Pastor's Blog

Hello! I am R.P. Lawson and Welcome to my blog! I pray that in these articles, you will experience the love and peace and joy that comes from following Jesus! I would love connect with you. Feel free to email me at pastor@lakecitiesumc.org.

From the Pastor: August 23, 2017

Processional Cross Now a Part of the Church Service Have you noticed a new addition to the church service? Following the tradition of the church’s Anglican roots, many United Methodist congregations have brought back the practice of utilizing a processional cross upon entering and exiting the sanctuary for the worship hour. The cross represents the presence of Christ, much like the candles represent the light of Christ. The person who carries the cross is referred to as the crucifer (cross-bearer). The crucifer ... Read More »

From the Pastor: August 15, 2017

The analogy that “war is hell” is completely true. Hell is a severance from God’s presence and purpose. War, therefore, means that this type of activity is completely opposite of what God would want of God’s children. Read More »

From the Pastor: August 3, 2017

Divisiveness and Hatred Have No Place in God’s World Never have I heard so much about politics as I have heard recently. Indeed we live in a nation that is currently battling a “civil war” with each other. Families and neighbors are finding themselves divided over a variety of issues. A state of frustration is building within our nation at the expense of peace, acceptance, respect, and harmony. Frankly, it is a scary time in the life of our nation. Should ... Read More »

From the Pastor’s Desk: May 24, 2017

There is an interesting series being shown on a local news program regarding the subject of fake news. According to an informal test that the station conducted, even those mature enough to normally distinguish fake new from fact-based information were fooled 25% of the time. Read More »

Bishop McKee: April 29, 2017: In Response to Judicial Council Decision re: Bishop Oliveto

April 29, 2017 On Friday evening, the Judicial Council issued its decision on the election, consecration, and assignment of Karen Oliveto as a Bishop of The United Methodist Church. Bishop Bruce Ough, President of the Council of Bishops, has released a statement regarding this decision and the continuing work of the Council of Bishops and the Commission on a Way Forward. You can read the statement here: President of the Council of Bishops Statement regarding Judicial Council Decision. The Council ... Read More »

Now It’s Our Turn: April 27, 2017

The United Methodist Church has been debating the issue of homosexuality and gay marriage for decades. One side of the church believes that homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teachings” (as noted in the Book of Discipline) and that gay marriage is forbidden, while the other side takes the opposing position. As can be imagined, arguments are passionate on both sides of the aisle. Every four years, at General Conference, the larger church takes a vote on changing the language ... Read More »

2017 Easter Message from Bishop McKee

April 11, 2017 On Palm Sunday, many of us awakened to the news that Coptic Christians were killed at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria, Egypt, and at St. George’s Church in Tanta, which is in the Nile Delta. Pope Tawadros II was leading Palm Sunday services in St. Mark’s Cathedral when the attacks occurred. At least 45 people were killed. These acts of violence at the beginning of Holy Week remind Christians that too many people continue to favor violence and death ... Read More »

From the Pastor’s Desk: March 29, 2017

Looking Out for Each Other As brothers and sisters in Christ, it is important that we all look out for each other and take care of one another, particularly to those who are elderly or vulnerable in other ways. There are people in the world that are eager to take advantage of those who are not alert. As St. Paul noted in his letter to the Romans: “I urge you, brothers and sisters, to keep an eye on those who cause dissensions and offences … ... Read More »

From the Pastor’s Desk: March 8, 2017

Suggestions for Staying Safe on the Internet Over the past few weeks, I have offered information with regards to social media and internet usage. I have cited specific websites that offer sound tips on how to be safe while on the internet. Today I would like to offer a few of my own thoughts on this matter that might be helpful to some folks. Why is this subject matter important for the church community? As noted in last week’s sermon on Just ... Read More »

Stop, Think, Connect – Tips for Online Use in 2017

Stop and Think Before Connecting The use of social media outlets continues to be a personal interest of mine with regards to etiquette and safety. Noted below is yet another article that I hope is useful for those who “surf the net.” In today’s world, one’s privacy is less likely to be protected. The more that people know about you the more likely that others will want to “label” you or comprise your integrity. While my intent is not to scare ... Read More »

1 John 4:16

So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.