By Ben Disney
“With you we renew our vows to uphold it by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness.”
It’s the promise we make and renew every time someone joins the congregation. It’s a vow unique to the United Methodist Church as we stand with those who join with us in our mission and ministry. In that moment we also remember the promise and vow we made when we first joined the church. It’s a powerful statement about who we are: our commitment to one another, our dedication to serve others, and our promise to God. The world is held together by the promises we make, the commitments we keep, and the vows we hold sacred.
Every great moment is an opportunity for renewal and rededication. We have been blessed beyond words. Because of what God has done, we will again renew our vows and commitment to be the people and church God is calling and creating us to be. You will be receiving commitment cards in the coming weeks. We ask only that you be faithful to the promise you’ve already made, to uphold the church through your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness; nothing more, nothing less.
The journey continues Oct. 2 and Oct. 9, with the Celebration and Commitment Service on Sunday, Oct. 16.
God has honored us with new facilities, new people who continue to join us, a new spirit of hope and anticipation, a new sense of purpose and possibilities.
Thank you for honoring the promise you’ve made.
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