Rev. John Shaver
Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 9:00am and 10:30am
“All worldly joys are less than that one joy of doing kindnesses.” – John Wesley
Over the last few weeks, we have been returning to our Methodist roots and looking to the teachings of one who was truly ahead of his time, John Wesley. Whether it was outreach, spiritual formation, social justice, theology– Wesley was one whose ministry continues to speak to us in 2019. Wesley was one who never stopped thinking and at the same time, was always doing. Many people speak of Wesley being both of hand and heart. Lovett Weems, a Wesley scholar, shares, “When we are true to the heritage of the Wesleyan Revival, vital and life-changing religious experience is found side-by-side with vigorous unrelenting social righteousness.”
This week our series will conclude with the theme: This Is Us: A Methodical Group – Thoughtful and Loving.
It’s impressive to see how all of this not only strengthened Wesley’s faith life but also his physical wellbeing. At 73, he shared in his journal (June 28, 1776) that he was far more able to preach than when he was 23; his travels took him over 4,000 miles a year (giving him exercise and “change of air”), made a practice of getting up at four in the morning, was able to go to sleep immediately, and then he wrote about possessing what he called “evenness of temper”: “I feel and grieve; but, by the grace of God, I fret at nothing.”
I look forward to being with you at 8 AM, 9 AM, or 10:30 AM this Sunday as we reflect on who and Whose we are. As Wesley, in his last breath, would share, “Best of all, God is with us.”
Grace and Peace, John
PS This Is Us: A People of Prayer – Join me in praying for those in the path of fires and the courageous first responders.