Church of the Neighborhood, Making Followers of Christ for the Transformation of the World.
Author: Roger Grafenstein
The first recorded teaching of Jesus is where he reads from a scroll in the temple. "Jesus found the place where it was written, 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because it has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. The Spirit has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind.'" It seems to me there are endless ways of being impoverished--literally and spiritually. There are a myriad of things we find ourselves captive to--including habits, attitudes and memories. And who among us has not neglected to see the beauty and opportunity in simply waking up each morning--to blessings that are all too easy to forget. God wants more for us. God longs to set us free.
I believe the good news is Jesus came to free us to live in new ways. I believe those who follow Jesus' are called to nurture and encourage others. I believe we are called to see and believe the best in the people and the world around us. I'm drawn to the sentence from the Bible that says, "Perfect love casts out all fear." I believe, at its best, the followers of Jesus are at their best when they define themselves by who they stand with, not by what they stand against.
Each week Grace Church's bulletin includes this welcome: "You are never a stranger here. You are a child of God. We gather as brothers and sisters of Christ." I believe those who seek to live and love like Jesus are called to grow into such a family.
I invite you to give me a call 218-233-1857 or come to worship at 10 AM Sundays. Grace UMC - Moorhead is located at 1120 17th St. S. (two blocks south of the MSUM football field). Remember Jesus loves you.