Today the people of the Mason UMC put on a luncheon for a follower of Jesus who attends the church. This individual is fighting cancer. There must have been 350 people from the community who came out to support this person financially and with their presence. It’s a picture of the church at its best. The American church today takes a lot of criticism, much of it earned. Many people have a low opinion of the church. However, once in a while, when the church is being the church Jesus intended, it shines.
Once in a while, it truly is a light shining in the darkness. And it’s not just when the church does for its own. The church is a light in the darkness when the church delivers pizzas to low income housing, feeds the homeless, pays utility bills for those in need, puts on free dinners after funerals for people who don’t have a place to gather, gives coats to those who can’t really afford them, opens their building to outside groups, runs half marathons for Nationwide Children’s Hospital, jumps in the Ohio River in February to fight Multiple Sclerosis, does a makeover of a city park, goes on mission trips, and the list goes on.
If you will allow me a little bragging, the above are all things the Mason UMC has done in the last 5 1/2 years. I love it when the church is the church at its best. Today was one of those days. Praise be to our Lord Jesus Christ, in whose Name we serve.