Edwin M. Temple
Brooke L. Wright
Church Office Hours
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Don't Forget To Set Your Clock Ahead on Saturday, March 7!
Daylight Savings Time Begins on Sunday, March 8.
As I write this I am in the midst of preparations for the March Board of Ordained Ministry meeting in Madison. I’ve already read through papers, questions and answers, sermons and Bible studies submitted by candidates for commissioning in the United Methodist Church. As is the case each year at this time, I am moved and impressed by the level of commitment, thought and preparation.
It occurred to me this morning that such exercises would be beneficial for all of us, laity as well as clergy. Jesus said, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?” These are hard words which demand a firm and un wavering commitment. Yet, this is what Jesus requires of all who would follow Him, laity and clergy, alike. To make such a commitment we must first prepare through prayer, fasting, study and a lot of thought.
It’s no coincidence that confirmation classes are taught during Lent. This season of penitence and preparation is “ready made” for a journey like confirmation. It’s good for the rest of us, too. Jesus calls us all to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him. During Lent, we will follow Him all the way to Calvary and remember the price He paid so that we might have life.
This week as I meet with candidates for ordained ministry, I challenge us all to do some serious praying, fasting, studying and thinking, as we consider our commitment to Christ and His gospel.
I’ll see you in church Sunday!