IN-PERSON WORSHIP RESUMES
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH at 9:20am
PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF THE Re-Entry Rules
Join us on Sunday at 9:20am for worship by calling 339-207-6119
Worship materials and more information are in the worship materials section
I’m struggling to find words right now to address the deep, deep sadness I’m feeling for God’s people. I feel as if we are living with two pandemics: COVID-19 for sure, but then there is now the increasing racial tension seemingly as a result of George Floyd’s death. I intentionally used the word ‘seemingly’ because one thing is certain… the rally’s and demonstrations, protests and marches that we have either watched on television or participated in are not due to one isolated incident. They are a culmination of the pain and suffering of racism that hurts all of us and hinders our ability to live fully into the image of God as we have been created.
I am an African American woman who has experienced the sting of racism, as a child and as an adult, personally and professionally, in and out of the church. One reason I am proud to serve in The United Methodist Church is because of our strong commitment to social justice. I have and will continue join others in meaningful ways to combat racism and all the ‘isms. I participated in the peaceful rally held downtown Tiffin this past Sunday. The pictures on our website were taken by Laura Bayda, our Administrative Assistant who is also a talented photographer.
While sitting in a Birmingham jail, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in a call for unity, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” I believe that with my whole heart. I also believe in King and Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence to affect social change. As such, I want to be very clear about this: While I am committed to changing the world we live regarding racism and understand the need for voices to be heard, I DO NOT CONDONE VIOLENCE IN ANY FORM.
I am a disciple of Jesus. Jesus comforted the afflicted and afflicted the comfortable. Why? So people would come to love and care for one another in the same way He loves and cares for us. Always, always, Jesus was about love, not hate. Jesus was also a peacemaker. Before He left this earth, Jesus said to His disciples, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” As His disciples, we must work towards His beloved community… a community built upon mutual love and respect.
If anyone would like to simply sit and share in conversation about what we are living through in these days, I’ll be at the church on Thursday evening at 6:00pm. As long as the weather is nice, bring a lawn chair and we’ll sit outside to enjoy the evening. The only agenda will be to pray and talk about what we’re feeling and thinking in a judgment free zone.
Come, Holy Spirit, Come.
Photos courtesy of our Administrative Assistant Laura Bayda and her photography business Laura’s Lenses LLC
Once we are able, we invite you to join us for our typical Sunday worship services:
8am and 10:15am every Sunday
Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month at both worship services. Our building is fully handicap accessible with an elevator located on the south end of the building. For those in need of transportation, we offer a shuttle service for the worship service