This Week in Worship – 11/17
Dear Grace Family,
I was living in Topeka, Kansas and going to seminary at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City when I first heard the letters WWJD. It had become a trend in some churches, especially among the youth, to wear bracelets with these letters. They stood for the question “What Would Jesus Do?” I was a little suspicious of the trend, so I started to do some research. I discovered that it originated in a book that was almost 100 years old at the time. The book was titled “In His Steps” by Charles Sheldon. I then remembered that I had seen that title somewhere. It was on a stone outside the church where I had my office. I was the campus minister at Washburn and my office was in University UMC. I asked the pastor about the stone, and she told me an interesting story. Charles Sheldon had served as a pastor in Topeka and the house he lived in was on the property where the church now sat. My office was literally on the property where Charles Sheldon lived. In fact, he might have written the book “In His Steps” at that very location. Maybe this was a sign that I should read the book.
I bought a copy and as I started to read, I was pleasantly surprised. I don’t know what I expected, but the book had so much more depth than wearing a bracelet on a wrist. Maybe that is why it is one of the best-selling books of all time, selling more than 50 million copies. The story is about a pastor who challenges the church to not only ask the question ““What would Jesus do?” but to then to follow through by living as Jesus lived. As the people live like Jesus, they begin to see a change in their community.
This Sunday in traditional worship, Pastor Wes will preach on the second section of our mission statement, “Living Like Jesus” by asking another question, where do we start? Another good question, maybe Pastor Wes will write his own best-selling book after this sermon. At Common Grace, Mitch will continue his sermon series on John Wesley’s Greatest Hits with that oldie but goodie “The Quadrilateral: What is it Good For?” (Theology is the correct answer, that is what it is good for). I can’t say for sure what Jesus would do this Sunday, but I know where you can find Jesus. I see him every Sunday at worship at Grace UMC. I know you can find him there as well.
See you in worship,