PVUMC: A Living Prophecy

I am grateful for so much at our church. When I reflect on the heartache in the world, the recent disasters and shootings, I’m grateful we have a place to come and return to God, a place that gives us solace and helps us know God’s will for our lives and how we might respond. When I reflect on the increasing divide between the impoverished and the rest of us, I am so thankful for our ministry of relationship through The Open Table. Sunday, Jon Katov, the head of the now international Open Table movement, will talk with us about the amazing asset of the church: our social capital that makes all the difference in people’s lives whenever it is shared. Our social capital includes the relationships and ties we have to others that give us strength or assists us with a need (think of a neighbor who watches your house while you’re away or gives your child a tip on where to find a job).

Most of us live with fairly strong boundaries. Think, for instance, of the people you eat with and the people you don’t tend to eat with, as just one example. We don’t move too often across large social boundaries. Yet God likes us to do just that. In fact, our vision statement for our church says we share “Love that crosses all barriers and embraces all people.” God wants us to love like that so we can do God’s work in locations and with people unlike us. People and places where we don’t typically share time and conversation. We prefer to share our love and mercy in safe and sanitized ways where we can help and then easily return home. And sometimes, God needs us to be in a place that’s a bit messier but where God knows we have something so valuable to offer: ourselves. Join us Sunday as we share an invitation to be God’s love in action in ways you might never have quite considered. I look forward to hearing Jon’s message for us and worshipping together as God’s people of faith and love.

Senior Pastor Dave Summers
pastordave@pvumc.org
Office: 602-840-8360 Ext 131

“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.”

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