St. Charles and Dover United Methodist Church
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.

Pastor's Reflection



We live together in a very connected world, a global society. This is quite different from the world of our grandparents and some of our parents. News, spin on the news, and false stories are available instantly. We affected by and aware of not only what happens in our own families, in our neighborhoods and in our work places, but by events in parts of our country and the world we may never visit. This connectedness has expanded our horizons, introduced us to peoples and cultures of which we were unaware and has inspired our imaginations. It has also broken our hearts at times. 

This summer we begin something new together, as we share worship through the summer months. Beginning on June 10, we are creating time and space following worship to pray and seek together where God might be calling us to respond. (See article later in newsletter.)

You are also invited to study together a book, “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” (see article), a chance to grow in your awareness of your spirituality and our connection to others 

But right now I want to lift up a very positive part of our global connectedness. How many of you watched the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? When have you ever heard a sermon talked about like Bishop Michael Curry’s? It made headlines around the world! I was excited to see a sermon making the news and especially this one – it was true to the Gospel, through and through. His quote from Dr. Martin Luther King is one the world needs to hear over and over – “We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love, and when we do that we will make of this old world a new world. For love, love is the only way.” We heard Bishop Curry quote 1 John, “Beloved, let us love one another because love is of God and those who love are born of God and know God. Those who do not know love do not know God. For God is love” 

We witnessed pomp and circumstance, old traditions blended with new, a bride who was radiant and a groom who was overcome with love and joy. And we heard the truth of the Gospel. Not what we have been hearing so much of in our country – the teachings of Jesus ignored and tossed aside in favor of elitism, power, white supremacy, marginalizing and further subjugation of the poor, saber rattling talk of war, and gun violence. The teachings of Jesus and the modeling he did for us were of love, inclusion and compassion for all. This sermon took us back to the basics of faith in Jesus and caught the world’s attention by doing so. It is within attitudes, orientations and actions of love that the power to change the world lies. Not in fear, not in judgment, not in ‘me first’, but only in love. That is the real power to change the world! 

As we marveled at the wedding, we heard a powerful message. One we needed to hear. One the world desperately needed to hear. A word of hope when we return to the basics


                                                                   Pastor Heather