Acushnet-Wesley United Methodist Church
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Live well, laugh often, love much!

Pastor's Message

“One who forgives an affront fosters friendship, but one who dwells on disputes will alienate a friend.” Proverbs 17:9
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ…
The New Year is a time of new beginnings. As hymn #383 in the UMH says: “This is a day of new beginnings, time to remember and move on., time to believe what love is bringing, laying to rest the pain that’s gone.” Jesus taught us about forgiving others and loving others. In fact, Jesus said that was the greatest Commandment: to love God and to love each other as you love yourself.

I will admit that sometimes I have trouble letting go of my negative thoughts about others and sometimes I cannot forgive myself. But then I think: how arrogant is that? If God forgives, who am I to hold on to my resentments?

Every time we pray the Lord’s Prayer we promise that we will forgive. Let’s think about those familiar words: Our Father who art in heaven. Hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (What is God’s will for us? Jesus said to Love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself. God’s will is justice for all, peace for all, and love for all.). Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive others. (Matthew 6:15 says ‘but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses; so that’s what this means! Forgive others or you won’t be forgiven. How much more direct can that be?). And lead us not into temptation (keep us from the time of trial) but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen

We all know what family rifts, what friendship rifts, and what church rifts that we need to mend. I pray that 2018 is the year that God’s will will be done.

Happy New Year and Blessings,
Rev Kathy Macedo