(updated 3-1-24) “So, if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So, we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 NRSV
We began a new adventure in the Baldwinsville United Methodist Church this past fall – Rev. Jeff Hodge, Rev. Susan Ranous and I are now sharing ministry in Baldwinsville UMC, Liverpool UMC, and Pennellville UMC. This is a very exciting new to us design that brings the varied gifts and graces of 3 pastors and 3 congregations together.
As we live and worship together you may notice that almost every week, I declare that the scripture lesson for the day is “one of my very favorites”! Truth is, I love the Bible, and love every opportunity to open the Bible and think with you.
However, if I were pressed for a REAL favorite text, I would be hard pressed not to read the one above from 2 Corinthians 5. Read it again if you will – how amazing that we have been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, and now we are sent as ambassadors to spread this reconciling Love of God to everyone!
As we move together into the season of Lent, I invite you to prayerfully consider how God might use you, how God might use US in this ministry of reconciliation. Perhaps it will be a kind word to a stranger, perhaps a gift to someone in need, perhaps a smile offered to a broken soul. I believe this – God is ready, willing, and able to use all of us in building the Kingdom of God here at the Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church! Hear these words again friend, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Come and join us for worship at 9am Sunday morning for our Heritage worship service featuring our choir and familiar hymns. If you are unable to join us in person, we are livestreaming our worship services on YouTube and Facebook. Looking for a Lenten Study? Check out the information on page 2. Plan to come and join us on Sunday morning – we’ll save you a seat! Serving Christ with You, Pastor Bill Mudge