On September 25, Karen, Neil, Judy and I attended the “I Believe in the Church” event
that Bishop Gregory Palmer hosted at Milford First UM Church. As always, Bishop
Palmer is an inspiring speaker who has an amazing way with words. He gave us some
teaching, had three people share their testimonies and we remembered and re-
Part of that study shares four marks of the church:
The church is One: bigger than our local church, our denomination or our nation
based on Ephesians 4:4-
The church is Holy. Going on to perfect love based on John Wesley’s writing called “A Plain Account ofChristian Perfection” available here:
The church is Catholic (actually catholic) meaning universal. He shared a story of meeting a stranger while wearing a clergy collar. She asked about the differences between Roman Catholic and United Methodist Church and Holy Spirit nudged him to share how we are alike instead of how we are different.
The church is Apostolic (means ‘sent’). We can know and appreciate what we have received from God, which means we realize that someone else needs it also.
How do our congregations live up to these marks? It was an inspiring evening, especially
the testimony of the 13-
We have another opportunity to be blessed by those in ministry around us, both locally and in the Caribbean, coming the first weekend of October. Check out the events offered at “In Mission Together” as there are several opportunities to join in and learn and/or worship together. Information is posted at both churches as well as