Pastors Page by Rev. Beckie Sweet


“While it was still night, way before dawn, [Jesus] got up and went out to a secluded spot and prayed. Simon and those with him went looking for him. They found him and said, “Everybody’s looking for you.” Jesus said, “Let’s go to the rest of the villages so I can preach there also. This is why I’ve come.”
 (Mark 1:35-38, The Message)

Friends in Christ,

I hope and pray that you have claimed some time and space during the summer months to pray, reflect, and rejuvenate your bodies and souls. Jesus set an example for us for caring for our health and our relationship with God by taking some time apart for that very purpose. During our busy seasons, so many of us start to neglect our prayer life, our spiritual development, and even our relationships with family and friends. For those of us living in the northeastern U.S., summer has become the natural time to once again focus on those spiritual and recreational activities that prepare and equip us for the busy seasons.

You may notice in our scripture text that after Jesus has taken some time away for prayer, he is then eager to re-engage in the ministry to which he was called, and for which he was sent. Now, revived by the summer’s time of rest and play, we, too, are called to re-engage in many vital ministries of the church. So, during the month of September we experience a HOMECOMING in the church and it’s ministries. Those who were away on vacation, at the lake, at the cottage, at camp for a time, now come back to our spiritual home, that in the community of care we call Church, we may enter into opportunities for learning, mission, worship, fellowship, and outreach.

Come home! Come home to Kenmore UM Church.
There is always room for you and your loved ones in our circle of care.

~ Rev. Beckie Sweet



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