This will be on the “Back Page” of the bulletin for Fishkill United Methodist Church this Sunday, 17 March, 2019 (2nd Sunday in Lent, Year C)
As I wrote last week “What I Am Not Giving Up for Lent” (1), I am not giving up on my faith or the United Methodist Church for Lent. Now, if Lent is a time of preparation, perhaps we should consider how we can prepare our faith for the coming days.
In “The Fiddler on the Roof”, Tevye points out we do things because of tradition but we don’t always remember on what the tradition is based. We tend to see tradition in terms of laws and regulations, some written, many not .
But the tradition of Methodism is to do those things that have not been done, to reach out to those beyond the walls of the sanctuary. Our ancestors in the church were the ones who reached out to the forgotten and disenfranchised, the very sinners that Jesus reached out to (much to the consternation of many church elders).
Our traditions have been to never say who could not come into our church but to welcome all who sought Christ.
As we move closer to Easter, we need to cast aside the attitude that only certain individuals are welcome and revive our tradition of saying to all who seek Christ that you are welcome here.