Pastor Pamela Osborne has been in the ministry over 25 years. She has worked in areas of children, youth and young adult ministry. She loves all parts of her position, from administration to just getting to know someone. Pastor Pam works with all our ministry groups, and is active the Sumner community.
As a congregation, we appreciate her vision, her energy and her leadership. We look forward to her sermons, where we always learn something. But most of all we are grateful for her commitment to loving God and loving all of our neighbors, and for challenging us to do the same. We thank God for leading her to us, and our Conference leadership for assigning her to Sumner UMC.
Pastor Pam and her husband Tom celebrate life with Dr. Watson and Wilson, their basset hounds.
March 6, 2019 - I am pondering Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday is a day to remember our humanness and mortality. It is a day to begin the season of Lent, a time for reflection, and preparation for Easter.
Some Christians do not recognize Ash Wednesday or Lent, In fact, I grew up with almost no awareness of either Ash Wednesday or Lent, even though I was raised in a strong Christian family and church. Ash Wednesday and Lent were for my Catholic friends, or so I thought.
Over the years, I discovered that there is a wide array of Ash Wednesday traditions and practices. But the central meaning has to do with our humanness, and fallenness.
“From dust you were made, and to dust you will return.” This quotation from Genesis delivered to Adam the bad news of what his sin had brought about. Whereas, Adam once enjoyed the reality of deathless life in God’s perfect creation, now his body would die. In time, he would return to the dust from which he was made. This was bad news for Adam. And it is bad news for us.
So Ash Wednesday begins with bad news, but moves us to hope. The ashes that are imposed on our heads form the shape of a cross. Sometimes these crosses are obvious; sometimes more subtle. It reminds us that God has entered into our human condition in order to break the power of sin and welcome us into the fullness of his life. Yet, Ash Wednesday is not Good Friday. It is not a day to focus on the cross so much as a time to begin to realize just how much we need the cross.
I have come from dust, and to dust I shall return. Thanks be to God, this is not the end of the story, but just the beginning, because God entered into my dustiness in Jesus Christ.
How have you experienced Ash Wednesday in your life, if at all?
How have your been reminded of your “dustiness”?
November 8, 2018
On my renewal leave I found book that shares Native American Proverbs. The book’s title caught my attention: The Soul Would Have No Rainbow If the Eyes Had No Tears. During this month I am looking at the power of water. The story of the woman at the will is the focus of my sermon for November 11. There so much to be learned from her conversation with Jesus.
Jesus offers her new life. A change to let the water flow over her to cleanse everything. Life that will change her forever. Life that flows like a rain shower, or water that cleanses everything.
Jesus offers us the same new life. My new book shares this proverb about water: We should be as water which is lower than all things yet stronger even than the rocks. That strength comes from Living water and this is our promise from God, that Living water will flow from God’s love, from Jesus, to us to make us stronger. Join me as we explore Living Water and new life.
October 8, 2018
I have been pondering how as a Christian I can respond to the violence and the hatred we are seeing in our country. As one person, I can vote. As one person I can be gracious. As one person, I can voice my concern. As one person, I can post on social media. But as one person, I feel helpless at times, and deeply worried for our children.
So as one person, I can truly trust God, and I can pray. I am calling all of us to a time of prayer. Not just to talk about it, but to take time everyday to pause and pray. Starting November 1, I am going to stop at noon, and pray. I invite you to join me. It is a simple act of truly turning to God, and we believe that prayer changes things. This is harder than we think to remember and to do it—Yet as I pray, I ask you to join me, one other single person, to pray at noon.