What a joy it is to welcome you to Gadsden Street United Methodist Church! I celebrate our opportunity to connect through the internet. Gadsden Street UMC is a community of faith rooted and grounded in God’s love. Our ongoing response to God’s love is expressed through prayer and worship, growing together in studying and seeking to live out God’s word, and as we serve locally and globally the least, the last and the lost. We are pleased to share our facilities on the corner of Ninth and Gadsden Street, with a Korean Methodist congregation, Lighthouse Private Christian Academy, the Pensacola United Methodist District offices and weekly AA meetings. We also celebrate the opportunity to be active partners in many excellent and effective ministries throughout our community.
On this webpage you’ll find brief descriptions of some of our ongoing ministries. Located across from Granada Square we celebrate every opportunity to connect with our neighbors and our community. In responding to God’s plans and purposes we are continually in the process of cultivating new opportunities to grow in grace and to serve faithfully.
No matter where you may find yourself along the journey of faith, we invite you to come grow with us!
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.” (Psalm 34: 8)
Last weekend we made a whirlwind trip to connect with our children and grandchildren to celebrate the second birthday of our youngest granddaughter. As you might expect, it was a day filled with family, fun, food, and, of course, cake.
After everyone gathered to sing Happy Birthday to the birthday girl, the cake was cut and everyone dug in. Most of us enjoyed a piece of cake on a plate and with a fork in hand. Most of us ate the cake, one bite at a time, a bite of cake with a bite of icing. While everyone else was enjoying their cake, I sat back to watch the new two-year-old with her piece of cake. Forget the fork, she was using her fingers. Forget the cake, she was savoring every bite of icing. With great relish she would plunge her finger deep into the icing, bring it out, and lick off every sweet bit. She did this over and over again. Eating this sweet treat, she was the perfect picture of joy and delight.
As I watched the birthday girl, I was reminded of the Bible verse at the top of this page. This verse appears in the middle of a teaching Psalm, a song meant to be easily remembered. It’s an acrostic psalm, meaning each line begins with the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, in order. It is both a song of celebration and an awareness of the ongoing need for help. It is in the midst of the memorable song that the Psalmist invites us to “taste and see that the Lord is good.”
Taste and see, a part of the way we’re made. Taste and see, two of the ways we experience our world. Taste. Dig in. Check it out for yourself. Like a toddler digging into a piece of cake, experience the goodness of God. Experience with all that you are the goodness of God. When we taste, when we begin to see, we experience for ourselves the rich blessings of trusting, taking refuge, finding our heart’s true home in God.
All of this is a reminder of the ways we are invited to open our lives to experience the amazing, unending grace of God. By the things we choose to do, we open ourselves to experience the love of God. Tasting bread and juice at the Lord’s Table we take into our bodies forgiveness and sustenance for a life of faith. Reading (sight) and chewing on/digesting Scripture, hungry for a Word of God, we are fed day by day. With eyes open we see God at work in our world and in our lives, knowing God is never more than a prayer away. All of these and so many more are ways we are invited to taste and see that the Lord is good.
I often hear folks say something like, “I don’t have birthdays anymore.” I get what they’re saying, however, fresh from a birthday party for a two-year-old, I’d like to offer a different perspective. Birthdays, no matter the number of candles on the cake, are something to celebrate. Every single one of them. Birthdays are an opportunity to celebrate God’s gracious gift of another year of life. Birthdays, and really every single day, is an opportunity to celebrate the invitation to taste and see that the Lord is good!
I don’t know when your birthday will roll around this year, but let me begin the celebration today! “Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday, God bless you! Happy Birthday to you!”