Closing worship of General Conference

“Follow” was the theme for the closing worship service of the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church.  Bishop Rosemarie Wenner’s parting word was: “Where You Lead Us We Will Go.”  The singing leave-taking declared, “If You lead me, Lord, I will follow…Where You lead us, Lord, we will go.”

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  1. Richard K Ernst

    As an ordained United Methodist minister, I am embarrassed that my denomination retains a polity that continues to do harm to persons whom they say are of “sacred worth”. It is shameful that a faith community that proclaims a message of grace, love, and justice is determined to be the last institution in our society adopting policies that affirm and protect the dignity and worth of all persons. It is an unconscionable hypocrisy for the United Methodist Church to insist in its Social Principles that “all persons…regardless of sexual orientation…are entitled to have their human and civil rights ensured”, and yet at the very same time deny those full rights to LGBT persons in the life of the church. Thank goodness many local congregations are disassociating themselves from this unjust part of their denomination’s polity, and choosing to embody fully and without reservation the United Methodist slogan, “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors”.

  2. PerryA

    All people are welcomed into the doors of the UMC and we the message of grace, love and justice is proclaimed. The point to understand is that Jesus loves everyone and His grace is offered to everyone, but He gives the command to repent from sin. When one joins a congregation of a local UMC, a vow is taken to faithfully participate in its ministries by prayer, presence, gifts, service and witness (just added 4 years ago). How can one be a true and faithful witness for Jesus Christ when living a sinful lifestyle?

    Jesus tells us in His word that if we love Him, we will obey Him and keep His word.
    “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me. I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.” John 14:23-26

    The Holy Spirit reminds us what Jesus told us and convicts us of sin in our lives. To be holy, we must repent from sin and live by what Jesus taught.

    Churches surely need to be loving and welcome everyone to hear God’s word, but the truth must be taught and if we truly have the desire to express God’s love to everyone, we must love them enough to preach the truth…even when it involves sin. I’d much rather steps on toes by preaching the whole truth. Feelings may be hurt, but souls are much more valuable than feelings.

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