Greetings to all of the members and friends of Catonsville United Methodist Church!
July is upon us, which means that today is my first official day as your lead pastor. Having formerly been a member of CUMC myself, and having benefited personally from the ministry of Pastor Mark, I am profoundly honored to follow in his footsteps as your lead pastor. I am also honored to begin to serve alongside such a capable and dedicated staff.
Although today is my first time communicating with you directly, the SPRC and I have been working together in the background to help me hit the ground running. I am excited for our first worship services together this coming Sunday, July 7.
As we begin to share life together, I would like to ask a few things of each of you:
- Please pray for me. Psalm 78:72 says, “David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.” Would you pray for me that I too might lead with integrity and skill? It is my sincere hope and intention to do just this, but I need God’s grace to do so.
- Please make every reasonable effort to be in worship this Sunday. Additionally, I ask that you show me grace as I continue to learn the nuances of what makes worship meaningful for us all.
- Going forward, I plan to keep a Sabbath day on Mondays, where I will only be accessible in emergency situations. I ask that you help me to honor that day of the week as a day set apart for rest.
I am sure that many of you have questions for me as we begin this new season of ministry together. I look forward to connecting with as many of you as possible over the next weeks and months. Please do not hesitate to reach out by calling or emailing the church office and we will look for a time to meet in person or speak by phone. I am excited to see and discern together how God will be at work among us as we move forward into a “future filled with hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Yours in Christ’s Service,
Pastor David Jacobson