Monday Meditation – August 6th, 2018

“I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible… To those not having the law I became like one not having the law… so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”

— 1 Corinthians 9:19-22

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During the sermon on Sunday, Pastor Michael talked about our differences and how we don’t all believe the exact same thing. The Church does not share the same beliefs about many topics.

As a pastor, I don’t share the beliefs that some of my colleagues have on a variety of topics. Looking at the UMC Clergy Facebook page, I am not alone. We as clergy throughout the UMC do not agree on certain topics. That’s why clergy who are in process have multiple opportunities to express and discuss their theology. That’s what makes us different. It helps our theology evolve as we wrestle with topics that are important to the church. We celebrate those differences as it gives each of us a unique space in ministry.

One of the songs we sing from time to time at FUMC Is “Draw the Circle Wide” by Mark Miller. It speaks of the inclusivity that we all seek for our church, where we all have a place at God’s table, offering our different beliefs as ways to come together and be the diverse body of Christ:

Draw the circle

Draw the circle wide.

Draw the circle

Draw the circle wide.

No one stands alone.

We’ll stand side by side,

Draw the circle

Draw the circle wide.

May we draw our circle wide so that all beliefs and practices are honored within our community at Faith.