As of today, I am now the pastor of the Richmond United Methodist Church in Bangor, PA. This first Wednesday Post in that capacity is directed primarily at the membership of that church. I will get back to my more usual ruminations about live and living as a Christian as the weeks progress. For now, please enjoy some of the simple issues that pastors encounter when going to a church that is new to them.
This morning I spent some time at the Richmond UMC going over basic issues and taking a look at the Sanctuary and figuring out how we are going to do worship in the current conditions of COVID-19. While Richmond UMC has had three worship services in June, the church I pastored up until yesterday has yet to open, so I needed to figure out how I can conduct worship and especially how we can share in Holy Communion and stay within the guidelines for the virus.
We will be supplying individual wafers and juice containers for each person who comes to worship on Sunday. People in worship will actually help to bless their own elements and then serve them to themselves, or serve others in their own family. It will be different, but it will also help to bring us closer to God knowing that God is present with us.
One of the things I hope to bring to Richmond UMC is a time of witnessing where we have seen God working. I hope to make that a regular part of our Pastoral Prayer time. I will mention this on Sunday, but I saw God working last week at the service at Richmond UMC. When Rachel and Tim were going through their confirmation liturgy, Pastor Ed asked the parents to read letters they had written to their children. What an amazing time and an amazing witness to God and to the grace God extends to us all.
I share Pastor Ed’s joy in being able to confirm Rachel and Tim. I also share the joy within the church family that two bright and talented Young Adults have declared Jesus Christ as their Lord and their Savior.
I must admit that I was confirmed many, many years ago, but it was much more recent that I actually lived out that declaration. Jesus was always my Savior, but looking back, it took me a long time to come to grips with the idea of Jesus as Lord.
You may catch a glimpse of my story if you come to worship this Sunday at Richmond UMC. I will introduce myself, and the best way I think I can do that is to relate just some of my call story.
I look forward to meeting everyone who is able to come to worship, and I will try to be in touch with members of Richmond UMC who are not able, or who don’t feel quite comfortable coming to worship yet.