Thank you for visiting the Branchport United Methodist Church
We believe that God calls all people to gather in a community of faith, to share in the Good News of Jesus Christ as we make disciples for the transformation of the world. We come together to strengthen our faith through worship, prayer, education, outreach, study, and fellowship as we grow and develop our spirituality and faithfulness. We try to be Christ-like in all that we do and live to the examples as seen through the written word of God.
If you are looking for a church home we would sincerely hope that you will join us some Sunday as we together travel and accept the challenges of discipleship and witness to the whole world of this wondrous love of Jesus Christ.
Psalms 23: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through thevalley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
March 19, 2020
Blessings to you, Family and Friends of Branchport United Methodist Church,
This week it occurred to me that it is so much easier to cancel church when there is a snow storm or ice on the road. But, when the dangers are not so visible to the eye or close to our community a sense of unease came in making some hard choices. Last Sunday, I felt it in my heart to keep worship and I am glad I did. Those who felt at risk or uncomfortable with coming out amidst the Covid-19 warnings stayed home and in our prayers. Others who sought to be gathered in the church joined in praise, worship and discussion that led to a time of prayer for all of us and so many more in our community and the world. We should be seeking out God, we should be standing firmer in our faith, we need to be the church so many of us desire to be in on Sunday mornings.
Our time together that morning encouraged me and gave me hope in moving forward. Proverbs 3:5 tells us to: Trust in the Lord with all of our hearts and lean not on our own understanding. We can worry, we can plan, we can stock up on all the material things we want, but until we find rest in God’s presence we will not find peace. I love worshipping with all of you at Branchport UMC and I value the fellowship but, our faith is not dependent on gathering in person on Sunday mornings at 10:45am.
My hope is that we will be able to be back together by Easter Sunday. But, unfortunately, we cannot be sure of this. I do believe in doing our part in slowing the spread of this virus and the need to take precautions. So, let’s begin thinking beyond the walls of our church and be more active in BEING the church. I have encouraged many through email to stay connected through phone calls and notes. Check in on your neighbors and parents who are navigating new territory of homeschooling. Pray for our nation and the world who are immersed in fear and anxiety. When negativity creeps through in the news and social media shine the light of positivity.
We have said; “Yes” to being disciples of Jesus Christ and to follow Him. Now is the time that we have been called to take action. We can do this from our homes, in the grocery store, in our work, in our play. In this season of Lent, what is it that God is speaking to you? If we take this time from the busyness and embrace the new moments of family time, of cleared schedules, of fully needing to trust in the Lord, what a blessing it could be. Imagine the beauty of the Easter Resurrection when we discover a closer relationship with Jesus, and the beauty that comes when light shines out of the darkness.
Join me. Worship with me, even if it is from a distance. Pray with me. Do not lose faith that we are in the care of a God who loves us.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:10-18
Let’s Pray: Glorious God, our Creator and Redeemer: We are your church and you have called us at such a time as this because You need us. Please help us to accept this time as a reminder that we need to make a change. We cannot continue as we have in distractions and self-centeredness. We must turn to You, to pause and listen for Your guidance. May we find reassurance and hope in our Faith and courage in Your call to us. Lead us to be the light in the world that so needs Your illumination. Bring healing to all those who are suffering, wisdom to all who doubt and comfort to all who fear. May we find new ways to worship you, new ways to praise you, and deeper love for all You have given us. In the precious name of Jesus who journeyed to a cross, so that we may experience life. Amen.
Please do not hesitate to call me at 585-857-7962 if there is anything I can do for you. I can share some addresses with you so that you can continue caring for one another. I have some names of those in nursing homes isolated from their family. I also would like to remind you that we still have responsibility for maintaining our church and expenses. I encourage you at this time to continue your support financially of Branchport UMC and in your weekly offerings. Checks can be mailed to: PO Box 2 , Keuka Park, NY 14418. Thank you for being such an important part of our congregation.
In renewed hope and determination,