Sunday, September 07, 2008

Amazing love

Today’s Reading: John 15:20a (NIV)

20a [Jesus said,] “Remember the words I spoke to you: No servant is greater than His master.

Good morning!

Today is a very special day! The Ugandan Hope for Africa Children’s Choir will sing at Faith United Methodist Church tonight (Sunday, September 7, 2008) at 6:30pm, 2950 Droste Road, Saint Charles, Missouri. This is a free concert - please come and hear the children sing! Jeff and I cried tears of joy as we heard the choir share the Gospel message last spring at our United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. The children continue to share their story of hope with the world. It is hard to imagine what it might be like to wake up one day with no one to care for you. These little ones lost their family to AIDS and/or to civil war, and they were left behind. Out of this great need, the United Methodist Church in the United States partnered with the East Africa Conference and the Ugandan Church to build a school and home for these precious ones. The Humble United Methodist School in Mukono opened its doors in 2004, and the children continue to come. They understand in a tangible way what it means to be given the gift of hope through new life; these children are a living witness to salvation.

The congregation of Faith Church have been praying and preparing for the children’s visit. The church will house and feed their family while they are here, and we will offer up the fellowship hall so they can continue their academic studies while traveling on the road. Their witness will impact our congregation in the days ahead. You cannot help but be moved when you see their smiling faces and hear the songs they sing.

Jesus said that no servant is greater than his master. We are all called to serve the Lord Jesus Christ by sharing community with each other. Our cultures may not be the same, and yet, we share a commonality through flesh and blood. Our individual lives are unique and when we’re willing to share our stories, we can learn from each other. Come and be served; come and serve. This is the gift of Christ’s amazing love.

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO


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