Sometimes the church gets accused of too much talking. It’s a common critique. The world is suffering and we talk more than we act. People say, we want to see more action. The letter of James in the New Testament says, “But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves….” (1: 22). It’s a common thread in the New Testament, how we are to embody God’s love and put it into action as we say in our mission statement.


I am excited that our Change the World Sunday has arrived. We will again be people who show what God’s love looks like as we work, visit the sick, help some very worthy charities, labor together side by side, all ages. Jesus talks about the blessing of serving others. We meet Christ most visibly when we are helping, sharing, loving and doing God’s will. Sunday we will demonstrate how God cares so deeply for our broken world and how we can be church outside the walls of the church.


Invite friends to come and share in this wonderful day. It’s a time to help others see what our church can do together. Sunday is a time to invite others to experience God as in our compassion and giving ourselves to human need around us. Last year, I loved Change the World Day. I enjoyed the hands-on work of helping and serving at a place I would not normally visit. I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with other church members, getting to know them better, sharing in the labor and conversation. For those who are not in a position to work on Sunday, be sure and come anyway and take part in our worship. Stay for the prayer time that will help to surround our labors in the presence and Spirit of God. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we take our Church out into God’s world.

Rev. Dr. David Summers, Senoir Pastor
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
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