Notes from Brother Jay

Aldersgate Day

      John WesleyThe date is May 24, 1738 and a dejected John Wesley half-heartedly attends an evening meeting with some Moravian Christians on Aldersgate Street in London.  Wesley’s career at this point seemed to him a disappointment.  Having returned from Georgia with little success among the indigenous people, even less with the English, he struggled with his faith.  The Oxford graduate, described as a fervent preacher, was no stranger to hard work and discipline, but, he longed for more from his faith.  He wanted something he saw in the Moravians who sailed with him both to and from the Colonies.  

 

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Relationship, Then Righteousness

     The church is at the same time a creation of God and of humans.  Beginning with God’s Presence in the wilderness with the children of Israel, God wanted a relationship with His creation.  Of course, the story tells us God offered Himself to individuals previous to this, but sin limited those opportunities in every way.
     After the anointing of David as King, the Ark of God found a home in Jerusalem.  Only during Solomon’s reign was the Temple constructed for a permanent home for the Presence.  At this point in history the Israelites worshiped Yahweh, an unpronounceable term of reverence, who is the God who miraculously delivered them from slavery in Egypt.
   

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The Judicial Council's Decision

In a letter published here, our new Bishop, Rev. Lawson Bryan, addressed an upcoming meeting of the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church. In a 6-3 vote, the Judicial Counsel upheld the UM Book of Discipline. The 19-page decision that the consecration of an openly gay Bishop, married to another woman, is against church law places the Wester Jurisdiction on notice concerning their response. As I understand the ruling, the Western Jurisdiction acted illegally in electing to the office someone who isn’t qualified to serve as a Bishop of the entire Church, meaning she cannot serve since the office is part of more than just one conference or jurisdiction.

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