Have you ever thought about how our church is reaching out to make a difference in the city and around the world? It’s amazing, actually. Think about how our story of mission is intertwined with the story of scripture. Would it sound something like this? Matthew 25: 35-40 (Paraphrase)

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, by packing bags through the Sheridan Story every Friday, by donating items to Neighbors, Inc., by giving funds to The Walk to End Hunger and by packing meals through Feed My Starving Children.

“I was at Garlough Elementary School and thirsty for love, attention and affirmation and you gave me something to drink, a refreshing cup of encouragement and hope. I was a stranger and you invited me in through Emma Norton and Simpson Housing. I needed clothes and you clothed me through UMCOR, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in a prison of loneliness and you came to visit me at the Lewis House.

“Then the righteous will answer him puzzled, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink. When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

Well done St. Paul’s UMC! You are living faithfully into God’s Story!