If you remember in last November’s newsletter I admitted to being a “small church pastor” and why I (and all of us) should be so blessed to be part of our small church.
Further into my letter I quoted Rev. Karl Vaters seven areas that should be concentrated on in order for us to thrive and be healthy. And since I seem to like lists here’s one more; 10 “Holy Habits”:
1. Biblical teaching: “Christian Education” is not just for kids. Learning is a life-long experience. Please consider joining our on-going bible studies.
2. Fellowship: Share in each other’s joys and concerns (and not just on Sunday mornings).
3. Breaking Bread: Engage in relationship during a meal. This means NO CELL PHONES AT THE TABLE!
4. Pray: Prayer changes things
5. Giving and sharing of recourses: Remember our mantra as Methodists; “giving of our time, treasure and talents”.
6. Service: Get our hands dirty in the service of others.
7. Eating together: Similar to #3. During fellowship let’s not just hang out with the same old group. Pick out that new family or that person standing alone and make a new friend.
8. Gladness & generosity: Don’t be a “gloomy Gus”
9. Worship: NOT limited to Sunday mornings. Where is that place that you encounter God?
10. Equip God’s people to do God’s work: The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians tells us; “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” This is not only the job of the pastor but for all Christians.
I recently read a study that reports it takes 21 days of repetition to create a new habit. Let’s all of us give this a try and see just how many “holy habits” we can create.
See you Sunday