“So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived. All of these new things are from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and who gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5;17-18)
Greetings in Christ, in the middle of summer. I hope your summer is fruitful and restful. Summer is a good time to try new and different things and the worship at First UMC is no different. We’ll continue to offer the early morning (9:00 AM) prayer service through August. The focus of the service is silence, contemplation and prayer. Just as in our main worship communion is part of the service every Sunday.
The 10:30 AM service in August includes:
- August 9th, “Day of Belonging” – New members will be received into the membership of our church. Membership is about community, about ‘belonging,” about immersing oneself into a larger story. The featured story of this day will be Myra Harris who died on All Saints Sunday last year and whose remains we recently placed at her family lot in Evanston, Wyoming City Cemetery. Myra was 97 when she died. She was a true trailblazing woman in her time. Come and here the story of her life told by one of her “cousins.” There will be photos of young Myra, which will just blow your mind.
- August 16th, “My Faith Journey” – Rebecca Buxton will share her faith journey.
- August 23rd, “A Service of Healing.”
Take time to read the faith journeys shared on this site. Contemplate on your own journey. Where do you see God? To where do you see God leading you? Where do you feel God’s nudge for growth? How have God been the source of healing?
We define healing not as cure but as restoration and reconciliation. Healing is about opening ourselves up to God’s presence and action within us. Further along our spiritual journey we more and more consent to God’s presence and to what God is doing for us. All healing is of God.
“A service of Healing is not necessarily a service of curing, but it provides an atmosphere in which healing can happen. The greatest healing of all is the reunion or reconciliation of a human being with God. When this happens, physical healing sometimes occurs, mental and emotional balance is often restored, spiritual health is enhanced, and relationships are healed. For the Christian the basic purpose of spiritual healing is to renew and strengthen one’s relationship with the living Christ.” (United Methodist Book of Worship, p. 613-614, underline mine)
What we seek is not the absence of conflict and suffering but the certainty of God who is for us and in us. Our life can be whole even in unlikely circumstances. May God continue to bless your journey and give peace that passes all human understanding!