Pastor Mark’s eNote – Who Are We Who Dare to Build This Place?
Who Are We Who Dare to Build This Place?
We are a people who love God and neighbor. We have heard the words of Jesus (Matthew 22:37-40), and we seek to take those words seriously, with joy. We love the God who first loved us. In our new space, as we praise God, strangely and beautifully the Holy Spirit will knock away the walls we just built and set us free of time and space. The love in which we gather is the love that has always been and will always be.
And from our new building we will move with that love into the world. God loves our neighbors, too. Some of them know that; some don’t. We have good news for them all and prime seats waiting. And to our neighbors in need, we will offer help, because we love them with the love of Christ. We have dared to build a new building so we can fill it with love divine—and fill it to overflowing.
We are a people who see beyond ourselves. We are a people of memory and hope. If we have built a place only for ourselves, we have wasted our time and resources. But we know better. As we gather in worship, we are surrounded by a great host of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1), the great Communion of Saints—the faithful of all the ages (From the first Sunday, our new space will be packed). And as we open this new building, we open it for all who will come after us—our children and theirs and folks we have yet to meet, all of whom will find home in the place we call home now.
We are a people of faith. We dare to build, trusting God whose kingdom emerges and erupts in this world—sometimes through the church, sometimes despite it. We build trusting God who blesses us, and through us, others. We build trusting God whose Spirit empowers us and moves us into God’s future. We build trusting God, because it is God who has lavished grace upon us, who loves us and the world, who gave the vision for this church 21 years ago, and who has in store for us countless moments of grace we have yet to dream.
In other words, we have dared to build a new building because the God who has done so much is about to do even more, and I, for one, can’t wait to be a part of it. And so I call dibs, at least for a little while, on one of the seats up front.
Rev. Mark Westmoreland
Last Sunday in the Sanctuary
Sunday, October 16 at 8:00a.m., 9:15a.m. and 11:00a.m.
Sunday, October 16, will be the last time we hold worship services in the current sanctuary, a place where God has blessed countless lives over the course of 20 years. On this special day, we will meet at our NEW WORSHIP SERVICE TIMES—8:00, 9:15, and 11:00—to celebrate the memories this sacred place holds. Together we will give thanks for all God has done in this place. At the close of all three services, we will walk over to our new worship center for a time of singing and prayer. Also, as a sign of our trust in God on the brink of a new era of worship, service and care, we will turn in our Take Care stewardship cards and recommit ourselves to our shared life in the love of Christ.
Important Note: We are moving to our new worship times on the 16th to
facilitate our movement to the new center at the close of each service.
Grand Opening of the New Worship Center
Sunday, October 23 at 8:00 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
You’re invited to the grand opening of Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church’s new worship center! In fact, you’re the reason we built it! As God’s people, we united Generation to Generation to build this church for ministry in the name and Spirit of Christ. Now we will celebrate a great new day and praise God for the many wondrous ways he is blessing us. The salvation we share in Christ is a gift, and his calling is to share that gift with our neighbors and with the world. In this new worship center, God will bless our congregation, our neighbors, and so many others who are yet to hear of HMUMC. A new day is dawning, and we look forward to celebrating with friends, family, neighbors and ALL of God’s people on Sunday, October 23, at 8:00, 9:15, and 11:00. There will be a seat for YOU.