This is my story,
This is my song.
Praising my Savior all they day long. (Blessed Assurance)
I have just returned from the Holston Conference Convocation for pastors at Lake Junaluska. It was a special time apart on holy ground, sitting at the feet of Len Sweet as he led us to think about rediscovering our story and our song.
As United Methodists in the Wesleyan tribe, song is part of our DNA. Our theology is expressed not in books, but in our hymnal, in the music of Charles Wesley. As Christ followers, our story is God’s story expressed in the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us. And, in both cases, we are one generation away from losing our song and our story.
I have just finished reading Manna and Mercy by Daniel Erlander. Erlander distills the whole of the story between Creator and created into a form that is easily accessible to all ages. I’m looking forward to introducing this to our youth.