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Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors

posted Jan 27, 2019, 12:53 PM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Jan 27, 2019, 12:55 PM ]
The foundation of The United Methodist Church has always been to follow God’s call of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.      We as United Methodists have this Slogan……..Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.  Since 2001, our brand promise, “Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.” has been featured on billboards, television ads, and computer banners promoting The United Methodist Church.   The word open describes the state of our hearts, minds, and doors.   Sometimes we put it this way, “Our hearts, our minds, and our doors are always open.”  It is a symbol of welcome.      

Does the Bowmansville congregation remember that beginning in 2009, United Methodists were encouraged to “rethink church” as more than our Sunday gatherings. I remember it in the other churches I served.    I think that we need to RE-start the talk about how “church can happen anywhere,” because we are the church wherever we gather to worship God and love and serve others.       

REAL church does not only happen on a Sunday, REAL church happens when we in the spirit of Love thy neighbor, help and reach out to our brothers/sisters/neighbors.....and who is our brother/sister/neighbor, EVERYONE we meet each and every day. Matthew 12:50 "For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”      

As this denomination goes through earthly changes, the Holy Spirit of God is still working with people here in Bowmansville UMC.....and around the corner and throughout the whole world as well. What the United Methodist church decides....or changes....or NOT changes, we need to be Christians and resemble Jesus as people see us, not our physical form, but our Spiritual form in how we meet people. Luke 10: 27 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your (your entire) mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself."     

Folks, there is no greater tool than prayer, and I ask each you in this congregation to pray each day for spiritual strength for each other, for our local church, and our United Methodist Church out in the whole world.      Pray for the wisdom which is found in Love your neighbor as yourself. Ask yourself what would Jesus do?      How about maybe “fast” and pray!.....give something up….not just meaning food, take a time to “fast” from TV, or something “worldly”, and get into the scriptures….into HIS Word…..Hear what Jesus has to say!                            And PRAY……. Pastor Jim