In Sunday morning worship, Chris Cummings challenged our church to be the “best you” we can be. He reminded us that we are a unique part of the body of Christ, and that God needs us to be us, not any other church in the world or in our community. As a response to Chris’ sermon, he asked us to write down what we love about our church. Are you curious what others wrote on their card?
I took some time to read through the cards, and here’s the picture of our church that emerged.
FHUMC is a warm, welcoming place to feel at home with God and others.
FHUMC is a place where I am known and I am able to know others.
FHUMC is family. We care about and value everyone -- young and old and in between.
FHUMC is a loving, caring family who shows God’s love at every opportunity.
Is this your experience of our church? Have you found here community, belonging, and acceptance? Has God spoken to you through the ministries of FHUMC helping you cultivate a deep connection to God and live a life of love, service and witness to God in the world?
Maybe you already reflect on what a blessing it is to be part of FHUMC. Do you ever wonder how these gifts are to be shared with others?
Our church, FHUMC, exists to be a blessing to the world. To be sure, there are people in our community, in our homes, in our workplaces, neighborhoods and schools who aren’t truly known by anyone. They aren’t accepted just as they are. They aren’t valued or cared for by another person. There are people in our lives who haven’t yet found their home in God’s love.
What can we do to actively share the gifts of FHUMC with people outside of our church family? These are the kinds of things that I am asking God right now in my prayers. I know God wants to use us, like Abraham, to be a blessing to all the world.
If you think the world needs the gifts that we enjoy each and every time we are together, I invite you to share your love for Forest Hills UMC with someone this week. Pray for God to open the door for you to share with someone the love, acceptance, belonging and community you’ve found at FHUMC. Get on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram and #FHUMCShareLove.
And let’s keep doing what we do --and being who we are-- with great energy, excitement, passion, confidence and commitment. God wants to use us in mighty ways, so whaddaya say we share the love?
Kristin Clark-Banks is the pastor of Forest Hills UMC.