Pastor’s Note – August 15, 2019

Schweitzer UMCPastor's Note


This Sunday, we’ll be starting a new series called Life Together. We’re going to explore some elements that pull us together and unite as a church family. We’re going to spend three weeks on one very important passage called The Great Commandment (Matthew 22:34-40). Jesus tells us that the greatest commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Jesus tells us the second greatest commandment is to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

In a famous sermon called The Catholic Spirit, John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, wrote:

But although a difference in opinions or modes of worship may prevent an entire external union, yet need it prevent our union in affection? Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences. These remaining as they are, they may forward one another in love and in good works. 

I love that line: Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? There are all kinds of reasons for churches to divide. There are all kinds of forces pushing us apart from one another. What holds us together? Simply this: love.

In this series, we’ll explore the way love holds us together by looking at Jesus’ teaching about the Great Commandment. I hope you’ll join us for this series.

A couple of other things for this Sunday.

  • This Sunday is Promotion Sunday! This means all the kids will be “promoted” to their next grade level for ministry. Promotion Sunday coincides with back-to-school week. Thank you to our many volunteer leaders who make our children’s and youth ministry happen!
  • For those in the 11:00 modern service, we will not be using video this week. Instead we will have a live preacher for the next three weeks. We’re still working on a plan for the preaching of the 11:00 modern service, and I welcome your feedback.

I can’t wait to see you Sunday!