FUMC Marietta, GA- Church: Methodist, Local Church Service
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Will you grow...In Witness?
“The best of it all is, God is with us.”
-John Wesley on Witness
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What’s With Witness?
New membership vows for the United Methodist Church took effect on Jan. 1, 2009. Formerly, incoming members pledged “to be loyal to the United Methodist Church” and “to faithfully participate in its ministries by their prayers, their presence, their gifts, and their service.”
Now, new members will pledge loyalty “to Christ through the United Methodist Church.” And to the list of “prayers, presence, gifts, and service,” one more word has been added: “witness.”
Lyn Powell, former president of the Southeastern Jurisdiction Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders, explained how these changes came about in a recent column in the Wesleyan Christian Advocate, the newspaper of the North and South Georgia Conferences.
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Called to Witness
A witness takes the stand, called to action and truth telling because the witness has seen, heard, experienced something about which others need to know. Because to encounter God is to be transformed, we too are witnesses. We have stories that reveal how God is active in our lives. We are called to action. Encountering God’s abundance, generosity and grace, we cannot help it…we must respond.
For 30 days, consider the ways you can witness God’s continued work in the world today. For 30 days, consider the ways you can join in God’s ongoing care and love for the world. For 30 days, begin a lifetime of witness.