Picture of our Pastor and Ella
Greetings Bath Church Family!
It is surely my call and my joy to worship with you all each week and share the Gospel message with you from the pulpit. But...sometimes the preacher needs to be preached to! Since you all graciously provide me with the opportunity to go on Study Leave twice a year, I recently had the chance to be a worship participant and listen to some of the greatest preachers in the country share their craft. May 13th-17th I attended the Festival of Homiletics in Minneapolis, MN. It was five days of worship, lectures and workshops all about preaching. The speakers were preaching professors from seminaries nation-wide and highly esteemed preachers chosen among their peers. We were blessed with the messages of William Barber III, Cynthia Hale, James Forbes, Otis Moss III, Anna Carter Florence, Brian McLaren, Will Willimon and Amy Butler (just to name a few). The theme was Moral Preaching. It was about how to apply the Gospel to our time and culture that seems to have such divided and conflicting “morals”. I return with some wonderful materials that will make its way into sermons and Sunday school in the year to come. Being an active participant in worship was also so refreshing and renewing. Again, thank you all for this gift!
I’d like to thank all of you who participated and gave input in our “Table Talks” during Coffee and Donut hour on May 5th. I’d like to assure you all that you were heard and Session and I are putting the feedback into consideration and practice. We will keep you updated about the changes to come based on your feedback. As always, you are always welcome to talk to myself, any Elder (Ethan, Verna, Susan, Sharon, Judy and Deb) or attend a committee meeting and give input or feedback. Bath is special because it is a close community of friends and neighbors striving to following the Spirit’s guidance to impact the world positively with the love of Jesus Christ. We do this best by all working together.
In Christ’s Love, Pastor Emily