planning to Climb Together
A Worship Series in Preparation for 2020
No matter how much I prepare for worship on Sunday mornings, I know there will always be surprises, distractions, puzzlements, and delights in the hour we spend together.  This is especially true during the children’s moments.
Some of their stories of fun happenings are predictable.  A ball game.  A birthday party.   A trip to Gigi/Mimi/Dee/JJ’s house.  Yet there is always that one moment where a child says something that makes me want to rewrite the whole sermon, a moment where surprise makes us pause.  This past Sunday, it came from a visiting friend, and grandchild of FUMC member, named Asa.
I went outside to get the newspaper, and there was FOG!
The conversation then turned to how many of them had seen the fog, what the fog looked like, whether they liked fog.  It’s a miracle we ever made it to lunch.  I loved the way Asa celebrated the fog, a reaction many of us adults don’t have.  Fog is mysterious.  It slows us down and hinders our immediate vision.  If we could choose today’s weather, I doubt fog would be at the top of the list.
Any time we begin planning for a new year with our annual stewardship campaign, it’s a lot like a foggy day.  We are planning for something we can’t fully see, but should the unknown keep us from ordering the finances and gifts of God’s Church?  Absolutely not.  Like Asa’s reaction to the fog, planning for a new year is something to celebrate.
This Sunday we will embark on a four-week series around our stewardship campaign, Planning to Climb Together.  We are preparing for a mountain climb which is the year 2020 in the life of FUMC of West Point.  I am excited to explore with you what Scripture teaches us about giving and ordering together.
And may we never forget that, in Scripture, behind the clouds was always the glory of God.  I think it’s time we all think like Asa, don’t you?
                                                                                                                                                                                                           all good things to each of you,
Pastor Darian
Lectionary Texts for Sunday, October 27, 2019
Joel 2:23-32
Psalm 65
2 Timothy 4: 6-8,16-18
Luke 18: 9-14
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