Pastor’s Ponderings


Dear Families and Friends of Woodmar UMC,

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I have a question for you: Where did you put your marble?  Maybe this seems like an odd question…please let me explain. On August 12th in worship we had our Back-to-School Blessing and we were blessed to have about 12 children in worship with us…leading our liturgy, reading Scripture, and singing songs. The sermon that day was about playing for keeps, and the illustration was 5 jars of   marbles marking the number of Sundays we have with our children from birth to 18 years of age, then 5 years to 18 yrs., then 3rd grade to 18 years of age, then 8th grade to 18 years of age, until, finally, the children are 18 and there are no more marbles left. God has entrusted children to our care for a limited amount of time…loving them to Jesus is an urgent matter. After the message the children passed out little drawstring pouches that contained a single marble. We were all encouraged to place this pouch in a prominent place to remind us to pray for the children in our biological families, our church family, our community and our world AND to pray how we, Woodmar UMC, are being called to live life with these precious children.

If you weren’t able to be in worship with us on August 12th and would like a marble, please let me know…I’ll make sure you receive one. Prayer is a powerful tool…it helps us stay connected to God, it helps us pull together with a common purpose, and it positions us to offer ourselves in service to God. As followers of Jesus, this is our purpose.  Read these words and be encouraged:

 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

(Romans 12:1-2 from THE MESSAGE)

See you in worship!

Living in the Grip of God’s Grace,

Pastor Esta