Oakdale United Methodist Church
Sunday, July 03, 2022
Praise God, Love Others, Grow Spiritually, and Share Jesus!

From the Pastor

Dear Friends,

 

Many of you know and love the old song:

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;

Then all these things shall be added unto you,

Allelu, Alleluia.

 

It has a beautiful, calm melody. It reminds us that our priority should be to seek God’s ways, and then we will have everything we need.

 

This song comes from Matthew 6:33, and the preceding verses emphasize that we should not be fearful or anxious about the future. The verses tell us we don’t have to worry about the most basic aspects of survival. Yet, I believe the song says even more.

 

The song is an Easter message: God offers us new life today, a huge opportunity to discover all that we can be when we offer our lives to God. It is a great adventure – perhaps a little (or a lot) scary. We may worry what will happen if we allow ourselves to be transformed, to really try to live the way that Jesus taught us, when we try to follow our hearts to God.

 

I know that many of you are worried about the future of our church with my leaving. Change is hard. Transition is hard. New life is hard. The disciples found that out with the resurrection of Christ. Everything changed for them, but they were able to move on and grow even more. They started the Church. I believe in new life and that is my wish for you. The song tells us, everything will be all right; everything will be just as it should be.

 

Fear and worry can be paralyzing, but they don’t have to be. Like the disciples, you have one another on which to rely. I am not Oakdale United Methodist Church. You all are. With God’s help, you can grow to be an even more vibrant church than you are now. I believe that God has big plans in store for Oakdale. You just have to seek God’s help.

 

So in the spirit of Easter, set aside one of your fears, and live in this moment the life God wants for you. Start with a prayer, ask God to continue to create in you the spirit of love and compassion, the spirit of Christ. Then, see what wonderful surprises will follow. Resurrection will come.

 

Michelle