Ancient church mothers and fathers often greeted one another with the phrase, “Give me a word.” This greeting led to the sharing of insights and wisdom. Today we continue this tradition with this monthly column.
By Mandy Sayers
Pastor, Covenant UMC, Gaithersburg
Sometimes I wish Jesus didn’t say “Go.” You know, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” I wish after he did something hard, or told some hard parable, he didn’t say “Go and do likewise.” I wish Jesus said something like, “Sit tight. It’s all good. Embrace the status quo.”
I wish the gospel didn’t make so many claims on us. I wish the Holy Spirit of Pentecost was more of a nice breeze than an unruly wind.
But God calls us always to go outside our comfort zones, to some new place we never thought we’d be, often to minister to or to love some person that we never thought we’d come to know. Jesus is consistently breaking down barriers that divide “us” (whoever WE are) from “them” (whoever THEY are
Sometimes my desire to “stay” and to “leave well enough alone” is motivated by the knowledge that to “go” will mean to “change” and to have to navigate hard, complicated challenges.
Fortunately, we are seldom called to “go” alone. We are called into community, into
As United Methodists gather in Portland for General Conference, they gather as those who are “sent,” to be the church, to make disciples, to follow the
Ready? Set? Now… Go!