2019 Missions Fair at Andover UMC
By: Myrna Craig
This coming Sunday our congregation will be hearing from the participants in our Mission Fair, each representing their mission/organization. Let us prepare our hearts to listen to each testimony and the passion that is expressed about their work. Listening closely means that we are aware of what is happening inside us when we hear about the stories from our Christian community. What resonates in the story with your life? What kinds of gifts do you offer the world? “I am one who….” What kind of work are you already doing? What patterns do you see in your ordinary moments that suggests a general way of being? If you have noticed this general way of being, maybe listening to the stories will help you to find that specific thing that you are called to do.
After the mission fair, consider doing the “examen” and ask yourself: “What moment, today am I most grateful?” “For what moment am I least grateful?” Take time to respond to what God has revealed to you in prayer.
Ponder these quotes about discernment:
“Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.” Bob Pierce
“Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Follow that will and that way which experience confirms to be your own.” Carl Jung
“Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things are passing away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things, Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices.” St Teresa of Avila
“Discernment is not a matter of telling between right and wrong; rather it is telling the difference between right and almost right.” Charles Spurgeon
Join our Missions Fair on January 20th from 9:30-12:30 in the gym; presenters will be at both services.