Pastor Steven’s Message

    New Beginnings

      At certain intervals, the Conference decides that it is
time to move pastors from one parish to another. You’ve
experienced it many times before, and you will, no doubt,
experience it again. It’s a uniquely Methodist way of doing
things, and if we each made a list of our likes and dislikes
concerning our itinerant system, we would probably all have to
agree that saying goodbye to a loved and trusted pastor, like
Pastor Joy, is among the things listed in our dislike column.
Change is hard. Consequently, some of you may be thinking
about what lies ahead; I know I am.

      The prophet Isaiah had great vision and perspective
for new beginnings. He said, “Forget the former things; do
not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it
springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the
wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19
NIV) His point, I think, is that change is inevitable in our
human experience. The only constant is God, who is the same
yesterday, today and tomorrow. And that consistency in our
Heavenly Father is what makes change manageable for you and
me. God’s plan for Splendora Countryside UMC, and for each
of us as individuals, is perfect – in His will and in His timing.
He knows the plans He has for us, plans to give us a future
with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 paraphrased) All we must do is
keep our eyes on Him as we walk forward.

      This is a challenging time to be in ministry, and make
no mistake, we are ALL in ministry here at Splendora
Countryside UMC. Like no time before, our world, our nation,
our state, our community needs people of faith to meet the
challenges, and step boldly forward into the mission field,
which begins just outside the doors of the church.
As your new Pastor, I am looking forward, with a spirit of
expectation, to the great things that God has planned for this
church. You’ve been busily about the work of the kingdom,
and your reputation as a missional congregation of believers
who genuinely care about the community, your mission field, is
noteworthy and admirable. You’ve built a foundation of trust
in and around Splendora and, with God’s help, you have
established a name that is synonymous with Christian charity,
healing and love. What a magnificent foundation I am
privileged to walk into as a Pastor. I want to thank each of
you for that selfless gift.

      As we grow together, we will continue to live out that
missional direction you have taken as a congregation. My hope
is that Splendora Countryside UMC will radiate the love of
Christ into a broken and hurting world; that we as the
Church, the Body of Christ, will be the hands and feet of
Jesus in our community; that we would be the epicenter of
healing in the Splendora area; and that we would be a beacon
of hope for all who are weary and heavy laden, that they
would encounter the face of Jesus in us and us in them. To
God be the Glory for all He has done and for all He is about
to do!

      By His Grace,

                 Steven †

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