Who We Are
Faith is more than what happens on Sunday mornings. It’s a part of who we are, inside and out. At Saint Mark’s, we believe in sharing the joy of the gospels daily, and living a life that embodies the spirit of Christ. You’re welcome to join our Christian community at any time. Join us and see how our community comes together to praise.
The purpose of Saint Mark UMC is to reach out in love to bring joy and hope to the people of our community so that they may become disciples of Jesus Christ.
A church in the heart of the community with the community at heart.
FORWARD VIEWPOINT: A VISION FOR YEAR TWO
WE ARE A RESURRECTION PEOPLE
As Christians, we are called upon to be a resurrection people! We are to live our lives in such a way that our lives wouldn’t make any sense if God didn’t exist! It must be understood that Christians harbor the same “old sin nature” as non-Christians possess! We are no better, not necessarily more “moral,” and no more worthy than anyone else in the eyes of God! It must always be remembered that God imputes “worthiness” to us! That fact is what is meant by the term “grace!” Grace means God’s unmerited favor to those whom He has chosen before the worlds were formed to be sanctified, to be set apart to do a work of ministry. In that sense, all Christians are called upon to spread the good news. In order to succeed in fulfilling our ministries, we must realize that we are, a “resurrection people.”
By “resurrection” I mean transcendence from worshiping the many idols that this world offers us and that separate us from the knowledge that God has given each of His children a work to do. These idols take many forms: drugs, sex, alcohol, work, etc. It’s certainly ok to indulge in many of the delights that this world offers, but it’s not ok to worship or idolize them or have them in any way usurp the role of God in our lives. When we listen to God and obey His call on our lives, despite what others say we show ourselves to be a resurrection people! When we love amidst hate; stand up for justice amidst cruelty and violence; when we speak truth to power; when we care for “the least among us;” when we give of ourselves to others; when we remain faithful; when we remain peaceful; we show ourselves to be a “resurrection people!”
Resurrection people make manifest to others the reality and meaning of the Christian life!
Rev. Gary Bernard Williams, Pastor