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Springtime - God's Season of Emerging Life

posted May 4, 2017, 4:32 PM by Bowmansville UMC

A warm (and sometimes cool and rainy) welcome to God’s amazing Springtime.

The tempo begins to quicken as the days grow longer and the hours of sunlight increase, and your Pastor gets less sleep due to the sun rising earlier and earlier. (The old saying, “He gets up with the chickens!”)

But as the days lengthen, so do our responsibilities—there is more to do, and it always seems like ‘less time’ to do it in!

Speaking of time, I have become aware that I have been your Pastor now for 10 almost 11 months, my how times flies, especially the older we all seem to get each year.

As I reflect upon this experience, I am so grateful for your support and for your continued commitment in furthering the gospel outreach in this time and place.

There is so much ministry and work we all need to do together (no one is exempt) and I could never begin to accomplish a thing without your love and faithful response. 

I am confident that God has called each one of you to come and labor in his vineyard; in order to offer your individual gifts of love and service through the United Methodist church and thru the connectional ministry and this congregation.

It is heartwarming to witness the birth (rebirth) of nature, which the springtime brings; the fruit trees starting to bloom by showing green leaves and buds, the dogwoods and azaleas beginning to show forth their colors, and the emerald green leaves of all the various deciduous trees coming back to life. 

Let us all not forget the grassy yards starting to green and grow, for there will be lawn mowing as a sign of Spring also!

The earth and everything in it declares each day that, “This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.”  (UMH #144)

I thank God that in this wondrous season of emerging life we can listen to God’s voice with our eyes also. I thank God that these days can also urge us forward in seeking to renew and grow our congregation here. There is much work for us to do and so little time to do it.

As good stewards of HIS church, we must do all we can to restore to God’s house this springtime the Love of Christ to all we will welcome through our doors this season.

With each of us working and giving together, we can accomplish everything needed and make this place shine with the light and love of Christ in all who we meet here and invite here.

In scripture it says “We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”   (John 9:4-5)

We have his light within us, and we cannot give in to the darkness of decay and destruction that seems to be part of the world around us each day. 

That is the Good News of Christ’s resurrection power alive within us. 

That is what is also called JOY! It’s not just for Christmas you know……

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing; so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  (Romans 15:13)

In Christ’s love and service,

Pastor Jim