Excite, Encourage & Empower Disciples For Christ
This is our mission at Griffith First United Methodist!
We would like to welcome any to the house of God. We open our arms to those who thirst for God’s word and guidance. Wherever you are on God’s path, we welcome you to this church with open arms and fellowship. We are located on Cline Avenue across from Strack’s in Griffith.
Again, thank you for visiting our website. We look forward to meeting you soon!
“This is a day of new beginnings,/ time to remember and move on,/ time to believe what love is bringing,/ laying to rest the pain that’s gone.”
So says the hymn. New beginnings carry within them excitement, anticipation, fear, grief, uncertainty, anxiety, but maybe most of all hope. I know I’m feeling all of those emotions and many more. I’m certain many of you are feeling them too.
Change is never easy. But change is essential if we are to keep moving along the path of following Jesus. The good news is that there are two seemingly opposite things about Jesus: He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and he is fresh every morning.
As I have prepared to come among you and be your pastor, I have been deeply thankful for the good work your previous pastor, Dr. Randy McQueen, has done. So much of what he’s done has set the stage for where I believe God is leading me and us together as we seek to make disciples of Jesus for the transformation of the world.
I’m reminded of the words of St. Paul: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.”
“According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:6-11).
Over the next several weeks I will be meeting with you in cottage meetings to help us get acquainted and hear our dreams for the future of Griffith First Church. One of the questions I will ask is “What will it look like for us to do great things for God?” Be thinking about that question. I believe that God is going to do great things in this time of new beginnings—building on what has been done and going on to the next level but always remembering that no matter what else happens, Jesus Christ is our foundation.
The fourth verse of that hymn says it best: “Christ is alive, and goes before us/ to show and share what love can do./ This is a day of new beginnings;/ our God is making all things new.”