Pastor’s Message – July 30, 2019

August Worship Series
Going Back & Looking Forward: Celebrating Youth And Children

Do you enjoy advance planning as much as I do? Often on my monthly prayer retreat, I’ll set aside some time to focus on planning worship, one of my favorite responsibilities as a pastor. Time after time, the Holy Spirit reveals a basic path for the upcoming church season with Scripture lessons and themes. The planner in me is especially thankful when the Spirt offers guidance for many months ahead!

However, Proverbs 16:9 is a verse to which I cling when the planning all seems to come together: “The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps.” We may make our plans, but as disciples of Jesus Christ we trust that those plans may not always play out in the way we imagine. Months ago, I made plans for a worship series that would begin in August with Scriptures. Then, one day last month, I realized through conversations with some of you and with the Lord that God was directing those plans a different way: celebrating ministry with our youth and children. When I shared how the Holy Spirit was leading me with our choir director, Rachel Wood, she told me that the Spirit had been leading her to ask youth and children to provide special music in August!

To say I’m excited about our worship services in August is an understatement. As our youth, children, teachers, and parents go back to school, we will look forward with expectancy to what God has in store. Remember that for the next four Sundays in the month of August we will only have one worship service at 11AM. Plan to be a part of the Holy Spirit’s direction at FUMC of West Point!

all good things to each of you,
Pastor Darian

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, August 4, 2019
Hosea 11:1-11
Psalm 107:1-9
Colossians 3:1-11
Luke 12:13-21

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