Roseville Campus (Roseville, MN)

Roseville Campus

1524 W County Rd C2
Roseville, MN (map)
 

Traditional Worship

Sundays @ 9:30a 
Nursery & FaithWalk available
(FaithWalk = Sunday School)
 

Kids2 Worship

(kid-friendly, and for all!)
2nd Sundays @ 9:30a 

St. Anthony Park Campus (St. Paul, MN)

St. Anthony Park Campus 

2200 Hillside Ave.
St. Paul, MN (map)
 

Contemporary Worship

Sundays @ 10:00-11:00a
Nursery & FaithWalk available
(FaithWalk = Sunday School)

Contact Us

 

Give us a call:

 651-633-7644
 

Send us an email:

cumc [AT] centennialumc [DOT] org
 

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Roseville Campus
St. Anthony Park Campus

 

Alive in the Adventure with Jesus:

A Reflection on Life Together in The United Methodist Church

After General Conference 2019

Delivered March 3, 2019

By Brian C. Hacklander, Senior Pastor

 

**I was 22 and just starting seminary at Duke Divinity School when I started serving as a pastoral intern in various churches in North Carolina.  I served two churches out in the country near Raleigh.  I served a medium-sized church just west of Charlotte.  And I served a large church just north of Charlotte.  I had young supervisors, I had middle-aged and older supervising pastors. 

  • Now during my college years, I had frequented a number of churches of various denominations who made sure that someone believed just like they did before they would ever consider doing their funeral.  So when I started serving internships in churches, it came as a shock when I learned that as United Methodists, we would do the funerals of anybody in the community. We believe that everybody deserves a dignified, loving service celebrating their lives and sharing the pain of sorrow. We believe that anyone and everyone is a child of God.  What it comes down to is that we believe in embodying the love of Jesus, who had a place for everyone at his table.
  • After I was ordained as a United Methodist pastor, I served for 5 years down by Winona, and then was appointed to serve as pastor in south Minneapolis.  Now this was the late 1980s, so it was a very different time.  And one of the active members of the church came to me to ask if I would do the funeral of her uncle.  He had not been active in the church for a long time, and he was gay.  His family was very tentative about asking me, but I said I would be honored to officiate his funeral, and we honored his life with all the dignity and all the love we would give any of our loved ones, any child of God, because he was a child of God.

 

**Our United Methodist movement is a movement that goes back to John Wesley in 18th century England, John Wesley being so filled with the love of Christ for everybody that he preached from factories and mines and wherever he could gather a crowd.  He opened Holy Communion to anybody who wanted to turn toward God, because he believed that the loving, living God was at work through the sacrament.  Ours is a movement that has always proclaimed that Christ’s infinite love is for all, not just for some. 

  • I come to you heartbroken today.  This past week, the special United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis, with delegates from around the world, voted down the One Church Plan.  The One Church Plan hoped to keep as much of the United Methodist Church together as possible.  It sought to give express approval for churches and clergy, as our consciences lead us, to open our doors to our LGBTQ loved ones, friends, neighbors, and brothers and sisters and siblings in Christ.  But all of this was turned down by a 53% to 47% vote by the 800+ delegates, and the language that says that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching was retained.  This language is hurtful to LGBTQ persons, and we need to acknowledge this.  No person is “incompatible with Christian teaching.”  As our bishop says to our LGBTQ fellow Christians, You are not the problem.  The church is the problem.  It remains to be seen how much of the General Conference’s actions will be deemed unconstitutional.  But this is a heart-rending time for our denomination.

 

**But I am also hopefulAs Pastor Whitney and I have shared in our sermons at our two campuses through the years, we are passionate about sharing Christ and Christ’s love and about being a truly inclusive church. 

  • Remember that the General Conference is only a part of the church.  We are the church on the local level, right where we live.  Our ministries of youth work, children’s ministries, worship & music, adult classes, small groups, and serving at Ronald McDonald House and Dorothy Day still go on.  Our caring ministries for our homebound members, and in times of illness and crisis still go on.  Our women’s circles and United Methodist Women’s activities and men’s ministries still go on.  The love with which we hold each other as sisters & brothers in Christ still goes on. 
  • We stand by our Reconciling and Welcoming Statement as Centennial United Methodist Church, which was approved by a 90% to 10% vote in February 2015 after 3 years of a wide variety of congregational conversation events: Centennial United Methodist Church has a place for you. We believe God welcomes all people. We value diversity and recognize the sacred worth of each person, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental ability, economic means, marital status, education, or faith history. With open hearts and minds, Centennial United Methodist Church is a Reconciling-Welcoming Congregation. If this is your first visit, welcome. If you are returning, welcome home.
  • As I said during our fall sermon series to our LGBTQ brothers & sisters—I say now: "I want every adult, every child, every youth that is a part of our church to know that we have your back, that we love you, that we walk beside you, that as a church we love you unconditionally, that Jesus loves you infinitely."

 

**No doubt we will have much conversation and prayer in days to come as a

congregation. But we are people of the Resurrection.  We believe in God who

brings new life, and led by the Spirit, we will find a way to grow in Christ’s ministry and mission. We will be developing plans for more information, prayer, and conversation, as there is much we don’t know yet.  But we do know that we can reach deep within our hearts and souls to embody the Christian virtues of a humble mind, a tender heart, and mutual affection.  May it be so. 

 

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