Members and Friends of Grace United Methodist in Olathe,
Greetings in the name and grace and peace of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Since 1858, Grace has been and continues to be an essential part of our community and God’s world. There is not a time we have not known that as we seek to Love God, live like Jesus, and serve the world.
On this Memorial Day weekend, we give particular thanks for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice that we might have valuable freedoms, for me, most particularly, religious freedom. That means that no political entity or elected official, neither State nor Federal, rules or controls our decision of how or when to worship. We are guided by the heart of Christ, and for United Methodists our three General rules: Do no harm, Do good, and Stay in love with God. Our process for making decisions includes scripture, tradition (learning from history), reason (common sense and intellect), and experience; taken together known as Wesley’s Quadrilateral.
Our decision to resume in-person worship will be made based in faithfulness to the gospel of loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves, and on credible science and medical facts.
We are continuing to worship together in virtual community on-line at 9:15 and 10:45 on Sunday mornings and serving our neighbors in most direct need with curbside free meals on Wednesday and Thursday evenings along with rent and utility needs out of our mission campus at Center of Grace.
Continue to pray for the over 90,000 families grieving the loss of loved ones to this virus and all on the front-lines serving to confront and heal in this pandemic. For them and for those who gave their lives for our freedom from political control over our worship, we humbly respond in this season with our own humble sacrifice of patience and faithful care putting others’ needs equal to our own.
Keeping the faith in Jesus with you,