United Methodist Church Anna
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.

From the Pastor

                              
 

Tim’s Tidbits   

by Pastor Tim Gosssett

It is hard to believe that the summer is almost over. With the official starting date for the autumn season being September 22, that means just a couple more weeks of hot weather (I hope). Sure, there will be some warm days, but as the temperatures begin to cool down our mindset begins to change to fall activities.

September traditionally means the end of summer vacations and the beginning of many fall festivals and craft fairs; football games, hayrides, wiener roasts, and bonfires. We celebrate Labor Day, Patriot’s Day, and Grandparents Day. But with the COVID-19 virus, many if not all of these activities will be curtailed, if not cancelled this year.

 

Our daughter is getting married on the 26th of this month. We have been planning this blessed event for over a year and in March many of these plans went out the window. As guidelines were published concerning activities and social gatherings there have been periods of time when we weren’t sure what that celebration was going to look like. We still are not totally sure what the day will look like. The one thing we do know is that instead of having a wedding celebration with one hundred fifty guests, we are limited to a small intimate affair with fifty people, and that includes the wedding party.

Celebrations are nothing new to our society.  We read in scripture, and in particular the Old Testament of many festivals celebrated by the Israelite nation.  These included Passover, Unleavened Bread, First fruits, the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Booths.

Each of these festival celebrations drew the nation together for celebration and worship, as they recalled the common origin and experience of the people.  They also kept alive the story of what God had done in the exodus and during their wilderness journey.  They also presented the participants with lessons on the reality of sin, judgment, and forgiveness, on the need for thanksgiving to God, and on the importance of trusting God rather than hoarding possessions.

Every time we come to worship is a celebration. We are celebrating Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Under the current COVID-19 guidelines it may not seem much like a celebration, but even the Israelites had guidelines in how to celebrate their festivals. Keep in mind that anytime we can come together as the body of Christ and worship our Lord it is indeed a celebration. Don’t lost faith.  Don’t lose hope. Don’t lose your Spirit that God has instilled in you to celebrate Him.

See you Sunday if not before.

 

                                                                      Pastor Tim