Gabriel's Horn, Pastor Tim, September, 2014

posted Sep 3, 2014, 10:49 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Sep 3, 2014, 10:49 AM ]

Dear Friends and Members of Leola United Methodist Church,

Rally Day is frequently viewed as a call to re-engage in the life of the church. Rally Day highlights the teaching ministry of our church, especially Sunday school.  The summer months of leisure and vacations have ended, and it is time to re-energize the church!

          This year we celebrate Rally Day on Sunday, September 14.  Like the first day of school, there is a sense of excitement as the day approaches. We look forward to seeing old friends, making new friends, and anticipating the year ahead.  It is a call to action with everyone fully engaged in the life of the church. With all of us working together for the glory of God, there is no telling what we can accomplish.   

          Rally Day also highlights the mission ministry of the church. We enter the mission field once we step out of our homes.  We need to consider taking the message of the gospel to people living in our neighborhoods. There are people on our street who will respond to our sincere, warm invitation.

          The apostle Paul made the astonishing claim that “faith comes from hearing.” (Rom. 10:17)   Before people are able to respond to the Good News, they must hear the Good News!  As I read from the Epistle lesson a couple of Sundays ago, I was struck by these words.  Paul asked a series of open ended questions:  “How are they to call on one in whom they have not believed?  And how are they to believe in one they have never heard?  And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him?”  (Rom. 10:14)  We were blessed by people who cared enough about us to personally teach us the stories of Jesus and the Bible. It’s now our turn to share those lessons.

          Deep down people long to be connected or reconnected to the God who loves them and to the Savior who died for them.  Sadly, if no one shares the good news with them, they might not ever believe.  Paul challenges us with one final question, “How are they to proclaim him unless they are sent?  (Rom. 10:15a) 

In the Great Commission Jesus sends us out, “Go therefore and make disciples…” (Matt. 28:19a)   Knowing that “Faith comes from hearing”, we accept the responsibility to share what we have found to be true in Jesus.  Our goal in sharing our faith is that people may hear and claim the faith for themselves.  

          Each month I conclude my article with “see you in church” as a way of encouraging greater participation in the life of the church.  Perhaps I should change this to “see you in our community”. Let’s live out the gospel by serving and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ to all people.”


          Your Pastor,

          Pastor Tim