You Are a Part of the Story

Happy Friday, friends!  God likes to do new things, so this week we are starting something new!  From now on, the devotions you read on Friday will be submitted by members of the church.  Starting this off for us this week is Lisa Whitaker and she coming to us in video form from a Methodist camp site in Dimock, Pennsylvania.  Here on the app/website, we will provide you with a transcript of her devotion, but we do encourage you, if you are able, to go to our YouTube or Facebook page to see the video.  Enjoy!  

-Reverend Dave


You may use this link to watch the video on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/KS6I06oCOyE

__________

“Hi everyone, I’m Lisa Whitaker.  I have been a member of the United Methodist church at Absecon since I was a little girl.  And I am one of the missionaries that the church supports.  Many of you know me, but for those of you who don’t, I just wanted to introduce myself to you.

I am standing here at a United Methodist camping ground up in Pennsylvania in a small town called Dimock.  As you can see, the chapel is behind me.  This camp meeting was established in 1877.  They are soon going to celebrate their 150th anniversary in 2027.  I just wanted to share a little about it and remind us that we are a part of a much larger story that has taken place throughout many centuries, and this camp meeting is an example of how the Methodist Church has been a part of God’s story for hundreds of years.  Back in its hay day, which was the turn of the 1800’s into the 1900’s, this camp meeting…are you ready for this… had 10,000 people coming…10,000 people coming for revival!  They had tents all over, they had a hundred different cottages.  It was truly a place where people came to meet God, where people came to understand who God is more.  It is just amazing to think that these people came from all over and they learned about who Jesus is here.

[some workers drive by] 

So, as you can see, this place is still vibrant with people coming and people taking care of the grounds, that was a couple of the people who take care of the grounds.  But I wanted to remind us that we are part of the larger story of the United Methodist Church.  And in fact, it’s interesting, some very well-known people of the time came here and spoke.  The man who penned the hymn “Trust and Obey” came and led the singing of that song here and was part of the Dimock camp meeting.  So, as you consider this time in your life and some of you may feel isolated or may feel a bit lonely, I just wanted to remind us that we are part of a much, much bigger community of the Body of Christ and we are part of the story that has gone on for centuries.  And we have an opportunity to shape what the future centuries are going to look like.  When I think about the people who established this place; little did they know that 150 years later, there would still be people coming here.  They still have Sunday night services here at this chapel that serve the community.

I want to encourage you to take a minute and ask the Lord how can you invest in and ask the Lord what you can do to build the body of Christ in the future; to be a part of the next generation coming to know Jesus growing in their faith and how can you be a part of passing our faith forward.”


No Comments


Recent

Archive

 2021

Categories

no categories

Tags

100 Bill Anger Authentic Bible Body of Christ Brigantine Beach Broken world Centered Changed Charlie Brown Child of God Chosen people Christian Education Comfortable Denominations Dimock PA Discipleship Discipline Doubt Faith Following Jesus Generosity Gifts of the Spirit Giving God at work God is Love God's Glory God's call God's creation God's economy God's face God's first words God's leading God's light God's love God's plan God's presence God's story God's timing God's voice God's ways God's way God's will be done God's will God's word God\'s Glory God\'s face God\'s first words God\'s leading God\'s light God\'s love God\'s presence God\'s story God\'s will be done God\'s will God\'s word God\\\'s leading God\\\'s love God\\\'s story God\\\\\\\'s love God\\\\\\\'s story God\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s story Godhead God Grandparents Day Grandparents Hands and feet of Jesus Hearing God Holiness Holy Spirit Jealous Jesus Loves Me Jesus is Lord Jesus the healer Jesus John Wesley Justice Kingdom life Kingdom of God Knowing God Laughter Light of the world Living Word Lord and God Lord Love One Another Made new Mesa Newness of life Norms Obey PPE Peanuts Psalm 130 Psalm 91 Radical Transformation Recreate Refreshed Rock Sabbath Sanctified Satan Saul Savior Seeing God Shalom Soulmate Spirit of God Standing before God Stumbling Sunday School Testify The Church The Gospel of Jesus Christ The Great Commission The family of God The new people of God The people of God Transformation Trinity Truth in love Truth Unconditional love VBS Values Voice of God Weary Worship Written word abundance action affirmation air anchor answered prayer anxiety arguing arguments armor ask God asking God assurance attentive awe b r e a t h e baptism be ready be strong believe born again born from above bread of life bright broken call to ministry calm camp meeting caretakers celebrate children of God choice choir choosing church comfort commandments community compassion confession conversation with God creation decision defending God dependent depression depths devotions direction discouraged disney distractions diversity divided do no harm dream big dream empowered enjoy equality eternal life evangelism evidence examine excuses expectations expecting God experience failure faint faithful fear fellowship finding God finding Jesus focus follow through forgiveness free from sin free will freedom gathered giving God the glory goals godly good neighbor good news good works grace grief grieving guidance happiness hard hate healing helpless help hide and seek holy living holy hope humility hunger ice cream image of God infinite worth injustice intentional intercesor intervene intimate joy justify knowing Jesus knowledge learning letting go life in the Kingdom life lightning light listening living together living looking for God love God love neighbor love of God love self love loving God loving Jesus loving others mature meaning meditate meditation mercy ministry miracles miserable mission mistakes motivation music neighbors new begging new life ocean olympics overcome overflowing partnering pass it on pay no attention peace persecuting Jesus persistence power praise pray big pray for students prayer praying predestination prepare priorities proclaim promises of God pure purity purpose real deal reconciliation recreated redeeming redeem refining refuge rejection rejoice relationship remember repent rescue response rest resurrection revelation righteousness risk rules sacrifice salvation sanctification scarcity school scripture searching seeking God self-assessment self-care selfish selfless servant servent service set apart share shine brightly shine simple simplicity simplify sinners sinner sin solitude spending time with Jesus spiritual disciplines spiritual exercises spiritual gifts spiritual growth spiritual health spirituality start over status quo stewardship steward storms stress struggle students success suffering teaching temptation test thankfulness thanksgiving the great commandments the sky the unknown thunder time with God tired together transfiguration troubles trust in God trust understanding unexpected united methodist church value victory vision waiting on God walking with God wear out welcome wisdom witness wonder worries worry your story