September 10, 2013
Jeremiah 18 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.5 Then the word of the Lord came to me. 6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel. 7 If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, 8 and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. 9 And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, 10 and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.
Dear Bishop Mark Webb,
My name is Ken Ford and I am a member of Centenary Chenango Street United Methodist Church where Rev. Steve Heiss preached for two years. On Sunday, September 8th a wonderful message was delivered by our current pastor, Marcia Focht and it was based on the scripture above. Our congregation listened how God told Jeremiah to watch the potter and learned the valuable lesson that, sometimes the potter will change what he is creating based on the condition of the clay itself. We learned that God can and will change what he too is creating by the decisions and actions of his people. We learned that change is good and that God is ready and willing to change as well. I believe this is true.
I believe that it is time to support the change that Rev. Steve Heiss has brought to his church and treat all of God’s children equally in love, marriage and church.
I believe that it is time to stand up for what is right, for ALL people. I believe that it is time to change the book of discipline.
I sat and listened to the sermon on September 8th and I believe that it is time for the United Methodist Church to practice what it preaches.
I believe that it is time for the United Methodist Church to feel and except the winds of change and step in to the 21st century with open hearts, open minds and open doors.
I thank you for your time. My prayers are with you in this, your time of discernment,