The verb “count” emerges in the mid-14th century, from Old French conter “add up.” I figured something like that.
What I didn’t realize was that it also means to “tell a story,” from Latin computare “to reckon together.” Of course! Of course. We recount, not just to be sure we got our totals right, but also have shared our stories.
The TUMC story is being recounted into its 72nd year. Our 40+ baptisms, over 30 confirmands, nearly 20 graduating seniors—our beloved 22 Saints who this year joined the church triumphant, and our 75 beloved new members who have joined this congregation—our mission far and near—our support of one another in illness, crisis and, yes, in joy. These are the stories that bind us to The Story, of Jesus and his love. David Gilliam’s only aunt was buried on Tuesday. We recounted some of her 94 years and sang that hymn together.
What story do you tell?
Tracy Snodgrass shared a bit of her story of connection and compassion through our congregation:
I count on TUMC to provide: scripturally and theologically sound worship and community prayer, spiritual growth through multiple discipleship opportunities (including Bible studies, Sunday School classes, Emmaus groups, etc.), and service opportunities in the Austin area and beyond.
TUMC can count on me to ‘be the church’ in our community, to be in supportive relationships with our congregation and clergy, and to support our church’s mission through the giving of financial resources.
Do you count on your church? Can your church count on you? This Sunday we embrace John Wesley’s service of covenant renewal, connect to God in prayer and embody that connection through making a financial pledge. I look forward to sharing worship with you. I count on seeing you there.