As I was preparing to write the blast message this week, I was struggling with a title. Then it occurred to me that perhaps I should stop trying to be creative and innovative, new and “cutesy” every week. Perhaps we should just as a matter of course call this column “From the Heart.”
It meets several criteria. Usually one of the other pastors or I am sharing something with you from our heart – something about worship on Sunday, or about the life of our congregation. We’re letting you know something that is important to us and that we hope will be important to you.
And we’re writing from the heart, from the heart of Cary. We are situated near the most visible intersection of downtown Cary. Our church is often in pictures of events from downtown, such as Lazy Daze or the Food Truck Rodeo or the Christmas or Band Day parades. We are at the heart of this town, both geographically and emotionally. Our members are leaders in the community, in various organizations and enterprises, and in business. FUMCC in many ways stands at the heart of Cary.
It reflects our vision statement, that one that says “We share the heart of Christ from the heart of Cary.” That is who we believe God is calling us to be – a people of Christ’s heart who desire to bless this community in which God has placed us.
So, I like this title. We may use it for a while. I’m certain we’ll use it for the next few weeks. This week, the pastors begin a five-week sermon series on our vision and mission at FUMCC. Our mission, we say, is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ who grow in faith and love through worship, fellowship, service and witness to one another and the world.” Each of the next four Sundays we’ll reflect on one of the aspects of our mission and on MannaFest Sunday, as we all gather at Koka Booth for one service, we’ll reflect on the vision that God has for us “to share the heart….”
This Sunday we’ll talk about why worship is central to who we are as the people of God in this time and place. We’ll hear a reminder that worship was important to Jesus himself (Luke 4:16-21) and should be to us as well. We can only share the heart of Christ when we know the heart of Christ and the first place we learn that is in worship together.
I hope to see you Sunday at worship so that we can have a “heart to heart”.
Grace and peace.