Pastor's Paragraph for February 17, 2019
FEBRUARY 17, 2019
I begin this week by stating the obvious, the energy in Camp Hill UMC’s Gathering Space space between services is just that, energizing. On any given Sunday morning you can stand back and witness strong handshakes and subtle prayer, you will watch those who are confident and those who are confused, and you will see individuals and families who are discovering Camp Hill UMC and those who are anchored into this place. What you will witness, I believe, is community.
One of the many aspects of community that I value is the authentic comfort and support you feel when you are willing to invest in being a part of community. When you spiritually invest in community you are able to celebrate, laugh and even cry and know that you will find others who will celebrate with you, laugh with you and even cry with you. Community celebrating and laughing always seem to be easier, community crying can be so painful. Crying and all the emotions that are attached often mean that I find myself in a place of making decisions and then confusion enters into my heart and my soul starts to wonder and wander. This is where I partially find myself now, crying for the church that I love.
I believe in the United Methodist Church, I believe in Camp Hill UMC, I believe in us. Yet, as we face next week’s Special General Conference (2/23—26) my mind has wandered. After our General Conference meeting in St. Louis, what if the church I love is no longer the church I love, what if the church is no longer community?
At some point in our lives, all of us will be faced with decisions so difficult we do not know where to turn. In some circumstances, God will speak to us specifically about our choices, while in others God seems to be silent. But we can always trust that God wants the best for us.
This week as you wonder and wander in your life lean on these words: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7.
I hope that you will join me in prayer and petition for God’s Spirit to be among us.
Pastor Gary Weaver