Kingston Presbyterian Church, Kingston, New Jersey
4565 Route 27
P.O. Box 148
Kingston, NJ 08528

Pastor’s Message – Rev. Sharyl Dixon

MAY, 2018

Kingston Presbyterian Church

Where we seek to Welcome, Grow and Serve!

Since September we have been making our way through The Story. We have been walking chronologically through the Bible. To put the Bible into a 31-week system hasn’t been easy but it has allowed us to approach scripture in a completely new way. The Story has been a different type of tool. It has allowed us to see the story of God’s love and people worked while placing the songs, and prophecies alongside the history.

We have watched God’s upper story lace together with our lower stories. It’s been encouraging to me to see what questions, what new observations and what new encouragement we have found walking through the Bible in this way. We have visited with old characters we love and we have met some new characters. We have been reminded of the faithful and those who choose their own way. Reading the Bible this way has allowed us to see God working God’s plan from Adam all the way to the prophets, through the gift of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit to the church and faithful, and then to the visions of Revelation. Through it all we hear God calling, we see God forgiving, we watch God invite all to come and follow.

The whole of the Bible, The Story, comes to the question and our answer to, “Will you come and follow?” Hear these words of the song from the Scottish Community at Iona, Will You Come and Follow Me.

 “Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same? Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known, will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?
Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name? Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same? Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?  Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me? 
Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name? Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same? Will you kiss the leper clean, and do such as this unseen, and admit to what I mean in you and you in me? Will you love the ‘you’ you hide if I but call your name?
 Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same? Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around, through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?
Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name. Let me turn and follow you and never be the same. In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show. Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.”

We have had the opportunity this year walking through the Bible to see how others have answered and lived out their responses. As we come to the end of The Story this month I wonder where you were blessed and called by The Story to name your story in God’s.  I wonder how our answers have changed and deepened this year. I wonder where we might be following next. Where is it that God needs us to follow like Abraham, like Ruth, like David, like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, like the prophets, like Mary, the like the disciples, like Paul and like the church?

May The Story continue to bless us and call us to answer “Yes, Lord, Here I am. Your servant is willing!  We will come and follow!.

~Pastor Sharyl

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