Posts by Drew Hart

Posts by Drew Hart

Being Christians of Influence

  Tower Chimes – May 2024 I’d like to ask two related questions: I have a non-Methodist clergy colleague, someone I consider a friend and an effective pastor, who sincerely believes that the United States should not be a democracy but a theocracy. Theocracy means “rule by God.” It is government by divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as divinely guided. The legal system is based on religious codes and decrees. In most cases, there’s an ultimate human…

Maundy Thursday Musical Devotion

  Miserere Mei Deus Around 1638, Gregorio Allegri composed Miserere Mei Deus (“Have Mercy On Me, God”) specifically for the Maundy Thursday Tenebrae service. The Tenebrae takes place after dark. Over the course of the worship service, the candles are extinguished, leaving the sanctuary in darkness at the very end, symbolising the darkness of the tomb. Miserere Mei Dues is a musical setting of Psalm 51. Here is the English translation of the Latin: Have mercy on me, GodAccording to…

Grace Greater Than Sin

  Tower Chimes – April 2024 Recently, considerable effort was put into making sure the church website continues to be safe and secure for making financial donations. Because online threats have only increased over time, safety standards have also evolved. This being the case, we had to ensure that our website is Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) compliant. There were many hoops we had to jump through to verify our compliance. Multiple tests were run, and with…

Pastoral Letter-Easter 2024

  Easter 2024 Letter from Drew Easter greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, resurrected and forever alive! Here’s the gospel in five words: moving from death to life. Consider these three Bible verses: Whoever hears my words and believes has eternal life and has crossed over from death to life. Isn’t that wonderful? Because of Jesus’ physical Resurrection to life, resurrection to new and eternal life is made possible for the rest of us, and…

Is Christianity Under Attack? (pt. 2)

  Tower Chimes – February 2024 According to some, we in the United States are at war with ourselves. It’s not a war fought with bullets and bombs but, rather, with words, policies, laws, boycotts, and protests. It’s being fought using social media, courtrooms, legislation, preaching, writing, and media commentating. It’s happening on legislative floors and at school board meetings. Heck, the fight has even been taken to our school and community libraries. What am I talking about? I’m talking…

God, Increase My Desire for You….

  In my January 7 sermon, entitled “Are We There Yet?” I encouraged everyone to take personal responsibility for their spiritual maturity. I offered this prayer as a starting place–a prayer asking God to increase one’s desire to know him more and better. God, give me the desire to grow. Stir my heart and make me aware of an increasing yearning within to grow in my discipleship…to know more about you, but more importantly, to know you more. Increase my…

Is Christianity Under Attack?

  Tower Chimes – January 2024 Over the past year, I’ve become aware of a growing belief within the body of Christ that Christianity is under severe attack, and that the survival of…well, I’m not exactly sure but, supposedly, the survival of something having to do with the church, or maybe our beliefs, hangs in the balance. What’s probably closer to the truth is that there’s a fear of losing [worldly] control and power. What finally prompted me to begin to address…

Christ Our Unity

  There’s a psalm in the Bible which states, “How good and pleasant it is when families live together in unity” (Psalm 133:1). I think we would all agree that where a group of people is united, they’re likely to experience a lot less friction than they would being divided. The problem is that it’s easy to have a wrong idea about what it means to be united. And this wrong notion can lead to a misunderstanding of what we…

The Seasons of Life

  April Tower-Chimes: The Seasons of Life We recently had to put our 13-year old cat, Lucy, to sleep after it was discovered she’d developed cancer. We’re grateful that on her last day with us she seemed to be pain-free, and even her trip to the vet was relatively stress-free. In her final moments we told her we loved her, gave thanks for the joy that she was for our family, and tearfully bid her good-bye. After a lifetime of…

Keeping the Right Perspective

  March Tower-Chimes: Keeping the Right Perspective Who among us doesn’t prefer stability over instability, predictability over unpredictability? By nature, most of of are wired to want things to be stable. This is why the precarious state of The United Methodist Church over the past few years has resulted in soaring levels of anxiety within the denomination. It would be difficult for any elderly life-long member of the UMC to point to a time in their life when denominational anxiety…