Greetings in Jesus’ name. Hope this jumper cable restart of Lift Up Christ finds you enjoying summer! After vacation I’m back to offering this blog as an alternative view of United Methodism in the Pacific Northwest. Thank you Holy Spirit for jump starting me with a refreshed spirit. Wow it’s available to anyone who calls on you O Jesus of Nazareth!
How blessed we are with pacific northwest weather. Ritzville wheat, hay, and grass seed could be a record crop this year. Our hearts go out to the other sixty four percent of the country that is suffering drought conditions!
Congratulations to Bishop Hagiya being reassigned as our Bishop. Now he’s also the episcopal leader for Oregon-Idaho, and the Alaskan Conference. Our conference is now called The Greater North Pacific Annual Conference.
So what grabbed you spiritually about this past annual conference? Was it something said from the two special speakers; or some legislative action, or someone who was ordained? What I celebrate with so many of you is that the Cross was back at Annual Conference. Unlike the conference of 2011 where there was no worship cross present at plenary worship-this year the Cross of Jesus Christ was back. Off to the side of the worship platform was a beautiful cross. During Sunday Worship June 24 the cross was powerfully displayed off the media screen up front. Special thanks to Worship Conference Chair Pastor David Johnson for the return of the cross. At the end of worship the daughter of Pastor David Parker painted a gorgeous living representation of the Cross. The words of Holy Scripture painted for all of us to celebrate here are: “Perfect love casts out fear (I John 4:18).” What does the heart say? “Love Eternal.” Wow-well done.
Praise God, the living cross, the Living Christ is alive. The Cross is back stronger than ever before…now in the new Greater North Pacific Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. As John Wesley so reminds us-“the best is yet to come.”
Stay tuned. I address what I believe to be the most controversial issues of annual conference in part 2.
With harvest in full swing we continue to harvest produce from our gardens. Isn’t it amazing what God can do when we truly submit and trust in Him? This Sunday we continue our series on the seven works of the Holy Spirit with focus on the “Seal” of the Holy Spirit.
This last week with a visit to Cloyd and Helen Blake the Spirit directed our conversation to the importance of home canning. All of a sudden in thinking about the “Seal of the Holy Spirit” I connected the thought of how important the seal in home canning is. Do you know how to can? I have tried it in past years-but maybe now is the time to be a better steward of garden produce and can. Sunday we have a special treat Cloyd will share with us during the message!
After worship-we will help the Galbreath Family celebrate the 98th birthday of Alma Galbreath. Alma is so faithful and has been such a loving force in the Ritzville community over the years! See ya Sunday! Your servants for Christ- Pastor John-Maureen
There is someone new on the scene that maybe you haven’t met. Let me introduce you to The person of The Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, even though The Holy Spirit has been around since the beginning of creation-many people inside and outside The Christian Church aren’t aware of The Holy Spirit. Who or what is the Holy Spirit? Its the third person of the Godhead. The Holy Spirit isn’t a glob like most people think. The Holy Spirit is a person.
In this hot hot weather we all need to keep hydrated-drinking water, water, water. So it is with the Holy Spirit. We need the “Filling of The Holy Spirit within us.” We need to be spiritually hydrated. This Sunday’s theme is the third in a series of seven messages on the “Works” of The Holy Spirit. Sunday’s theme deals with the indwelling or filling with The Holy Spirit.
Following worship you are welcome to stay for grilled turkey burgers, and salads. Bring a salad of your choice to share with others. The church will provide the grilled food, and drinks. Donations appreciated!