1 Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will … Continue reading Discerning Options
Beloved Church! God, in what form should we continue as Trinity United Methodist Church? That’s the discernment question we are asking in prayer, daily. Trinity held our second discernment conversation after worship yesterday; we reviewed the work we did a week ago. We asked if the body wanted to revisit and possibly revise the discernment … Continue reading Discernment and Grounding
Beloved Church! “God, in what form should we continue as Trinity United Methodist Church?” That’s the framing question which the gathered church chose on March 17, as we begin an intensive Lenten season of discerning God’s will for us as a church. Sundays after worship, we have a brief time of fellowship, and then, in … Continue reading Discernment and Prayer
Note: The 2019 Special Called Session of General Conference is meeting this week in St. Louis, to act on how (or whether) the church can remain united while differing widely on policy about same-sex marriage and ordination & appointment of clergy in same-sex relationships. There are four basic plans being presented (see "overview of the … Continue reading General Conference Resources & Links
1 Corinthians 1:10-18 [Note: I wrote this synopsis of the United Methodist Church’s divisions concerning sexuality several years ago. The divisions – and the political machinations taking advantage of the divisions – have become more intense over recent years. This week a Special Called Session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church is … Continue reading Unity: What’s the point?
[Note: In today's worship service at Trinity United Methodist, Ritzville, this is what I said (more or less) at the beginning of the service.] This week I arrived in Wenatchee for the Gathering of the Orders, along with most of the United Methodist clergy from our Pacific Northwest Conference. We began, as always, with worship. … Continue reading Tree of Life
[Note: This was the July 3, 2018 post in Pastor Wes's personal blog, Wesleyan Grace. You're welcome to visit it, too. But his posts particularly related to Ritzville and to Trinity United Methodist Church will be posted here as well.] As I was being introduced to the Staff-Parish Relations Committee of Trinity UMC, a committee member … Continue reading Because I’m a Methodist