Pastor’s Paragraph for February 23, 2020

Pastor's Paragraph for February 23, 2020

FEBRUARY 23, 2020

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Winnie The Pooh seems to be quite the optimist when he says: 

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

This past Sunday, following the news of my appointment to District Superintendency as of July 1st of this year, I felt myself saying to a few folks, “ok the grave has been dug but don’t start shoveling the dirt yet.” That was my attempt to remind folks that although an announcement was made regarding my departure in four months there is still faithful and fruitful work to be done.  

In Acts 20, we find Paul saying goodbye to his friends and church leaders in Ephesus. Compelled by the Spirit, he was on his way to Jerusalem not knowing what would happen to him when he got there. His “only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24).

Though Paul’s goal in life was to spread the gospel as far and wide as the Lord commissioned him, getting on that boat and waving goodbye must’ve been painful. He did it because, in the words of Charles Spurgeon, he preached a gospel worth dying for, but not before warning them to remain brave in their journey and faithful to the Lord. What a good word for Camp Hill UMC as well!

Paul’s key to being able to move forward in such a hard transition and emotional moment is found in the words: “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace.” For some of us, it may not make the moment easier, but it does sanctify the moment. This is faith demonstrated in trusting God as the guardian over everything. 

In this season, let us strongly pray for one another and for the church that we love.

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Rev. Dr. Gary Weaver

Lead Pastor