“There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody;
There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future what it holds, a mystery,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.”
“Hymn of Promise,” UMC Hymnal #707, verse 2, Natalie Sleeth
It was last year at this time that we were beginning to realize the COVID shutdown was not a short, temporary inconvenience. It was slowly sinking in that we would have to make some massive shifts in
order to address the kind of spiritual support and care that people needed in the midst of the crisis. It was like looking down a long, dark tunnel. Although we are not yet completely out of it, we can at least see the dawn of a post-COVID time coming. Looking back, it is amazing how much we have learned about technology, and using that technology for the sake of the Kingdom! Having said that, I am NOT wanting to do that again! But in the secluded darkness of that COVID shutdown, God never stopped working for God’s purposes. In the silence of that darkness, a new song melody has emerged.
On June 13th, we will begin putting words to the melody of our new three-point parish. That is the day when our partnership with Colo and Collins UMCs begins. On June 13th, Pastor Nikki will be preaching at Ames First while I am preaching at Colo and Collins. It is the beginning of a new shared preaching schedule. In Colo and Collins UMCs, the current pastor, Doug Harding, and I will be celebrating the transition of spiritual leadership there. Based on my early conversations with Colo and Collins members, both congregations are very excited about this new partnership. While we have a great start, it is only the beginning. It will be fun to see where God leads us as we continue to prayerfully discern what God may be up to here in Story County!
In June, we will begin to “play” together as we explore the great lessons from baseball with a sermon series on Christian Discipleship called “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
In July, we will explore the book of Ruth, a story of the deep and committed relationship between Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi. And in August we will take a look at lessons from the Olympics and its athletes in a sermon series called “Run the Good Race.”
During this time, the three churches will be getting to know each other and exploring ways that we might help each other be more effective in our ministries. We will be putting the words to our new melody, together!
“Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old.
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way….” – Isaiah 43:18-19
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see!
See you in worship!
Yours for the Journey,