“That they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:21-23)
These words of Jesus found in the Gospel of John have been foundational for me in all of my time in ministry. In and through Christ we are called to be ONE, a united Body that strives to serve all in the community. The love that is Christ has no limitations, it knows no bounds, and it is not conditional. Nothing we do can earn it or lose it. We may refuse it, but it is always there. In the same way, we are to act in this manner with everyone, those we know and those that we meet for the first time. We are the hands and feet of Christ in our church, in our community, and in our world.
As we move into this new chapter of New Hope UMC, I pray that we will continue to be the Body of Christ as we grow closer to one another, reaching out in healing love; as we grow in faith and studying of God’s Holy Word; and as we strive to be a church that is part of this community, not just in this community. I encourage everyone to be in prayer for this body of faith, for those already here, those who have not been here for some time, those have never been here, and those who might enter for the first time. Pray for God’s guidance in all that we do.
May the God of Grace which surpasses all understanding be with you all at all timesAnthony Thomas
Office phone (740) 886-5311
Parsonage phone: (740) 886-6302
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