I am writing you today because I have been invited to be the preaching pastor this weekend at MUMC! In the eight weeks I have been with you so far, I have had the chance to get to know so many of you through the Bike House, Meramec Gardens, over lunch, in meetings, and simply drinking coffee in the lobby between Sunday worship services. I have enjoyed our conversations, been blessed by your music and your words of encouragement, and I have caught you serving your neighbor and your church in deep and meaningful ways. I have heard stories about the nearly 200 year history of this congregation- celebrations and pains- along with many hopes and dreams that are yet to be fulfilled. Thank you! I am so honored and so proud to serve a congregation that has both such a deep history and the willingness to make changes when it is a new path that Christ calls us down.
On Sunday we will continue in the second week of the sermon series that began last week that is titled “This Is My Story.” The sermon series is all about how you and I take our own personal stories about how Christ has reshaped our stories and share those stories with others. This week’s scripture passage is Matthew 5:13-16 where Jesus challenges his disciples to not only share the Good News of the gospel, but to quite literally BE the Good News.
I invite you to join me this Sunday at 9am and 11am or Saturday at 4pm as we seek, together, to be the Good News to a world who so desperately needs to know God’s love.
Pastor Andy Blacksher