"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." 1 Peter 2: 9
As United Methodists, we celebrate Laity Sunday this month. I think one Sunday is a nice gesture but it isn’t enough of a celebration, especially for us! Laity comes from layperson and layperson refers to a member of the church. A member like you.
Methodism was founded on the shoulders and the faith of laypeople, not clergy (ministers). In fact, in the early days, a preacher may only show up once every couple of months for a church service. But the church worshiped every Sunday. The church cared for her members, day in and day out. The church visited the sick and ministered in times of death. And the church did all of it with very little involvement of a trained professional. It’s also interesting to note that this is when the Methodist Church experienced revival and spread from one side of the Atlantic Ocean to the other.
The Apostle Peter says that you as a church member are a chosen people, a royal priesthood. You are God’s special possession. You are the ones that declare the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.
You continue to be good Methodists. It’s you, as church members, who assembled and shipped over a thousand cleaning buckets to Texas last month. It’s you, laypersons, who are investing sacrificially and generously in the futures of the children in the Baker & Glover community. It is you, laity, who sit on the floor with our children and in circles with our middle and high schoolers, sharing with them the Good News of a God who loves them. You are the ones who gather to pray for the church. You are the ones who teach and lead in worship. You, the laity, are the ones who serve on teams and committees and make this church the great church that it is.
I speak for the entire staff in saying, it is such a great honor to serve alongside each of you in the mission and ministry of Gainesville First United Methodist Church. One Sunday isn’t enough to celebrate you.
So thankful to be in it with you,