Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
Annandale United Methodist
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
To generously share God's love with everyone we meet

Baker's Yeast

I love to learn! Learning involves asking questions. It is pretty safe to say that at one time or another, we have all asked the question “why?” It is natural for us to wonder about why things are the way they are, and I think God created us to ask those kinds of questions. If you are like me, when I find some of the answers to my questions, it often leads to even more questions. Surprise! But, I guess that keeps life interesting anyway, even if at times it can seem less than satisfying. It all depends on our attitude toward things. 
In September our sermon series will focus on some of the why questions that people often ask. We won’t be able to address them all, but we will address four questions. Why do the Innocent suffer? Why do my prayers seem to go unanswered? Why can’t I see God’s Will for my life? And we will close with a non-question, Why God’s love prevails.
I believe that it is questions like the ones mentioned above that strengthen the church. Once we realize our own limitations and come to trust and lean on the power of the almighty, learn to trust in Christ’s mercy, love, and healing grace, we can live knowing that life has a purpose. Knowing that life is good (as the saying goes) and that the future is bright. 
The church also has a purpose. People express that purpose in many different ways, and our Bishop expresses it well. He has laid out three gospel imperatives that can help to keep the purpose of the church in focus for us all.   “Our shared vision is for every congregation to become a vital expression of the scriptural imperatives to:
Grow in love of God and neighbor (The great Commandment) Matthew 22:37-40
Reach new people (The great Commission) Matthew 28:19-20
Heal a broken world (The Great Proclamation) Luke 4:16-21
May the Spirit of Christ guide us as we help each other deal with the “Whys” of life, and may we find our true purpose in life as we seek to be the church, every day.
I’ll see you in worship, if not before.
May God’s Kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven,
and have a blessed day!
Pastor Paul D. Baker