….A newsletter from the desk of Pastor Steve-Orono United Methodist Church….
As I write this letter, I am sitting in the dark in my church office. It is 7:20 Monday morning; the wind is howling and the pavement outside my window is being pounded by torrents of rain. This rowdy storm knocked-out the power out about an hour ago, which explains why I am sitting here in the dark, using the flashlight on my I-phone to see my laptop keyboard (even though it’s after 7 in the morning, it’s still dark!) Thankfully, I have a bit of juice available in my laptop battery, which allows me to work on this newsletter.
Sitting here in our church without electricity is a strange experience. Dark. Empty. Too quiet. Lifeless. Nothing is working. Being here alone in a church without power is also eye opening. This experience clarifies for me how different this church building is without power.
After his resurrection, Jesus instructed his followers to stay in Jerusalem until they received “the gift.” That gift soon arrived in the form of the Holy Spirit, which energized (might we say “electrified”?) and inspired the early church movement. The good news spread like wildfire through spoken word and deeds. The apostles traveled far and wide, the people of the church loved each other and all who would enter-in to their fellowship, while taking care of the widow, the orphan, the poor and oppressed.
Over 2000 years later, that same Holy Spirit electrifies the ministries of our church family. As I sit here in a dark building with no power, I am deeply thankful for all of you who bring power to the ministries of our church. Somewhere not so far away from where I am sitting a powerline has likely been snapped by a falling tree. Yet we do not depend on that line to empower our church. Our ministries are made possible by a much greater power, which flows through the people of the church. Our “After School at 36 Oak” for children, engaging local youth for service projects, medical missions trip to Haiti, caring for children in North Carolina as a young family journeys through critical treatment, meals for the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, ministries through our United Methodist Women, receiving new people into church membership, study groups, a growing choir…the list continues to expand from there. All of this made possible because of people being willing to let the power of God flow through them in simple, yet profound ways.
I hope the power returns soon…I fear my laptop battery is near its end, and I have work to do! Yet as I sit here in the dark, I am filled with thankfulness for a church family that doesn’t depend on Emera Maine to be empowered. What a gift you are! ~Pastor Steve