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!
“…Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”
I missed an opportunity to share with all of you last week. Let’s just say it was a bit of a frustrating week around the church. Beginning on Monday we had a spotty internet connection, and since you are reading this via e-mail I know you’ve got some idea of what that means. Then by Tuesday we had no internet at all, and no printer for the rest of the week. We came into the office on Wednesday only to find out we had no phone service.
Beyond our communication issues, someone chose to turn off our two primary water mains, leaving us without water for a while and then dealing with air in the system. And then, like the icing on the cake, in the same week that we were busy getting ready for our Picnic in the Park ministry reaching out to our community, the ice maker went out!
No internet. No printer. No phone. No water. No ice. Nothing catastrophic about any of it, but it was definitely inconvenient. It also made us keenly aware of many things we take for granted.
All of these “problems” may pale in comparison with your own list of challenges and difficulties. Hurt, hunger, devastation, destruction, despair, fear, pain, loss, grief, anxiety, brokenness, poverty, the world certainly has no shortage of the problems. Tune into the evening news, or check our favorite sources for news, and you’ll be treated to an unending barrage of problems, challenges, and difficulties.
As we walk through this Holy Week together we begin with moments of celebration in the parade with a purpose down the Mount of Olives. Jesus is cheered as King, but before the end of this week folks will be calling for His head. In fact as this week unfolds, everything goes from bad to worse, until by weeks end it is as bad as it could possibly be.
The Christ, the Messiah, Infinite Love wrapped in human flesh is arrested, tried, beaten, scourged, and nailed to a cross for everyone to see. There on the cross Jesus breathed His last breath saying, “It is finished.”
Those who followed Jesus were beyond discouraged, plumbing the depths of despair, knowing bottomless sorrow, and seeing the end of all hope. It was a Good Friday sort of week, a week when everything seems to go wrong…but the story does not end on Friday. The story does not end on the cross. The story does not end with Jesus’ body hastily buried in a borrowed tomb. Friday is very real, but Sunday is coming.
This week we’re reminded in a powerful way that just when we think disorder, chaos, evil, hatred, and brokenness will have the last word, God’s love will always have the last word. On Sunday we will have two opportunities to celebrate God’s amazing good news. We will gather in Granada Square Park (weather permitting) at 7:30 am for a Sonrise Service followed by a light breakfast. A second service will be in the sanctuary at 10:30 am. You are invited to bring fresh flowers as we transform a rough chicken wire cross into a thing of beauty as we remember in God’s hands the story does not end on Friday!