This week the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church is meeting to discern the constitutionality of the Traditionalist Plan. Next month, multiple groups will meet to discern where they think God is leading the United Methodist Church in the United States. One group, the Judicial Council, works within the confines of what was and is legally binding for our denomination. The others consider what might be, would could be, and what will define the people called Methodists as we move into 2020 and beyond.
I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to compare this to the time after that first Easter as the disciples tried to figure out what it meant to follow Jesus after his death and resurrection. Jesus appeared time and again to assure and reassure them, offering peace, his presence, and some glimpse of the direction ahead. At the core of it all, love. In his words and actions, in his very presence he reminded his disciples, then and now, that his mission, and ours hasn’t changed. Love one another. That is the heart of the matter.
This Sunday, as the Chimes ring out, we’ll begin a new worship series from Marcia McFee and the Worship Design Studio, “The Heart of the Matter.” We’ll hear the story of Jesus appearing to the disciples, breathing his peace. We’ll remember honest Thomas, who wanted more than words, but a holy touch. We explore our own yearning for proof and our willingness to lean into faith. Come hear the chimes play and a familiar story. I’ll see you on Sunday.
Peace be with you,