This week Anna Troy will be preaching in DiscipleChurch. Anna is an intern at First Street Methodist Mission working with our Being Better Together program. She is also a student at Brite Divinity School. Anna is a member of the Southwest Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and is a candidate for ordained ministry Deacon orders in that conference. Her sermon on Sunday is part of her candidacy requirements. Anna grew up a “preacher’s kid” and has been in ministry one way or another throughout her life. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she was a missionary in Costa Rica for 14 months working as a teacher in a bilingual Methodist elementary school. We look forward to worshipping God with you on Sunday!
Your sister in Christ,
As I began preparing to preach my first sermon, I found myself drawn to this passage from the Prophets. Growing up in small, rural Texas towns the experience of a physical drought was very real and a regular occurrence. Naturally, I took comfort in the image of green, productive fields and regular rains. I also realized that, for those of us who do not live in an agricultural society, drought can have many forms. And yet, regardless of how we experience drought, we know God will restore us and, in so doing, our relationship with God as well.
But what’s next??
God says the Spirit will be poured out on all people. While many of turn to this particular image, what does it mean for us in relationship with God? This is the question I began to ponder within this passage and will be discussing on Sunday. In the mean time, I invite you to consider your own droughts that you have experienced. What were they? How did they affect your relationships with friends and loved ones? With God? How are we invited to be in relationship with God?
I look forward to being in worship with you Sunday morning!
Scripture: Joel 2: 22-32
Do not fear, you animals of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness are green; the tree bears its fruit, the fig tree and vine give their full yield. O children of Zion, be glad and rejoice in the Lord your God; for he has given the early rain for your vindication, he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the later rain, as before. The threshing floors shall be full of grain, the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. I will repay you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent against you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame. You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is no other. And my people shall never again be put to shame.
Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit. I will show portents in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.