South Bloomfield United Methodist Church
Pastor's Blog
A New Year - A new opportunity

We have stepped into a brand new year and most of us expect this year to be better than the last.  I have recently driven by a few recreation centers and workout facilities and found the parking lots to be full.  New Year's resolutions I suspect.   If my path leads me by these businesses next month, I wonder what the parking lots will look like?  The answer to that question is predictable-------there will be fewer cars because of unkept promises and broken dreams.


In Church, any Church, there is another predictable phenomena.  After Christmas (like Easter) when all of the programs and pageants are finished, when the tree has been stored away and all of the candles are extinguished, and all the presents are put away----- we experience "low Sundays" or low church attendance. This is a cross denominational experience which comes around each year for generations. As a Pastor, I don't understand why this happens, I just know it does happen. 


Somehow, it seems as if people believe that they have "paid their dues" to God. They may think "look what I have done for you Jesus, I went to church on Christmas/Easter" (interchangeable as needed). Or, some may think that God is not in Church but those two days of the year. That is unless something bad happens in their life, then of course God needs to show up on demand.


As a Pastor I have never understood this thinking.  I believe that a true believer (as opposed to a deceiver)  should experience Jesus every day, and come to worship to refuel and fellowship with other believers so that we continue to grow in the faith together, to make us stronger.  I also believe that the Christmas and Easter mentality in any Church contributes to the demise of the Church, leading to a survival mode or simply dry up and die. This is a sad state which many congregations find themselves.  We have several hundred in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church alone that have entered into the aforementioned condition.


South Bloomfield Church is not one of these Churches.  Nor will we allow that to happen on our watch!  So, for the Sundays in January I will be focusing upon being an alive Church in our community and being a well toned part of the Body of Christ as we move forward in this new year. This Sunday the message will be on the "Spiritual Gifts" God gives to all of us to be His representatives in the World.  What are Spiritual Gifts? How do we recognize them?  How do we use them to make our Church stronger?

 

One Scripture stand out to me, at this moment, about the people and the Churches who are complacent in their relationship with God;

 

2 Chronicles 7:14 

 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.


On our watch, I believe we have been faithful.  It is my prayer that we continue to remember our first love and remain a humble people seeking to bring others to Christ.


AMEN ?

Pastor Floyd

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