Our church family and community are looking forward to this Sunday, August 30, 2009. We will break ground on Wesley Center. This name chosen by you, represents our roots as we grow into the future with God. Brothers John and Charles Wesley were the founders of the Methodist movement, what was a fresh new breath of the Holy Spirit into the Christian faith and has now become a dynamic world wide church. Two of the most significant contributions to the Christian faith the Wesley's made were their focus on discipleship and grace - the daily, lifetime walk with God that is discipleship and knowledge and growth in the grace of Jesus Christ. It is our prayer as a church that we will grow into this vision of the Wesley's in the building that will bear their name.
We welcome our bishop, Janice Huie this Sunday morning. Bishop Huie will preach at our morning worship service and will pray over our groundbreaking outdoors. Just after worship we will all recess out of the front of the church and make our way to the building site on the Nellius Street side. There, we will offer prayers and share in a liturgy that will consecrate that ground for building. We will have various participants in that from the church and community. Following the groundbreaking, please join us for a light lunch reception.
Bishop Huie is excited to join us this Sunday. From what I read in our church history, it is the third time a bishop has preached in Woodville. Bishop Paul Martin came in 1961 and Bishop Finis Crutchfield preached here in 1982. When our church history is updated one day, Sunday August 30, 2009 will be a highlight.
Worship this Sunday will reflect the special day. As we did on Palm Sunday and Pentecost this year, the choir will process in to begin worship and Bishop Huie, Dr. Jerry Pennington our District Superintendent, and myself will also process in to begin worship. Processionals go back to the Old Testament days of entering the temple for worship. Our Chancel Choir will sing and Jimmy Robertson will also be singing a solo.
It is such an honor to share with you in this holy and historic day in the life of Woodville UMC.