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Have you ever watched a preschool or daycare walk outside together? They connect them all together with a rope or a ribbon, so they don't get lost. If they make sure the front of the ribbon is going the right way, the back will follow. 

I picture our church a little like that. The ribbon that holds us together and keeps us going toward Jesus is our mission statement.

If you knew our old mission statement, you will recognize the new one. It is simply


If what we are doing does not help us to connect people to God, we have to question whether we should be doing it.

Likewise, if there is something we CAN do to "Connect people to God" that is not being done, perhaps we should seriously consider it. 

Worship exists to connect people to God, Sunday School exists to connect people to God. Our mission work should not be just charity but should connect people to God. Mini Methodists, faith exploration, UMW, the men's group and everything else we do primarily exist to connect people to God. 

Sometimes we connect people other people, so they can help each other be connected to God. Sometimes we connect people to God by helping them to connect to themselves.

Sometimes we connect people to God by serving others.

There are probably a hundred things we do to connect people to God. And that is good. If we are making those connections, we are doing exactly what Jesus wanted us to do. "Therefore, go and make (connect) disciples (those connected to God) of all nations, baptizing (Symbol of connecting) them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (even a connected God!!) and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you (connected to you) always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

If someone asks you to be an usher, for instance, don’t grump about it ... ask yourself how you can connect people to God.

if someone asks you to fill in on a Sunday School class, for instance, you will have a lesson to teach of course, but if you can help even one child feel connected to God for even one second you have accomplished more than most of us will accomplish in a lifetime.

Whatever you do in the church, ask yourself, " How does this help people connect to God?" Thank you for all you do, and God bless you and your ministries.



When God Calls Your Name Sermon Series

March 10 Sarah "Sorry, wrong number" God never dials a wrong number

March 17Moses "The Big But" What are your excuses?

March 24 Jonah "You can run but you can't hide" How do you resist God's call?

March 31 Gideon "I'll believe it when I see it" Are you the eternal skeptic?

April 7 Joseph "I'll do it my way" Do you prefer to do things your way to doing things God's way? (communion)

April 14 Palm Sunday Jesus "Let's make a deal" Do you bargain with God? (Procession of the palms and stripping the sanctuary)

April 21 Easter Sunday "When it finally happens to you" "What if it really happens and God calls you?"