Legacy: The Revolutionary John Wesley
United Methodists claim a distinctive heritage. This month we share a worship series on the contributions of our founder, John Wesley, to our spiritual DNA as a church. Wesley was a man with a great hunger for God, yet it took him many years to build a living relationship of faith and the keen sense that he knew God personally. In fact, Wesley felt like a failure in his early years of ministry. It led to a crisis of faith for him that only God could resolve. What speaks to us today is that Wesley faced similar issues to our time: a church that was growing irrelevant to the people of its day; turbulent social conditions that left many suffering from poor health care, the effects of poverty and industrialization, a poor system of education. Wesley had many insights that speak to our spiritual condition and our desire to be God’s love in action in the world around us, which gets at the heart of our ministry here at PVUMC.
I’ve always liked how John Wesley said, “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” This is our witness to the world. We are God’s force for good. We actively look for places where God’s love can be shared. We are people who have known a hunger for God and faith in our own lives. We understand that so many others in our world have that same hunger, but are unsure how to face it and fill it. Sunday we come to worship and meet God again who continues to use our church as a witness of love and justice in our world.
Rev. Dr. Dave Summers
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Read more about the UMC’s Jubilee Celebration on Heritage Sunday, Pentecost, May 20, 2018. We’ll celebrate our graduating high school seniors in worship that day and unveil the Pentecost dove and flame mobile, which include your prayers of hope for the church. Read more.
“We invite you to join us on a shared journey of life and faith, open to all, regardless of age, ability, economics, color, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, politics, theology or anything else that might separate us from each other. Whoever you are and wherever you may be on your spiritual journey, you’re invited to walk with Christ in community with all of God’s children, and embrace the endless possibilities of God’s unconditional love.”