On Monday evening, 110 persons voted to merge Flowing Grace UMC with Fourth Street United Methodist Church. It was exciting as over 90 percent of the people voted in favor. God has blessed two congregations with the opportunity to grow and do new and exciting ministry together. As I celebrate the discernment to move forward, I was struck by the connection to the Confirmation Sunday worship. One of our Scriptures was Isaiah 6:1-8:
6 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. 2 Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3 And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
4 The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7 The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”
At the end of the vote, one of our Confirmation students ran in after practice in order to vote. He took the call to be sent and wanted to participate in the vote. He is taking his discipleship very seriously as did a number of other youth and Confirmation students. I was thrilled. While this is an exciting time it is also a challenging time. We face potential changes and a lot of work to be sent by God. I pray that we all will do as our students have done and go forth, answer the call and move forward as God would have us go.
I am sure that wherever God sends us, it will be wonderful!