Churches, no less than individuals, need to tend to their spiritual side, and one fact that the “spiritual but not religious” folks are hinting at is that we in the church often seem to offer just a few dry and stale morsels to the spirits who come for worship. Many folks leave worship unchanged, or thirstier than when they came. One tool used by United Methodist congregations in New England to measure church health, a category called “Passionate Spirituality.” In truth it is often the lowest factor. All this is very likely connected to our low attendance on Sunday morning worship.
So I am happy to announce a twelve-week spiritual feast that will be offered during worship at South Walpole United Methodist Church this fall. The series is called Upward and Outward: Spiritual Food for Spiritual Growth and it is designed for anyone who feels hungry to know more about the love and grace of God through Jesus Christ. The series will feature some of the best Untied Methodist preachers in New England as well as guests from other denominations including Laura Everett, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches who put together the powerful interfaith worship service in Boston after the Marathon; a member of a local AA meeting to share about the Grace of God through AA; and a Catholic praise band from Hopedale and Milford called 4U. Anyone who wants to be fed, stretched and challenged is welcome to join us for one or all of theses inspiring, spiritually transformative services.