If you were in attendance or joined us online two weeks ago for worship, we had the great opportunity and privilege to witness the Confirmation of 2 awesome youth.
Through Confirmation these youth decided to profess their faith in front of God and the entire congregation by vowing to be part of the life of St. Paul’s and the church universal; thus vowing to participate in the life of the church by their prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.
As part of The United Methodist Church’s Baptismal Covenant, new members promise to live faithfully into the Mission of The United Methodist Church, “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” This is the life in which we, the body of the church, vow to live upon our joining into local congregations.
As I stood and listened to Rev. Dr. Nagel Monroe offering these vows to my daughter Reagan, I could not help but think, hope, and pray that she keeps these vows throughout her life. I remember as a young 6th grader, standing before my church and professing these same vows. Do you remember your Baptism, Profession of Faith, or your joining into the United Methodist Church? I invite you to share your story.
Besides our Profession of Faith we have The Articles of Religion of the United Methodist Church that are found in our Book of Discipline (BOD). The Articles of Religion are our basic beliefs as Methodists, also included in this section of The Book of Discipline is part IV, The Ministry of All Christians: The Mission and Ministry of the Church. Throughout this section of the BOD our expectations of each member are laid out before us: The Heart of Christian Ministry, The Ministry of the Laity, The Ministry of the Community, Ministry as Gift and Task, and Faithful Ministry just to name a few.
What are stated in these paragraphs are the overall duties of a United Methodist member. To share the outpouring of Christ’s ministry of outreaching love. “Christian ministry is the expression of the mind and mission of Christ by a community of Christians that demonstrates a common life of gratitude and devotion, witness and service, celebration and discipleship.” Paragraph 126 goes on to say, “All Christians are called through their baptism to this ministry of servanthood in the world to the glory of God and for human fulfillment.”
St. Paul’s, as a church, as people of faith, as members in the United Methodist Church, and as disciples of Christ, it is our mission to teach, pray, love, and serve. We have many wonderful opportunities to serve here at St. Paul’s: community dinners, bible studies, and mission projects to name a few. However, we also have Ignition:Youth and our St. Paul’s Children’s Ministry, both of which are in need of volunteers in many different aspects and time.
Rev. Dr. Nagel Monroe has established an online database that will allow you to choose where you are feeling led to serve. This database has a collection of ministry’s and service areas that are in need of volunteers. If you do not have access to this online option, feel free to talk with any of our Ministry Team about different opportunities to serve. I encourage and pray that our fellow congregants here at St. Paul’s will step up to the call.
Remember our St. Paul’s mission is to Connect, Serve, and Share the love of Christ to all of God’s people.