As we move into the season of Lent, I want to share with you the focus of our worship experiences. I invite you on a journey of spiritual disciplines. By the time you read this article, we will have taken our first steps on this journey. Last Sunday, we focused on the spiritual discipline of prayer. In the weeks to follow we will be addressing other spiritual disciplines: scripture reading and study, fasting, Sabbath rest, service and acts of mercy, worship and sacraments, and incarnational community.
John Wesley referred to these and other spiritual disciplines as Means of Grace. Bishop Ken Carder in his book, Living Our Beliefs, describes Means of Grace in the following way: “Methodists, since their beginning, have identified “the ordinances of God” as Means of Grace - means God’s presence and power” (p.82).
God offers us food for the journey by giving us means to draw closer to God through a disciplined life. These disciplines help us prepare to live in a new heaven and a new earth!
I have no catchy sermon titles or phrases to draw you to Worship. I simply offer an invitation into a richer, fuller, more meaningful relationship with God, in Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit. The spiritual disciplines help us to live the abundant life that Jesus promised us and helps our light shine more brightly in this world of darkness.
Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 5:14-16: “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven.”
See you Sunday! – Mark
Published on Thursday, March 5, 2020 @ 11:27 AM EDT