Do All The Good You Can
“Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection;
outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints;
extend hospitality to strangers.”
During the month of September, we are focusing our worship on who we are as people called United Methodist. We are looking at our humble beginnings as the Methodist Movement; our Sacraments of Baptism and Communion; our worldwide connection as a denomination; and the hopes and challenges of moving into the future as The United Methodist Church.
As United Methodist people, we trace our Wesleyan roots back to John Wesley and his younger brother, Charles in the 1700’s. The Methodist Movement that they started was grounded in the Anglican Church of England and emphasized practical Christianity and personal holiness of heart and life that lived out loving God and loving neighbor. That is still the focus of The United Methodist Church today as we live out the mission of our denomination to “Make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
In addition to the routines of worship, prayer, Bible study, taking Communion, and service that was emphasized within the Methodist Movement, John Wesley offered a ‘method’ for living life focused on loving God and loving neighbor. He said, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”
May we live this week and always doing the same and knowing that in the midst of it all, God is with us!