United Methodists talk about being connectional, how our churches and ministries are linked together to share in common and often large work. This week, through Sunday, 600 United Methodist lay people and clergy from the Desert Southwest Conference meet in Glendale to worship, work together, set direction for our Conference, ordain and commission new pastors, and discern how we can do connectional work to transform God’s world. At least nine of us from PVUMC are at the Annual Conference, sharing in the sessions and helping with leadership.
I’m grateful that Christopher Wurpts, our youth director, will preach this Sunday. We continue our worship series on “Wilderness” as we remember the Israelites’ journey to the Promised Land. When Moses goes up on Mt. Sinai to receive the commandments from God, the people get restless and impatient. In their frustration, they craft an idol of a golden calf, which gets them into all kinds of trouble with God. In these wilderness times, it’s easy to forget who we are. It’s easy to forget our commitments to God or the promises of God to be with us. We can even forget that we belong to God.
Our identity, our strength and hope are all in a relationship with a loving God who sometimes seems too silent for us, but never forsakes us. When we feel abandoned or alone, it’s easy to lose our moral anchors. It’s easy to drift: away from church, away from listening to God, away from what we used to know. Join us Sunday as we worship God who forges new relationships with us in the wilderness moments and helps us discover more of what faith means in those times when we are so pressed.