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We’ve exerted a lot of renovation energy at Mercer UMC.  It’s staggering to review what’s been accomplished in the last 2 years.

There are new ceiling tiles in the preschool and fellowship hall.  New braces for the Fellowship Hall wall (from Matthews Wall Anchor).  Newly paved parking lots.  Newly painted parking spots.  New exterior and interior signage.  New furniture.  A new coat rack.  Fresh coats of paint in the offices, Fellowship Hall, Parlor and hallway.  Reorganized Library.  New baseboards in the Fellowship Hall and hallway. 

Let alone a new sanctuary ceiling, brighter lighting, and a fresh coat of paint in the sanctuary. The amount of volunteer hours involved in planning, painting, discussing, calling, ordering and reviewing staggers me.  Thank you. The amount that you have sacrificed financially staggers me.  Thank you.

And yet, we can lose sight of WHY we do this in the first place.  The Mercer United Methodist Church building is beautiful, and I would say even more so now because of your hard work and sacrifice.  But I’ve been in many empty church buildings.

  Some of those buildings were empty because people no longer worshipped there. Why do we work on beautifying our church?  Because we love God and love others.  From Mark 12:28-31, One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

Love God with our care of the church building. Love others as we show hospitality with a welcoming and well-cared for church building.

But what’s even greater?  Caring for our neighbors, those who worship here and in other churches, and those who aren’t here (yet)!  And what’s even greater is loving God so much that we can’t keep the wonderful news of Jesus to ourselves!  We’ve done a lot of good work.  Well done!  We have a lot more to do in the work of sharing.  Let’s not be complacent.  Jesus reminded the disciples just before He ascended into heaven “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20).  We have a lot more good work to do!

But what’s even greater?  Caring for our neighbors, those who worship here and in other churches, and those who aren’t here (yet)!  And what’s even greater is loving God so much that we can’t keep the wonderful news of Jesus to ourselves! 

We’ve done a lot of good work.  Well done!  We have a lot more to do in the work of sharing.  Let’s not be complacent.  Jesus reminded the disciples just before He ascended into heaven “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20).  We have a lot more good work to do!

Because of Jesus,

Pastor Brian