The United Methodist Church of Enfield
Monday, October 26, 2020
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.
 To all of God’s people in Enfield and beyond –

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people…And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.   (John 1:1-4, 14)

Newspapers and special calendars often have a feature called “Word of the Day,” to encourage learning over the school break.  Every day, a word large and bold appears along with a definition and an example of its use.  Some of the words were frequently used words, and some of the words were more unknown.   As much reading as I do, there are always a few words that are new to me. 

In our lives as disciples of Jesus Christ, we are always learners of the Word.  That’s what “disciple” means – “learner.”  Some days we think we know something about Jesus Christ and what it means to live as his disciple in the 21st century, and some days we realize we don’t know much at all. People often think that in order to be a Christian you have to already know everything – about Christ, about the Bible, about the needs of the world. 

But guess what?  We can never learn everything about God.  I mean, if we will never come to the end of the English language vocabulary, how can we possibly know all there is know about Jesus?  Just as the English language continues to grow over the years, so does our ability to learn about, and love, the Word of God.  Jesus is referred to in the opening to the Gospel of John simply as the “Word,” because Jesus is the full revelation of all of God’s words. 

One way we learn more about Jesus is through the Bible.  The Bible is central to our lives as Christians and as United Methodists.  Every Sunday we read these words together, sing hymns about the Word, proclaim the Word, and pray with the Word.  The word as revealed by God in scripture and through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are at the very center of who we are.

Each Sunday, I open the Bible to the page containing the passage I am preaching from. Turning the Bible page each week helps me to visualize that word of God is dynamic and alive, continuing to work to change who we think we are, into who God wants us to be.  How is the living word of God changing your life? 

I encourage you to dive into learning more about God’s Word – in the Bible and in Jesus Christ.  Here’s a link to Upper Room daily devotional -  We still have a few of the hard copy booklets available for September-October.  Let me know, and I’ll be happy to mail you a copy.  

Peace & grace,
Pastor Janet