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July 21st, 2023 | Rev. Dr. Mark Charles

I was contacted by a local journalist this week. He wanted to chat to me about the United Methodist Church – what we have been going through in recent years and what it means for United Methodists in Nassau County. We talked at length about the debates that have plagued United Methodism for decades, and about how they have resulted in numerous churches choosing to disaffiliate from the denomination. At the end of his conversation he asked me this question: What does the future look like for the United Methodist Church? I responded saying:

“The prevailing sentiment is one of hope as congregations across the Florida Conference continue to live into our vision of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. For us at Memorial, the biggest and most important thing is keeping our minds and hearts focused on Jesus Christ and the mission to which we have been called as a church family.”

As resurrection people, we abound in hope, friends. Our prayers, our study, our acts of service and mission, and our connections with one another are all clothed in the great and imperishable hope of the gospel. I don’t know about you, but my own soul gets deeply encouraged when I am reminded that in Christ we have a hope that will never perish, spoil, or fade.

We affirm, sing of, and celebrate this hope every week in worship, too. So, if you know someone who could do with hearing good news of God’s hope and grace, why not invite them to church this Sunday? After all, good news is always worth sharing, right?

See you Sunday!

Pastor Charlie

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