Edwin M. Temple
Brooke L. Wright
Church Office Hours
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
“The church's one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord; she is his new creation by water and the Word. From heaven he came and sought her to be his holy bride; with his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.” UMH 545
Every morning I have my first cup of coffee on the roof of the church. Are you surprised? Are you shocked? Are you trying to imagine me sitting on the sanctuary roof enjoying a nice, steaming hot cup of de-caf? Well, let me put your mind at ease. I’m not actually sitting on the roof of our church. Rather, I have a piece of the old slate roof from Jefferson Street United Methodist Church which I use as a coaster for my morning coffee. So, from a certain point of view, I have my morning coffee on the roof of the church every day.
There is a profound spiritual truth here. As Christian persons who love Christ and His Church, we ought to take a little bit of the church with us wherever we go. Mindful of God’s love and grateful for Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf, the church should be in our hearts and on our minds every day. You see, since its birth on Pentecost, the Church has been one of God’s greatest gifts to us. Through it the sacraments are celebrated, the Word is proclaimed, the grieving receive solace, the young are married, the deceased laid to rest and God’s presence in our midst is celebrated. In and through all these God’s grace is actively at work in our individual lives and in the collective life of the community of faith. For these reasons and many more, I believe the church, in general, and our congregation deserve our very best. As one of God’s greatest gifts to His people, it is worthy of full, complete and uncompromised loyalty and support. Indeed, if we do anything less, I fear we are in danger of being ungrateful to God for neglecting and under-valuing His priceless gift to us.
As I drink my coffee this morning and place my mug on the roof of the church, I pause to thank God that He has provided this gift of inestimable value to His people. Let’s join together in showing God how truly grateful we are by doing what we said we would do all along, “being loyal to The United Methodist Church, doing all in your power to strengthen its ministries and faithfully participating in its ministries by your prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.
I’ll see you in church Sunday!