West Union United Methodist Church
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Luke 10:27

Pastor's Corner


 Stirrings of the Waters*

(thoughts, observations, hopes, and/or movements of the Spirit)


Dear member and friend of West Union United Methodist Church,

You are cordially invited to a season of change.  We shall begin immediately.  We shall dine together on occasion.  Feel free to bring guests.  Please dress appropriately.


The Year: 2020


Yes, we are already halfway through the year, and what a year it has been.  Yes, change has radically affected us already this year, especially those changes effected by COVID-19 such as not gathering for worship and not meeting as a community of faith.  Yes, the political climate, both nationally and internationally, changes almost daily.  And, yes, we are in the midst of additional changes as a congregation: a newly appointed pastor and joining in ministry with the congregation in Elgin.


But wasn’t it nice to get an invitation?


The challenge is that change most often confronts us uninvited.  A year ago, it would have been impossible to predict what our lives are like today.  As such, there are only two guarantees I can make: (1) Things are going to continue to change, and (2) God will be with us through it all.


We have had to be flexible, adaptive, patient, and to remain faithful up to this time.  For that I thank you.  I humbly ask that you be patient, hopeful, and creative as we get introduced and begin our ministry together.  The normal modes of introduction – meetings, dinners, gatherings – are not options for us this year.  Allowing the Holy Spirit to be creative with us may mean that we get introduced in new and unusual ways.  We’ll be experimenting.  Website messages, video interviews, greetings from a distance, email messages, phone calls, and other attempts for contact we haven’t even imagined may be our best options.  As with experiments, some attempts will be more successful than others, hence my request for patience.


I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you.  I look forward to joining with you in ministry.  I anticipate God using us to bring God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.  Please receive my prayer for blessings until we meet!


Grace and peace,

Rev. Rick Burns



·          Refers to John 5:2-9, especially verse 4, concerning the pool at Bethesda within which, according to legend, when the water was stirred by an angel one might enter and be healed.