When we think of summer, we like to believe that our schedules slow down and we are able to relax. That may have been true at one time, but I don't find it to be a reality today. We are as busy during the summer as we are any other time during the year; we still work long hours; we run our kids to sports and activities; the difference may be that we take a vacation, however these can be every bit as stressful.
In response to this, the church I serve, Wesley Freedom, is celebrating an Action Packed Summer. The difference is, we are offering suggestions of how you can have a faithful and at times restful summer season, based on readings from the Gospel of Matthew.
Week One: June 19 – Obey (Matthew 28:16-20); Model a life lived for Christ and teach by example; Make worship part of our vacation; visit a church and bring back information (bulletin, devotional, a mission, small group or class opportunity); Take a picture of the places your worship; Share your faith or invite someone to worship with you.
Week Two: June 26 – Welcome (Matthew 10:40-42): Introduce yourself to someone you don’t know during or following worship. Let someone go ahead of you in the checkout line. Interact with your neighbors. Pay for a stranger’s meal, toll, etc.
Week Three: July 3 – Rest (Matthew 11:28-30): Take a rest from screen time (computers, gaming systems, phone, TV); Plan a family/friends game night (low tech) or get together; Hang out at the pool; Take a walk; Read a devotional; Take a nap.
After you read the texts, I would be interested in your ideas of how we can respond.
Even though I am the Senior Pastor of Wesley Freedom UMC, everything on my Blog represents my own opinion and not the opinion of Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church or The United Methodist Church. These postings are just my random thoughts, musings and reflections.
I believe the Christian life is a journey. One in which we work on our vertical relationship with God and our horizontal relationship with others. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I believe our faith journey is best when it is shared. Through my random thoughts and my own attempt to live out my faith, I invite you on this journey with me.