A Local Church, A Global Church

For the past few weeks, our eyes have been on Egypt.

Then the unrest of Libya caught our attention.

News of an earthquake drew us to New Zealand.

The nightly news, especially in recent days, has reminded us that we are an international people. Brokenness and turmoil exist across cultures and nations--as do grace & hope.

When John Wesley famously declared that "the world is my parish," he answered a twofold call to local & global ministry. Whether we identify ourselves as "United Methodist" or not, all of us have the same calling. We are as called to pray for the rebuilding of structures in New Zealand as to build a home for a needy family in our hometown. We are as called to forgive our neighbor as to pray for forgiveness to abound in Libya. One is not more important than the other. Christ calls us to the nations as well as the local communities, and everyone has a part to play.

Let us pray.

O God, you are the hope of all the ends of the earth,
The God of the spirits of all flesh.
Hear our humble intercession for all races and families on earth,
That you will turn all hearts to yourself.
Remove from our minds hatred, prejudice, and contempt
For those who are not of our own race or color, class or creed,
That, departing from everything that estranges and divides,
We may by you be brought into unity of spirit, in the bond of peace.
Amen.
(Church of Scotland, 20th century, reprinted in The United Methodist Book of Worship, 1992)

Be local. Be global. Be the parish. And be the Parish.

in grace & gratitude,
Pastor Darian