Visiting lighthouses isn’t something I aim to do, but more like the type of thing I end up doing when I’m in an area that has a publicly accessible lighthouse. I’ve been up the stairways of lighthouses at St. Augustine, Cape Henry, and even Hannibal, Missouri. While in Hannibal, during our almost obligatory diesel-powered “steamboat” trip on the Mississippi River, we were reminded that modern navigational tools have rendered the lighthouse obsolete. Of course detailed cartography and satellite positioning would provide more reliable direction than a lighted tower on a craggily bluff lining the river, sea or ocean, and yet the fascination with lighthouses remains. There’s something compelling - almost romantic - about a light shining in the darkness which guides adventurers to their destination and guards travelers against ruin.
A lighthouse is an example of a BEACON - some sort of conspicuous device designed to draw attention to a location or object. Our vision statement here at St. John’s UMC proclaims that we are to be a BEACON, as well. We’re going to spend time over the next several weeks celebrating how God is using St. John’s United Methodist Church as a light in the world.
October 7 Beacon: Faith Hebrews 11:1-3; 8-12
October 14 Beacon: Service James 2:14-26
October 21 Beacon: Passions Psalm 37:1-7
October 28 Beacon: Gifts 1 Peter 4:8-11
November 4 Beacon: Christ’s Love Romans 8:35-39
As we celebrate God’s work, we’ll also be invited to prayerfully consider how we might support Christ’s ongoing ministry through St. John’s. I hope you know that your prayers, service, invitations, investments, and love all make a powerful impact on this congregation and community. I believe we, as the church, are such an important part of God’s plan for guiding and guarding travelers on and beyond this life’s journey. God’s light knows no limits, so I’m confident each of us have areas where God will be calling us to increase our trust and strengthen our relationships with Christ. I hope you’ll join us each week as God invites us to celebrate and reflect the light of Jesus Christ so more and more people might be drawn to the grace of our Savior.
Yours in Christ,