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  • May 20, 2022 - "Aldersgate Day”

    Do you know what Aldersgate Day is? If not, don’t feel bad, many United Methodists probably can’t say exactly what it is. It was on the day/evening of 24 May 1738 that John Wesley experienced a spiritual transformation that led to the earnest start of the Methodist movement. Wesley’s faith had pretty much lived in his head, but not his heart. Wesley devoted himself to “Scripture, Tradition, and Reason,” but what was missing was the personal experience of Christ in his life. The important thing I want to bring up is that at the time of Wesley’s Aldersgate experience he was still intensely looking for a deeper and more satisfying experience of God.

     

    Even so, John Wesley made a journey from head to heart. As United Methodists we celebrate Aldersgate Day as that day when Wesley finds assurance. That is, Wesley finally feels the guarantee of God’s love. In his head, Wesley knew this faith in a rational way. Yet, at Aldersgate he finally feels that assurance. On Wednesday, May 24, 1738, John Wesley experienced his “heart strangely warmed.” This Aldersgate experience is crucial for Wesley’s own life and becomes a touchstone for the Wesleyan movement (see: The Book of Worship, United Methodist Publishing House, 1992, page 439). Paul in Romans describes this movement from head to heart. It is what God offers us all in Jesus Christ. Paul too might even call it a journey of faith.

     

    From the Journal of John Wesley:

    “In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther's preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.”


    Sincerely, your friend,

    David Mosser

     

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  • May13 , 2022 - "Confirmation/Senior Sunday"

    I have a thing about confirmation Sunday. I am quite fond of it because it is a day that some of our young Christians begin steps on the way to becoming full disciples of Jesus Christ. As a church we recognize their profession of faith. We here and now recognize them as our faith peers. Some of their new brothers/sisters are 85 years of age; others only a few years older than they are. Whichever, together we enter an adventure as Jesus’ disciples/learners.

    We recognize confirmands as full members of God’s universal church. Also, don’t worry, they are not on their own. All of us lean on one another and Christ for the things we cannot do for ourselves. We, in this sense, are a family—a group of people who look after and nurture one other. When one of us mourns something, we all mourn together. When one of rejoices, we all rejoice together (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 12:26).

    At confirmation we have the privilege of giving and receiving. You confirmands are no longer children who only receive. No! You confirmands are now adults in the church’s eyes. You are now givers and stewards of God’s gifts to manage as a Christian. Perhaps, the greatest gift we celebrate today is the gift of the Holy Spirit that God pours out on us.

    Sunday will be a great day!


    Sincerely, your friend,

    David Mosser

     

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  • MAy 6, 2022 - "Prayer for Mother's Day"

    My blog this week is a prayer for Mother’s Day (from Book of Worship, p. 438).

     

    For our mothers, who have given us life and love,

    that we may show them reverence and love,

    we pray to the Lord...

     

    For mothers who have lost a child through death,

    that their faith may give them hope,

    and their family and friends support and console them,

    we pray to the Lord...

     

    For women, though without children of their own,

    who like mothers have nurtured and cared for us,

    we pray to the Lord...

     

    For mothers, who have been unable to be a source of strength,

    who have not responded to their children

    and have not sustained their families,

    we pray to the Lord...

     

    Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children,

    so you watch over your Church.

     

    Bless these women, that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers.

    Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.

    Grant that we, their sons and daughters,

    may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect.

    Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

     

    Sincerely, your friend,

    David Mosser

     

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  • April 29, 2022 - "The Big Comeback"

    Thank the good Lord and with the deity’s help I am coming back this weekend to preach at 9 and 11 on Sunday morning, 1 May 2022. I am elated that this day has finally come upon us. I hope to see many of you that day; folks I have not seen since Christmas Eve or the following Sunday. Just for the record, my recent illnesses include COVID-19, gout, and a large pulmonary embolism. I was in the hospital and rehab, more or less, from 30 December to 2 March.

     

    In my absence, our church staff all pulled together in fine fashion. Paul did a wonderful job of filling the pulpit. He has many, many gifts and you have now experienced yet another. I am very fortunate to get to work along side these folks and I know it.

     

    One of the things I have pondered the last month or so is whether or not we could get a new young adult Sunday school class going. If a couple or two would volunteer to be hosts, then I would be happy to be the teacher for the first year. If you are interested, then let me know by saying a word to me on Sunday.

     

    We are on the runway of an exciting time of ministry for Salado UMC. Let us hope and pray that we have no more pandemics or floods for the foreseeable future. I am very grateful to be back.

     

    Sincerely, your friend,

    David Mosser

     

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  • January 21, 2022 - "No, You are Bad Luck"

    Sometimes, when in the midst of crisis, we tend to have our vision clouded under pressure. This fact reminds me of a story about a man who was critically ill in a hospital bed. His dutiful wife was at his side.

     

    As he looks up from his hospital bed, he says to his wife, “You’ve always been with me when I have had trouble. When I lost my shirt in a poor investment, you were there. When I had the car accident, you were with me. When the company fired me, you were there. I’ve come to the conclusion that you are bad luck!”

     

    It is always easy to blame others for things for which we ought to take responsibility. It takes a person of character to assume his/her share of blame—especially when it is our burden to bear.

      

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