Acushnet-Wesley United Methodist Church
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Live well, laugh often, love much!

Pastor's Message

 

“Chirst the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia! Alleluia!!” (UMH 302)

 

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

 

The Good News of Easter is a perfect way to start the month! This winter has been hard on our church family, but spring is definitely on the way, even if it is dragging its feet. And the Good News is that the new covenant between God and God’s people through Christ is with us today, right now, defining us as Christians. This new covenant between God and his people through Christ is inscribed on our hearts. We know for certain that God is with us and that God loves us. This is Grace. The grace of God shown in Jesus Christ speaks straight into our hearts. God loves us even with all our faults and inconsistent faithfulness and even when we turn our back on him. 

 

As spiritualist Richard Rohr says: Love is known when we recognize our self in the other. We mirror each other. God does it best of all by mirroring us perfectly and with total acceptance.” God promises to see us through the storms of life and bring us back into the light. 

 

God helps us to see the silver lining in the worst storm cloud. I officiated at the funeral a few weeks ago for a 71-year-old woman named Linda. Her husband told me that there was a huge void: “she was my wife and my best friend; we were together for 30 years. But there are some silver linings to the dark clouds. Linda was an organ donor and a 60-year-old man received her liver in a successful operation. A part of her will live on in him”. 

 

I believe God’s promise is real. In my darkest times God has always shown me a way out. And that’s why this message from God is so powerful for us today. Let us listen once more to God’s promise to us through the prophet Jeremiah: “For the days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with my people. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt...but this is the covenant that I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people…they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more (Jeremiah 31:31-34, NRSV).

 

We are loved; we are forgiven; we are promised the rainbow after the storm. We are promised that God will always be with us, until the end of the age when Christ will come in final victory and we will feast at his heavenly banquet. Amen. 

 
Your sister in Christ,
Pastor Kathy