Pastor’s Corner

Pastors corner for the week of September 25, 2016

The Long and Winding Road

As we explore the message of Jeremiah, whose prophetic ministry encompasses the time of Israel and Judah’s exile, we find that it is a difficult time in history for Yahweh’s people. After much chastising and lamenting, Jeremiah offers poetic language in chapters 30 and 31 to bring messages of encouragement and hope.

Various communities over time have identified with Israel’s period of exile. At times in our personal lives we may experience feelings of separation and exile. At times in our church lives, especially during transition, we may feel that our church is in exile.

The message of hope reminds us that at the end of the long and winding road we will arrive. “Going home” is not always easy, as things may be different when we arrive. Familiar faces may be gone, surroundings are altered, and we have changed personally as the result of our journey. However, in a metaphorical sense, going home is what we are called to do…being at one with God, our community and ourselves. It is a life-long road trip, and sometimes we end up at places we never expected, but with the help of God and others, together we can make the adventure.

Rev. Vickie Miller

Pastor’s Corner:  
Rev. Kelly Durbin
“Enough Is Enough…or Is It?”

 

Greetings SunCoast Cathedral MCC!
Sunday we spent some time examining the story of the Prodigal Son. We were each asked to
examine ourselves, how we think, feel and be-have to see which brother in the story we might relate to in some of our “not so better moments”.

The good news of course is that we do not have to continue to view our lives and more importantly “live” our lives from the perspective of either brother. Instead, we can understand and believe that we already have ALL that we need, God’s unconditional “hesed”; steadfast and faithful love. Once we get this truth down deep in our souls to the point we stop trying so hard to hold onto our resources like the older son, or we stop wasting our resources and breaking relationships like the younger, it is time for us to take things to the next level.It’s time for us to examine ways we can become more like the father. You see, we are indeed the hands or feet of Jesus in the world. Once we understand who we are, then it is up to us to be the father, mother, leader, teacher, preacher, or friend in whatever role we can to share the message of God’s steadfast and faithful love that pursues each of us all the days of our lives. Let me say it another way, it is not only up to us to share that message, it is up to us to be that message in the world, a living, tangible example for others of God’s love. We are to live that love out loud, giving it freely to others who so desperately need it! After all, Jesus was another living example of freely giving His unconditional love for us. Now it’s our turn. It’s time for us to pursue Christ and all of Christ’s ways for the betterment of ourselves and the world.

May it be so!

New Worship Leader

 

SunCoast Cathedral MCC would like to introduce our new worship leader, Deborah Opie. Here is a little about Deb in her own words…debdeop

“I have come to SunCoast Cathedral MCC to sing with you. I live in Osprey with my husband Glenn and I am a retired teacher. I was born in Miami and went to college at Boston State College where I met my husband. We have six children – five girls! and one boy. Glenn and I are blessed with eleven grandkids. I sing every Thursday at the Allegro Bistro up the street on Venice Ave. I am so grateful that I found your church. Please pray for me so that I can share with you God’s gift of song. See you soon, Deborah” 

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