You’ll find the prelude a connective branch rooted in the context of a larger theme of a given service – may it be a sort of filter for you to pass through that lightens the heart, cleanses the mind, and prepares the spirit.
Over the month of July, I had the privilege of showcasing several people who are doing tremendous work in the city of Dallas. We centered our Summer Speaker Series on the theme of God at Work in Our City. Rev. Dr. Ted Campbell introduced us to the "Five Waves Over Dallas" that highlighted the various immigrant groups that have made up the fabric of our city over the centuries.
Last month, 19 youth and adults from UPUMC spent a week in New York City. Unlike previous trips that focused on serving with our hands or inspiring others with our music, this was more of an urban retreat - a chance to step outside of our routines and listen for God's call in our lives. This once-in-a-lifetime journey actually began months before as the youth and adult mentors met in small groups, listened to specific sermons, read books, listened to music, and read articles that were all designed to get us ready for this trip. We did these things so that this would be more than just another tourist group vacation. It was a pilgrimage - that is to say that we took this trip to intentionally deepen our spiritual journeys and to grow together – not only as friends, but as Christian brothers and sisters.