West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Monday, September 22, 2014
As many of you know, I have been on a renewal leave this summer. The purpose of a renewal leave is to encourage pastors to step back from the daily responsibilities of the church and rest, reflect and grow. I have done all of those things this summer, and I am grateful to the church for this opportunity. I am also grateful to the other leaders of our church who have worked extra hard this summer in my absence to make sure our church continued to have worship services on Sundays and continued to care for one another during this summer.
One thing I have reflected on this summer is the spiritual dimension of all that we do here at the church. We go about many tasks and activities around here, but they are all linked by our faith in God and Jesus Christ. It is so easy to become consumed by the busyness, the calendar and the activities, and forget the relationship with God that inspires it all.
This year our Sunday School program will emphasize prayer – the most basic foundation of our relationship with God. When do you pray? How do you pray? They are good questions for our children, and good questions for us adults as well. In “The Practice of the Presence of God”, we hear of Brother Lawrence, a 17th century French Carmelite monk, for whom, “there was no distinction between a time of business and a time of worship. He felt the presence of God whether he was working in his kitchen or worshipping in his church.”