August 9

Homecoming 2017 is in the books.  What a wonderful day – filled with both old and new friends, stories of the past, good food, wonderful worship, and a time of celebration.  Homecoming, by its very nature, calls us to look back, and that is how it should be.  We remembered the many ways God has worked through Union.  We remembered family members and friends who have left us. We celebrated the end of our loan responsibilities by the burning of the mortgage and by giving thanks for all those who led the church in this process.

Now what?  We have remembered well, and now it is time to move forward, to dream new dreams.  We have already begun – dreaming of new ways we can minister outside this building to those in our community who need our help.  My prayer is that we will continue to dream, and continue to explore new ways of sharing the gospel with those who need to hear it.

This Sunday, we will move back to Matthew, as we continue to tell the stories of Jesus.  We will delve intoMatthew 14:22-33, the story of Jesus walking on water.  Together we will be reminded of how Jesus is always with us, even when the storms of life surround us.  

Today, I am thankful for 165 years and looking forward with anticipation to many more.

~Pastor Jane