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!
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”
(Isaiah 43: 18,19)
Surprise! What do you think of when you see that word? Are you someone who likes to be surprised? Do you prefer to be in control and never be surprised? Are you easily surprised, or does it take a lot of work to surprise you? Surprise! That’s a good word to describe me over the last couple of weeks. Maybe it should be more like “blown away” as I’ve had the opportunity to see God at work in ways I never even imagined.
At Gadsden Street UMC we continue to prepare places for ministry. I celebrate all of the faithful work done by so many folks to this ongoing work. Every step of the way God has opened doors to new ministries and new opportunities. Being good stewards of all God entrusts into our care, it seems there are always more projects than we have the resources to complete. Most of these projects hang out on our “wouldn’t it be great” list. Working with limited resources, we’ve continued to pray for the ability to make this ongoing work a reality. Our big dreams continue to extend beyond our available resources.
Not long ago our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Tim Trent, highly encouraged us to apply for a grant for these projects. It took lots of work on the part of lots of people to pull together all of the information necessary for this grant request. Nudging right up against the deadline I was pulling the very last pieces together. When I added up the total needed for all five projects, it came to a staggering total of $20,907.
Here comes the part with the big surprise. Just last week we were notified that we were awarded the grant. All $20,907!!! (I’m not sure I could put enough exclamation points after that to convey the amazing surprise of it all.) Let me be clear, I don’t think we somehow earned all of this, or that we “deserve” it- this is an amazing gift of God’s grace!
I can only imagine how surprised God’s people were to hear the above words of the prophet Isaiah. Living in exile they were full of doubts, discouragement and disappointment. When it was especially hard for them to imagine a hope and a future, God reminded them God is always at work doing new things. God is at work and new things are popping up all around them. A way through the desert! Wasteland transformed by streams of living water!
God is a God of surprises always doing more than we can think or imagine. When we align ourselves, align our lives with God’s priorities and purposes we receive blessings beyond measure. God continues to surprise us doing new things, extending help and hope, love and forgiveness in us and through us. God continues to surprise us inviting us to have the eyes to see the ways God is at work in us and through us. God continues to surprise us, continually inviting us to join God in what God is already doing!