Dr. Shield's Blog

Jesus Continually Calls

"He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two..." (Mark 6:7)

When we respond to Jesus' call to follow him, eventually we find ourselves being sent by him. Jesus calls us in order to save us, but he also calls us in order to teach, equip, and empower us to be his servants and ambassadors in the world. And he calls us to work together, in partnership, rather than alone.

Seven years ago Trinity was greatly blessed when Jesus sent Rev. Katy Ware to us to be our new Associate Pastor. Katy has done superb work for the cause of Christ as she has grown in her spiritual journey and in her gifts as a minister of the Gospel. Her authentic faith, her joyful enthusiasm, and her loving heart have blessed many lives. I know you will be keeping her in your prayers as she prepares to become the pastor of Hempstead/Lynn Grove United Methodist Churches. Two special dates to put on your calendar:

This Sunday, June 1, Rev. Katy Ware will be preaching and celebrating Holy Communion with the congregation while I and the girls are away. Invite a friend to church!

Sunday, June 22, will be Katy's last Sunday with us. We will have a reception for her immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service in the Nita McKnight Parlor. Bring a friend to church that Sunday and stay to share a blessing with Katy as we bid her farewell. There will be a place for cards and gifts. She will just have returned the day before from the Bolivia mission trip, so keep that team in your prayers from June 7-21!

At the same time, we are looking forward to receiving Matthew Thomasson, his wife, Danielle, and their young son, Wesley. Matthew will join our team the first Sunday in July, and he will build on the great work Katy has done. You will be hearing more about them in the near future. I would ask you pray for the Thomassons as they prepare to transition from Perkins School of Theology to a wonderful new life at Trinity.

Jesus is continually calling and sending his disciples, and it is no accident that our Sunday worship liturgy is structured around the dynamics of call and response. Let's practice responding to God's call by gathering together for worship on Sunday, and let's be ready to go out into the world, sent to serve!

Grace and peace,

Bob Shield


Posted by Jennifer Robertson at 12:58 PM