Lenten Devotional, April 12

What FUMC Means to Me: A Place to Find People
by Claire Childress

When I worked as a pastor, I saw people attach themselves to churches for a variety of reasons. Some came for preaching, some for the music, some for worship. However, the single most important factor seemed to be how they felt about the other people in the pews. People came to church to see each other. “How shallow,” I thought disdainfully.

I have just turned 68, and for the first time in my life, I have chosen a church because of who is sitting in the pews. I did not select First United Methodist Church (FUMC) for the preaching, the liturgy, the music, the worship style or classes. I chose it because I want to see, greet, sing, sit, pray, visit, worship, talk, laugh, and when necessary, cry with the people of FUMC.

Focus Scripture:
O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with the Lord is great power to redeem.
Psalm 130:7

Lenten Practice: Reflect on what FUMC means to you. Why have you chosen this place as your church home?

Lenten Prayer: God, I thank you that I can come to a place like FUMC — a place of community, a place to worship together, a place filled with music and light, and most of all, a place filled with people who care and want to share your love with others. Amen.

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