We are in a season of "what's next" at Oakland UMC. We have some ideas, we know it might be a bit bumpy as we step into the next season; that we may need to be flexible or not only proclaim grace, but carry out grace. There might be some "new" things, some "old" things and things that look "different" in the midst of the season(s) to come. No matter what comes next, God walks with us! There "shall be showers of blessings," in the midst of what is to come. We might not all agree on what color a wall should be, what floor covering to use, or how big the offices are to be, but as Children of God, we know that in the midst of our challenges, opportunities, and joy, God is beside us, closer than the air we breathe.
I share these thoughts not to strike fear in the hearts of all, but instead to prepare us for the seasons to come. We know the following things to be true: we are loved by God, change brings joy and yet is frustrating at times, and together we will move forward. Today's big "C" Church looks different than in the not so distant past. Folks aren't as engaged, volunteers are harder to bring on board, everyone is busy and an atmosphere of energy is harder to create. However, in the midst of those truths stands us! We know that together we can do amazing things, because we have past evidence. We know that together we are better because we have seen the fruits of this, and we do not underestimate the power being in community with each other brings.
Above all things, regardless of the season, we must remember our mission to Offer Christ, Accompany Each Other on the Journey, and Kindle a Life of Faith, so that all might know the love and to experience the showers of blessings from our always present God. Might all our seasons at OUMC be lived out for God's glory!