Pastor’s Corner

 
Each week Pastor Tyler and others in the church will provide a reflection on our church life or an act of discipleship.

August 2017 – Pastor’s Corner

To the people called Methodists at Shiloh,

In the scriptures, Shiloh has two places it derives its meaning from: 
One comes from Genesis 49:10 when it says, “The scepter of the people of God shall not be removed from Judah, nor the lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes and gathers the people together.”(This is a combination of translations.)  Early Christians took this to mean that Jesus was the embodiment of the ancient idea of Shiloh.

 

The other reference to Shiloh is in Joshua, when they construct the beloved Tabernacle, the dwelling place of God, in a permanent place.  This was a place in which God would dwell. 

 

This month I ask you to pray over the question,

“What is your prayer for the new people who find Shiloh?”

 

As I have prayed about this question I have been drawn to wonder what it would be like if Shiloh UMC was known as a place of rest, peace and of knowing God.  A place where people came to feel God’s presence to inspire and empower them to go out and share the love of Christ in the world.

 

The mission statement for Shiloh comes to mind when I pray about this question, “Peace, Hope, Love, Joy – Every One, Every Day, Every Where.” 

 

Shiloh as a place of “Peace” might mean we create an environment where people can worship God, feel God’s Peace, and be surrounding by the everlasting love we learn in Christ.  We invite people to attend worship regularly to engage in the practice of experiencing this peace, and

 

Shiloh as a place of “Hope” might mean we teach and learn together the ways of hope set out by Jesus.  The popular word for this in today’s church language is Discipleship.  This means that we consistently look to make sure we as a church are growing and empower leaders to teach the gospel lessons, so people new and old to our community can learn discipleship ways of hope.

 

Shiloh as a place of “Love” might mean we care for one another as a way of practicing how we will care for the stranger.  The Hebrew Bible(Old Testament) is full of lessons of why we should share hospitality, most of those stories end with the people entertaining God instead.  This embodies our ministries that care for people in our church community: visitation ministry, prayer ministry, and also the work of our administrative committees to ensure our facility and programs embody Christ’s love.  This love is not a happy-go-lucky love, instead it gives space for people to share their joys and pains, successes and failures, and their full experience of life with one another.

 

Shiloh as a place of “Joy” might mean we are excited to carry what we gain at Shiloh into our everyday lives.  This is embraced by the missions we share formally with the community, but also in the ways we encourage our people to share that same joy with co-workers, neighbors, classmates, friends, and strangers.  In the end of it all our “Joy” should be so infectious that people should ask, “Why do you share so much, care so much, and love others so much?”  In response we can say, “Because God loves me so much, that I feel called to share this love with every person I meet.”

 

As we continue to prepare for our time of ministry together, I invite you to pray over the above question.  And let me know your thoughts about our mission statement, and how we might accomplish the goals it sets forth. 

 

As you find answers or nudges in prayer I ask you to write them down and share them with me.  Please share your prayers with me by emailing me at

tyler.amundson@yacumc.org

or mailing me at 512 Logan, Helena, MT 59601.  We will use these prayers as we start our ministry together in October.  We will use your prayers both in ministry with your leaders and in asking God for direction in our dreaming. 

 

In prayer,

 

Pastor Tyler

 

Joel 2:28 (CEB) – After that I will pour out my spirit upon everyone;
        your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
        your old men will dream dreams,

        and your young men will see visions.

 


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July 2017 – Pastor’s Corner

To the people called Methodists at Shiloh,

This last month has been a whirlwind for my family and I.  We moved out of our house into temporary housing, bought a house in Billings that my wife and children will move into next month.  I ran my drone into a tree while flying it.  Got to participate in a great experience baptizing someone at church camp.  Welcomed new pastors to the church I currently serve and saw my longtime colleagues into new phases of their lives.  All throughout this my prayer life has been both the shallowest it has ever been and the deepest it has ever been. 

 

The character of Job is a person we often avoid in the Bible.  Job experiences the most horrendous parts of human life, and I often find myself avoiding that scripture for fear it might just rub the awfulness off on me.  However, the ending of the book God appears to Job in a whirlwind and actually speaks to Job.  It is a constant reminder to me that in the chaos of life, God is in the whirlwind with us. 

 

I am excited to announce that in this Whirlwind we have two opportunities to connect before I officially start my time at Shiloh.  First, I will be preaching at Shiloh to help kick off the fall on September 10

th.  Second, we would like to invite members of Shiloh to join me at a creative worship seminar at Billings Grace UMC, September 11-13th

.  If you are interested in joining us please contact the office. 

 

As we continue to prepare for our time of ministry together, I invite you to pray over the coming weeks on this question,

“What is your prayer for the people of Shiloh UMC?”

 

When I ask that we pray daily over these questions, please don’t feel guilty the day you forget to pray.

 

As you find answers or nudges in prayer I ask you to write them down and share them with me.  Please share your prayers with me by emailing me at tyler.amundson@yacumc.org or mailing me at 512 Logan, Helena, MT 59601.  We will use these prayers as we start our ministry together in October.  We will use your prayers both in ministry with your leaders and in asking God for direction in our dreaming. 

  

My prayer for the people of Shiloh as I have prayed this prayer this month is that we learn to love each other through good and bad, and learn with each other what God is calling us to offer to our neighbors and the world. 

 

In prayer,

 

Pastor Tyler

 

Joel 2:28 (CEB) – After that I will pour out my spirit upon everyone;
        your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
        your old men will dream dreams,

        and your young men will see visions.

 


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 Lead Pastor – Tyler Amundson

 
My two primary responsibilities as a pastor are coaching leaders and creating community to help each of us see God in our everyday lives.  Shiloh is working with me to increase the interactions of people from different opinions and backgrounds.  We actively pray and work alongside God to create a diverse community to live out the love taught to us by Jesus in our daily practice. I hope you will join us as we work towards this vision of a beloved community working to spread God’s love to our community.
 
My personal passion for ministry is to all ages through preaching, teaching and organizing ways for people to find their connection with our community and God.  I find fulfillment in my work when I hear someone say, “I found God today.”  I encourage people to search for God on a mountaintop, in church, helping someone out, sharing in a small group, or in their own prayer life.  

 

When I am not at work I enjoy playing with my family by growing our garden, going for bike rides or enjoying a great day in Montana.  My own personal interests involve exercise, parenting, biking, and being a computer nerd.