Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Morrison's Camp Meeting

Camp Meeting at Morrison's Campground will be July 14-23.  Services will be held each day at 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Visit the website at  http://morrisoncampground.org/ to view the schedule of speakers.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Pastor's Column



                                               Stories

Hello everyone! Thank you for being so gracious and receiving me with arms open and hearts warmed. Each one of you have been ever so kind to my wife and I in our transition, and we are grateful to have this opportunity to serve alongside you here at Barnsley in seeing the fruit of the Kingdom of God fill this community. Though I’ve only been here a week, I’ve been thinking about stories, so it only seems fit to engage you all with my thoughts on stories.

 Ever wonder what makes a story so intriguing? Each of us desires to know the end to even the most horrible of tales, whether or not we connect with all of the characters. There’s just something within us that longs to hear stories, and those we enjoy we want to hear over and over again. We turn on the news and will watch countless commercials just to get to the end of the 5:00 news to see how each of the stories end. Unfortunately many of them fall short of our expectations and often leave us hanging on our seats for resolution.


You see, stories connect us with others. We crave to hear stories because that’s what we have done since the beginning. It’s how we’ve carried on our culture’s wisdom, poetry, songs of praise, practices of worship, and pretty much everything else, which guides our lives. Stories are what we as humans have used to connect our hearts and minds, as well as the minds of others, to a more tangible, experienced reality of life, and especially of God. What’s really cool to note is that our stories are never really finished, but rather end with “…”

We are all active characters within the greatest story that is forever being written. Our Christian traditions, wisdom, Scriptures, and texts are all a part of the stories of billions of individuals that communed in millions of cultures and societies, which help us to understand how God has been at work in the lives of creation since our ability to take note.
    

I believe we long for stories, both the ridiculous and the serious, because like our Creator who takes pleasure in each detail and character of the story of the universe, we too seek to know more of life through the shared stories of others. What’s pretty neat to think about is how we are all a part of one another’s stories in this age and in the lives of those to come. In the same way we read and reread the stories of old to continue our understanding of God, life, and pretty much everything, so to will those who come after us.

Our stories are never finalized, but open to new and wondrous tales that are yet to be told. This is good news because the One whose story we are within has broken the narrator-to-character seal. God has entered our atmosphere as an active character alongside us. When we read about the stories of Christ, we are reminded of the freedom God has given each of us, and the reality that we are active participants through the Spirit, active characters in the story of God’s redemption, resurrection, and restoration of creation.

Each morning as you rise, remember whose you are, and the story that you are helping write each day.

 
Yours in Christ,

Matt Treherne