A Message from Reverend, Carl Freeto
March 2020, April, May, June, July, August, September… October… eight months since we have been in that sacred space with our brothers and sisters together. I miss warm hugs, firm handshakes, Jim's Intro to worship, faces clear and bright or sad and blue. I love doing that thing stepping into the pulpit (Or away from it!). Singing with you, hearing June and May play a favorite song, and Wanda belt out a song her daddy taught her-all silent now. So…I see some at Sunday worship on the grass in front of the church…I study the Scripture so I can share (in three parts)thoughts and I wait. I must confess that I thank God that I have lost only one friend to the virus and that you are all still surrounding each other and me with prayer.
Matthew 21:28-32 NIV
28 "What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work today in the vineyard.' 29 "'I will not,' he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. 30 "Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, 'I will, sir,' but he did not go. 31 "Which of the two did what his father wanted?" "The first," they answered. Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him?
I want to thank each of you who has been able and willing to continue your giving to Lake Shore UMC! We are continuing to bring food for Caritas, people are calling me to pick up empty boxes for the Christmas Child program. List have been made up and we are asking that folks fill the boxes and return them to the church. Our gatherings of socks have continued…and our mission in Jesus' name has not been blunted by our leaving our building.
Finally, notice that the passage above is reminding us to, repent (live life in a different way) and act out your faith so that Jesus is experienced by those we meet. Every time you and I find a way to serve Jesus I am with you. God Bless your ministry and lives.
God Bless, Carl