9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12
Last night we celebrated the ministries and our shared connectedness through Christ of our two congregations. We often do not use the word celebrate and charge conference in the same sentence, but by the grace of our new District Superintendent, Edgardo Rivera, we were led down a reflective spiritual path and not a by the numbers administrative path. As we gathered in the sanctuary for worship I was reminded of our shared journey. I thought about how both church’s journeys shared the same path for decades then, at a fork in the road, we parted ways for a season. The pathways we traveled were often like scaling formidable mountains, they were wrought with beauty and pain, smooth places and steep climbs, twisting detours and wide open meadows. But no matter how tough or wonderful the going was, we always trusted in the Lord, God has never had a desire for us to go it on our own. We are now enjoying a season of God’s desire for us to be together, our paths have emerged out of the woods and become one again. And as we walk in the fields of ministry together, notice how the fruit is growing, how the bounty is starting to drag down the branches, so even the not so tall of us can reach up and pick of its fruit.
As your pastors, we are grateful for the loving and dedicated disciples that you are and are honored to share this path with you for this season. Pray today for each other, for our leaders, and especially on where God is calling Mt Carmel and New Market to serve in brother and sister hood for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.