South Lyon First UMC Family,
As summer arrives in Michigan in 2021 it seems to have more meaning for me this year. I have noticed this in many conversations with you also. There is this air of hope and joy for more freedom this summer, to go, to do, to hug, etc…. What are your plans? Where are you heading? Some of you are looking forward to grocery shopping on a regular basis, others are visiting family for the first time in a year, and some are going on traveling adventures. Wherever you find yourself this summer, continue to draw near to God.
Mark 3:13-19 “Jesus went up on a mountain and called those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve and called them apostles. He appointed them to be with him, to be sent out to preach, and to have authority to throw out demons. He appointed twelve: Peter, a name he gave Simon; James and John, Zebedee’s sons, whom he nicknamed Boanerges, which means “sons of Thunder”; 18 and Andrew; Philip; Bartholomew; Matthew; Thomas; James, Alphaeus’ son; Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean;[a] 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus.
We never know how the days before us will unfold. These apostles were called by Jesus, but I love that Mark points out that they were not just sent out. They were first called to go up the mountain and spend time with Jesus. We too are to have purposeful time with Jesus. To worship, to study, or to pray. We are given the promise that no matter what, Jesus will not leave us orphaned, that the Holy Spirit is with us always. Hard days, good days, and all the days in between, God is with us. I encourage us all to make time for Jesus through worship this summer. You can connect with your South Lyon First UMC family online at 11:00 am whether you are local or traveling, or if you are local, come and join us in the backyard under the tent. Bring your own chair or blanket. Our summer worship theme, Catching Fire: Walking with the Apostles started this week and even included a visit from the Apostle Andrew (well done, Jeff Klapper). This past Sunday was so powerful gathering and singing together. I will never take singing together for granted again.
I am thankful to journey with God, it has been a hard year for so many. The gift of knowing that I was not alone was a precious gift during this time. If you have struggled with your faith or would like to dig deeper in your faith walk, let's meet, chat about options, and pray together. Know that during the month of June I am praying for each of you by name. I do not know all of your prayer needs, but God does.
May we all find ways to enjoy this summer season. May we all find ways to grow in our faith walk by learning from the Apostles. May we find meaningful ways to practice fellowship, worship, and serve together.