Beacons of Light
“No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light.”
Retired Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong has written about several churches he visited that were standing out in their communities “like a beacon of light.”
He describes how these faith communities are projecting vitality and growing because they are engaged in the issues of the day and promoting the kind of justice that Jesus so strongly emphasized when standing up to the issues of his day. Bishop Spong writes that these vital churches are encouraging people to think and study and are “not requiring that the brains of its people be checked at the door prior to worship.”
We have a rich history in The United Methodist Church when it comes to prayer, faithful Bible study, critical thinking, and promoting justice issues. John Wesley and his Methodist movement followers were committed to daily prayer, small group study and preaching against controversial issues of their day such as slavery and the slave trade.
I invite us to reflect on how our church is standing out like a beacon of light in Sun Prairie and our surrounding communities. Are we engaged in prayer, study, care and service that reaches out beyond ourselves? What are we actively and intentionally doing, or need to do, to help people feel welcomed, accepted, cared for, cared about, and connected?
Blessings as we think and pray and act together,