Pastor’s Note – November 29, 2018

Schweitzer UMCPastor's Note

“Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit power. Reports about him spread quickly throughout the whole region” (Luke 4:14)

Friends,

Six years ago I was privileged to go on a pilgrimage, a sacred journey, with others from Schweitzer. I took this picture from the edge of the Sea of Galilee. As pilgrims, we spent months preparing for the journey.

You’re invited into a new journey with God beginning this Sunday. The new Christian Year begins and is the first Sunday of Advent, the season which leads up to Christmas. We’re also beginning fresh and new with one of the four gospels in the New Testament—Luke! We are going to continue right through Luke to Easter! What a journey lies ahead. Be a pilgrim.

Pilgrims carry with them an inner attitude of openness to God meeting with them along the way—in the stories created, people encountered, the unfamiliar, the landscapes and more. The journey itself is a God encountering enterprise.

In the gospel of Luke, Jesus creates new stories with the non-religious, women, the poor, laborers like Shepherds…and with us. Let’s open and prepare our hearts to be changed in the journey ahead.

In Luke, Jesus and his followers travel lots of roads together, to real places—Galilee, the wilderness, Jerusalem and “to the other side” (Luke 8:22). With faith, he appeared to two traveling along a road and changed them. He will appear to us, transforming us too! Let’s journey together!

“The two said to each other, didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scripture to us?” (Luke 24:32).

With love for the journey,

Jim