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Pastor's Note

Comments from Pastor, David Spaulding

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David Spaulding
Pastor David and Jeanne Spaulding
Greetings my Sisters and Brothers in Christ,  
I love it when everyone proclaims at Easter, "Christ is Risen, Indeed!"  What a joyous moment.

We had a joyous resurrection celebration together. I hope all were as blessed as me. We are Easter People.  The Season of Easter will continue now through May and we will be reminded often of this glorious gift from God for all people.

What does a living Lord mean to you?
We may choose a faith relationship with the Lord. When we do this we are Easter people and disciples of Jesus Christ.  We are Christ followers who receive the gift of salvation and eternal life with Christ. This means that we are one with Christ.

How will you live out your relationship with the risen Lord?  Consider this:
When John Wesley began the Methodist movement and in the times since, there has been great emphasis on how we live as Methodist Christians.  "We profess the historic Christian faith in God, incarnate in Jesus Christ for our salvation and ever at work in human history in the Holy Spirit. … We live in a covenant of faith under the Lordship of Jesus Christ …  We focus on a renewed sovereignty    of God and God's love in Christ amid the continuing crises of human existence.  …  we have historically reaffirmed the ancient Christian message as found in the apostolic witness even as they applied it anew in their own circumstances. …  always with preaching and teaching grounded in Scripture, informed by Christian tradition, enlivened by experience, and tested by reason. …  Our forebear's labors inspire and inform our attempts to convey the saving Gospel to our world with its needs and aspirations."  (Excerpts from Book of Discipline, ¶101.)

The link between Christian doctrine and Christian living is of great importance for us.  "Methodists have always been strictly enjoined to maintain unity of faith and good works through the means of grace As seen in Wesley's  Nature, Design General Rules of the United Societies (1743). The coherence of faith with ministries of love forms the discipline of Wesleyan spirituality and Christian discipleship."   

What are these General Rules which the members of the Methodist Societies adhered to?   
It is therefore expected of all who continue therein that:

Do no harm:  they should continue to evidence their desire of salvation by doing no harm, by avoiding evil of every kind. …  

Do good:  Doing good of every possible sort, and, as far as possible, to all [people]:

Stay in love with God:  Continue to evidence their desire of salvation by attending upon all the ordinances of God

We live in covenant. We strive to be God's people living out our faith as Methodist Christians.  It is vital to be "summoning people to faith and nurturing them in the knowledge and love of God."   We are on a journey together, growing in our faith and serving our Lord  
I pray that as Easter people we will have a born again posture as disciples who celebrate the joy of Christ in our lives.  Let us commit to sharing the good news with everyone.  Let us build the Kingdom that God envisions for today.      
Alleluia! Praise the Lord! Amen!  Blessings,
Pastor Dave