Midland Park United Methodist
The United Methodist Church is a 12.6-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens minds and open doors through active engagement with our world. John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today. We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage.
OUR FAITH JOURNEY!
Faith is the basic orientation and commitment of our whole being—a matter of heart and soul. Christian faith is grounding our lives in the living God as revealed especially in Jesus Christ. It’s both a gift we receive within the Christian community and a choice we make. It’s trusting in God and relying on God as the source and destiny of our lives. Faith is believing in God, giving God our devoted loyalty and allegiance. Faith is following Jesus, answering the call to be his disciples in the world. Faith is hoping for God’s future, leaning into the coming kingdom that God has promised. Faith-as-belief is active; it involves trusting, believing, following, hoping.
What We Believe!
THE BASICS OF OUR FAITH: As United Methodists, we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church’s life and witness. To fulfill this obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance, striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time.
FROM PASTOR HARRY - JANUARY/FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER - THE PULSE 2020
The house looks bare; the tree has been unceremoniously deposited on the rubbish pile for pick up. The bubble lights, ornaments, and garland stored for another Christmas to come. The Christmas Goose has been reduced to a carcass; the figgy pudding a distant memory. Sugar cookies devoured and that last piece of sweet potato pie has caused me to let out another notch on my belt. The only thing that remains from Christmas is the American Express invoice. The time spent with family was precious; the best present of all. Yes, we have successfully celebrated the birth of our Lord Jesus. Chalk up another year; now what? God says in Isaiah 65:17 “Behold , I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.” That’s the good news for the new year. God pushes the reset button; we get another chance. The slate is wiped clean; a new beginning for one and all. How will you take advantage of this new opportunity for a fresh start. An old African proverb states: the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago; the next best time is today. God wants to partner with us to accomplish great things. After all, everything is possible with God. Open your hearts, open your minds to the possibilities. We can do much good in our community and in the world; we need only trust that God is with us each step of the way. I hope 2020 will bring much joy and prosperity to each of you; but think how much richer our lives will be if we can truly become the people God calls us to be. A new year; new ways to make a difference. Let’s allow God to use us in miraculous ways! Oh, and Happy New Year!
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