Welcome to Trinity United Methodist Church
We recently welcomed seventeen new members into the life of the church. Fourteen of them were youth! What a blessing and a delight to see all of these people be nurtured in the church and taking a further step of faith by publicly professing their faith.
I was asked recently about the benefits of being a church member. In other words, the question was about the special privileges a member can expect. I often reply jokingly, "all the food you can eat at potlucks!" Seriously though, if membership is viewed as a way to gain something through receiving benefits, then we miss the whole point. When I think of membership, I am reminded of President Kennedy's speech on Capitol Hill on January 20, 1961: And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. For me, that statement sums up membership if we translate it this way: Ask not what the church can do for you, but what you can do for your church.
The vows taken at membership commit the new members to faithfully participate in a local congregation through prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. So, having confirmed their faith in God and expressed a desire to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, new members commit to live out their faith in a local congregation. In other words, how can they be Christ in the world?
The bottom line is that it all starts with the worshiping community. Gathering together every week as a faith community means that we can be reinvigorated through music, song, word and participation, to get out of our comfort zone and go and do something good in the world, often for someone else! With that in mind, please note that on Memorial Day, May 27, our regular worship services at Trinity will be combined at 10am throughout the summer! So, what can you do for your church?
Blessings & Peace!