Rooted in Love
by Rev. Alexandra Robinson on June 16, 2021
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. – Ephesians 3:16-21
This week, our clergy and elected lay members participated in our annual conference for the North Texas area of United Methodist churches. This is a yearly gathering in which our Bishop gives vision for the future of the church as we learn from keynote speakers and do the work as the legislative branch of this geographical area of the church. Our theme for the week was “Rooted in Love” based on this Scripture from Ephesians 3. The passage was grounding that living fully in love with the Triune God was our purpose as Christ’s people.
Though we were not able to gather in person during the day due to the numbers and logistics thereof, we did gather in the evening for worship. On Monday night, we commissioned our very own beloved member Meredith Scruggs for ordination as an elder in the UMC! This means when she returns on July 1 to be appointed to our church as an associate pastor, she will have a new title: Rev. Meredith Scruggs!
During the service, I was reflecting on how your rootedness in love as Flower Mound UMC has encouraged and supported Meredith over the past several years as she explored a calling to ordained ministry in her life. That night, after the Bishop consecrated her for service in the church as a commissioned elder, she turned to face the congregation. When she looked out upon the audience, she realized how many were there who had supported her along this journey from so many areas of her life – mentor pastors, church members, teachers, lay leaders, family and friends: all had a part in the whole of following this call. Though Meredith’s title as Reverend may be new, it is not hers alone, but your ministry lived out with and through her. The call of Christ is a universal and collective one, meaning that each of us is uniquely gifted with talents for ministry but without each person living that out to the fullest neither can the other. Your ministry has impacted her ministry, and vice versa. For when she had days of doubt in her call, your words of encouragement upheld her. When you had questions in faith, she offered blessings of grace. When she needed affirmation or constructive critique, you offered words of affirmation and guidance. When you needed help in learning the Bible, she offered her teaching talents. The connection we all have together is in the mutual rootedness in God’s love. The measure of it is higher, broader and deeper than we can imagine, and so knowing that God is able to do beyond what we an comprehend gives us hope. This is what allows us to be the church: we are all living out our mutual ministry with the sole purpose of intertwining in love of God and one another. I pray that we all, being rooted and established in love will be able to see how deep and immeasurable Christ’s power through the church can be!