The sudden death of Diane Waldburger (April 5, 1950 – September 2, 2013) is still fresh. She was born and raised in our church and remained a faithful life-long member. Diane’s sister Karen showed me a handmade magnet she found on Diane’s refrigerator. On it is John Wesley’s General Rule of Life:
Do all the good you can
By all the means you can
In all the ways you can
In all the places you can
To all the people you can
As long as ever you can.
neatly typed on a piece of white paper and pasted on the yellow background with colorful tiny stickers (photo). Diane was proud of her Methodist heritage.
As I write this, on the day before her memorial service, I feel I haven’t had time even to grieve. I know grief will come in its own time. And then someday I know I will be able to reminisce and cherish her 63-years-long faithful life and be thankful for the gift of life and faith she has given to all of us rather than focusing on her untimely death. For now though, I am mystified by LIFE, of which death is an integral part. Rest in peace, Diane.
Perhaps it’s not so much a coincidence that our worship focus during October will be Wesleyan Spirituality. We will explore John Wesley’s catholic (i.e. universal) spirit, his bold proclamation that God’s grace compels us to take on the journey toward perfection in love of God and love of neighbor, and his insistence that faith always manifests itself in how we live and love and serve, that the holiness of heart and the holiness of life are one, that religion is personal but never private. Our Rocky Mountain Conference of the UnitedMethodistChurch’s mission statement is “Making disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world.” That statement sums up John Wesley’s life-long striving. I am proud of being a Methodist
The corporate worship is central to who we are and what we do in ministry. I and our Worship Team always welcome your input. We are of diverse church backgrounds and worship preferences. The more transparent we are in worship planning and the more we constructively engage with each other the more meaningful and fulfilling our worship experience will be. With John Wesley I advance that there is no right or wrong way to worship. Spirit-filled and life-transforming worship is what we strive for. Let us be reminded: “…present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12 1-2). And that’s Methodist!