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September 2017 -Pastor’s Corner

To the people called Methodists at Shiloh,

 

Our time of ministry together is drawing close and I am excited for us to start our journey.  I will officially start as your pastor on October 1, 2017.  However, you should know that I have been working closely with Pastor Dave Merkel throughout the summer.  We have been praying weekly, handing off projects, developing a new website for Shiloh that includes an App for your smartphone, and hoping for Shiloh a future of continuing to share the story of Christ.

 

In September, I will be offering a sermon for our September 10th Kick Off Sunday.  I will then attend a worship training in Billings on September 11, 12, 13 with some of our congregation(more of you are welcome to join us).   The third week of September I will be taking a week vacation with my family by doing fun actives to get to know Billings, and the final week of September I will be taking a spiritual retreat to Flathead Lake at the week-long Academy for Spiritual Formation.  (Anyone can still sign up for the academy at facebook.com/yac5day.)

  

My hope for this month of September is to get to know the Billings community, relax from a long summer of transition, and center myself in God’s Holy Spirit before I begin my official ministry with each and every one of you and the Billings community. 

 

In August, I attended the Administrative Council meeting at Shiloh and heard about the amazing work you are all doing. Ryan Sullivan who chairs the Community Garden shared that the garden was producing plenty of green beans and how each week he was taking a box of vegetables to a food bank.  It is an honor to pastor a church that is so engaged in the Billings community and where your ministry in Christ’s love is reflected even in your administrative work.  We spent the rest of the meeting humorously offering green beans for everything that needed a solution.  While it didn’t work for every situation, I am struck by how God’s abundance brought us laughter. 

 

As I am in prayer this next month with Shiloh I will have constantly in my mind this image of an overabundance of green beans.  We receive an overabundance of love from God in our faith life, that we are called to share.  Part of learning to be disciples is learning to prayerfully find ways to share that love.  During this month of prayer, I would ask you to pray over the questions, “What is your prayer for the community of Billings?” 

 

I invite you especially to take a walk in your neighborhood with this question in mind.  Let me know what God draws to your attention in these prayerful walks.  Do you see a neighbor in need?  Do you have an idea of where Shiloh might be able to accomplish an act of God’s love in the community?  Please send me your responses at

PastorTyler@ShilohBillings.Church.

 

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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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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