Pastors Page by Rev. Beckie Sweet

Though I may speak with bravest fire, and have the gift to all inspire, And have not love, my words are vain,
as sounding brass, and hopeless gain. Though I may give all I possess, and striving so my love profess,
   But not be given by love within, the profit soon turns strangely thin. Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control,
our spirits long to be made whole. Let inward love guide every deed; by this we worship, and are freed.

Friends in Christ, The beautiful words of “The Gift of Love” by Hal Hopson (found in the UM Hymnal
on page 408) have become for me a beloved portrayal of Paul’s instructions in I Corinthians 13. Sung at weddings, memorial services, and in Sunday worship services, this hymn melodically reminds us of a
primary tenant of Christian faith and relationships: that they should be based on genuine LOVE.

When the UM Hymnal first became available to us around 1990, this was one of the new hymns
contained therein. And yet, it quickly became a favorite of many congregations and individuals. The
simple, lyric melody portrays the soothing reality of a life lived with the love of Christ at its core.

This September, Kenmore UMC is continuing our spiritual journey in new ways. We are beginning to
worship all together at a new time – 10:00 a.m.! In keeping with our new Vision Statement, we are
     Uniting our worshiping community in hopes of enhancing the ways in which we praise God and are nurtured in the faith. Of course, that means that the time for Christian Education is also new – 11:15 a.m.
     We are hoping that even more folks will engage in that opportunity for learning, growth, and fellowship for children, youth, and adults. We are welcoming a new Director of Music, as Susan Schuman joins our
   ministry staff this month. And as we progress through this season, we will continue to discover and
     celebrate the way the Holy Spirit will lead us to new experiences of Christ’s love exhibited through the many ministries of the church.

        It is exciting to witness God’s continued creation among us during this season. Our spirits do long to be         made whole, even in this life. I am grateful for each one engaged in following the Spirit as New Life beckons.
~ Rev. Beckie Sweet



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