In the weeks after Easter, during April and May, we talked in Fairmont and Milligan about the important work of the Holy Spirit. This led to a discussion about testimony, or witness, and how important it is for each of us to share, to be able to share our truth, and how it relates to God’s truth.
On Confirmation Sunday, in particular, I shared with our two church families how each young person had met with me prior to the big day to have a conversation about his or her faith journey and where they were in their understanding of God at this point in their lives.
I also shared that each of these young people were ready, in my humble opinion, to become professing members of The United Methodist Church for three reasons.
First, each could tell me in their own words, written or orally, what they believe about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
Second, each could lead a group in prayer by praying aloud, and did so after their parent stepped back to our interview area.
Third, each could tell about a time in their life when they had experienced God in a real way. That’s known as giving testimony. Or witness. Or sharing how God is working in your life.
In June and July, we are inviting some Christian sisters and brothers to share their stories, their truth, in our midst. Kristi Hilberg from York First UMC is kicking off our series of testimonies today. She will be sharing a portion of her walk with God.
Next Sunday, Rev. Kalaba Chali will join us. He is the Mercy and Justice Coordinator for the Great Plains Conference.
Invitations will be extended to others in the next few days. We may not have a guest testimony each Sunday through July, but when we do, we will most assuredly be inspired by the working of the Holy Spirit in our midst.
If you would be interested in sharing your story, please let me know. If you are desiring to be inspired in your life, come and worship with us. Oh, yes, the Lord is preparing each of us to be a sanctuary, a missionary, a testimony …. Grace and peace … --Pastor Pat
Pastor Pat Norris
Something to Ponder is by Pastor Pat and is printed on the back of the bulletin each week.