Blessed To Be A Blessing
There are very few churches that have the opportunity to serve the very people that Jesus loved to hang out with. St. Paul's is located next door to St. Paul's Community Center (a homeless shelter that is committed to find housing, and services for those with addictions and mental health issues), and just blocks away from the local soup kitchen. We are blessed to know this community of individuals who have struggled with their mental health issues, addictions, and economic struggles. I find myself daily listening to the grief and pain that many people experience because of their situations and difficulties. I also find myself blessed with the stories of those who have found a silver lining or linings even in the midst of the struggles. God seems to show God's self in these moments, and through these individuals' faith; I am blessed to experience God's presence through them.
We are celebrating a new outreach program, Marketplace For All People. I was told that every church our size should have one ministry that they put their time and resources into. We believe this is the ministry that God is calling us to. Just like the blessings that I've been given through the stories that folks have shared with me, we are experiencing God's blessings through this ministry.
I hope if you are reading this, that you will ponder about the ways God is blessing you. Maybe its through the stories you hear from other people of faith. Maybe its the ways you serve your community,and delight in God's love as you do so. Maybe it's through your own your daily prayer life. Remember, it is a blessing to be a blessing to another person.
If you are seeking a place to be a blessing to others, by all means come and serve with your family members at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, and the Marketplace For All People. We believe that we are serving in a unique way, in a unique community, with wonderfully unique children of God. At St. Paul's UMC and Marketplace For All People, we believe every person is a family member, and we are just waiting for them so that we can welcome them back into God's home, that they may know God's blessing in their lives. For we do not need to live lives of scarcity, when we place our faith in God's abundance, especially, God's abundant love. I leave you with this verse from 2 Corinthians 9:8...And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. Be a blessing, share your blessings, and know you are very much loved and blessed by your heavenly parent.
Your's in Christ, Pastor Mary Sullivan