20 Sep Pastor’s Paragraph for September 22, 2019
Pastor's Paragraph for September 22, 2019
SEPTEMBER 22, 2019
September is National Literacy Month. Picking up on that theme, the Camp Hill UMC staff is sharing some of the books that we love and have helped inspire us to become more like Jesus. As our new Discipleship Cycle invites everyone to grow in their discipleship, we hope this will be one way to do that. Those books are being posted on Facebook from time to time and there is also a bulletin insert this week.
Several books have had a profound influence on my Christian journey, including “The Genesee Diary” (Henri Nouwen) and “The Hunger of the Heart” (Ron DelBene). But maybe the most obvious one is the Bible. If you don’t have a good study Bible, it’s worth the investment. One of my favorites is The New Interpreter’s Study Bible NRSV. And before ever becoming a pastor, taking Disciple Bible Study, during which we read through the entire Bible in 34 weeks within the context of a small group, was truly a life-transforming experience. In God’s providence, Camp Hill UMC is offering a version of Disciple Bible Study this fall called, “Disciple Fast Track: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study.” Contact Sandy Zirbel for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the church office at 717-737-5631.
I thought it appropriate to close with a quote from John Wesley, founder of Methodism. He was a prolific reader and had reading lists for Circuit Riding pastors but referred to himself as “A man of one book”:
“I want to know one thing, the way to heaven: how to land safe on that happy shore. God himself has condescended to teach the way; for this very end he came from heaven. He has written it down in a book! Oh, give me that book! At any price, give me the book of God! I have it: here is knowledge enough for me.”
May God’s Word be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path, as God seeks to transform our living from the inside out that we all may become more and more like Jesus.
Rev. Sharon Miller
Pastor of Homebound Ministry