On the Path to Ordination
The Pearce community, as represented by those attending last Saturday evening’s worship service, welcomed Sarah Grice as a Local Ministerial Candidate. This is the first step on the path to ordination in the Free Methodist Church.
Here are some of Sarah’s thoughts as she anticipates graduating from Northeastern Seminary in a few weeks with her Masters of Divinity degree.
I am continually impressed with the blessings of community. As I finish my studies, I do not have definitive vocational answers. Often people will stop me and ask about my schooling and plans. The thoughtfulness behind those questions is a wonderful gift during this time of transition.
During this past weekend’s Saturday evening service, I was accepted as a Local Ministerial Candidate at Pearce. This is a step that I have long anticipated. Not only did I have the pleasure of sharing this time with the Saturday evening worshippers, but several of my friends and family surrounded me as well.
I am reminded of these words in Romans 12:15, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” As I learn what those words mean through the course of ordinary life, I am filled with gratitude. I am thankful to be surrounded by a community where both mourning and rejoicing are done with others.
Rain on the Roof
One of the playlists on my phone includes the song “Rain on the Roof” by the Lovin’ Spoonful. The 1966 song is a romantic ballad about a young couple finding shelter during a summer shower under a tin roof.
The song has nothing to do with the roof on Parmerter Chapel, but the tune often comes to my mind when I pass the “Raising the Roof” poster in Pearce’s lobby. If you check out the poster this week, you’ll find that we have raised a total of $33,455.70 so far this year. Upon reaching $40,000 towards the total goal of $160,000, another section of roof will be installed on the poster. Will you help us get to that point by the end of this month?
Steve and Annie Chapman at Pearce This Weekend
I hope by now you’ve heard about the Chapman’s visit to Pearce this coming weekend. This husband and wife team will be sharing on Saturday at 7pm in Pearce’s sanctuary in song and storytelling about music, family, and the great outdoors. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. (I talked my brother-in-law into joining me for the evening! It wasn’t that hard! But don’t tell him I mentioned him in this communication piece as he is a shy guy!)
The Chapmans will also be in the Sunday morning worship services at Pearce, sharing the message “Harmony for the Home.” On their website, the Chapmans write: “Believing that the church is only as healthy and as strong as the individual families that make up the church, everything we do is for the purpose of being an encouragement to the body of Christ.” (You might enjoy poking around their website at steveandanniechapman.com.)
I’ll be preaching at Saturday evening’s 5pm service, continuing our series “Memorable Lines from the Story” based on statements in the concluding chapters of John’s gospel. As part of the service, Jared & Tracy Bush will be welcomed into membership at Pearce.