Weddings, Funerals and Baptisms
Woods Chapel United Methodist Church
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I can care about you, and I can love you, but that does not mean that I have to condone everything that you are doing.
One Pastor's Thoughts . . .
I used to know the name of every person that attended our church. I used to know where you lived and where you worked. If you had children, I knew their names, and more than that, I knew them. I used to get to everyone's living room. I knew your dog's name.
I am no longer able to know everyone. It has been a difficult adjustment for me. It has been painful to grow to the point where I cannot know everyone like I used to. I have to keep reminding myself, and I ask you to remind yourselves, that all of this is because we wanted to win more people to Jesus Christ. We voted for this. This situation is the byproduct of something that we have worked hard to accomplish.
Over the years, there have been many changes. I am not the point person for hospital calls any more. We have someone on staff doing that. I can't do all the weddings any more. There are over 40 weddings each year at Woods Chapel. If I did them all, I would be tied up for 40 Friday and Saturday nights during the year.
One of the most difficult times in a person's life is when they lose a loved one. I know this personally as my mother died when I was 37 and my dad when I was 45. We get requests regularly to perform funerals each week. Due to the size of our church, it is impossible for me to perform every funeral. We have other excellent pastors on staff and others in the congregation who are able to help with funerals. Please know that every staff person and every pastor on our staff is praying for you in your time of need.
We normally baptize 60-75 people each year. We have so many that we cannot do all of them during worship services. Because of the large number of baptisms, the ones I perform are now being scheduled at 12:15. If you would like a baptism during a worship service, any of our other pastors are available.
Some of these changes are sad for me, but we have brought them upon ourselves by winning more people to Jesus Christ and His church. Please try to understand all of these changes are not designed to keep us apart. I am sorry for the moments when these changes are difficult for each of you. Be sure to know that they are often difficult for me as well. Life was simpler when our church was smaller. Looking back, I am still glad we have grown. I would rather deal with the changes we face than to have stayed where we were and not won the last 600 people that attend our church. I hope you feel the same.
It's a beautiful day in God's world. Be sure to see the good!